Well, we have a couple of changeups for this week’s rankings.
First off—and all five of my readers should have been aware of this since it was a bottom five matchup—Florida International just couldn’t match the ineptitude it was facing and won their game, so we have a new highly qualified member joining this illustrious fraternity.
Here are this week’s rankings; the team’s previous ranking is in parentheses.
No. 5 (NR): Ball State Cards—0-6
This team is replacing Florida International from the powerhouse Mid-American Conference at the top of my bottom. This team has an impressive résumé this season with loses to North Texas, Army, and New Hampshire. Their next defeat will be at the hands of Bowling Green.
No. 4 (2): Miami (Ohio) Red chicks—0-6
Played a pressure cooker game—and rather well, I might add—in their 16-6 loss to Big Ten Northwestern on Saturday, scoring their lone touchdown with 1:16 left in the game and then going for the two-point conversion that failed.
Sorry Red chick fans for dropping your team, but I had to make some allowance for Rice and Western Kentucky, and Miami was the victim. Their next loss will be Saturday on the road to Ohio University.
No. 3 (4): Rice sparrows—0-6
I had to move Rice up/down a spot, even though both Miami and Western Kentucky both lost, simply because Rice’s loss was what can only be called a “Quality Loss.” How so, Bug, you ask? Well, consider they were BLOWN out by one of the service academies, Navy, to the tune of 63-14.
Their next loss will be on the road in conference to East Carolina.
No. 2 (3): Western Kentucky flat toppers—0-5
As promised last week, WK delivered by losing to a member of the bottom five, Florida International, by the score of 37-20. The loss extends Western Kentucky’s losing streak to 12 games dating to last season, which is the longest active streak in Division I.
WK actually got within a field goal in the third quarter, 17-14, until Florida International ran off 20 unanswered points to clinch the game. Their next loss will be Saturday at the hands of Middle Tennessee.
No. 1 (1): New Mexico Lubes—0-6
New Mexico stretched their record to naught and six with a blundering 37-13 loss to Wyoming in one of the country’s first “snow games” of the 2009 season. Even the game-time temperature (15) was more than the Lubes scored on Saturday. Their next loss will be to UNLV.
Dropping out of the bottom-dwellers after a single week appearance is Florida International. Teams still trying to get into the bottom five are Washington State and North Texas.
See you again next week.