Outlook on the 17 undefeated teams left in college football
We knew coming into Week 6 that the group of 20 undefeated teams would at the absolute most stand at 17 following the end of Saturday's competition. Now it's Sunday and the number stands at... 17. Undefeated Maryland lost to undefeated Florida State, undefeated Northwestern lost to undefeated Ohio State, undefeated Washington lost to undefeated Stanford, and everybody else won.
Houston (4-0) - Houston took this Saturday off to rest up for eight games over the next eight weeks. There's no real reason this team shouldn't start 6-0 and, if Houston can win at Rutgers, suddenly you're talking about an 8-0 start and a top 25 ranking.
The road ahead: vs. Memphis, vs. BYU, at Rutgers, vs. South Florida, at Central Florida, at Louisville, vs. Cincinnati, vs. SMU
Louisville (5-0) - Louisville beat up Temple 30-7 on Saturday. It was the third time this season they've allowed exactly seven points, although they came within 38 seconds of posting their second straight shutout. Two straight nationally-televised weeknight games against the AAC's second and third best teams (you decide the order) will be the best chance this team's got at relevance this season barring major chaos above them.
The road ahead: vs. Rutgers, vs. Central Florida, at South Florida, at Connecticut, vs. Houston, vs. Memphis, at Cincinnati
Clemson (5-0) - Clemson tore apart Syracuse, 49-14, and marched one week closer to ACC Armageddon against Florida State on October 19. A home date with Boston College is now the only thing that stands in the way from College GameDay, ABC's Saturday Night Football and the eye of the sports world descending on Death Valley for the second time this season.
The road ahead: vs. Boston College, vs. Florida State, at Maryland, at Virginia, vs. Georgia Tech, vs. The Citadel, at South Carolina
Florida State (5-0) - The Seminoles beat No. 25 Maryland as badly as a ranked team as ever been beaten in its 63-0 win on Saturday. With an off week ahead of them, Florida State has officially done its part to arrive at the Clemson game undefeated.
The road ahead: at Clemson, vs. N.C. State, vs. Miami, at Wake Forest, vs. Syracuse, vs. Idaho, at Florida
Miami (5-0) - Al Golden's team showed a large amount of maturity in weathering a 17-7 first-quarter deficit, outscoring Georgia Tech 38-13 over the final three quarters en route to a 45-30 win. Miami is now 5-0 for the first time since 2004.
The road ahead: vs. Georgia Tech, at North Carolina, vs. Wake Forest, at Florida State, vs. Virginia Tech, at Duke, vs. Virginia, at Pittsburgh
Michigan (5-0) - With two weeks to stew on unsatisfying performances against Akron and Connecticut, it's no surprise Brady Hoke coaxed a 42-13 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
The road ahead: at Penn State, vs. Indiana, at Michigan State, vs. Nebraska, at Northwestern, at Iowa, vs. Ohio State
Ohio State (6-0) - They've taken two pretty good punches and now Ohio State is still standing, FBS-leading 18-game winning streak intact. Now it's all about avoiding landmines until The Game in Ann Arbor to close the regular season.
The road ahead: vs. Iowa, vs. Penn State, at Purdue, at Illinois, vs. Indiana, at Michigan
Baylor (4-0) - Baylor proved its offense can still roll at a 1,000 rpm rate against a Big 12 foe, now they need to prove they can take this circus on the road. The Bears' eight-game winning streak features six home wins and two neutral site victories. In fact, Baylor is 1-7 in its last eight Big 12 road games, with the one win coming in a 31-30 final at Kansas.
The road ahead: at Kansas State, vs. Iowa State, at Kansas, vs. Oklahoma, vs. Texas Tech (at Arlington, Texas), at Oklahoma State, at TCU, vs. Texas
Oklahoma (5-0) - Saturday night's 20-17 win over TCU got a little too close for comfort, but Bob Stoops has to feel better about his team than he did at this time one week ago. They survived an A-plus effort from the conference's best defense and now get ready for their annual holiday in Dallas.
The road ahead: vs. Texas (at Dallas), at Kansas, vs. Texas Tech, at Baylor, vs. Iowa State, at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State
Texas Tech (5-0) - My Twitter feed gave me a chuckle Saturday afternoon when the national consensus said Kliff Kingsbury's team was in trouble down 10-0 at Kansas. Final score: Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16.
The road ahead: vs. Iowa State, at West Virginia, at Oklahoma, vs. Oklahoma State, vs. Kansas State, vs. Baylor (at Arlington, Texas), at Texas
Northern Illinois (4-0) - The Huskies ran for a Baylor-like 454 yards in a 38-24 win over Kent State, led by Cameron Stingily's 37 carries for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
The road ahead: vs. Akron, at Central Michigan, vs. Eastern Michigan, at Massachusetts, vs. Ball State, at Toledo, vs. Western Michigan
Fresno State (5-0) - Yes, it was Idaho, but it's nice to see this team assert its will and actually win a game with some wiggle room in its 61-14 romp on Saturday.
The road ahead: vs. UNLV, at San Diego State, vs. Nevada, at Wyoming, vs. New Mexico, at San Jose State
Oregon (5-0) - Oregon is becoming a predictable. Saturday's win over Colorado was the fourth straight time the Ducks have scored between 55 and 59 points and allowed between 10 and 16 points. Must really be a bore to watch this time. On another note, it's nice to see the Oregon-Washington game mean something again.
The road ahead: at Washington, vs. Washington State, vs. UCLA, at Stanford, vs. Utah, at Arizona, vs. Oregon State
Stanford (5-0) - Stanford sent Washington packing from this list with its 31-28 triumph over the Huskies. There may only be three undefeated teams left in the Pac-12, but this conference certainly has four elite squads.
The road ahead: at Utah, vs. UCLA, at Oregon State, vs. Oregon, at USC, vs. California, vs. Notre Dame
UCLA (4-0) - There must be something in the water in Los Angeles. UCLA's 34-27 win over Utah was just the second time a visitor had won in 14 tries at Rice-Eccles Stadium on a Thursday night over the last 10 years. The only other team to do it? Lane Kiffin's USC team last season.
The road ahead: vs. California, at Stanford, at Oregon, vs. Colorado, at Arizona, vs. Washington, vs. Arizona State, at USC
Alabama (5-0) - The atrocity that was the Georgia State game is thankfully behind us. Let's just move on.
The road ahead: at Kentucky, vs. Arkansas, vs. Tennessee, vs. LSU, at Mississippi State, vs. Chattanooga, at Auburn
Missouri (5-0) - Mizzou deserves a spot in the top 25 following its impressive 51-28 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Whether or not that actually happens, Gary Pinkel's team will find itself inside the top 15 should they win between the hedges next week.
The road ahead: at Georgia, vs. Florida, vs. South Carolina, vs. Tennessee, at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, vs. Texas A&M