Let’s talk one-loss teams.
First, let’s talk undefeated teams. There are currently 16 undefeated teams in the FBS ranging from the unanimous number one ranked Alabama to the unranked and certainly unproven 5-0 Texas San Antonio.
Of the 16 teams, 12 face another currently undefeated opponent before the conference title games. Only Ohio State (which is banned from post-season play), Notre Dame and Ohio don’t have to face another undefeated team. Of those three only the Irish have a legitimate chance to make it to the BCS national championship game (and they still have to face Oklahoma, Stanford and USC).
There can be only nine teams to end the season undefeated, three of which we just said will not play in a BCS game (an undefeated WAC team might not end up ranked). That leaves six contenders, three of which will need to also play in their conference championship game (ND and the possible lone undefeated teams in the Big 12 and Big East don’t have championship games to play).
In this six man race there are bound to be slip ups and collapses. That’s where the one loss teams come in.
Like I said, let’s talk one-loss teams.
Everyone wants to bury Georgia and LSU for their losses this weekend. News flash: If either of those two win out they’ll still have a good chance to play in the national championship game. The same goes for Stanford, USC and Oklahoma. It could be argued that even Clemson, Florida State, and Texas still have legitimate shots to play in the last game of the season.
Every team listed above gets to play against one of the current undefeated teams. All face a current top five team with the exception of Texas which will face sixth-ranked Kansas State. Hell, LSU could be the No. 1 team in the country by November 4th if it can win its next three games.
This weekend felt like a seismic shift in the championship landscape but I don’t think that much has changed. The roads have certainly become tougher for quite a few teams but none have completely closed the door on its season.
–On Friday I glibly called the Florida upset over LSU. Who knew that I could have picked three of the top five teams and been correct?
–Ohio State must be kicking itself right now. It could have easily passed on bowl play last season when it were 6-6 and had the opportunity this year to play in a BCS bowl in a season where it has matched 2011′s win total in half as many games.
–Air Force running back Cody Getz is averaging just 17 fewer rushing yards per game than Tulane’s total offensive yards per game average.
– Alabama has yet to allow a field goal.
– Through six weeks only five quarterbacks have yet to throw an interception. Of the five none have played a full six games and two have played in just four games.