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Talkin' bout a revolution

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


Poor people are gonna rise up

And get their share

Poor people are gonna rise up

And take what's theirs

Don't you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Oh I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run

Cause finally the tables are starting to turn

Talking about a revolution

Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn

Talking about a revolution, oh no

Talking about a revolution

-- Tracy Chapman, "Talkin' Bout a Revolution"

The Bottom 10 is talkin' bout a revolution.

While protesters occupy Wall Street and lost college football fans occupy Herbstreit, Bottom 10 stalwarts are somehow starting to occupy the win column.

Once-woebegone programs like Ball State, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico State, Western Kentucky and even all-time favorite U-La-La are starting to pile up victories.

• Ball State, which went 6-18 the past two seasons combined, is 4-3 after upsetting Ohio 23-20 on the road last week. The Cardinals are tied for the national lead in red-zone offense, going a perfect 23-for-23 inside opponents' 20-yard line.

• Eastern Michigan, which was a woeful 0-12 in coach Ron English's first season in 2009, is 4-3 after winning 35-28 at Central Michigan last week. The Eagles are one victory away from matching their victory total from the past three seasons combined.

• New Mexico State is 3-3 after winning its past two games, 42-28 at New Mexico and 31-24 over Idaho. The Aggies haven't won more than four games in a season since 2004.

• San Jose State, which went 1-12 in coach Mike MacIntyre's first season in 2010, is 3-4 after winning three of its past four. The Spartans defeated Hawaii 28-27 last week, overcoming six turnovers in the second half.

• Louisiana-Lafayette is 6-1 and bowl-eligible after beating North Texas 30-10 last week. The Ragin' Cajuns' only defeat was a 61-34 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma State in their Sept. 3 opener. U-La-La has never played in a bowl game.

• Western Kentucky, which has the country's longest home losing streak at 18 games in a row, is playing pretty well on the road. The Hilltoppers have won consecutive games at Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic to improve to 2-4.

If only Georgia Tech could have occupied the end zone a little more in last week's 24-21 loss at Virginia.

The No. 22 Yellow Jackets, which were off to their best start since 1966 and seemed on their way to an Oct. 29 undefeated showdown against No. 7 Clemson in Atlanta, could muster only 296 yards of offense against Virginia. Tech's defense has to shoulder some blame as well after it couldn't get the ball away from the Cavaliers in the final six minutes of the game. That disappointing performance earned the Yellow Jackets the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in this week's Bottom 10.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, Kirk Herbstreit, Lost GameDay Fans and Tracy Chapman, here's this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Arizona (1-5), Boston College (1-5), Colorado (1-6), Florida's punt returners, Georgia's special teams, Grown men behaving badly at Vanderbilt, Hawaii's turnovers, Idaho (1-6), Kansas (2-4), Kentucky (2-4), Middle Tennessee (1-4), Minnesota (1-5), Ohio State's passing game, Oregon State (1-5), Steve Spurrier's street cred in Vegas, Tulane (2-5).

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.