NCAA Football

How Good are the Remaining Unbeaten College Football Teams?

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Auburn (6-0, #9): War Eagle has come alive in Gene Chizik’s second year at the helm, thanks primarily to QB Cam Newton’s beast-like stature. After ripping UK’s heart out this past Saturday, the Tigers get 11th-ranked Arkansas at home this week. Three of Auburn’s six wins have come by just three points.

Boise State (5-0, #3): BSU has taken care of business over the season’s first five weeks, even winning three games away from the Smurf Turf. The Broncos are hoping their victories over V-Tech and Oregon State hold a lot of water, because the remaining schedule is as soft as grandpa’s pecker. This week, a trip to Silicon Valley to take on a 1-5 San Jose State club.

LSU (6-0, #12): LSU’s undefeated mark could be spun either way: an incredibly resilient group just finding ways to win, or an incredibly lucky team that may have already used eight of their lives. Either way, give them props for beating six BCS schools, including a win in the swamp. This week, they get a break when they host 1-AA McNeese State.
Michigan State (6-0, #13): Sparty won just six games last year, but is off to a great start in 2010 thanks to a bruising running game. If coach Mark Dantonio’s heart can handle it, the Spartans could make it a race in the Big Ten. They get the Illini this week in East Lansing.

Missouri (5-0, #24):
The lowest ranked unbeaten, Mizzou has made it to 5-0 without leaving the state. After a victory over season-opening victory against Illinois in St. Louis, the Tigers have won four strait at home, but start a brutal four-game gauntlet this weekend when they travel to Texas A&M. After that, how about Oklahoma, at Nebraska, and at Texas Tech. Ouch.

Nebraska (5-0, #7): Perhaps the most impressive part of the Huskers 5-0 start is that they have played their best against the toughest teams on their schedule (@Washington, @Kansas St). QB Taylor Martinez has replaced Denard Robinson as the flavor of the week after his huge game against K-State this past Thursday night. The Nubs will take on Texas this week in Lincoln.

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Nevada (6-0, #21): The Wolfpack, who are off to their best start since they became a 1-A team in 1992, play in the WAC, meaning their matchup against Boise State in late November could have all kinds of ramifications. The best notch in Nevada’s belt is a blowout win over California. This weekend, they travel waaay out west to take on Hawaii.

Ohio State (6-0, #1):
As expected, the Buckeyes have handled their business through six weeks. Their schedule, however, hasn’t been too tough, and they probably face their biggest test this weekend against the Badgers in Wisconsin. Terrell Pryor is no doubt a phenomenal athlete, but this past week against Indiana he used his arm to beat the Hoosiers, as the junior did not have a rushing yard.

Oklahoma (5-0, #6): After injuries decimated the Sooners ’09 squad, Bob Stoops and his crew look to be on track in getting back to the top of the Big 12. Boomer Sooner played a tough non-con sked, beating Florida State, Air Force, and at Cincinnati before taking out Texas last week. Four road games remain for Oklahoma, inclduing dates in Mizzou, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M.

Oklahoma State (5-0, #20): The Pokes have put together quite the offense since Mike Gundy took the helm, and this year is no exception. Once again, however, the defense is a big question mark. Okie Lite also scheduled pretty light in the non-conference portion and hasn’t really hit the meat of their schedule yet, as their best win is probably a home victory over TX A&M when they needed a late field goal to break a 35-all deadlock.

Oregon (6-0, #2): After we poked fun at the Ducks heading into the season, Phil Knight University has looked like the most feared offense in the country thus far. Chip Kelly’s spread features lots of speed at every position. The ducks appear even faster in their futuristic jerseys that appear somewhere between a cyborg and a feathered animal. The Quack attack gets the week off before a Thursday night with UCLA next week.

TCU (6-0, #4):
Everyone’s favorite ginger, Frogs’ QB Andy Dalton, has helped TCU keep their dream of another BCS bid on track. Hopefully, if they make it to the big stage along with another non-BCS conference school, they don’t pit them against each other, a la last year when they played Boise State. TCU has pitched two straight shutouts, and has a November 6th date in Salt Lake against the final undefeated team in the land…

Utah (5-0, #11): The Utes have sort been under the radar as far as the non-BCS teams, as Boise State and TCU have grabbed all the headlines. Don’t forget this was a team that beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl the year before the Tide won the national title. This week, they travel to Laramie to take on Wyoming.

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