The stage is set for a madcap second half of the regular season.
There are 22 Bowl Subdivision teams still unbeaten heading into October after one of the most entertaining, what-the-heck-just-happened opening months in recent memory.
The list of undefeated teams include the expected Power Five powerhouses − Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and more − with a healthy dose of the unexpected, including Missouri, Washington State and even Texas.
But all good things come to an end. The question as we turn toward the second month of the season: When will these nearly two dozen unbeatens finally lose? Here’s our best guess.
No. 1 Georgia (5-0)
First loss: Sometime in January. (Maybe.)
Despite a sputtering start and several tough games ahead, the Bulldogs remain the team to beat in a surprisingly disappointing SEC. That raises the odds that Georgia’s first loss doesn’t come until the College Football Playoff, if the defeat comes at all.
No. 2 Michigan (5-0)
First loss: Again, sometime in January. (Maybe.)
Michigan steamrolled through September while playing like the best team in college football. At this point, the Wolverines have to be favored to run the table in Big Ten play for the second year in a row.
No. 3 Ohio State (4-0)
First loss: at Michigan, Nov. 25.
Ohio State may very well be the best team in the country by the final Saturday of November. But it’s hard to forget what Michigan has done in this series the past two years; with this one back in Ann Arbor, here’s guessing the Wolverines push the winning streak to three.
No. 4 Texas (5-0)
First loss: vs. Kansas State, Nov. 14.
While Kansas State has dropped six in a row in this series after capturing seven of the previous nine, five of those losses have come by a single possession. Let’s say the Wildcats score the upset without derailing the Longhorns’ push for the playoff, which…
Source link : https://sports.yahoo.com/22-college-football-teams-still-113846180.html
Author : USA TODAY Sports
Publish date : 2023-10-05 11:38:46
Copyright for syndicated content belongs to the linked Source.