Bottom 25 college football rankings: UTEP gets its first win while a Power Five team flounders
Last weekend I saw one of my favorite things happen in college football, and I saw something I hate to see. Both are related to The Bottom 25.
We’ll start with the thing I hate to see so we can get it out of the way and move on to the good news. When it comes to The Bottom 25, I realize that the whole premise of this enterprise seems to be mocking teams that are having bad seasons. I certainly make jokes at their expense, but the truth is, even if it seems cruel on the surface, the fact is I care about all of these teams. I want to see every team do well. It’s heartbreaking to watch teams go out every week, try their hardest and lose anyway.
Once in a while, though, I see a team that I don’t think is trying all that hard, and I saw one this weekend. Louisville lost to Clemson 77-16 on Saturday. The Cardinals were 39-point underdogs before kickoff, and while I had no delusions they’d be able to give Clemson a scare, I at least thought they’d go out and play hard. But I didn’t see that on Saturday. Instead, I saw a team that seemed a bit too content to take a beating. As a result, the Cardinals are now 2-7, and they fell from No. 12 to No. 7 in this week’s ranking, the lowest-ranked team with two wins in our poll.
If they play as hard the rest of the season as they did against Clemson, they just might reach The Bottom 25 Playoff.
On the flip side of Louisville was UTEP. The Miners went into their game against Rice having lost 20 straight. If ever there was a team with an excuse to pack it in, the Miners had one. Instead, they came out on fire and took a 27-0 lead in the first half. Now, things got a bit tense afterward, but the Miners held on to win 34-26 to get their first win of the season.
They also became the final team to get a win in 2018. That’s right, there are no winless teams remaining on the FBS level. No matter what happens from this point forward, every team in the country will have had the opportunity to celebrate at least once in 2018.
Even our Bottom 25 champion.
No Longer Ranked: Wyoming (25), Texas State (20)
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