The Meaning Of Life
The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best
always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life
-- "Always Look On The Bright Side," Monty Python
Monty Python is celebrating its 40th anniversary. While this version of the Bottom 10 hasn't been around that long, our flying circus of teams has the comedic chops to get laughs for at four or five decades.
The Bottom 10 is back from its bye week. The Bottom 10 meaning of life hasn't changed much while we got healthy and concentrated on the fundamentals. Western Kentucky, Rice, New Mexico, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Florida Atlantic's quest for the Bottom 10 holy grail continues. The seven teams are still on track to complete a winless season.
And now for something completely different. Florida State slides into the highly coveted No. 5 spot. The Seminoles spent the week bickering about Bobby Bowden's future. They should have spent more time working on defending the option. Georgia Tech ran all over the Noles, dropping them to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.
The Pillow Fight of the Week double feature: Florida Atlantic at North Texas and Bowling Green at Ball State.
So, with apologies to Steve Harvey and with help from Monty Python, here's the latest Bottom 10:
ESPN.com's Bottom 10
|1.||Western Kentucky||0-5||"Monty Python and the Holy Grail": The Hilltoppers have lost 13 straight, rank No. 119 in scoring offense and No. 118 in scoring defense. It's a busy life in Camelot.|
|2.||New Mexico||0-6||"Monty Python's Flying Circus": What could top 10 straight losses? Coach Mike Locksley was suspended for 10 days as punishment for his role in a fight with an assistant coach.|
|3.||Rice||0-6||"Spamalot": The Owls might eat ham and jam and Spam a lot, but they don't play much defense. Rice ranks last in the nation in scoring D, giving up 44.3 points per game.|
|4.||Miami (Ohio)||0-6||"Life of Brian": A motion picture destined to offend nearly two thirds of the civilized world was the movie's tagline. The Miami scoring offense is last in the FBS and offending at least two thirds of Ohio. (The Buckeyes offense is offending the other third.)|
|5.||Florida State||2-4||"The Meaning of Life": What have you done for me lately? Bobby Bowden delivered ACC crowns and national titles to Tallahassee, but recent FSU struggles have some publicly calling for an end to the Bowden era.|
|6.||Ball State||0-6||"An Evening Without Monty Python": The new play has non-Python actors performing Python sketches. Don't look for non-Cardinals teams to perform anything from the Cardinals playbook.|
|7.||Eastern Michigan||0-5||"Ministry of Silly Walks": The Eagles are perfecting their version of the silly walk. They rank No. 116 in scoring offense and No. 113 in scoring defense.|
|8.||Florida Atlantic||0-4||"The Spanish Inquisition": "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" Nobody expects the Owls to win, either. Well, there is that Dec. 5 game at Florida International.|
|9.||Akron||1-4||"And Now For Something Completely Different": A team with a win! Of course, the Zips' only win came against Morgan State from the FCS.|
|10.||Illinois||1-4||"You're No Fun Anymore": Not too long ago the Zooker had the Illini in the Rose Bowl, but a 1-4 start has turned up the heat on Ron Zook in Champaign.|
Waiting list: Arkansas State (1-4), Colorado (1-4), excessive celebration penalties, Florida International (1-4), North Texas (1-4), Purdue (1-5), San Jose State (1-4), Utah State (1-4) and Washington State (1-5).
David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.