‘Sister Luck’ deserts Bottom 10


SchlabachBy Mark Schlabach


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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:

“Worried sick my eyes are hurting
To rest my head I’d take a life
Outside the girls are dancing
‘Cause when you’re down it just don’t seem right.

Feeling second fiddle to a dead man
Up to my neck with your disregard
Like a beat dog that’s walking on the broadway
No one wants to hear you when you’re down

Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else’s name
Sister luck is screaming out
Somebody else’s name”

“Sister Luck,” Black Crowes

Are those Black Crowes flying over Georgia’s Sanford Stadium? Or hungry buzzards?

The once-proud Bulldogs have fallen on really hard times, losing four games in a row for the first time in two decades. Georgia will have to beat Tennessee at home on Saturday to avoid its first five-game drought since 1953.

Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson surely isn’t happy about the Bulldogs’ current plight. Robinson and his brother Rich formed the band in Atlanta in 1984, when the Bulldogs were fresh off their streak of winning three consecutive SEC titles and the 1980 national championship.

Now, the Bulldogs can’t even beat Mississippi State or Colorado on the road. At least the Black Crowes are still flying strong; the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame last month.

There’s nothing legendary about this week’s Pillow Fight of the Week. New Mexico and New Mexico State, who are a combined 0-9 this season, play at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday night. There will be more than bragging rights at stake; the winner also gets a one-week reprieve from the Bottom 10.

With apologies to the Black Crowes and Steve Harvey, here’s this week’s Bottom 10:

ESPN.com’s Bottom 10
1. Eastern Michigan 0-5 “Jealous Again”: Western Kentucky might actually be jealous of the Eagles. EMU has lost 17 games in a row heading into Saturday night’s contest at Vanderbilt; the Hilltoppers have dropped 24 in a row.
2. Western Kentucky 0-4 “She Talks To Angels”: The Hilltoppers are probably praying a lot this week. Their 24-game drought — the longest losing streak in the country — might end at winless Florida International on Saturday.
3. New Mexico 0-5 “Could I’ve Been So Blind”: New Mexico officials have to be asking that question after watching coach Mike Locksley lose another game, 38-20 to UTEP last week.
4. New Mexico State 0-4 “Struttin’ Blues”: Even after losing 59-0 to Boise State, the Aggies might have a little swagger on Saturday night — the Lobos will be standing on the other sideline.
5. Georgia 1-4 “Seeing Things”: Bulldogs coach Mark Richt had to be wiping his eyes after tailback Caleb King fumbled in the final minutes of last week’s 29-27 loss at Colorado.
6. Akron 0-5 “Remedy”: The Zips might find a remedy for their woeful 0-5 start; they play at 1-3 Kent State on Saturday.
7. San Jose State 1-4 “Hard To Handle”: The hapless Spartans couldn’t even handle an FCS foe, blowing a 13-point lead in a 14-13 loss to UC-Davis last week. It was UC-Davis’ second win over an FBS opponent.
8. F_U 1-7 “Twice As Hard”: Might we actually witness an F_U sweep this weekend? Florida International (0-4) hosts 0-4 Western Kentucky; Florida Atlantic (1-3) plays at 1-3 Louisiana-Monroe.
9. Memphis 1-4 “Sting Me”: The Tigers are still stinging from last week’s 48-7 loss to Tulsa. Memphis had four turnovers and allowed the Golden Hurricane to gain 447 yards of offense.
10. North Texas 1-4 “Sister Luck”: The not-so-Mean Green have to feel like they’re jinxed after Louisiana-Lafayette blocked an extra-point try with 31 seconds left to secure a 28-27 victory last week.

Waiting list: Duke (1-4), Minnesota (1-4), LSU’s late-game management, Marshall (1-4), Rice (1-4), Tennessee’s 7-3-3 defense, Bowling Green (1-4), USC’s dynasty, Colorado State (1-4), Rutgers’ homecoming, BYU (1-4), Louisiana-Monroe (1-3), Florida’s jump pass, Louisiana Tech (1-4), Colorado fans storming the field after beating a 1-4 team, UNLV (1-4), Washington State (1-4), Mark Schlabach’s upset pick (again).

Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.

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