Prognosis on the nine winless teams left in FBS
Unlike the 17 undefeated teams who refuse to lose to anyone but each other, the 11 winless teams were more inclusive this week. Florida International earned its first win against fellow winless team Southern Miss, and South Florida beat 3-2 Cincinnati, 26-20. Eleven teams began this week looking for their first win, now we're down to nine.
Connecticut (0-4) - Props to Connecticut for doing what it needed to do on Monday. Difficult as it may have been to acknowledge it, this program wasn't moving forward under Paul Pasqualoni. T.J. Weist still has the Huskies' entire American Athletic Conference slate to make something of this season.
The road ahead: vs. South Florida, at Cincinnati, at Central Florida, vs. Louisville, at SMU, at Temple, vs. Rutgers, vs. Memphis
Temple (0-5) - South Florida broke through for its first win in upending Cincinnati 26-20 on Saturday. Perhaps Tommy Tuberville will be equally generous on Friday night?
The road ahead: at Cincinnati, vs. Army, at SMU, at Rutgers, vs. Central Florida, vs. Connecticut, at Memphis
Southern Miss (0-4) - Oof. This 24-23 loss to Florida International has to carry a unique kind of hurt the other 16 games on the Southern Miss losing streak did not have. This is either the absolute best or worst timed off week in FBS this season.
The road ahead: at East Carolina, vs. North Texas, at Marshall, at Louisiana Tech, vs. Florida Atlantic, vs. Middle Tennessee, at UAB
Miami, Ohio (0-5) - The RedHawks led on Saturday for the first time since August 31, taking a 3-0 edge through one quarter and a 9-7 lead midway through the third quarter. It wasn't enough, as Central Michigan won 21-9.
The road ahead: vs. Central Michigan, at Massachusetts, vs. Akron, at Ohio, vs. Bowling Green, at Kent State, vs. Buffalo, at Ball State.
Massachusetts (0-5) - With a 28-7 loss to Bowling Green out of the way, Massachusetts is now set for an 0-5 vs. 0-5 match-up with Miami (Ohio) coming to Foxboro on Saturday. If you're looking for a golden opportunity, this is it.
The road ahead: vs. Miami (Ohio), at Buffalo, vs. Western Michigan, vs. Northern Illinois, vs. Akron, at Central Michigan, at Ohio
Western Michigan (0-6) - Western Michigan lost to Toledo 47-20 on Saturday. It's tough to think of anything else to say about this team.
The road ahead: vs. Buffalo, vs. Ball State, at Massachusetts, at Eastern Michigan, vs. Central Michigan, at Northern Illinois
Hawaii (0-5) - When a 14-3 lead turns into a 34-14 deficit, like it did in the span of two quarters against San Jose State, you're probably going to lose the game. And that's exactly what Hawaii did on Saturday night/Sunday morning with a 37-27 final score. To be honest, there isn't a lay up win left on the schedule outside of maybe San Diego State and Army.
The road ahead: at UNLV, vs. Colorado State, at Utah State, at Navy, vs. San Diego State, at Wyoming, vs. Army
Georgia State (0-5) - Georgia State returns to Atlanta in one piece and without a name-your-score type of black eye, survivors of a 45-3 loss to Alabama. The schedule returns to earth now with the beginning of Sun Belt play.
The road ahead: vs. Troy, at Texas State, at Louisiana-Monroe, vs. Western Kentucky, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, at Arkansas State, vs. South Alabama
New Mexico State (0-6) - Well, that wasn't good. New Mexico State's worst loss of the season (tied for worst, actually) came from their Land of Enchantment rivals in a 66-17 loss to New Mexico. The Abilene Christian golden parachute is now just two games away. But first, a much-needed off week.
The road ahead: vs. Rice, vs. Abilene Christian, at Louisiana-Lafayette, vs. Boston College, at Florida Atlantic, vs. Idaho