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Best Chance of Going Undefeated

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For the next few days we’ll take a look at the 15 remaining unbeatens, who they have left, their best chance to lose, who might stun them, and (most importantly) how all of this affects OSU.

Yesterday we looked at 15-11, today we’ll look at 10-6.

From least likely to go undefeated to most:

10. Georgia Tech

Most likely loss: Clemson at home

Schedule difficulty: 6 (out of 10)

Upset lurking: at The U

OSU is affected: they could only be affected if the winner of the Georgia Tech Clemson game on October 29 runs the table.

Analysis: Their defense is questionable (giving up 35 to NC State?) but their option attack will not be stopped. The thing that scares me about teams that run so well is that they don’t really have off games. The Ramblin’ Wreck gets Clemson and Va Tech at home in back-to-back weeks at the end of October/beginning of November. They could be looking at perfection if they get through that.

Chance of going undefeated: 30%

9. Clemson

Most likely loss: at Georgia Tech

Schedule difficulty: 4 (out of 10)

Upset lurking: at South Carolina

OSU is affected: they could only be affected if the winner of the Georgia Tech Clemson game on October 29 runs the table.

Analysis: Wow, so Clemson just pulled the Auburn-Florida State-Va Tech trifecta and is rewarded with nothing but at Georgia Tech and at South Carolina the rest of the way. I mean nothing.

Chance of going undefeated: 35%

8. Oklahoma State

Most likely loss: OU at home

Schedule difficulty: 7 (out of 10)

Upset lurking: at Mizzou

Analysis: It’s not ideal (you’d love to trade Kansas at home for Texas or Mizzou on the road), but this as good a shot as Oklahoma State has ever had at running the table in my lifetime. If they can get through Austin and Columbia…I might not sleep until December.

Chance of going undefeated: 40%

7. LSU

Most likely loss: at Bama

Schedule difficulty: 8 (out of 10)

Upset lurking: at Bama

Analysis: It’s not that I don’t think they’re a top ten team (I do), it’s just that I have to put them this low because that Bama game is a total toss-up right now. They go to Tennessee, to Ole Miss, host Auburn, Florida, and Arkansas. Not gimmes obviously, but with that D, they should cruise.

Chance of going undefeated: 45%

6. Alabama

Most likely loss: LSU at home

Schedule difficulty: 7 (out of 10)

Upset lurking: at Mississippi State

Analysis: Other than LSU, Bama’s schedule is pretty easy…or as easy as an SEC schedule gets. By the way, they play Georgia Southern on November 19 – serious question: could they get to 150 if they wanted to?

Chance of going undefeated: 55%

Here’s another look at 15-11.

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