Throwing out the truncated common season of 2020, there have been a median of two groups per yr to enter bowl season undefeated. After seven weeks of 2021, there are nonetheless 10 groups that declare a ‘O’ on the proper aspect of the W-L ledger, and you may see beneath what number of of them got here perilously shut to having a ‘1’. As a bunch, they’ve six wins on the last play of the recreation, plus two others wanted a game-saving blocked subject aim and a game-saving interception. It is tough, and a few luck is required.
How do these groups stack up? Who has the finest shot of staying excellent come Selection Sunday in December?
Here is a rundown of the present undefeated groups, that are unfold throughout eight conferences.
1. Georgia (7-0)
Best win: Georgia 37, Arkansas 0
Georgia blitzed Arkansas at residence in early October. Arkansas entered the recreation ranked No. 8 at 4-0 with wins over Texas and Texas A&M. The Bulldogs jumped throughout the guests, constructing a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised residence. Arkansas entered Georgia territory on simply two possessions and completed with 162 whole yards.
Biggest scare: Georgia 10, Clemson 3
The most watched recreation of the season to date didn’t characteristic an offensive landing as the Bulldogs received the recreation on an interception return for landing by Christopher Smith in the second quarter. Georgia sacked Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei seven occasions and restricted the Tigers to a paltry 180 yards.
Highest remaining hurdle: SEC championship recreation, Dec. 4
Florida is able to standing up to Georgia in Jacksonville on Oct. 30, however Alabama will doubtless be ready in Atlanta for the SEC championship recreation. Georgia has performed Alabama in Atlanta for both the SEC title or nationwide title in 2012, 2017 and 2018 and misplaced by 4, three and 7 factors. Will this be the yr Georgia breaks by means of?
2. Oklahoma (7-0)
Best win: Oklahoma 55, Texas 48
When the Red River Showdown historical past ebook is written, this recreation will get its personal chapter. The Sooners rallied from a 28-7 deficit and scored the profitable landing with three seconds to play. In the center of the Cotton Bowl chaos, a star might have been born as freshman quarterback Caleb Williams got here on to spark the rally and cement himself as QB1 forward of preseason Heisman front-runner Spencer Rattler.
Biggest scare: Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13
The Sooners have had just a few scares, however they wanted a subject aim on the recreation’s last play to beat the visiting Mountaineers. OU entered the fourth quarter down 13-10 however a pair of Gabe Brkic subject targets and a key fumbled snap by West Virginia with 5 minutes to go allowed OU to escape.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Oklahoma State, Nov. 27
OU might have to beat Oklahoma State twice in two weeks to preserve its excellent season as the longtime rivals will meet in Stillwater on Thanksgiving weekend after which doubtless once more the subsequent week in Dallas for the Big 12 championship. Oklahoma has received six in a row in the collection.
3. Cincinnati (6-0)
Best win: Cincinnati 24, Notre Dame 13
The Bearcats leaned into the narrative that this was the largest recreation in class historical past, and the day ended with quarterback Desmond Ridder waving the Cincinnati flag to the UC flags in the Notre Dame finish zone. Cincinnati by no means trailed and sealed the win with a Ridder landing with 5:08 to play to hand the Irish their first loss.
Biggest scare: Cincinnati 38, Indiana 24
Cincinnati trailed at the finish of the first quarter, second quarter and third quarter in Bloomington earlier than turning on the jets in the fourth quarter and incomes the win. Cincinnati held IU to know factors inside the crimson zone 3 times in a recreation the Hoosiers gained extra yards and had extra time of possession.
Highest remaining hurdle: SMU, Nov. 20
The Mustangs additionally discover themselves on this undefeated listing and are the solely ranked crew left on Cincinnati’s schedule. Cincinnati might have to play SMU in the AAC championship recreation as nicely, except Houston earns a spot forward of the Mustangs.
4. Michigan (6-0)
Best win: Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17
The Wolverines went on the street and throttled Wisconsin. Michigan held the Badgers to 210 whole yards and compelled three turnovers. The gamers joined the Wisconsin custom of dancing throughout the taking part in of ‘Jump Around’ at the finish of the third quarter, and proceeded to rating 17 straight factors to begin the fourth quarter.
Biggest scare: Michigan 32, Nebraska 29
Michigan trailed in the fourth quarter on the street, however after tying issues on a subject aim with three minutes left, the Wolverines recovered an Adrian Martinez fumble and kicked the profitable subject aim with 1:24 remaining. Hassan Haskins ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Highest remaining hurdle: Ohio State, Nov. 27
Michigan has loads of difficult video games in the again half, notably street exams at Michigan State and Penn State, however nothing compares to the season finale vs. Ohio State. Everyone is accustomed to the historical past right here and Michigan will doubtless be a heavy underdog even whether it is unbeaten after dropping the final three by a median of 21 factors.
5. Michigan State (7-0)
Best win: Michigan State 38, Miami 17
The Spartans made an announcement that they had been forward of schedule in Year 2 of the Mel Tucker rebuild at Miami in Week 3. Michigan State ran away from the Canes in the fourth quarter and compelled 4 turnovers for the recreation. Kenneth Walker III ran for 172 yards, which is simply his third highest whole of the season.
