The Terrible 10 of College Football: Will Western Kentucky Win?

Dan BooneSenior Analyst IOctober 7, 2011

PHOENIX - MARCH 27:  A  cheerleader for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers is followed by the mascot during the West Regional Sweet 16 game against the UCLA Bruins at the U.S. Airways Center on March 27, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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College football is past the quarter point and some teams seasons are already doomed.

It is not only hard on the players and the soon to be canned coaches but, because the almighty dollar is the king of college football, when gate receipts dip administrators and presidents feel the fear.

And this is the decade of the dollar in college football.

If it would guarantee admittance to a major conference and a fat cable contract most college presidents would sell their old mommas down the river.

It is all about the big bucks, and when the coin of the realm isn't flowing fast and fine into college coffers, coaches can be clobbered quick.

And the heat is on as the half way point looms large and bowl bids, and the bucks they bring, are just past the first frost. 

1] New Mexico Lobos [0-5]

At least the Lobos let New Mexico State put them out of their misery early last week.

New head coach George Barlow ought to think twice about long term real estate investments in Lobo land. 

2] Minnesota Golden Gophers [1-4]

After watching the Vikings and Gophers, Minnesotans are actually looking forward to winter. 

3] Oregon State Beavers [0-4]

The coaching life of Riley might be over soon in bad Beaver land. 

4] Western Kentucky Hilltoppers [0-4]

Big Red is so bad that they are an 11 point underdog to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.

But Western Kentucky alumnus Charles Napier died this week so maybe the Hilltoppers will win one for Tucker McElroy and The Good Ole Boys.   

Napier provided the growl of The Incredible Hulk in 1978 so perhaps the Hilltoppers can blare that before games.

5] Florida Atlantic Owls [0-4]

Losing to the Louie Lafayette Rajin' Cajuns must make old Howard Schnellenberger wish he was on his Howling Owls rocking chair a year early.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 17:  The University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers mascot performs during a break from action of the 2005 NCAA division 1 men's basketball championship tournament game against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Taco Bell Arena on
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6] UAB Blazers [0-4]

The Blazers, doused by the Troy Trojans last week, will be mauled by Mississippi State Saturday. UAB does have a season finale date with Florida Atlantic looming large though.

7] Indiana Hoosiers [1-4]

The Hoosiers almost handed Penn State a loss but instead their sad season marches on. 

But the Hoosiers can still ruin Ron Zook's dream season this week.

8] Boston College Eagles [1-4]

It's been a bad year in Beantown and if the Patriots falter it is an all out failure.

9] Akron Zips [1-4]

West Virginia is planning to dominate the Mid American Conference when they roll in.

Who would have thought the country roads would lead to the MAC?

10] Colorado Buffalo [1-4]

Tim Tebow has been a curse to all levels of football in the Rockies.

Biggest Loser of the Week: The Big East

Just before Halloween's vampire season TCU drove a stake through the dying breast of the Big East. 

A few weeks ago it seemed like the Big 12 was going to be the first Big Conference beast to die, and they still might, but The Big East received a sudden five-fingered death punch and won't see a 2012 season.

Big East Teams ought to play Don McLean's American Pie at halftime and sing TCU, Syracuse and Pittsburgh caught the last train for the coast the day the Big East died.

Critical Bill from "Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead" Overrated Item of the Week: The Nebraska Defense

Blackshirts? Blackshirts?

"Your reputation FAR exceeds your skills, mammy rammer!"


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