Outlook on the 11 winless teams in FBS
We are now a third of the way through the 2013 college football season. If you're one of the 11 teams still in search of win No. 1 this season, that means you've still got two thirds of the season to change your story.
Our stance here at FootballScoop is that we hope all 126 FBS teams feel the elation of victory at least once this season. Controversial, I know. Here is our breakdown for why each of the unlucky 11 finds itself looking still in search of that first win, and its prospects of breaking the goosegg.
Connecticut (0-4) - So much for building on that Michigan performance. UConn was beaten 41-12 by Buffalo on Saturday. A week off before South Florida is the best thing that could happen to this team, but we're still living in a world where a 1-7 start represents a best case scenario for a program that played in the Fiesta Bowl in January 2011 and beat Louisville last season.
The road ahead: vs. South Florida, at Cincinnati, at Central Florida, vs. Louisville, at SMU, at Temple, vs. Rutgers, vs. Memphis
South Florida (0-4) - There was a (very brief) time when South Florida could rightfully mention its name with Florida State, Miami and Florida as a possible "Big 4" in Florida. That time is not today, and probably isn't coming in the near future. October 12 at Connecticut is this team's Super Bowl.
The road ahead: vs. Cincinnati, at Connecticut, vs. Louisville, at Houston, vs. Memphis, vs. SMU, at Central Florida, at Rutgers
Temple (0-4) - A second straight close loss, and now top ten Louisville comes to Lincoln Financial Field. I still don't think Temple goes winless, but an 0-6 start feels certain.
The road ahead: vs. Louisville, at Cincinnati, vs. Army, at SMU, at Rutgers, vs. Central Florida, vs. Connecticut, at Memphis
Southern Miss (0-4) - If there's one team on this list better than their record, it's probably Southern Miss. After all, there are lots of worst things to do in life than lose at Nebraska, at Arkansas and at Boise State. FIU comes to town on Saturday, and we're taking the Golden Eagles.
The road ahead: vs. Florida International, at East Carolina, vs. North Texas, at Marshall, at Louisiana Tech, vs. Florida Atlantic, vs. Middle Tennessee, at UAB
Florida International (0-4) - A week off before a trip to Southern Miss, which is the closest thing to a winnable game this team will see before Florida Atlantic on November 29, is just what the doctor ordered.
The road ahead: at Southern Miss, vs. UAB, vs. Louisiana Tech, vs. East Carolina, at Middle Tennessee, at UTEP, vs. Marshall, at Florida Atlantic
Miami, Ohio (0-4) - At least Don Treadwell's team can lose in differing fashions. After a 14-0 loss to Cincinnati, the RedHawks were blasted 50-14 by Illinois on Saturday.
The road ahead: vs. Central Michigan, at Massachusetts, vs. Akron, at Ohio, vs. Bowling Green, at Kent State, vs. Buffalo, at Ball State.
Massachusetts (0-4) - The Minutemen took Saturday off in preparation for eight straight MAC games. Bowling Green will likely be a struggle, but a home game with Miami (Ohio) is as good of an opportunity as this team is going to get.
The road ahead: at Bowling Green, vs. Miami (Ohio), at Buffalo, vs. Western Michigan, vs. Northern Illinois, vs. Akron, at Central Michigan, at Ohio
Western Michigan (0-5) - A 32-14 loss to Kent State with Toledo waiting in the wings means an 0-6 start is likely. Playing Buffalo, Massachusetts and Eastern Michigan in a four-game span provides a nice shot at a minimum of one win.
The road ahead: vs. Kent State, at Toledo, vs. Buffalo, vs. Ball State, at Massachusetts, at Eastern Michigan, vs. Central Michigan, at Northern Illinois
Hawaii (0-4) - The Warriors hosted Fresno State on Saturday night/Sunday morning (depending on where you happen to be reading this) and promptly fell behind 42-3. Norm Chow's team went on a massive run to pull within 42-37 and hold the ball with a chance for the win, but Sean Schroeder was intercepted at Fresno State's 40-yard line. Salt on the wounds.
The road ahead: vs. San Jose State, at UNLV, vs. Colorado State, at Utah State, at Navy, vs. San Diego State, at Wyoming, vs. Army
Georgia State (0-4) - The Panthers had their best Saturday of the season yesterday. They were off. Looking ahead, Georgia State opened up as a 57-point underdog at Alabama for this Saturday. Let's hope they get back to campus in one piece.
The road ahead: at Alabama, vs. Troy, at Texas State, at Louisiana-Monroe, vs. Western Kentucky, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, at Arkansas State, vs. South Alabama
New Mexico State (0-5) - When you're a team in search of its first win, and you build a 16-0 lead in the second quarter, you can't get outscored 26-0 the rest of the way. You just can't. The Battle of New Mexico provides a decent chance for a win, but October 26 against Abilene Christian is still the target date.
The road ahead: at New Mexico, vs. Rice, vs. Abilene Christian, at Louisiana-Lafayette, vs. Boston College, at Florida Atlantic, vs. Idaho
Again, if it were up to us every team on this list would win at least once. But it's not and, unfortunate as it is, one to three teams could be left standing when the music stops 10 weeks from now. To everyone on this list, just know that we're pulling for you.