Throwing out the truncated common season of 2020, there have been a mean 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 fitting aspect of the W-L ledger, and you may see beneath what number of of them got here perilously near having a ‘1’. As a gaggle, they’ve six wins on the ultimate play of the sport, plus two others wanted a game-saving blocked area aim and a game-saving interception. It’s exhausting, and a few luck is required.
How do these groups stack up? Who has one of the best shot of staying good come Choice Sunday in December?
Here’s a rundown of the present undefeated groups, that are unfold throughout eight conferences.
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1. Georgia (7-0)
Finest win: Georgia 37, Arkansas 0
Georgia blitzed Arkansas at residence in early October. Arkansas entered the sport ranked No. 8 at 4-0 with wins over Texas and Texas A&M. The Bulldogs jumped everywhere in the guests, constructing a 21-0 lead within the first quarter and cruised residence. Arkansas entered Georgia territory on simply two possessions and completed with 162 whole yards.
Greatest scare: Georgia 10, Clemson 3
Essentially the most watched recreation of the season to this point didn’t function an offensive landing because the Bulldogs received the sport on an interception return for landing by Christopher Smith within 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 as much as Georgia in Jacksonville on Oct. 30, however Alabama will possible 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 via?
2. Oklahoma (7-0)
Finest win: Oklahoma 55, Texas 48
When the Pink River Showdown historical past e book is written, this recreation will get its personal chapter. The Sooners rallied from a 28-7 deficit and scored the successful landing with three seconds to play. In the course of the Cotton Bowl chaos, a star could 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.
Greatest scare: Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13
The Sooners have had a couple of scares, however they wanted a area aim on the sport’s remaining play to beat the visiting Mountaineers. OU entered the fourth quarter down 13-10 however a pair of Gabe Brkic area objectives and a key fumbled snap by West Virginia with 5 minutes to go allowed OU to flee.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Oklahoma State, Nov. 27
OU could need to beat Oklahoma State twice in two weeks to keep up its good season because the longtime rivals will meet in Stillwater on Thanksgiving weekend after which possible once more the following week in Dallas for the Huge 12 championship. Oklahoma has received six in a row within the collection.
3. Cincinnati (6-0)
Finest win: Cincinnati 24, Notre Dame 13
The Bearcats leaned into the narrative that this was the largest recreation at school historical past, and the day ended with quarterback Desmond Ridder waving the Cincinnati flag to the UC flags within the Notre Dame finish zone. Cincinnati by no means trailed and sealed the win with a Ridder landing with 5:08 to play handy the Irish their first loss.
Greatest scare: Cincinnati 38, Indiana 24
Cincinnati trailed on the finish of the primary quarter, second quarter and third quarter in Bloomington earlier than turning on the jets within the fourth quarter and incomes the win. Cincinnati held IU to know factors contained in the pink 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 record and are the one ranked crew left on Cincinnati’s schedule. Cincinnati could need to play SMU within the AAC championship recreation as effectively, except Houston earns a spot forward of the Mustangs.
4. Michigan (6-0)
Finest win: Michigan 38, Wisconsin 17
The Wolverines went on the highway and throttled Wisconsin. Michigan held the Badgers to 210 whole yards and compelled three turnovers. The gamers joined the Wisconsin custom of dancing through the taking part in of ‘Soar Round’ on the finish of the third quarter, and proceeded to attain 17 straight factors to begin the fourth quarter.
Greatest scare: Michigan 32, Nebraska 29
Michigan trailed within the fourth quarter on the highway, however after tying issues on a area aim with three minutes left, the Wolverines recovered an Adrian Martinez fumble and kicked the successful area aim with 1:24 remaining. Hassan Haskins ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns within the win.
Highest remaining hurdle: Ohio State, Nov. 27
Michigan has loads of difficult video games within the again half, notably highway exams at Michigan State and Penn State, however nothing compares to the season finale vs. Ohio State. Everyone seems to be aware of the historical past right here and Michigan will possible be a heavy underdog even whether it is unbeaten after dropping the final three by a mean of 21 factors.
5. Michigan State (7-0)
Finest win: Michigan State 38, Miami 17
The Spartans made an announcement that they have been forward of schedule in 12 months 2 of the Mel Tucker rebuild at Miami in Week 3. Michigan State ran away from the Canes within the fourth quarter and compelled 4 turnovers for the sport. Kenneth Walker III ran for 172 yards, which is simply his third highest whole of the season.
