November 6, 2009 in Sports

Georgia stands out for its mediocrity

Steve Harvey Special to the Los Angeles Times
 

Chances are that Eastern Michigan (0-8) retained its No. 1 position in the Bottom Ten this week. After all, the EMUs, with their point-a-minute defense, fell to Arkansas 27-63. But no one’s certain about the rankings because the Bottom Ten college selectors went on strike to protest the baseball season’s incursion into November.

Subbing for them this week are their rivals, the Middle Ten selectors, whose rankings pay tribute neither to the best nor the worst, but to the average teams.

The Middle Ten members are college football’s silent majority, teams that always show up on time for the kickoff but can at best hope to finish the season 6-6 and win an invitation to the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl.

Prime examples range from No. 1 Georgia’s toothless Bulldogs to the harmless No. 20 USC Trojans, whose Pac-10 record is a humble 3-2.

Luckily, Trojans fans have the 42-21 win of Troy (Ala.) University over Louisiana Monroe to savor.

TeamW-LLast BoreNext Bore
1. Georgia4-417-41, FloridaTenn. Tech
2. Florida St.4-4def. N.C. State 45-42Clemson
3. Wyoming4-410-22, UtahBYU
4. Kentucky4-424-31, Ole Miss StateE. Kentucky
5. San Diego St.4-4def. New Mexico 23-20TCU
6. SMU4-4def. Tulsa 27-13Rice
7. Arizona St.4-421-23, CalUSC
8. La- Lafayette4-417-20, Florida Int.Arkansas St.
9. Tennessee4-4def. South Carolina 31-13Memphis
10. Arkansas4-4def. E. Michigan 63-27South Carolina

11. Louisiana Monroe (4-4); 12. Wake Forest (4-5); 13. Michigan State (4-5); 14. Northwestern (5-4); 15. Western Michigan (4-5); 16. Toledo (4-5); 17. Ole Miss State (4-5); 18. Unavailable at press time; 19. Minnehaha (5-4); 20. USC (3-2 in conference).

Meaningless game of the week: USC at Arizona State.

Dishonorable mention: The Bottom Ten, which last week picked Michigan over Ill in the “Rout of the week.” Ill won 38-13.


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