The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
"I have spent my whole life scared,
frightened of things that could happen,
might happen, might not happen.
Fifty years I spent like that. Find myself awake
at three in the morning. But you know what?
Ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine.
What I came to realize is that fear,
that's the worst of it. That's the real enemy.
So get up, get out in the real world
and you kick that bastard as hard as you can right in the teeth."
-- Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
The Bottom 10 knows all about fear and getting kicked in the teeth.
And the Florida Gators know all about bad breaks.
"Breaking Bad" fans have been going through withdrawal since the drama's epic finale in late September. Thanks to myriad bad breaks, the Gators have suffered withdrawal from winning over the past month; they've lost four games in a row and are in danger of finishing with a losing season for the first time since 1979.
Last week, Florida lost to Vanderbilt 34-17 on homecoming at the Swamp, its first home defeat against the Commodores since 1945. If the Gators don't win two of their remaining three games against No. 10 South Carolina, FCS foe Georgia Southern and No. 2 Florida State, they'll miss a bowl game for the first time in 22 seasons.
The Gators have suffered more bad breaks this season than a heavyweight boxer's nose. Florida lost quarterback Jeff Driskel, tailback Matt Jones, receiver/kick returner Andre Debose and top defensive lineman Dominique Easley to season-ending injuries.
Cranston, who played the lead role of Walter White in "Breaking Bad," knows all about going from good to really bad in a short time. He was a chemistry teacher until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, then became a crystal meth manufacturer and assumed an alter ego to secure his family's future before his impending death.
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Bryan Cranston, here's this week's Bottom 10:
Waiting list: Temple (1-8), Iowa State (1-8), Michigan's offense, UTEP (1-8), New Mexico State (1-9), predicting 40 points at Stanford, Western Michigan (1-9), South Florida (2-6), Virginia (2-8), Kansas (2-7), Notre Dame's BCS hopes, UAB (2-7), "Al Borges Made Me Do It," Tulsa (2-7), Kent State (2-8), Texas Tech's defense, Air Force (2-8), Kentucky (2-7).