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Steve Harvey's college football Bottom Ten

Notre Dame isn't No. 1, but the Irish have the history.

November 12, 2009|Steve Harvey

While the EMUs of Eastern Michigan (0-9) remained No. 1, the Bottom Ten gave a career lack-of-achievement award to No. 18 Notre Dame.

USA Today pointed out that over the last 16 years, the Fitful Irish are 1-9 in bowl games, 7-25 against teams in the top 10, and 22-40-1 against ranked opponents -- true Bottom Ten-type numbers.

Notre Dame's latest setback came against Navy, a team that had thrown 28 passes in six previous games -- none against Wake Forest.

So what happened?

Navy attempted three passes in a 23-21 win over the Irish and afterward a Notre Dame defensive tackle said Navy had "outschemed us."

What, Navy ran left more than it ran right?

*--* N. Wreck, Record Last Loss Next Loss 1. Eastern Michigan (0-9) 6-50, Northern Illinois Western Michigan 2. New Mexico (0-9) 14-45, Utah BYU 3. Western Kentucky (0-9) 20-40, Troy Louisiana-Monroe 4. Miami (Ohio) (1-9) 32-34, Temple Bowling Green 5. Ball State (1-8) 17-20, Ohio (Ohio) Northern Illinois 6. San Jose State (1-7) 7-62, Nevada Utah State 7. Vanderbilt (2-8) 3-27, Florida Kentucky 8. North Texas (2-7) 6-33, Louisiana-Monroe Fla. International 9. Washington State (1-8) 7-48, Arizona UCLA 10. Fla.International 21-48, Middle Tennessee North Texas (2-7) *--*

11. Maryland (2-7); 12. Syracuse (3-6); 13. Tulane (3-6); 14. Memphis (2-7); 15. Florida State (4-5); 16. Michigan (5-5); 17. Out of the country on business; 18. Tie among Notre Dame, Penn State, Iowa (all winless in November).

Crummy game of the week: North Texas (2-7) at Florida International (2-7).

Rout of the week: Brigham Young (7-2) at New Mexico (0-9).

Milestones: Oklahoma, a 3-10 loser to Nebraska, fell out of the Associated Press top 25 for the first time since 2005.

Jurisprudence: Texas Christian, a frequent member of the Bottom Ten in the 1970s, has been banned for life for winning its first nine games this year.

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