Florida singing the Statesboro Blues
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
"Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low. Wake up momma, turn your lamp down low. You got no nerve baby, to turn Uncle John from your door.
I woke up this morning, I had them Statesboro Blues. I woke up this morning, had them Statesboro Blues. Well, I looked over in the corner, and Grandpa seemed to have them too."
-- Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues"
The Florida Gators know all about the Statesboro blues.
The Gators' forgettable season hit an all-time low on Saturday, as they lost to Georgia Southern 26-20 at the "Swamp," their first-ever loss to an FCS opponent. Worse, the Eagles upset Florida without even completing a pass in the game.
Florida's sixth consecutive defeat ensures it will finish with a losing record for the first time since its winless season in 1979. And the Gators will miss a bowl game for the first time since 1990, ending what was the longest postseason streak among FBS teams at 22 consecutive seasons.
Florida also pulled off the unenviable feat of twice occupying the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in the Bottom 10 this season. The Gators were also No. 5 after a 34-17 loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 9, which was their first home defeat against the Commodores since 1945.
We're guessing Georgia Southern fans played the Allman Brothers Band's classic cover of Blind Willie McTell's blues tune more than a few times in Statesboro, Ga., on Saturday night. It seems only fitting, as Duane Allman, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, would have celebrated his 67th birthday last week.
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Duane Allman, here's this week's Bottom 10:
|ESPN.com's Bottom 10|
|1.||Southern Miss||0-11||"Whipping Post": The not-so-Golden Eagles have been tied to the whipping post more than a few times this season, as nine of their 11 losses were decided by 21 points or more. In Saturday's finale at UAB, they'll try to avoid becoming the first FBS team since Kansas State in 1987-88 to suffer back-to-back winless seasons. "Tied to the whipping post. Good Lord, I feel like I'm dying."|
|2.||Miami (Ohio)||0-11||"Back Where It All Begins": After Friday's finale at Ball State, we're guessing the RedHawks will have the same amount of victories they started the season with. Miami has lost 15 consecutive games after dropping last week's 44-7 rout against Buffalo. "We'll reach the end we'll all be singin'. And we'll all be friends. Back where it all begins."|
|3.||Georgia State||0-11||"Black Hearted Woman": Lady Luck was cruel to the Panthers last week, as they threw a 70-yard touchdown on a trick play, but then missed a two-point conversion and couldn't recover an onside kick in a 35-33 loss at Arkansas State. They'll try to end a 15-game losing streak and avoid a winless campaign in Saturday's home game against South Alabama. "Black hearted woman, seems trouble and pain is all you crave."|
|4.||Hawaii||0-11||"Midnight Rider": The Warriors nearly grabbed their first victory of the season in a 59-56 overtime loss at Wyoming last week. It was their fifth defeat this season by seven points or fewer. Hawaii will try to end its 11-game losing streak in Saturday's home finale against Army, which will end sometime after midnight ET. "No, I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no. Not gonna let 'em catch the midnight rider."|
|5.||Florida||4-7||"Firing Line": Gators fans aren't happy with coach Will Muschamp, who has a 22-15 record in his third season (and that's before UF plays No. 2 FSU in the Swamp on Saturday). But athletic director Jeremy Foley says Muschamp will be back in 2014, which figures to be a make-it-or-break-it season for him. "Hey, now, baby. Don't you think it's high time. To change your life's direction. Get off the firing line."|
|6.||FIU||1-10||"No One To Run With": FAU spoiled all the fun for FIU. The Owls are 3-0 since coach Carl Pelini was fired and they'll go for four in a row in Friday's finale against the not-so-Golden Panthers. At least FIU still stinks, dropping six games in a row going into its finale. "Nobody left to do the crazy things we used to do before, no! Nobody left to run with anymore."|
|7.||Idaho||1-10||"Ramblin' Man": The Vandals will have traveled more than 8,000 miles for last week's game at Florida State and Saturday's finale at New Mexico State. Here's hoping the Vandals fare better against the Aggies in the Pillow Fight of the Week than they did in their 80-14 loss to the Seminoles. "And when it's time for leavin'. I hope you'll understand. That I was born a ramblin' man."|
|8.||New Mexico State||1-10||"Two Rights": The Aggies have a 24-game losing streak against FBS foes and haven't beaten an FBS opponent since defeating Fresno State 48-45 on Nov. 12, 2011. New Mexico State's only two victories the past two seasons came against FCS foes Sacramento State and Abilene Christian. "Cause two rights can't make up for one wrong."|
|9.||Temple||1-10||"It Ain't Over Yet": Unfortunately, Temple fans always know it ain't over yet. The Owls blew a three-touchdown lead after halftime against U-Conn't last week, the sixth time this season they've blown a second-half lead and fourth time they've squandered a fourth-quarter lead. Temple will try for its second win in Saturday's finale at Memphis. "My mind is set. Do what you gotta do, baby. It ain't over yet."|
|10.||UMiss||1-10||"Ain't Wastin' Time No More": The Minutemen wasted plenty of time in last week's 37-0 loss at Central Michigan. They held the ball for nearly 30 minutes, but couldn't score and had only 173 yards of offense, including 45 passing. UMiss closes the season at Ohio on Friday. "And, oh, I ain't wastin' time no more. 'Cause time goes by like hurricanes and faster things."|
Waiting list: California (1-11), Purdon't (1-10), Cupcake Saturday, Western Michigan (1-10), Eastern Michigan (2-9), Pooh-poohing the Rose Bowl, Air Force (2-9), Kentucky (2-9), Oregon State's defense, UTEP (2-9), UAB (2-9), South Florida (2-8), Tennessee's in-state bragging rights, Virginia (2-9), NC State (3-8), Baylor's offense, Kansas (3-8), Army (3-7), Arkansas (3-8).