[Editor’s note: Some Bottom 10 teams have wrapped up their seasons, while others still have a month to play. Meanwhile, the Big Ten is somewhere in between, thanks to everyone from Ohio State and Northwestern to Michigan and Penn State.]
Inspirational considered the week:
Hey Spike, you are scarin’ my spouse
Hey Spike, inform us ’bout life?
May you inform me about life?
I am might have, want, a canine collar to, boy
It’d make me say, say ow
Pay attention, hey Spike what’d like?
Hey, Spike what’d like?
— “Spike,” Tom Petty
Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, positioned beneath the enormous neon “RD” that signifies the doorway to the Letterman’s Membership of the Combating Rece Davises, we is usually a little bit of a non secular bunch, particularly throughout a 12 months like this one. So at any time when there’s a common confluence of humanity — a second when the chaotic cosmic tumblers of house and time all of the sudden and impossibly click on into place to attract an invisible but highly effective line, a thread that connects us all, man, lady, baby and alien alike — we pause to indicate our gratitude for such an incidence, particularly throughout Thanksgiving time.
As an example, what occurred on the Provider Dome on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing by 7, Syracuse spikes the ball on 4th down to finish the sport.
It is as painful and superb as you’ll think about. pic.twitter.com/3uNivIgX64
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) November 28, 2020
Afterward, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers known as the spike “unlucky.” However we do not see it that manner. What we noticed was the spark that lit the fireplace of Backside 10 Nation, as our social media timelines have been all of the sudden full of wonderment. OK, sure, there was loads of outrage and Orange-hot anger, however it was principally wonderment — a shared feeling of certainty throughout these unsure instances. For whereas we’d not know when life will return to regular and even what that standard shall be, there may be nothing extra regular that realizing when a Backside 10 workforce is a real Backside 10 workforce that simply had a real Backside 10 second and that its Backside 10 rating is as stable because the firmament of the Earth or the scowl on Jim Boeheim’s face.
With apologies to Spike Lee, Spike Dykes and Spike TV, this is this week’s Backside 10.
1. ULM (pronounced “uhlm”) (0-9)
The Warhawks have been edged by Louisiana, 70-20. Waiting for their closing video games and closing Backside 10 championship résumé statements, in keeping with the mysteriously correct FPI Ouija board, ULM has an 11.5% likelihood to win at Arkansas State on Saturday, an 11.1% likelihood to win at Troy on Dec. 17 and, curiously sufficient, solely an 11.3% likelihood to defeat the Fightin’ Byes of Open Date U. on Dec. 12.
2. UMess (0-4)
The Minutemen misplaced their final scheduled sport (as of now) 45-0 at Liberty, bringing to thoughts the phrases of a well-known patriot who impressed the unique Minutemen so a few years in the past. It was Patrick Henry, not removed from Lynchburg, Virginia, who on March 23, 1775, cried out “Give me Liberty or give me loss of life!” Nevertheless it was UMass fan Henry Patrick who, whereas driving again to Amherst from Lynchburg on Nov. 28, 2020, known as me and screamed, “Give me Liberty AND give me loss of life!”
3. Kansas Nayhawks (0-8)
KU kicked off its late autumn tour of Texas with a 59-23 loss to TCU. Up subsequent is a go to to Texas Tech, adopted by a rescheduled go to from Texas. Sources inform Backside 10 JortsCenter that each the Texans and Cowboys inquired about scheduling Kansas, however in the end, the Massive 12 decided that including them to the calendar would do an excessive amount of injury to the convention’s total energy of schedule.
4. Sir, Accused Orange (1-9)
Syracuse’s solely win this 12 months was over Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech simply earned its first win since beating Louisville on Oct. 9, as this week the Yellow Jackets knocked off Backside 10 Ready Listing member Duke. Duke’s solely ACC win this 12 months came to visit Syracuse the identical weekend that Georgia Tech beat Louisville. Louisville beat Syracuse two weeks in the past for its first ACC win since beating Florida State on Oct. 24. Since Florida State has already misplaced to each Georgia Tech and Louisville, and the Seminoles’ final two video games are nonetheless marked as “postponed,” they need to, naturally, schedule Duke and Syracuse, proper? Has anybody requested Dabo Swinney what he thinks FSU ought to do? NO, WAIT, DON’T DO THAT!
5. The Coveted Massive tenth Spot
Fast recap of the week for the B1G: Ohio State needed to cancel its sport at Illinois, and the Buckeyes are actually furiously doing the maths to see how they’ll nonetheless win the convention and make it to the School Soccer Playoff whereas having performed the identical variety of video games as UMass. Northwestern, a 2019 Backside 10 stalwart, had climbed into the Prime 10 earlier than dropping to one-win 2020 Backside 10 stalwart Michigan State. Nebraska, which lobbied hardest to play this fall, fell to 1-4 and had a postgame spat with Iowa concerning the correct option to clap one’s arms. Penn State and Michigan performed within the Pillow Battle of the Week. Really feel-good story Indiana misplaced its quarterback for the rest 12 months. Wisconsin and Minnesota additionally needed to cancel. Purdue misplaced to one-win Rutgers. It was the convention equal to the household Thanksgiving dinner that turns into an argument about politics and who purchased a budget paper plates.
6. Whew Mexico (0-5)
Final week, we angered the followers of Yew-tah State once we led into the nation’s solely Thanksgiving night time faculty soccer sport and by chance known as them each the Different Aggies and the Utes. That was a typo. However we cannot have to fret about making that mistake once more, as a result of the Different Aggies rolled over New Mexico, whom will we by no means, ever confuse with their most bitterest of rivals, the Different Different Aggies of Whew Mexico State.
7. Boiling Akron-monious Inexperienced Emus in Northern Illinois (0-4/0-4/0-4/0-4)
The Loathsome Lonesome Foursome of MACsome all misplaced final week to all drop to 0-4. This week, they kick off the semifinals of the MACtion division of the Backside 10 Playoff, when Boiling Inexperienced travels to Akron-monious, adopted the subsequent weekend with Northern In poor health-ugh-nois taking up the EMU Emus. Simply how massive are these looming showdowns? Massive as a Bear. Or the Bear.
Is @ESPNMcGee headed to InfoCision Stadium this week?
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) November 30, 2020
8. US(not C)F (1-8)
It was by no means a query of if an American Athletic Convention of American Athletics workforce would occupy this spot, however fairly which one. When Temple’s sport with No. 7 Cincinnati was canceled, it not solely saved the Owls from a sport during which Cincy was favored by 36, it additionally turned our consideration again to US(not C)F. USF misplaced to Temple earlier this season but in addition simply misplaced to UC(not S)F 58-46 for his or her fourth straight L(Not W) within the Struggle on I(not J)-4.
9. Vanderbilt Commode Doorways (0-8)
It would not get extra 2020 than making the feel-good college football headline of the season vanish lower than 24 hours later with a coach firing.
10. Low Cal (0-3)
Within the time it takes you to learn this sentence, Cal particular groups can have muffed a punt and had two kicks blocked, one by somebody’s elbow.
Ready Listing: Tempered Owls (1-6), Duke Blew Devils (2-7), Pin State (1-5), The Group That Misplaced To Pin State (2-4), Florida State Semi-No’s (2-6), No-braska (1-4), unLv (0-5), FI(not A)U (0-5), Texas State Armadillos (2-10), Minute Rice (1-2), Charlotte 2-and-3’ers (2-3-7), people who find themselves hating a kicker solely as a result of she’s a she, COVID-19.