Prognosis on the five winless teams (still) left in FBS
For the first time in what feels like a while, we didn't lose anyone off of Goose Egg Island. And for the first time this season, it bears mentioning that we're sailing toward an abnormally high number of winless teams. Only one team has completed a winless season since 2009. Since 2002 there has never been a season with more than two winless teams, and four years in which every single FBS team won at least one game.
The paragraph you just read is the exact same paragraph that opened last week's column. That's because these five teams find themselves in the exact same predicament they were in last weekend. Four of the five winless teams were in action this weekend, and none of them came close to winning.
Connecticut (0-8) - Connecticut was never closer than 7-3 in a 31-10 loss to Connecticut on Friday night. The Huskies now have not scored more than 17 points in a game since their 24-21 near miss against Michigan on September 21. If there's any silver lining here, it's that next week's opponent, SMU, hasn't allowed fewer than 28 points all season.
The road ahead: at SMU, at Temple, vs. Rutgers, vs. Memphis
Southern Miss (0-9) - Saturday's 36-13 loss was Southern Miss' fourth straight game scoring exactly 13 or 14 points. Unfortunately, this was the closest they have come to sniffing a victory. It's beginning to look more and more like the 24-23 loss to Florida International was as close as this team will come to victory.
The road ahead: vs. Florida Atlantic, vs. Middle Tennessee, at UAB
Miami, Ohio (0-9) - The RedHawks were beaten 45-3 by Bowling Green on Tuesday, but that's irrelevant at this point. Here's what does matter: if Miami (Ohio) doesn't beat 2-8 Kent State on Wednesday, enduring a five-game losing streak of their own, it's not happening this season. The RedHawks' final two opponents are a combined 16-3 this season and may very well play each other for the MAC title. It's now or never.
The road ahead: at Kent State, vs. Buffalo, at Ball State.
Hawaii (0-8) - Probably the best team on this list, Hawaii was tied with Navy at halftime and stayed within one score of the Midshipmen until a touchdown with 1:36 remaining pushed the score to 42-28. If you're putting your lunch money on one team in this group to get a win, this is it.
The road ahead: vs. San Diego State, at Wyoming, vs. Army
Georgia State (0-9) - Georgia State was off Saturday in preparation for a date with Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
The road ahead: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, at Arkansas State, vs. South Alabama