The final Bottom 10 teams have experienced many ups and downs — well, many downs and few ups — but most never quit. Remember, it’s not whether you win or lose, but how much your school is paid to get trounced by the big guys in the early nonconference games that counts.
1. Miami (Ohio) 0-12: The Redhawks win the mythical Bottom 10 national championship. I’d call for a trophy presentation, but nobody would show up.
2. UMass (1-11): The Minutemen are a young team. I look for them to challenge for the Bottom 10 championship for at least the next three years.
3. Georgia State (0-12): Aside from the offense, defense, special teams, coaching, halftime-band performances and the pregame meals, it was actually a pretty good season.
4. Idaho (1-11): The Vandals took a worse beating this year than the All-State guy.
5. FIU (1-11): FIU hopes to improve enough on defense next season that when opponents get into the red zone, officials don’t declare it a “gimme.”
6. UAB (2-10): I don’t envy the Blazers making their in-state pitches to the same recruits Alabama and Auburn are pursuing.
7. Southern Mississippi (1-11): Last week, the Golden Eagles won their first game in almost two years. It felt so good that the team is planning to win another in two more years.
8. Purdue (1-11): The Boilermakers’ season only seemed like it lasted 10 years.
9. Western Michigan (1-11): The season highlight film will be shown Tuesday from 7 to 7:01 p.m.
10. South Florida (2-10): Hey, if I lived in South Florida, I’d have better things to do than practice football, too.
Others receiving votes: Eastern Michigan, Kansas, New Mexico State, Cyber Monday, “Grinch” reruns, Temple, Air Force, the Utah Jazz, mediocre bowl teams, Hawaii, UTEP.