Aldean, Dawgs take it back to '94

Originally Published: October 22, 2013
By Mark Schlabach |

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

"Now girl I know you're used to the same old same
But we ain't floatin' that boat, no we ain't ridin' that train
Hop on my rocket ship and let's get outta here
Let me put a little shimmer in your atmosphere

Now let's get outta this town, outta this club
Girl whatever you're sippin' I'ma mix it up
Take a few tick-tocks off of your clock
Put a little Third Rock in your hip-hop I got that

1994, Joe Diffie comin' out the radio
I'm just a country boy with a farmer's tan
So help me girl I'll be your pickup man
How 'bout a night to remember and a fifth of Goose
'Bout to bust out my honky-tonk attitude
A little feel-good you ain't never felt before
I'm talkin' 1994, hey

Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie, Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie, Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie."

-- Jason Aldean, "1994"

The Georgia Bulldogs must have thought it was 1994 again at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The depleted No. 15 Bulldogs, who have played the past two weeks without their top two tailbacks and top three receivers, blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 31-27 loss to the Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. It was UGA's first loss to Vanderbilt since 2006 and only the second since 1994.

While the Commodores benefited from two controversial targeting penalties against UGA, the Bulldogs lost because of a couple of inexcusable special-teams blunders. With UGA holding a 27-14 lead, Georgia cornerback Damian Swann muffed a punt to set up a Vanderbilt touchdown. After Vanderbilt cut UGA's lead to 27-24 with a 40-yard field goal, Bulldogs punter Collin Barber couldn't handle a high snap at the UGA 13, which set up the Commodores' go-ahead touchdown with 2:53 to play.

Aldean, the reigning Academy of Country Music male vocalist of the year, was probably thinking it was the "same old same" from his beloved Bulldogs. A native of Macon, Ga., Aldean and buddy Luke Bryan played in front a sold-out crowd at UGA's Sanford Stadium in the spring.

At least Temple hopped on a rocket ship and got outta here, ending a seven-game losing streak with a 33-14 victory over Army in Philadelphia. It was the first victory of Owls coach Matt Rhule's career.

With apologies to Steve Harvey and Jason Aldean, here's this week's Bottom 10:'s Bottom 10
1. Southern Miss 0-6 "Tattoos On This Town" East Carolina certainly left its mark on the not-so-Golden Eagles last week, piling up 476 yards of offense in a 55-14 victory. It was USM's 18th consecutive loss. "It sure left its mark on us. We sure left its mark on it. We let the world know we were here with everything we did."
2. Miami (Ohio) 0-7 "The Only Way I Know" Sure, the RedHawks have only known losing this season, but at least they put up a heck of a fight in last week's 24-17 loss to Akron. They scored 10 points in the final 4:49 to pull within one score but couldn't recover an onside kick. "That's the only way I know. Don't stop til everything's gone. Straight ahead never turn round. Don't back up, don't back down."
3. New Mexico State 0-7 "My Kinda Party" The Aggies have dropped 18 games in a row after last week's 45-19 loss to Rice, but help might be on the way. New Mexico State hosts Abilene Christian on Saturday; the Wildcats are a former Division II school transitioning to FCS this season. "I'm chillin' to some Skynyrd and some old Hank. Let's get this thing started. It's my kind of party."
4. Western Michigan 0-8 "I Ain't Ready to Quit" Losing has almost become an addiction for the Broncos, who have dropped 10 games in a row dating to the 2012 season. At least they play UMass in the Pillow Fight of the Week. "Don't start thinking I'm gonna stop. Givin' it all I got."
5. Georgia 4-3 "I Don't Do Lonely Well" After beating South Carolina and LSU, UGA looked ready to punch its ticket to a third consecutive SEC championship game. But quarterback Aaron Murray couldn't do it alone after losing most of his skill players. "I can get up and face the day. Just fine all by myself. Go out and take on the world. And get it done like nobody else. Oh, but I don't do lonely well."
6. Georgia State 0-7 "Texas Was You" The Panthers suffered another heartbreaker in their winless season last week, falling 24-17 at Texas State. The score was tied 10-10 early in the fourth quarter. "Texas was my whole life, waving goodbye. Thought I'd die, a heartache I'm still trying to get through. Texas was you. It'll always be you."
7. Hawaii 0-6 "Fly Over States" Colorado State will fly over three states and more than 2,300 miles of the Pacific Ocean to play this weekend. What's the Rams' reward? They get to play winless Hawaii. "You'll understand why God made. You might even wanna plant your stakes. In those fly over states."
8. UConn't 0-6 "Just Passing Through" Huskies interim coach T.J. Weist hasn't fared much better than predecessor Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired after four games. The Huskies are 0-2 under Weist after last week's 41-16 loss at Cincinnati. "One day you're here and gone. Baby, all I wanna do is lay right here. And hope it all don't disappear."
9. FIU 1-5 "Don't You Wanna Stay" We have to believe the Panthers are missing former Bottom 10 mate Florida Atlantic, which climbed off the list by beating South Florida and UAB. The Panthers are still here because their only victory was a one-point win over Southern Miss. "Don't you wanna stay here a little while? Don't you wanna hold each other tight? Don't you wanna fall asleep with me tonight?"
10. Eastern Michigan 1-6 "Feel That Again" The Eagles haven't won since defeating FCS foe Howard 34-24 in their opener. They surely won't win this weekend at No. 18 Northern Illinois either. "Give me some of that you and me. Some of that way back when. A little bit of wild and free. I want to feel that again."

Waiting list: Purdue (1-6), Memphis (1-5), phantom targeting penalties, North Carolina
(1-5), Florida offense, Iowa State (1-5), FAU (2-5), Idaho (1-6), Indiana's defense, UMass (1-6), Kent State (2-6), New Mexico (2-5), Clemson's big moment, Air Force (1-6), California (1-6), Kentucky (1-5), Virginia (2-5), Louisiana Tech (2-5), UTEP (1-5).

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