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Golden Eagles earn Bottom 10 gold

The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:


"I can't believe the news today

Oh, I can't close my eyes

And make it go away

How long …

How long must we sing this song

How long, how long …"

'Cause tonight … we can be as one

Tonight … "


-- "Sunday Bloody Sunday," U2

The news began as a trickle Sunday evening, and within a few hours had become a downpour.

It is a familiar song for this time of year: pink slip followed pink slip as a steady procession of coaches, several Bottom 10 regulars among them, were given their marching orders.

Bono might well be on a mission to save the world, but even U2's legendary frontman would have been helpless to save some of these coaches' jobs.

Ellis Johnson's dismissal at Southern Miss didn't come until Tuesday, just days after the Golden Eagles lost 42-24 to Memphis, leaving them as the only winless FBS program in 2012 and securing their hold atop the Bottom 10.

The Golden Eagles staved off fierce competition for the top spot. Several other contenders for No. 1 have failed to record a win over an FBS opponent, including Kansas, Akron and New Mexico State.

Auburn went winless in SEC play, and Colorado managed only one in the Pac-12; both schools parted with their head coaches as part of Sunday's firing bonanza.

The Bottom 10 turns to an old favorite for its coveted No. 5 spot this week. It wasn't too long ago that the Apple Cup, the annual rivalry game between Washingon and Washington State, was a battle for Bottom 10 supremacy.

The Huskies have been aiming for a place among the Pac-12 elite under Steve Sarkisian, but thus far their aim has been off. Still, it's a vast improvement over the Cougars' position, who haven't seen the progress they expected under new coach Mike Leach.

Wazzu was 0-8 in Pac-12 play heading into the 105th edition of the Apple Cup on Nov. 23 and had lost its previous three games to Washington by an average of 18 points per game. The Huskies led by that very margin 28-10 heading into the fourth quarter before an epic meltdown saw the Cougars overcome the largest deficit in the series' history and win in overtime, earning UW this week's No. 5 spot.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, Bono and the rest of the U2 crew, here is this week's Bottom 10:

Waiting list: Boston College (2-10); Cal (3-9); Eastern Michigan (2-10); Florida Atlantic (3-8); Florida International (3-9); Kentucky (2-10); South Alabama (2-10); Tulane (2-10); UAB (3-9); UNLV (2-11); UTEP (3-9).

Conor Nevins is a college football editor for ESPN.com.