After 8 weeks of the major college football season, 11 teams in the AP Top 25 Poll can still say they are unbeaten. They include:
#1 Alabama (7-0), #2 Oregon (7-0), #3 Florida (7-0), #4 Kansas State (7-0), #5 Notre Dame (7-0), #7 Oregon State (6-0), #9 Ohio State (8-0), #13 Mississippi State (7-0), #16 Louisville (7-0), #18 Rutgers (7-0), and #23 Ohio (7-0).
The team most at risk of losing its perfect record is the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who must travel to Tuscaloosa and face Alabama at home. It’s good to be a Bulldog these days; it’s not good to be playing the Crimson Tide.
This is a great match-up on paper. Alabama is #1 in total defense nationally, Mississippi State is ranked #25. Alabama is #1 in scoring defense (8+ points per game), Mississippi State is #9 (14 ppg). Alabama is #14 in scoring offense (41 ppg), Mississippi State is #27 (36 ppg). Mississippi State is #1 in turnover margin (+17) and Alabama is #3 (+14).
But Alabama is playing at home. Let’s see if Mississippi State can kill Alabama’s second straight run to the national title. Last year the Crimson Tide beat LSU 21-zip. One thing is absolutely sure—either Alabama or Mississippi State will lose its first game.
Three other key games are on tap. #3 Florida (7-0) travels to #12 Georgia (6-1), #4 Kansas State (7-0) hosts #15 Texas Tech (6-1), and #5 Notre Dame (7-0) travels to #8 Oklahoma (5-1). In another possible upset, #16 Louisville may be challenged by visiting Cincinnati (5-1).
And #2 Oregon? The Ducks (7-0) host a totally inept, 1-6 Colorado team that is about to be embarrassed once again this season—it’s never been easier to kill a Buffalo on the range.
Every other Top 25 team should win its game or be downgraded severely.