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Nebraska gives back its Blackshirts

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


Back in black

I hit the sack

I've been too long, I'm glad to be back

Yes, I'm let loose

From the noose

That's kept me hanging about

I've been looking at the sky

'Cause it's gettin' me high

Forget the hearse 'cause I never die

I got nine lives

Cat's eyes

Abusin' every one of them and running wild

'Cause I'm back

Yes, I'm back

Well, I'm back

Yes, I'm back

Well, I'm back, back

(Well) I'm back in black

Yes, I'm back in black


-- "Back in Black," AC/DC

The Nebraska Cornhuskers thought they were back in black.

After holding then-No. 11 Michigan State to only a field goal in Nebraska's 24-3 victory on Oct. 29, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini finally distributed the school's fabled Blackshirts to his defense.

Pelini might want to dye them pink after last week's performance.

Nebraska allowed 468 yards of offense and 25 first downs in a 28-25 home loss to unranked Northwestern, with Wildcats backup quarterback Kain Colter doing most of the damage with his arm and legs.

"We take a lot of pride in getting those Blackshirts, and to go do what we did today was embarrassing," Nebraska safety Austin Cassidy said.

Instead of staying in a first-place tie with the Spartans in the Big Ten Legends Division -- and owning the tiebreaker over the Spartans -- the Cornhuskers find themselves one game back with three regular-season games to play. There's not much that's legendary about the Big Ten this season, except perhaps its collective mediocrity.

A couple of former Bottom 10 stalwarts are making legendary turnarounds this season. Western Kentucky, which lost 18 home games in a row, has won five games in a row after a 0-4 start and is one victory away from becoming bowl-eligible. The Hilltoppers probably won't get their sixth win at No. 1 LSU on Saturday night, but they close the season with a road game at North Texas and home game against Troy.

Likewise, Louisiana-Lafayette has won eight of nine games to improve to 8-2. U-La-La plays at Arkansas State on Saturday and at Arizona on Nov. 26.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, Brian Johnson and Angus Young, here's this week's Bottom 10, with the help of some of AC/DC's greatest hits:

Waiting list: Alabama's kicking, Arizona (2-7), Army's fumbles, Boston College (2-7), Buffalo (2-7), Duke (3-6), Louisiana-Monroe (2-7), Maryland (2-7), Middle Tennessee State (2-6), Minnesota (2-7), North Carolina's arrogance, Ole Miss (2-7), Oregon State (2-7), Ralphie on the loose, South Florida in the second half, Texas Tech's defense, Troy (2-6), Tulane (2-8).

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.