Greatest scare: Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT)
Nebraska outgained MSU 442-254 and was answerable for the sport within the fourth quarter till a 62-yard punt return for a landing tied the sport with 3:47 to play, and an interception in extra time led to the game-winning area aim. Michigan State didn’t achieve a primary down within the second half, however pulled out the win.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Ohio State, Nov. 20
Michigan State is the one Huge Ten crew to win at Ohio Stadium since 2012, so there’s that. In any other case, will probably be a monumental process to maintain up with the Ohio State offense. Walker is the nation’s most efficient again, and Ohio State is tenth within the Huge Ten in dashing protection, however count on the Spartans to be heavy underdogs.
6. Oklahoma State (6-0)
Finest win: Oklahoma State 32, Texas 24
The Cowboys fell behind 17-3 halfway via the second quarter and the Longhorns have been driving once more when Jason Taylor II flipped the sport with an 85-yard decide six. Oklahoma State dominated the second half, holding the Longhorns to a few factors. Working again Jaylen Warren outgained his counterpart Bijan Robinson with 193 yards.
Greatest scare: Oklahoma State 21, Boise State 20
Oklahoma State blocked a 36-yard area aim with 2:06 to play because the Cowboys survived on the blue turf. Neither crew scored within the second half regardless of having alternatives. Warren gained 218 yards and had two touchdowns. He’s third within the Huge 12 in dashing yards per recreation at 117.5 per recreation.
Highest remaining hurdle: Oklahoma, Nov. 27
See above. Oklahoma State will likely be examined this weekend at Iowa State, but it surely doesn’t face one other ranked opponent till the season’s remaining week. Like OU, they must beat their archrival twice in two weeks to hit Choice Sunday unscathed.
7. Wake Forest (6-0)
Finest win: Wake Forest 37, Louisville 34
In a recreation the place each groups gained over 500 yards, Wake Forest wanted a 29-yard area aim by Nick Sciba with 22 seconds left to outlast the visiting Cardinals. Quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
Greatest scare: Wake Forest 40, Syracuse 37 (OT)
Syracuse pressured extra time with a 28-yard landing go with 21 seconds to play, however Wake Forest regrouped to publish the win within the Provider Dome. The Deacons pressured a area 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/beneath win whole was 6. The Wolfpack hammered BC 33-7 on the highway and already personal a win in opposition to Clemson.
8. SMU (6-0)
Finest win: SMU 42, TCU 34
Each time you may 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.
Greatest scare: SMU 39, Louisiana Tech 37
Needing a Hail Mary on the final play of the sport counts as a scare, proper?
Highest remaining hurdle: at Cincinnati, Nov. 20
Cincinnati has been a legit high 10 program the previous two seasons beneath Luke Fickell. SMU was 5-0 previous to final season’s matchup with the Bearcats and was pounded 42-13 at residence. Count on SMU to be heavy underdogs on the highway this yr in late November.
9. San Diego State (6-0)
Finest win: San Diego State 33, Utah 31 (3 OT)
Utah is 3-0 within the Pac-12 and has the within observe to the Pac-12 championship recreation. San Diego State survived a dramatic fourth-quarter rally by the Utes that pressured extra time. Within the third OT, the Aztecs ran a profitable Philly Particular for a two-point conversion, then celebrated after a video evaluation 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.
Greatest 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 may’t omit a double-overtime recreation during which the primary landing didn’t come till extra time from a backup quarterback. Lucas Johnson changed an ineffective Jordan Brookshire for the Aztecs and his first completion was a landing in extra time. He accomplished a second within the second extra time, and SDSU survived in opposition to the Spartans.
Highest remaining hurdle: at Air Pressure, 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 in opposition to Fresno State subsequent week. SDSU ranks simply eighth within the Mountain West in offense, and its No. 1 protection will likely be examined by Air Pressure.
10. UTSA (7-0)
Finest win: UTSA 31, Memphis 28
UTSA has the nation’s 131st ranked schedule in keeping with the Sagarin scores, so there isn’t a variety of meat on the bone, however the Roadrunners did win at Memphis the week after Memphis beat Mississippi State. Honest McCormick, one of the best participant you’ve by no means heard of, ran for 184 yards and three TDs.
Greatest scare: UTSA 52, Western Kentucky 46
WKU had a first-and-goal within the remaining minutes, however Clarence Hicks got here up with an interception with 42 seconds to play on the 2 yard-line to protect UTSA’s good season. The groups mixed for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns, but it surely was the protection that stood tall when it mattered most.
Highest remaining hurdle: UAB, Nov. 20
UTSA nonetheless has UTEP, which is a shocking 6-1, however UAB might be one of the best 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.