[Editor’s note: The Big 10’s arrival for this fall college football season is imminent. But for now, the SEC owns college football (both good and bad), Clemson runs the ACC and the Big 12 is, well, the Big 12. As always, the Bottom 10 sorts it out.]
Inspirational Considered the Week:
“I ponder what these Star Destroyers are ready for?”
— Lando Calrissian from “Return of the Jedi”
Right here at Backside 10 Headquarters, positioned in a convention room on the cloning facility the place they make all of the Laura Rutledges to host 32 TV exhibits per week, we’re actually into apps. No, not little buttons in your telephone that provide help to put up photos, discover dates after which put up photos of these dates. We’re speaking about appetizers. , like pizza shooters, shrimp poppers or excessive fajitas.
Our obsession with the meals we eat earlier than consuming the actual meals can be, admittedly, clouding our usually pristine judgment in the case of rating the very best worst groups of faculty soccer. The groups at present on our listing need to be there; however whereas we preserve one eye on the Southern groups at present enjoying, we won’t assist however preserve our different eye pointed towards the west. That is the place the Large Ten and In-A-Rut-gers are nearing kickoff; the place the MAC and defending Backside 10 champs Akron-monious began observe simply this week; the place the Pac-12 and Mountain West have advised San No-se State and … wait … sorry …
Oh rattling, I spent an excessive amount of time with one eye pointed south and the opposite pointed west. I believe they is likely to be caught.
With apologies to Squints Palledorous and Steve Harvey, this is this week’s Backside 10.
1. ULM (pronounced “uhlm”), 0-5
The theme of final week’s Backside 10 was horror motion pictures. We obtained some criticism for that call from individuals saying we went there too early, as a result of no really terrifying horror movies are launched so early within the month of October. It’s value noting that none of these feedback got here from the members of the ULM special-teams unit, who launched their new terror flick on Oct. 10.
UL Monroe punter Daniel Sparks offers up not one however two touchdowns on botched punts ultimately zone versus Liberty.
2. North Texas Lean Inexperienced (1-3)
It has been some time since our pals in Denton have been included in these rankings, however this week they soar — OK, they fall — from the Ready Record all the best way to second. How? By getting housed in America’s most underrated faculty soccer stadium (critically, Apogee Stadium is superior) by the then-No. 9-Charlotte-then-0-and-2ers, a loss that got here solely per week after falling to then-third-ranked Southern Missed, who have been then-0-and-3.
UNT’s solely win this season was towards Houston Baptist, which can be a “then” workforce, as in “again then, it was nonetheless enjoying,” as a result of HBU completed its four-game fall schedule final weekend with a 1-3 file. What we’re saying is, all of these “thens” add as much as a really tough now. Talking of “nows,” UNT’s subsequent opponent is now-seventh-ranked Muddled Tennessee within the Pillow Combat of the Week. If UNT loses that now, then there’ll seemingly be no extra wins later.
3. FI(not A)U (0-2)
The Panthers additionally make a giant soar/fall from the Ready Record into third after helping within the first win of the season for then-second-ranked Muddled Tennessee. Now they are going to go to the Charlotte 1-and-2ers, which might be performed only some miles from my home. Fast query: If I get a mascot head, arrange a VHS camcorder behind my pickup truck, drive that truck to this sport and name it “Backside 10 GameDay,” does that make me eligible for the Sports activities Emmys?
4. US(not C)F (1-3)
It was simple to disregard the Bulls after they have been 1-2, seeing as how their two losses had come to ranked groups — like, the Prime 25 rankings — in Notre Dame and Cincinnati. However they have been then run out of their very own constructing by EC-Yew, which got here into the competition 0-2 and the third-ranked workforce — like, the Backside 10 rankings. In associated information, sources inform Backside 10 JortsCenter that USF head coach Jeff Scott supplied to commerce certainly one of his Clemson nationwide championship rings if the ECU workforce aircraft would drop him off D.B. Cooper-style over Demise Valley on its means residence.
5. Too-Prolonged Guidelines Explanations (0-1)
I really like faculty soccer officers. I’m begat from one. I at present have a book out co-written with my father about his life as a college football official. It contains some superb tales of his experiences along with his colleagues within the SEC. It additionally contains a number of reminders that refs are, at first, human beings and thus vulnerable to errors. Our e book is 264 pages lengthy, which is roughly half the size of the official convention rationalization of what occurred on the finish of the Auburn-Arkansas sport. Author’s tip: Subsequent time, a easy rationalization of “They should not have blown the play lifeless so shortly” will do.
6. Kansas Nayhawks (0-3)
Kansas spent final weekend failing to cowl the unfold towards the Fightin’ Byes of Open Date U. Up subsequent comes a visit to Morgantown, West Virginia, that kicks off a four-game gauntlet that features Prime 25 groups Kansas State and Iowa State, adopted by a visit to Norman, Oklahoma. Oh, and coach Les Miles examined constructive for COVID-19. Apart from that, it has been a stunning autumn in Lawrence.
7. Muddled Tennessee (1-4)
The excellent news? They gained! The unhealthy information? A win towards FIU is not sufficient to maneuver off this listing.
8. Texas State Armadillos (1-4)
Identical for a win over ULM.
9. Southern Missed (1-3)
Identical for a win over North Texas.
10. Minute(males) Rice (0-0)
Talking of fine information, UMess acquired a sport scheduled! This weekend, it’s going to journey to the Erk Dome to face Georgia Southern Not State. In the meantime, Rice must wait one other weekend to lastly kick off its fall, with an immediate Pillow Combat of the Week go to from MTSU — the Owls’ fourth try at a season opener — adopted by a Halloween journey to Southern Missed. It is beginning to really feel like possibly the Owls have been simply sidestepping these first three video games so they may soar straight to the actual Backside 10 enterprise at hand — sorry, at talon.
The Ready Record: Wants Extra Cowbell (1-2), Western Cannot-ucky (1-3), EC-Yew (1-2), Vanderbilt Commode Doorways (0-3), Charlotte 1-and-2ers, Syra-cursed (1-3), Duke Bedevileds (1-4), FSU Semi-No’s (1-3), COVID-19.