Prognosis on the five winless teams left in FBS
The line between zero and one is often thin. Like stopping a two-point conversion to get your first win, 31-30, as Western Michigan did over Massachusetts.
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Or stopping a Hail Mary catch-and-run three yards short of the goal line, as New Mexico State did to beat Abilene Christian, 34-29.
The remaining five winless teams are still waiting for that moment.
Connecticut (0-7) - Connecticut will learn exactly how far it stands from the top of the American in these two weeks, with a 62-17 loss to Central Florida behind them and a date with Louisville waiting on Saturday. Spoiler altert: they're pretty far away.
The road ahead: vs. Louisville, at SMU, at Temple, vs. Rutgers, vs. Memphis
Southern Miss (0-7) - Truthfully, there have been many rock-bottom moments during Southern Miss' now 19-game losing streak, but Saturday may have been the rock-bottomiest. Playing a handful of true freshmen on offense and trailing North Texas 41-7 at the half can't be described as anything else.
The road ahead: at Marshall, at Louisiana Tech, vs. Florida Atlantic, vs. Middle Tennessee, at UAB
Miami, Ohio (0-8) - For the seventh time in eight games, the RedHawks fell shy of the elusive 17-point barrier. Miami (Ohio) pulled within 14-10 late in the first half against 6-2 Ohio, but didn't score again until it was 34-10.
The road ahead: vs. Bowling Green, at Kent State, vs. Buffalo, at Ball State.
Hawaii (0-7) - Turning a 35-17 deficit into a 35-28 score, Hawaii drove to the Colorado State 45-yard line on its potentially game-tying drive but couldn't push any further, falling for the third time in four games by a touchdown or less.
The road ahead: at Utah State, at Navy, vs. San Diego State, at Wyoming, vs. Army
Georgia State (0-8) - Saturday's 38-10 loss to Louisiana-Monroe was the 10th time in Georgia State's now 12-game losing streak in which it allowed at least 30 points. With three of the Sun Belt's top teams waiting in the next three games, November 30 versus South Alabama looks like a do-or-die game.
The road ahead: vs. Western Kentucky, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, at Arkansas State, vs. South Alabama