Oh, to be the last no-L team. That is what all major college football teams dream about for Christmas. Going into Week 6 of the season, there happen to be 23 teams left undefeated in the FBS. Of those, 18 are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. There are 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll (two of which aren’t even in the AP’s rankings, and neither being bowl ineligible Ohio State, which the AP includes). Between the two polls, three teams remain unlisted.
So which team is the biggest unsung unbeaten in the land? Louisiana Tech, out of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Currently at 4-0, Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw’s alma mater has knocked off Houston, Rice, Illinois, and Virginia to remain undefeated.
There are a couple of other unsungs, one of which is a also a WAC member – UTSA (University of Texas – San Antonio). The Roadrunners have one more win than Louisiana Tech (due to a postponed Texas A&M game that was to kick off Tech’s season) and currently sit atop the WAC standings. The teams meet in Week 10, so if they can remain undefeated until then…
The last unsung is Ohio University. But over in the Mid-America Conference, the Bobcats just might remain unsung until they get their eighth or ninth ‘W’, even though they knocked off Penn State to start the year. They, like UTSA in the WAC, are victims of schedules that will see them struggle to make the Top 25 rankings before season’s end.
Unbeaten Texas Tech is half unsung. At least the USA Today Coaches poll has them ranked (No. 24), even if the AP poll doesn’t. Cincinnati can say the same (No. 23). Of course, if one takes Ohio State out of the AP rankings (remember: they’re ineligible for post-season play by NCAA rule violations sanction), Cincinnati makes the list at No. 25.
But Week 6 is going to see a guaranteed three teams among the unbeaten teams go down. At least two of those losses will be in the Top 10 dominant SouthEast Conference (SEC). Why? Because undefeateds are playing each other, of course.
The most notable games: LSU at Florida, Georgia at South Carolina, and West Virginia University atTexas. The first four are from the SEC. All teams are currently undefeated and ranked in the Top 11 of both polls for Week 6.
The common rule is that on any given gameday, any football team can win (or lose), no matter their record going into the game. That being said, there are games where upsets are possible and where unbeaten teams take on other teams that aren’t just regular underdogs. Washington takes on undefeated Oregon in a PAC-12 matchup and ranked once-beaten Oklahoma, coming off a loss to unbeaten Kansas State, takes on unranked (in the AP) and undefeated Texas Tech. Once-beaten Miami (Fla.) takes on unbeaten Notre Dame. Another one-loss team, Nebraska is at Ohio State, ready to knock OSU out of the no-L list in the Cornhuskers’ hunt for a Big Ten championship. In a Big 12 intrastate rivalry contest, Kansas could make up for what looks to be a disappointing season (they’re 1-3 thus far) by knocking off Top 10-ranked Kansas State. And last but not least, a tough Washington State team will take on an unbeaten Oregon State in another PAC-12 contest.
AP Top 25 Poll Undefeated
3. Florida State
6. South Carolina
7. Kansas State
8. West Virginia
9. Notre Dame
12. Ohio State
14. Oregon State
20. Mississippi State
USA Today Coaches Poll Undefeated
4. Florida State
6. South Carolina
7. West Virginia
8. Kansas State
10. Notre Dame
17. Oregon State
19. Mississippi State
24. Texas Tech
The Undefeated and Unlisted