Biggest scare: Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT)
Nebraska outgained MSU 442-254 and was answerable for the recreation in the fourth quarter till a 62-yard punt return for a landing tied the recreation with 3:47 to play, and an interception in additional time led to the game-winning subject aim. Michigan State didn’t achieve a primary down in the second half, however pulled out the win.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Ohio State, Nov. 20
Michigan State is the solely Big Ten crew to win at Ohio Stadium since 2012, so there’s that. Otherwise, it will likely be a monumental process to sustain with the Ohio State offense. Walker is the nation’s best again, and Ohio State is tenth in the Big Ten in dashing protection, however anticipate the Spartans to be heavy underdogs.
6. Oklahoma State (6-0)
Best win: Oklahoma State 32, Texas 24
The Cowboys fell behind 17-3 halfway by means of the second quarter and the Longhorns had been driving once more when Jason Taylor II flipped the recreation with an 85-yard decide six. Oklahoma State dominated the second half, holding the Longhorns to three factors. Running again Jaylen Warren outgained his counterpart Bijan Robinson with 193 yards.
Biggest scare: Oklahoma State 21, Boise State 20
Oklahoma State blocked a 36-yard subject aim with 2:06 to play as the Cowboys survived on the blue turf. Neither crew scored in the second half regardless of having alternatives. Warren gained 218 yards and had two touchdowns. He is third in the Big 12 in dashing yards per recreation at 117.5 per recreation.
Highest remaining hurdle: Oklahoma, Nov. 27
See above. Oklahoma State shall be examined this weekend at Iowa State, nevertheless it doesn’t face one other ranked opponent till the season’s last week. Like OU, they’ll have to beat their archrival twice in two weeks to hit Selection Sunday unscathed.
7. Wake Forest (6-0)
Best win: Wake Forest 37, Louisville 34
In a recreation the place each groups gained over 500 yards, Wake Forest wanted a 29-yard subject aim by Nick Sciba with 22 seconds left to outlast the visiting Cardinals. Quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
Biggest scare: Wake Forest 40, Syracuse 37 (OT)
Syracuse compelled additional time with a 28-yard landing go with 21 seconds to play, however Wake Forest regrouped to publish the win in the Carrier Dome. The Deacons compelled a subject aim on the opening possession of OT, then Hartman hit A.T. Perry for a 22-yard landing to clinch the walk-off win. Hartman completed with 330 yards and three touchdowns.
Highest remaining hurdle: NC State, Nov. 13
As a lot of a shock as Wake Forest is, NC State is sitting at 5-1 when their preseason over/underneath win whole was 6. The Wolfpack hammered BC 33-7 on the street and already personal a win towards Clemson.
8. SMU (6-0)
Best win: SMU 42, TCU 34
Whenever you’ll be able to convey an iron skillet residence from a soccer recreation, it’s a good win. SMU received a heated battle with its Dallas rival that resulted in some post-game pushing and shoving. Tanner Mordecai threw 4 touchdowns and three interceptions and Ulysses Benley IV ran for 153 yards and a landing.
Biggest scare: SMU 39, Louisiana Tech 37
Needing a Hail Mary on the final play of the recreation counts as a scare, proper?
Highest remaining hurdle: at Cincinnati, Nov. 20
Cincinnati has been a legit prime 10 program the previous two seasons underneath Luke Fickell. SMU was 5-0 prior to final season’s matchup with the Bearcats and was pounded 42-13 at residence. Expect SMU to be heavy underdogs on the street this yr in late November.
9. San Diego State (6-0)
Best win: San Diego State 33, Utah 31 (3 OT)
Utah is 3-0 in the Pac-12 and has the inside observe to the Pac-12 championship recreation. San Diego State survived a dramatic fourth-quarter rally by the Utes that compelled additional time. In the third OT, the Aztecs ran a profitable Philly Special for a two-point conversion, then celebrated after a video evaluate overturned Utah’s profitable two-point go. It was a wild end to a wild recreation that featured an 80-yard punt return landing by Utah’s Britain Covey and a 100-yard kickoff return landing by SDSU’s Jordan Byrd.
Biggest scare: San Diego State 19, San Jose State 13 (2 OT)
Nitpicking right here on the largest scare since a triple-overtime recreation is fairly scary, however you’ll be able to’t omit a double-overtime recreation wherein the first landing didn’t come till additional time from a backup quarterback. Lucas Johnson changed an ineffective Jordan Brookshire for the Aztecs and his first completion was a landing in additional time. He accomplished a second in the second additional time, and SDSU survived towards the Spartans.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Air Force, Oct. 23
The Aztecs are 3.5-point underdogs this week in Colorado Springs, and they’re going to additionally in all probability be underdogs towards Fresno State subsequent week. SDSU ranks simply eighth in the Mountain West in offense, and its No. 1 protection shall be examined by Air Force.
10. UTSA (7-0)
Best win: UTSA 31, Memphis 28
UTSA has the nation’s 131st ranked schedule in accordance to the Sagarin rankings, so there isn’t quite a lot of meat on the bone, however the Roadrunners did win at Memphis the week after Memphis beat Mississippi State. Sincere McCormick, the finest participant you’ve by no means heard of, ran for 184 yards and three TDs.
Biggest scare: UTSA 52, Western Kentucky 46
WKU had a first-and-goal in the last minutes, however Clarence Hicks got here up with an interception with 42 seconds to play on the two yard-line to protect UTSA’s excellent season. The groups mixed for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns, nevertheless it was the protection that stood tall when it mattered most.
Highest remaining hurdle: UAB, Nov. 20
UTSA nonetheless has UTEP, which is a stunning 6-1, however UAB might be the finest crew left on the slate. The Blazers are 5-2 and have the No. 1 scoring protection in C-USA, only a tick forward of UTSA.