Undefeated college football teams in 2017

There wasn’t a single team in the FBS that went undefeated last season. Clemson (14-1), Alabama (14-1) and Western Michigan (13-1) each suffered one loss during the year, with the Tigers ending the Crimson Tide’s bid for a perfect season in the national championship game.

This year, though it’s still very early, there are plenty of programs whose records remain pristine; 24 are left standing after Week 4, to be specific.

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The following undefeated teams are listed by their rankings in the AP Top 25 Poll, then alphabetically.

Alabama (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Ole Miss (2-1)

Forecast: If Alabama’s trip to Nashville, Tennessee to face previously unbeaten Vanderbilt was a test, the Crimson Tide passed with flying colors in a 59-0 win. In Week 5, Alabama will host Ole Miss, which has defeated the eventual national champion on the road twice in the last nine years.

Clemson (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Virginia Tech (4-0)

​Forecast: It took Clemson until the fourth quarter to pull away from Boston College in the Tigers’ 34-7 win, but their defense has remained stout, holding three of their four opponents to seven or fewer points. Clemson’s road game at Virginia Tech in Week 5 could be the toughest game left on its regular season schedule.

Oklahoma (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Bye week

​Forecast: Baker Mayfield continued to put up big numbers for the Sooners, who held on for a 49-41 victory in Waco against Baylor in Week 4. The No. 3 team in the nation now enters a week of rest before a Week 6 matchup against Iowa State.

Penn State (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Indiana (2-1)

​Forecast: Penn State needed a last-second touchdown pass against Iowa to avoid a Week 3 upset and to stay on this list. Saquon Barkley was good for more than 300 total yards in the 21-19 victory in Iowa City. Next up is another gritty Big Ten foe in Indiana back in Happy Valley.

USC (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Washington State (4-0)

​Forecast: The Trojans were knotted up with Cal through the first three quarters on Saturday but USC broke out for 17 points in the fourth quarter in its 30-20 win. Washington State is one of two ranked opponents remaining on USC’s schedule.

Washington (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Oregon State (1-3)

​Forecast: The Huskies have been impressive through four games, and now head to Oregon State to face a 1-3 Beavers team with lots of work to do if it wants to keep up with red-hot UW.

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Michigan (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Bye week

​Forecast: It hasn’t always been pretty, at least offensively, through the first four weeks but the Wolverines are undefeated after handling a pesky Purdue team on the road. They’ll enjoy a week off before hosting Michigan State in a rivalry game in the first week of October.

Wisconsin (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: Northwestern (2-1)

​Forecast: Wisconsin had its bye week in Week 4 after averaging more than 43 points per contest over its first three games. Northwestern will provide the Badgers with their first conference test of the season.

Georgia (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Tennessee (3-1)

​Forecast: Georgia made a huge statement in Week 4’s battle of the Bulldogs. UGA downed Mississippi State 31-3 behind two touchdowns from Nick Chubb and another efficient outing from freshman quarterback Jake Fromm.

Virginia Tech (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Clemson (4-0)

​Forecast: Virginia Tech’s perfect start to the season sets up a noteworthy matchup next weekend when the Hokies host Clemson in a game that could wind up being a preview of the ACC Championship Game.

Miami (Fla.) (2-0)

Week 5 opponent: Duke (4-0)

​Forecast: After exploding for 42 second-half points in a win against Toledo, the Hurricanes open ACC play with a road game against Duke, which is 4-0 after defeating Power 5 opponents in each of the last three weeks.

TCU (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Bye week

​Forecast: The Horned Frogs have a pair of impressive road wins under their belt — a 28-7 win at Arkansas in Week 2 and a 44-31 upset at No. 6 Oklahoma State in Week 4. TCU will host West Virginia on Oct. 7.

Washington State (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: USC (4-0)

​Forecast: Other than a Week 2 scare from Boise State, Washington State has handled the first month of its schedule with ease. Next up is a home date with No. 5 USC before a road game at No. 24 Oregon.

South Florida (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: East Carolina (0-3)

​Forecast: The Bulls won their AAC opener 43-7 against Temple, bringing their scoring average to almost 41 points per game. After playing on a Thursday in Week 4, they’ll have extra time to prepare for East Carolina in Week 5.

San Diego State (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Northern Illinois (2-1)

​Forecast: The Aztecs regained the lead on a 53-yard touchdown run from Rashaad Penny with six minutes left and held on for a 28-24 victory over Air Force in Week 4. Next up is Northern Illinois, who already has one big win this year at Nebraska in Week 3.

Utah (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Bye week

​Forecast: For the second time this season, the Utes went on the road and pulled out a six-point win – a 30-24 victory at Arizona. Now Utah will use its bye week to prepare for a home game against Stanford in Week 6.

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Duke (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Miami (2-0)

​Forecast: Duke has defeated three Power 5 opponents in the last three weeks – Northwestern, Baylor and North Carolina – to start the year undefeated. The Blue Devils’ toughest test to date will come in Week 5, when they host Miami.

Memphis (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: UCF (1-0)

​Forecast: The Tigers offense continued to thrive in a 44-31 victory over Southern Illinois. Memphis outscored the Salukis 2-10 in Saturday’s second half to cruise to the win.

Minnesota (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: Maryland (2-1)

​Forecast: The Golden Gophers will enter Big Ten play undefeated after a bye week in Week 4. They’ll host Maryland next weekend.

Navy (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: Tulsa (1-3)

​Forecast: Navy is 2-0 in conference play after a 42-32 win against Cincinnati. Week 5 presents a road date with Tulsa.

Texas Tech (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: Oklahoma State (3-1)

​Forecast: The Red Raiders enter Big 12 play undefeated after downing Houston 27-17 on the road in Week 4. They’ll try to hand Oklahoma State a second straight loss in Week 5.

UCF (2-0)

Week 5 opponent: Memphis (2-0)

​Forecast: Conference play in the American Athletic Conference begins with an enticing matchup between UCF and Memphis.

UTSA (3-0)

Week 5 opponent: Bye week

​Forecast: UTSA had no problems running past Texas State with over 300 yards on the ground Saturday night. After a bye week. UTSA faces a solid Southern Miss. (2-1) squad that is also jostling for position in the C-USA West division.

Wake Forest (4-0)

Week 5 opponent: Florida State (0-2)

​Forecast: The Demon Deacons survived a road game against Appalachian State 20-19, leading into a home game in Week 5 against Florida State, which is still searching for its first win of the season.

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