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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Winless Watch: Week 9

By Andrea Adelson

Welcome to the Winless Watch, where we take a look at the teams still waiting on that first victory of the year, and their odds of getting it this week.

And then there were two.

Congrats to Western Kentucky for ending its 26-game slide. Now there are just two teams left winless in all of college football. No guarantees that either will win a game. Last year, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan finished without a victory.

Akron (0-8). Streak: L 8. This week: at Temple. Chances: 5 percent. Your chances of winning go down when you play on the road. They go down dramatically when you play one of the best teams in your conference on the road. Such is the plight of Akron this week. Last week, the Zips lost 56-10 to Western Michigan, giving up 50 points for the second straight home game -- that first time that has happened in the Division I era. There will be better opportunities to win, though. Games against Ball State and Buffalo loom. Those two teams have two wins apiece. But if Akron continues to regress, the Zips face the very real possibility that they could go winless for the first time since the school joined the FBS level in 1987.

New Mexico (0-7). Streak: L 8. This week: at Colorado State. Chances: 35 percent. The Lobos played San Diego State tough last week, losing 30-20, but were awful once again with penalties, committing 10 for 88 yards and converting just one of 12 third-down attempts. Colorado State (2-6) has had its own share of problems and is coming off a 59-6 loss to Utah. But the Rams have a better quarterback with Pete Garcia and are playing at home, so give them the nod.