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The Bottom Ten

Western Kentucky (0-11) plays Arkansas State with the title on the line. Eastern Michigan, keep your fingers crossed.

December 03, 2009|By Steve Harvey

All Eastern Michigan can do now is wait. The EMUs did their job -- losing to Akron, 21-28, to finish the season with a perfect 0-12 record.

But the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky (0-11) refuse to go away, no matter how much their fans would like them to.

Wacky WKU fell, 23-29, to 4-7 Florida Atlantic to run its losing streak to 19 games, longest in the nation. And WKU vaulted into a first-place tie with the EMUs.

The Bottom Ten title will be decided one way or another by Western Kentucky's finale tonight against No. 16 Arkansas State (3-8). Arkansas State can lose to any team in America on a given Saturday, or Thursday.

Meanwhile, fired coach Charlie Weis of No. 11 Notre Dame gets a bum deal when critics say he beat no ranked teams this year. Actually, the Irish did knock off Washington State, which is ranked No. 3 -- in the Bottom Ten.

Wreck, Record Last Loss Next Loss1. Western Kentucky (0-11) 23-29, Florida Atlantic Arkansas State1. Eastern Michigan (0-12) 21-28, Akron Done3. Washington State (1-11) 0-30, Washington Done4. Miami (Ohio) (1-11) 9-42, Buffalo Done5. North Texas (2-10) 26-30, Arkansas State Done6. Rice (2-10) 14-73, Houston Done 7. New Mexico (1-11) 0-51, TCU Done8. Florida International (3-8) 3-62, Florida Florida Atlantic9. Kansas (5-7) 39-41 Missouri Done10. Michigan (5-7) 10-21, Ohio State Done11. Notre Dame (0 for November); 12. Maryland (2-10); 13. Ball State (2-10); 14. San Jose State (2-9); 15. Ill. (3-8); 16. Arkansas State (3-8); 17. Memphis (2-10); 18. New Mexico State (3-9); 19. Censored; 20. Akron (3-9).

Other teams not receiving votes: University of Texas at El Unstoppable Paso, a 52-21 winner over Marshall.

Crummy game of the week (year, actually): Arkansas State (3-8) at Western Kentucky (0-11).

Rout of the week: Idle.

Flops of the year: No. 35 Oklahoma (7-5) slid 32 places in the Associated Press media poll since the start of the year. Georgia (7-5), 13th in AP's preseason poll, isn't even in the top 38 this week. Hard to believe, but Florida State (6-6) was actually No. 18 in the preseason rankings. No. 20 USC has fallen 16 places since its opener.

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