The Bottom 10 wants its MTV
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
I want my MTV
Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb
-- Dire Straits, "Money for Nothing"
What do The Buggles and Duke have in common? Both scored historic firsts. "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video played on MTV. The Blue Devils were the first team to hit the charts at No. 1 on ESPN.com's Bottom 10. Yeah, it's a stretch, but stay with us for a minute.
MTV celebrated its 25th anniversary on Aug. 1. The Bottom 10 is starting its fifth year. Since the Bottom 10 usually weaves music into the presentation, it's about time MTV was used to guide the readers through college football's discount rack.
MTV does do reality shows. And it has produced some classic game shows. The Bottom 10 teams are all too familiar with the Real World and get Singled Out each week.
Some have even been Punk'd. None more often than Bottom 10 regulars Temple and Buffalo. The Owls and Bulls enter 2006 ranked No. 1 and No. 2, setting up a Week 1 Pillow Fight for the ages on Thursday. New Mexico State, which finished 0-12 in 2005 and No. 1 in the Bottom 10, opens 2006 ranked third.
The highly coveted No. 5 spot, which you remember is reserved for high-profile programs taking a hit, goes to Syracuse.
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So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's the 2006 preseason Bottom 10:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Temple||0-11||"Singled Out": The Owls would never get past the first elimination round. Jenny McCarthy wouldn't have even burped in their direction.|
|2.||Buffalo||1-10||"House of Style": Five wins in the last four years qualifies the Bulls, if Molly Sims and Co. decide to focus on what's not in fashion.|
|3.||New Mexico State||0-12||"Real World": What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real? In Las Cruces, it's an 0-12 campaign in 2005.|
|4.||Kent State||1-10||"Pimp My Ride": The Golden Flashes need to pull into the garage for a complete overhaul. But could Mad Mike do anything with this MAC jalopy?|
||1-10||"Remote Control": The Orange need to select the Channel/Channel category and let Colin Quinn tap into the spirits of past Syracuse greats.|
|6.||Rice||1-10||"I Want A Famous Face": The Owls' offseason plastic surgery included bringing in former Texas QB Major Applewhite to run the offense.|
|7.||F_U||7-15||"Punk'd": You keep expecting Ashton Kutcher to jump out and tell Florida Atlantic and Florida International that they've been the victim of a Division I-A prank.|
|8.||Eastern Michigan||4-7||"Cribs": The Eagles averaged only 5,219 fans per home game, the lowest in Division I-A. The no-shows haven't missed much lately.|
|9.||Idaho||2-9||"Newlyweds": Dennis Erickson has tied the knot again with the Vandals. Hope it works out better for them than it did for Nick and Jessica.|
|10.||Louisiana-Monroe||5-5||"Road Rules": With eight road games on the 2006 schedule, the Warhawks won't be winning many prizes along the way this season.|
Waiting list: Alabama's nonconference schedule, Duke (1-10), Illinois (2-9), Kentucky (3-8), North Texas (2-9), Oregon's uniforms, San Jose State (3-8), UNLV (2-9), Utah State (3-8) and Wisconsin's nonconference schedule.
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.