We all know who is at the top of the college football polls. But what about the bottom in Division 1-A this season? Here are our picks for the five worst teams.
1 Florida International: Coach Don Strock's team (well, until he resigned after the season) went 0-12 and was outscored 182-23 in its final six games. It also played a role in broadcaster Lamar Thomas' firing when FIU brawled with Miami. Yeesh, USF only beat FIU 21-20. Imagine how the Bulls' season might have changed had they lost.
2 Duke: The poor (Blue) Devils. They went 0-12 and extended their losing streak to 20 games, the longest active skid in the country. They nearly knocked off ACC champ Wake Forest, losing 14-13. And they had Miami beat until choking late and falling 20-15.
3 Temple: The Owls lost 62-0. Twice! The average score of their games was 41-11. And they lost to 2-10 Buffalo, which nearly made this list. Their 28-14 victory against Bowling Green on Oct. 28 snapped a 20-game losing streak, then the longest in the nation.
4 Stanford: The 1-11 Cardinal lost games by 38, 28, 26, 31, 35, 42 and 23 points. How in the world did it beat Washington?
5 Utah State: The Aggies were shut out in three of their first four games and outscored 144-7 in that span. They gave up 38 or more nine times and scored 20 or fewer 10 times. Add it up and what do you get? A 1-11 record.
Taking over the world
ESPN claims to be the worldwide leader in sports. Now it's proving it. The network announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire NASN, the only European channel dedicated to North American sports. The deal is expected to be approved and done by early next year.
"Growing our business in Europe is a key strategic initiative for us," said Russell Wolff, managing director of ESPN International.
NASN airs more than 800 live and as-live events each year. These include more than 200 NHL games, including the All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup final, 60 NFL games, including the playoffs and Super Bowl, and 250 MLB games, including the All-Star game and World Series. It also shows college sports, including the NCAA basketball tournament and football's Bowl Championship Series.
ESPN's future plans include bringing ESPN branding to the network. Can you say, "ESPN Europe?''
According to SportsBusiness Daily, tennis analyst and HBO's Real Sports correspondent Mary Carillo, CBS' Lesley Visser and ESPN/ABC's Robin Roberts will be inducted into the Museum of Radio & TV in Beverly Hills as part of a three-year initiative called "She Made It," which honors women in the media.
Former tennis star Chris Evert's divorce from skiing hall-of-famer Andy Mill was finalized Monday. Evert, 51, must pay Mill, 53, $7-million in cash and securities by today. The two were married for 18 years. Evert gets the $2.8-million home in Boca Raton, while Mill gets the $4-million vacation home in Aspen, Colo. Evert, believed to be worth $24-million, will be the primary caretaker of the couple's three sons, ages 15, 12 and 10.
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel ranks the 32 college football games and calls the New Mexico Bowl (New Mexico vs. San Jose State) the worst. By the way, he ranked the PapaJohns.com Bowl, where USF is headed, at No. 28. He did give USF a backhanded compliment, writing, "USF remains the one BCS-conference team people refuse to acknowledge is a BCS-conference team - even after the Bulls beat Louisville and West Virginia.''