There wasn’t a single team in the FBS that went undefeated last season, and this year’s crop has shrunk significantly. However, one week after four undefeated teams in the top 25, including three ranked in the top 10, suffered their first losses of the season, all eight remaining undefeated teams stayed perfect through Week 8. The Week 9 college football schedule brings road games for five undefeated teams and a pair of rivalry matchups.
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The following undefeated teams are listed by their rankings in the AP Top 25 Poll:
No. 1 Alabama (8-0)
Week 9 opponent: LSU (5-2)
Forecast: The Tide have out-scored their opponents by 266 points through eight weeks. Next up is an intriguing LSU team coming off a big win over Florida and a showdown with Ole Miss. Can anyone keep Alabama in check?
No. 2 Penn State (7-0)
Week 9 opponent: at Ohio State (6-1)
Forecast: With a 42-13, revenge-fueled win over Michigan in Week 8, Penn State passed the first test in a challenging three-week stretch that includes road games at Ohio State and Michigan State in the next two weeks. The Nittany Lions’ schedule eases up after the first week of November but they’ll have to back up their No. 2 ranking against the Buckeyes and Spartans.
No. 3 Georgia (7-0)
Week 9 opponent: Florida (3-3)
Forecast: After a bye week in Week 8, the Bulldogs will travel to Jacksonville for a neutral site matchup against Florida, which has lost its last two games by a combined three points. Georgia’s toughest remaining regular season games are at Auburn (Nov. 11) and at Georgia Tech (Nov. 25). It might be too soon to talk about a 12-0 start for the Dawgs but it’s not out of the question.
No. 4 TCU (7-0)
Week 9 opponent: at Iowa State (5-2)
Forecast: TCU rolled to a 43-0 win against Kansas as the Horned Frogs held the Jayhawks to 21 total yards of offense while quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns. Their road ahead isn’t easy, with road games against Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech looming.
No. 5 Wisconsin (7-0)
Week 9 opponent: at Illinois (2-5)
Forecast: Wisconsin’s defense remained stout, running back Jonathan Taylor ran wild again and quarterback Alex Hornibrook was an efficient 16-of-24 passing for 225 yards and two scores as the Badgers downed Maryland 38-13. Next up is a road game at Illinois, followed by a trip to Bloomington, Ind. to face Indiana. The toughest stretch of the Badgers’ schedule is probably their final three weeks: Iowa, Michigan and at Minnesota.
No. 8 Miami (Fla.) (6-0)
Week 9 opponent: at North Carolina (1-7)
Forecast: The Hurricanes survived a scare against Syracuse, 27-19, in Week 8 as the Orange attempted to upset a top-10 team for the second week in a row. Miami’s remaining schedule works out in its favor as the ‘Canes will host Virginia Tech and Notre Dame – their toughest remaining opponents – while their only remaining road games are against North Carolina and Pitt, which have a combined 4-12 record.
No. 16 South Florida (7-0)
Week 9 opponent: Houston (4-3)
Forecast: South Florida survived a brief scare on the road against Tulane in Week 8 as the Green Wave scored the final 21 points in the Bulls’ 34-28 win. USF’s toughest remaining game comes in the final week of the regular season when the Bulls travel to No. 20 UCF.
No. 20 UCF (6-0)
Week 9 opponent: at Austin Peay (5-3)
Forecast: UCF faces arguably its toughest test of the season when the Knights traveled to Navy, but Charlie Strong’s squad remained undefeated with a 10-point victory. Next on the docket is an Austin Peay team with five wins in its last six outings.