Michigan is playin' on a prayer
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Whoa, we're half way there
Whoa-oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it I swear
Whoa-oh, livin' on a prayer
-- "Livin' On A Prayer," Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi announced it will perform Nov. 9 at the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Amazingly, four Bottom 10 members knocked down the wall of ineptitude last week. Illinois stunned Michigan 38-13, and Florida International upset Louisiana-Lafayette 20-17 in overtime. North Texas blasted Western Kentucky 68-49 and Miami (Ohio) won the first game of the Michael Haywood era by outlasting Toledo, 31-24.
Thus, the Illini, not-so-Mean Green, Golden Panthers and RedHawks will be given a reprieve this week. Welcome Hawaii, San Jose State, Washington State and, of course, the Wolverines to the Bottom 10.
Like Bon Jovi, which releases its new album, "The Circle," on Nov. 10, the Bottom 10 knows all about circling the wagons after yet another loss.
Four Bottom 10 teams -- Eastern Michigan, New Mexico, Rice and Western Kentucky -- still haven't won this season. Akron and San Jose State still haven't beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision foe.
Hawaii's only FBS victory came against fellow Bottom 10 member Washington State. The Warriors carry a six-game losing streak into Saturday's home game against Utah State, this week's Pillow Fight of the Week.
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Bon Jovi, here's this week's Bottom 10:
ESPN.com's Bottom 10
|1.||Western Kentucky||0-8||"Wanted Dead or Alive": Sometimes, it's hard to tell if the Hilltoppers are playing dead or alive. But they're becoming a popular attraction for opponents.|
|2.||Eastern Michigan||0-8||"Welcome to Wherever You Are": At Arkansas one week; at Northern Illinois the next. At least the Eagles know where they are in the MAC West standings.|
|3.||Rice||0-8||"Make a Memory": The Owls would just as soon forget this season. The Rice defense has allowed 40 points or more in six games.|
|4.||New Mexico||0-8||"Lay Your Hands On Me": At least Mike Locksley's off-field actions have taken the focus off his team's woeful performance in his first season.|
|5.||Michigan||5-4||"Who Says You Can't Go Home": Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez could use some support after his team's 1-4 slide. We're guessing he won't get much sympathy in West Virginia.|
|6.||Akron||1-7||"Livin' on a Prayer": There's still hope for the Zips' beating an FBS foe this year. They close the regular season against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 27.|
|7.||Ball State||1-8||"Shot Through the Heart": The Cardinals just missed their second victory in a row, losing 20-17 to Ohio after the Bobcats scored the winning touchdown with just more than 3 minutes to play.|
|8.||Washington State||1-7||"Dry Country": The Cougars' 40-14 loss to Notre Dame typified their offensive ineptitude this season. They've scored 20 points or more only once in eight games.|
|9.||San Jose State||1-6||Last Cigarette": The end of the Dick Tomey era might be near after the Spartans lost 45-7 at Boise State last week.|
|10.||Hawaii||2-6||"When We Were Beautiful": Remember how pretty the Warriors looked when June Jones and Colt Brennan were there? Seems like decades ago now.|
Waiting list: Arkansas State (2-5), Big Ten replay officials, Colorado (2-6), Colorado State (3-6), Eye gouging, Florida International (2-5), Memphis (2-6), Tulane (2-6), UNLV (3-6), Utah State (2-6), Vanderbilt (2-7).
Mark Schlabach covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.
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