The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Navigator C-2A: "What's the matter, Commander? You don't like flying, huh? Aw, this is nothing! You should've been with us five, six months ago! Whoa! You talk about puke! We ran into a hailstorm over the Sea of Japan. Everybody's retching their guts out! The pilot shot his lunch all over the windshield, and I barfed on the radio! Shorted it out completely! And it wasn't that lightweight stuff, either. It was that chunky industrial weight puke!"
[The navigator offers Jack Ryan the candy bar he's been eating]
Navigator C-2A: "Hey, you want a bite?"
Jack Ryan: "Jack, next time you get a bright idea, just put it in a memo!"
-- Rick Ducommun and Alec Baldwin, "The Hunt for Red October"
The Maryland Terrapins know a little something about retching their guts out in October.
After climbing back into the national rankings with a 4-0 start, the Terrapins opened October with an ugly 63-0 loss at No. 6 Florida State on Saturday. It tied for the most lopsided loss ever for a nationally ranked team; UCLA beat No. 11 Texas 66-3 in 1997.
The Seminoles didn't embarrass the Terrapins with espionage and intelligence. They plowed over them with strength and brute force, piling up 614 yards of offense in the blowout.
As the Bottom 10 mourns the death of Tom Clancy, the Maryland native who wrote 17 No. 1 best-sellers about international intrigue and espionage, the Terrapins claim the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot this week.
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Tom Clancy, here's this week's Bottom 10:
Waiting list: Memphis (1-3), SMU (1-4), North Carolina (1-4), Kansas' fake punt, Iowa State (1-3), Penn State's defense, Purdue (1-4), Florida International (1-4), Northwestern's "rough," Florida Atlantic (2-4), Syracuse's sideline behavior, UAB (1-4), Idaho (1-5), Stanford's acting, Tulsa (1-4), UTEP (1-4), Cincinnati's bowl hopes, Akron (1-5), Eastern Michigan (1-4), Big 12 officials saving Texas, Central Michigan (2-4), Texas A&M's presidential tweets, Air Force (1-5), California (1-4), Kentucky (1-4)