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Monday, January 14, 2008
Final Bottom 10 finds 2007's real McCoys

By David Duffey
ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on
Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on

Sloopy lives in a very bad part of town and everybody yeah, tries to put my sloopy down Sloopy I don't care, what your daddy do Cuz you know sloopy, girl, I'm in love with you

and so I sing out

Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on

-- "Hang On Sloopy," The McCoys

In 1985, the Ohio General Assembly approved "Hang on Sloopy" as Ohio's official rock song. The Bottom 10 enjoys variety too much to take that kind of step. But considering what took place in New Orleans one week ago, we'll adopt the 1965 hit by The McCoys as the official rock song of the 2007 season's final Bottom 10.

Ohio State definitely lives in a very bad part of town. The Buckeyes are in the highly coveted No. 5 spot. After LSU became the latest SEC school to feast on OSU in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, you kind of had to see that one coming. But the Bottom 10 is in love with more than the Buckeyes, who share the honor with all the BCS games. Georgia rolled Hawaii in an over-before-it-started Allstate Sugar Bowl. West Virginia thumped Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Kansas edged Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl, but did that game really leave you wanting more? Out in Pasadena, USC rolled over Illinois in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi.

(Note: "Sloopy" was composed by Bert Russell and Wes Farrell in 1965. In that same year, John Tatgenhorst, then an arranger for the Ohio State University Marching Band, created the band's now-famous arrangement of "Sloopy," first performed at the Ohio State-Illinois football game on Oct. 9, 1965. Hmmm. Seems fitting that "Sloopy," the Buckeyes and Illini are together again on Jan. 14, 2008.)

Florida International's flirtation with Bottom 10 perfection ended with a win against North Texas, so FIU slipped to No. 3 in the final standings. Utah State won its final two games to fall completely out of the tantalizing 10. But 10 is still the key number. Idaho and SMU both lost their final 10 games of the season to move to No. 1 and No. 2 in the final standings.

We'll let some other songs from the "Best of the McCoys" guide us through the final Bottom 10 of the 2007 season.

Have a comment about the Bottom 10 ranking? Send us your thoughts.

So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's the Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. Idaho 1-11 "Meet the McCoys": The Vandals, who lost 10 straight to end the season, are the Bottom 10 real McCoy. Idaho's only 2007 win? Cal Poly. Ouch.
2. SMU 1-11 "Say Those Magic Words": The Mustangs also lost their final 10 games of 2007. But SMU hopes those magic words are June Jones.
3. FIU 1-11 "Mr. Summer": Sure, the Panthers won only their season finale against North Texas, but every day is like summer in Miami.
4. UAB 2-10 "I Can't Explain It": Actually, we can explain it. The Blazers' only wins in 2007 came against Alcorn State and Tulane.
5. BCS
1-4 "Hang On Sloopy": Ohio State, Illinois, Hawaii and Oklahoma helped make the BCS games live in a very bad part of town.
6. NIU 2-10 "Smokey Joe's Cafe": Idaho and Kent State were the only wins in the Huskies' last season under Joe Novak.
7. North Texas 2-10 "Everyday I Have To Cry": Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky are the only teams that didn't make the Mean Green cry this season.
8. Minnesota 1-11 "Sorrow": The Golden Gophers finished with 10 straight losses and did not win a Big Ten conference game.
9. Duke 1-11 "(You Make Me Feel) So Good": The Blue Devils ended the season with nine straight losses and didn't win an ACC game. But David Cutcliffe is headed to Durham.
10. UNLV 2-10 "Up and Down": The Rebels were up against the state of Utah, beating Utah State and Utah, but down against everyone else on their schedule.

Waiting list: Baylor (3-9), Colorado State (3-9), Kent State (3-9), Ole Miss (3-9), Notre Dame (3-9), Syracuse (2-10) and Utah State (2-10).

David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.