Bugeatersteve's 2009 Bottom Five Rankings: Week No. 10

Bugeatersteve StuchlikCorrespondent INovember 10, 2009

Well, I only had a minor shake-up in the bottom five from this past week with Akron not liking the neighborhood much and won to escape.

It doesn’t look too promising for any team getting out of the bottom five for this week, however, as each team is facing pretty stiff competition.

Here are this week’s rankings. The team’s previous ranking is in parentheses.


No. 5 (NR)—Washington State kitties: 1-8

Our latest candidate is riding a six-game losing streak after defeating powerhouse SMU 30-27 in the third week of the season.

They are currently perfect in conference play, with their latest beatdown at the hands of Arizona 48-7. Next up on their losing Pac-10 parade is UCLA. 


No. 4 (4)—Eastern Michigan sparrows: 0-9

Back in conference play, the sparrows got eaten up by the Northern Illinois Huskies 50-6 in a not ready for prime time Thursday night matchup.

Eastern Michigan actually drove inside the Huskies' five-yard line twice in the first quarter without scoring and was outgained 537 to 182 for the game.

Their next loss will be a battle for in-state supremacy against Western Michigan.


No. 3 (3)—Rice sparrows: 0-9

Oh what a battle occurred in Dallas this past Saturday, as Rice made a bid for their first win of the season. Rice jumped out to a 13-point lead in this game only to be snakebitten with a blocked kick that SMU returned 74 yards for a touchdown and a 21-20 lead.

SMU stretched the lead to 10 in the second half, and Rice scored with less than two minutes to go to cut it to the final score of 31-28.

The next loss for Rice will be Saturday to Tulane.


No. 2 (2)—Western Kentucky flat toppers: 0-9

Mmm, mmm, good, as Western Kentucky and Troy traded scores in the first half of this contest with Troy taking a 21-20 lead into halftime.

WK had shot their wad in the first half, however, as Troy outscored them 20 to nothing and Shawn Southward ran for 127 and three touchdowns in the second half to put the flat toppers out of their misery.

Next loss for Western Kentucky is Saturday to UL-Monroe.


No. 1 (1)—New Mexico lubes: 0-9

Fighting off the pressure of Western Kentucky to hold on to the top spot for the ninth consecutive week, the lubes hope to be the first team to hold on to the top spot all season long.

New Mexico coughed it up to Utah 45-14, and with the loss they have now dropped 13 straight games, the second longest in school history and the second longest in the country behind Western Kentucky’s 17 straight.

Their next loss will be Saturday to BYU.


Dropping out of the bottom dwellers was Akron. See you again next week.