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Sooners sink to new depths

September 10, 2009

Routed, 14-13, by Brigham Young, Oklahoma had its record fall to 0-2 to earn the honor of worst team in America.

The Sooners took advantage of the fact that the Bottom 10's complex rankings include January bowl results such as Oklahoma's 24-14 loss to Florida in the BCS title game. The Sooners are the losingest team in the nation.

Meanwhile, No. 2 San Jose State somehow blew a 3-0 lead to succumb to USC and child quarterback Matt Barkley, 56-3. The victory was only a minor consolation for Trojans rooters, after the other men of Troy (Ala.) were knocked off, 31-14, by Bowling Green.

Bottom 10 voters, respectful of Michigan's 3-9 record last year, shrugged off the (very) hard-working Wolverines' win over Western Michigan as a fluke and gave Michigan probationary status in the ratings at No. 19.

Also, in what sounded like a barroom brawl, Bill & Mary throttled Virginia, 26-14. Just wait until Virginia's boyfriend, Duke, finds out.

The rankled:

*--* Rk. Wreck, '09 record last loss next loss 1. Oklahoma (0-2)* 13-14, Brigham Young Idaho State 2. San Jose State (0-1) 3-56, USC Utah 3. Maryland (0-1) 13-52, California James Madison 4. Georgia (0-1) 10-24, Oklahoma State South Carolina 5. Virginia Tech (0-1) 24-34, Alabama Marshall 6. Virginia (0-1) 14-26, Bill & Mary Texas Christian 7. Florida State (0-1) 34-38, Miami (Fla.) Jacksonville State 8. Troy (0-1) 14-31, Bowling Green Florida 9. Northern Iowa (0-1) 16-17, Iowa South Dakota 10. Iowa (1-0) def. Northern Iowa, 17-16 Iowa State *--*

11. Oregon (one lost game, one lost running back); 12. Ill (0-1); 13. University of Texas at El Cut Off at the Paso (0-1); 14. Utah State (0-1); 15. Washington State (0-1);16. Washington State (just wanted to see if you were paying attention); 17. Nevada (0-1); 18. Syracuse (0-1); 19. Michigan (1-0); 20. Electoral College (idle).

Others receiving votes (in alphabetical order): None.

*2009 record includes Jan. 8 BCS championship loss to Florida.

Crummy game of the week: Idaho State (0-1) vs. Oklahoma (0-1).

Rout of the week: USC (1-0) over Ohio State (1-0).

Special citation: No doubt part of the reason Brigham Young was successful against Oklahoma was the team's maturity. As ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd pointed out, 43 of Brigham Young's players are married. Just think, 43 husbands with an excuse to get out of yardwork on Saturdays.

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