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Bullish on the Bulls in 2004

12/1/2004

Weeks: Preseason | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

The Bottom 10's inspirational thought of the week:

You've got to help me fix this
Oh, it's time to face the facts
We can't go on like we have been
And it's too late for turnin' back

-- Lee Ann Womack, "When The Wheels Are Coming Off"

The Bottom 10 takes its responsibilities seriously -- well, at least as seriously as they deserve. So this year's selection of a preseason No. 1 proved extremely difficult. Army or Buffalo? Buffalo or Army? Sure, the Black Knights went winless in 2003 and have lost 24 of 25 games, but the Bulls only picked up one win in 2003 and are 7-50 since returning to Division I-A play in 1999.

In the end, the arrival of Bobby Ross in West Point is enough to give the edge to Buffalo. Besides, the Bottom 10 is thinking about taking a road trip to see the Bulls' home opener against Syracuse on September 11. If seeing the No. 1 team in person is not enough of an incentive to hit the road, catching Lee Ann Womack belt out the national anthem before the game certainly is.

The NCAA earned the season's initial highly-coveted No. 5 spot for its Jeremy Bloom decision. The boys in Indianapolis rejected Bloom's request for a waiver of rules that prevent college athletes from accepting endorsement income, ending the Colorado wide receiver's college football career. Bloom accepts endorsement money to support his skiing career.

Mark this one on your calendar. The year's first Pillow Fight of the Week is Buffalo at Eastern Michigan on September 2. The 2004 preseason Bottom 10 members combined for only four wins in 2003. As pillow fights go, this one's in the goose down category.

ESPN.com users had plenty to say about the preseason Bottom 10.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Baylor (3-9), East Carolina (1-11), Iowa State (2-10), North Carolina (2-10), Ohio (2-10), UTEP (2-11). Also back by popular demand is Wyoming's uniforms.