The Magnificent Seven: Opinion and outlook on the seven undefeated teams left in FBS
When we started this exercise after week four and there were 29 undefeated teams in college football, we said that the absolute most we could be left with was seven perfect regular seasons. Six weeks later, here we are. It was a pretty light week for this group (outside of the team at the top of this list), but this coming week is humongous multiplied by enormous. Here's thinking that one of the three unbeaten teams that took this weekend off - Alabama, Baylor and Oregon - won't be here at this time next week. Just don't ask me who.
Florida State (8-0) - A quiet night for Jameis Winston meant that the Seminoles got to show how good they are outside of their sterling redshirt freshman quarterback. A dominant Saturday night means that Florida State can now spend the next three weeks rooting for whoever's playing Oregon (it's safe to say everyone in Tallahassee would rather take a shot at the Tide than the Ducks) while stepping down every couple steps to make sure they don't make contact with a land mine, all the while preparing for the season-ending one-two punch of Florida and the ACC Championship.
The road ahead: at Wake Forest, vs. Syracuse, vs. Idaho, at Florida
Ohio State (9-0) - At this point, the best the Buckeyes can do is electrocute whatever patsy the Big Ten presents them and hope someone in front of them slips, while hoping clubs like Stanford and Baylor don't pass them. Since the release of the first BCS standings, Ohio State has won its two games 119-14, and the next two weeks could be just as bad.
The road ahead: at Illinois, vs. Indiana, at Michigan
Baylor (7-0) - Baylor took Saturday off, its third off week of the season, before Thursday night's game with Oklahoma.
The road ahead: vs. Oklahoma, vs. Texas Tech (at Arlington, Texas), at Oklahoma State, at TCU, vs. Texas
Northern Illinois (9-0) - Northern Illinois moved to 9-0 for the first time since 1965 with a 63-19 win over Massachusetts. The Huskies will take this week off in preparation for the Ultimate MACtion Matchup, with 8-1 Ball State coming to DeKalb on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The road ahead: vs. Ball State, at Toledo, vs. Western Michigan
Fresno State (8-0) - In the last game of the night, Fresno State made quick work of Nevada, jumping out to a 24-7 halftime lead on its way to a 41-23 win. Derek Carr had another ho-hum day, completing 39-of-55 passes for 487 yards with three touchdowns (plus one rushing) and no interceptions.
The road ahead: at Wyoming, vs. New Mexico, at San Jose State
Oregon (8-0) - Oregon took Saturday off in preparation for Thursday night's showdown with Stanford.
The road ahead: at Stanford, vs. Utah, at Arizona, vs. Oregon State
Alabama (8-0) - If there's one chink in Nick Saban's armor, it's that the Tide are just 4-3 when coming off an in-season bye week. Alabama was off on Saturday.
The road ahead: vs. LSU, at Mississippi State, vs. Chattanooga, at Auburn