Week 9 of college football will see the first loss for a number of previously unbeaten teams.
There are currently 10 undefeated teams in the BCS Standings (not including Ohio State which is ineligible). Each one is looking for a bid to at least a BCS game, if not the championship. Unfortunately, that dream often ends sooner than desired.
These programs have rapidly moved up the polls this year, but they will be exposed this weekend as their perfect seasons go down the drain.
The Cardinals have had a solid year to this point, but nothing besides their record warrants a No. 16 ranking.
North Carolina is the only team with a winning record that Louisville has faced this season. Still, every game seems to be a struggle.
The team needed a late rally to come back against Southern Miss earlier this year. The Golden Eagles are still yet to win a game.
Louisville faces a very talented Cincinnati team this week. While the Bearcats lost their first game this week, they have a good defense and one of the best rushing attacks in the country at 225.7 yards per game.
Even at home, the Cardinals could be in trouble.
In Ohio’s three road games this year, the Bobcats have a three-point win over 3-4 Marshall, a three-point win over 0-7 Massachusetts and a 10-point win over Penn State that featured three turnovers and a few lucky bounces.
This team has been fun to watch, but every game has been an adventure.
Although Miami (OH) has an awful defense, quarterback Zac Dysert has the ability to make some great throws and have a big game to pull the upset.
The crowd is likely to be heavily involved against a ranked team and would love to storm the field at the end.
While there are few easy games in the SEC, Mississippi State has seemed to find them. The Bulldogs have a 3-0 conference record, but the wins have been against three of the four winless teams in league play.
The upcoming schedule gets much tougher with the rest of the SEC West waiting to test the No. 9 scoring defense in the nation.
On Saturday, Mississippi States travels to Alabama to take on the best team in the country on the road. Even if the Bulldogs really are a legitimate contender, this game would still be too much to overcome as the Tide will continue to show why they are No. 1.
There is no doubting the Notre Dame defense, which has only allowed two offensive touchdowns in the last five games. However, the offense has left much to be desired.
The team has failed to top 20 points in five of seven games this year and cannot decide whether Tommy Rees or Everett Golson is the best choice to lead the offense.
This week, the Irish have to face Oklahoma, a team that is stacked with talent on both sides of the football. It will be only Notre Dame’s second true road game this season and it is certain to cause problems throughout the game.
While the Sooners already have a home loss to Kansas State, that result does not seem as bad anymore.
Notre Dame will have a hard time, especially if the team falls behind early.
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