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Bottom 10 celebrates going solo

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


Russell Hammond: "And you said you love me!"

Jeff Bebe: "I don't love you, man! I never did. None of us love you. You act above us, you always have."

Larry Fellows: "Finally, the truth."

Jeff Bebe: "You just held it over us like you might leave, like we're lucky to be with you. And we had to live with it, man. I had to live with you, and now I might die with you, and it's not [expletive] fair!"

-- "Almost Famous," Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and Mark Kozelek

If only Arizona quarterback Nick Foles could take his act solo.

Foles, a senior from Austin, Texas, leads the country in passing, completing 71.5 percent of his attempts for 2,255 yards with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Foles' stellar performance makes the Wildcats' 1-5 record even more maddening.

Despite Foles' precision passing, Arizona is mired in a five-game losing streak, with its only victory coming against FCS foe Northern Arizona 41-10 in the Sept. 3 opener. Things are so bad the school fired coach Mike Stoops on Monday night, after he went 41-50 in eight seasons.

Foles is like a lead singer in dire need of a new band. Imagine what Russell Hammond might have done without Stillwater in "Almost Famous." Imagine what Foles would do somewhere else.

Neil Young didn't become famous until leaving Buffalo Springfield. Look what going solo did for Eric Clapton and Van Morrison. Justin Timberlake wasn't cool until, well, nevermind.

Alas, Foles will play out his final college season without his head coach -- or a running game or defense. The Wildcats' 37-27 loss to former Bottom 10 member Oregon State last Saturday night earned them the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in this week's Bottom 10.

With apologies to Steve Harvey and Billy Crudup, here's this week's Bottom 10, along with some of the best lead singers who went solo:

Waiting list: Boston College (1-5), Colorado (1-5), East Carolina (1-4), Farewell messages at Texas Tech, Georgia's 3rd-and-57, Georgia Tech's home support, Idaho (1-5), Indiana (1-5), Kansas (2-3), Kentucky (2-4), Kentucky's offense vs. South Carolina (96 yards), Kentucky's defense (639 yards allowed), Louisiana-Monroe (1-4), Not-so-excessive celebrations at LSU, Steve Spurrier's diversion.

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.