It’s come to a point in the season when it would be easy for all the Bottom 10 teams to just give up. And it appears that about four or five actually have.
1. Miami (Ohio) (0-9): The RedHawks are averaging 10 points per game, on pace to finish as the lowest scoring FBS offense since 2006. That’s seven points less than my nephew’s 8-and-under soccer team averages, and those games last about 11 minutes.
2. Southern Mississippi (0-9): The Golden Eagles’ losing streak has surpassed Susan Lucci’s old mark at the Daytime Emmys, for all you soap opera fans.
3. Connecticut (0-8): UConn lost to Louisville 31-10 in a game played under clear skies, except for the black cloud that’s been hovering over the Husky sideline since opening week.
4. Hawaii (0-9): The Rainbow Warriors fell to 0-9 with a 42-28 loss to Navy. I’m not sure what Hawaii’s problem was, but we can pretty much rule out overconfidence.
5. Idaho (1-9): The Vandals fell to Old Dominion. It seems like when Idaho last had a winning season, the opponent was known as New Dominion.
6. FIU (1-8): FIU lost to Middle Tennessee 48-0, but things could be worse — well, on second thought, not really.
7. Purdue (1-8): A sure sign your program is in trouble: The line to get into the stadium on game day is consistently shorter than the one to board the campus train.
8. Western Michigan (1-9): Western Michigan lost to Eastern Michigan 35-32 in overtime in an exciting game that had loads of regional interest. I’m defining “regional interest” as a two-square block radius of each campus.
9. Eastern Michigan (2-8): The Eagles can’t escape the Bottom 10 after being taken into overtime by Western Michigan.
10. California (1-9): There’s no truth to the rumor that school administrators are thinking of canceling the second halves of games in order to extend the Cal band’s halftime performance.
Others receiving votes: Georgia State, New Mexico State, Kentucky, Tulsa, Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins organization, UTEP, recruiting 10-year-olds, the chip on Nick Saban’s shoulder, Nevada, UAB.