Winter comes for Northwestern

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

Cersei Lannister: "And what of my wrath, Lord Stark? You should have taken the realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King's Landing fell. He was sitting in the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you had to do was climb the steps yourself. Such a sad mistake."

Ned Stark: "I've made many mistakes in my life, but that wasn't one of them."

Cersei Lannister: "Oh, but it was. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

-- Lena Headey and Sean Bean, "Game of Thrones"

"Game of Thrones" fans will have to wait until early next year to learn the fate of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of the continent of Westeros.

But college football fans will only have to wait until Saturday to learn the fate of the Iron, err, Porcelain Throne of the Big Ten.

Purdon't and Illinois are both winless in Big Ten play and meet in Saturday's Pillow Fight of the Week at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. One is going to be a winner (for a day, at least) and the other a loser. There is no middle ground.

"Game of Thrones" fans know that Cersei Lannister, queen regent of the Seven Kingdoms, and her twin brother Jaime Lannister are a little closer than siblings are supposed to be. The Boilermakers and Illini might have come from the same womb, too. Purdon't hasn't defeated an FBS team in coach Darrell Hazell's first season, losing six Big Ten games by an average of 31 points. Illinois' streak of Big Ten losses grew to 20 after it fell to No. 3 Ohio State 60-35 last week.

Northwestern certainly knows about going from the penthouse to the outhouse. On Oct. 5, the Wildcats were 4-0 and ranked No. 16 in the country. ESPN broadcast "College GameDay" from the Northwestern campus before the Wildcats fell short against Ohio State, losing 40-30 at Ryan Field. Now the Wildcats have dropped six games in a row and are winless in Big Ten play after losing 27-19 in three overtimes to Michigan last week. Their dubious drought earns them the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in this week's Bottom 10.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, Lena Headey and Sean Bean, here's this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Purdon't (1-9), Temple (1-9), CIAA bathroom brawls, NC State (3-7), Virginia (2-8), Iowa State (1-9), Illinois (3-7), UAB (2-8), Tulsa (2-8), Army (3-7), South Florida (2-7), UMass (1-9), Western Michigan (1-10), Georgia Tech's defense, Georgia's prevent defense, Indiana's run defense, Eastern Michigan (2-8), Air Force (2-8), West Virginia's bowl hopes.