Not many teams remain unbeaten midway through the 2012 college football season, as a few of them are making waves with unexpected undefeated runs.
Of the 10 teams that remain unbeaten, five will not be able to hold its unblemished record, with big conference tests remaining against other BCS Top 25 teams.
Mississippi State is on a tear having won seven straight, but the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama this Saturday.
Other teams have big weekends ahead as well, with Notre Dame traveling to Oklahoma this weekend and Oregon State facing Oregon later in the year.
There are a few teams that will continue to make undefeated runs. Others will take dives as the season progresses.
The coming weeks will bring high level matchups, and that stiff competition will expose some of the remaining undefeated squads.
The No. 11 Bulldogs have done a great job managing their schedule this season, marching on an undefeated run one game at a time.
This week brings a monster of a contest with No. 1 Alabama slated to host this Mississippi State squad in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This game is for the pot in the SEC West with the winner taking control of the leagues deepest division. Unfortunately for the Dan Mullen led Bulldogs, this doesn’t look like a game they can win.
Mississippi State has maneuvered a great run through the first half of the season, but it likely will come to screeching halt this weekend against the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs have yet to face a defense as potent as Alabama.
Even if State were to beat Alabama, games against No. 6 LSU and No. 20 Texas A&M remain.
It doesn’t get any easier for this unbeaten squad. A loss waits in the future.
Charlie Strong has built this No. 16 Cardinals program into an elite Big East squad. The Cardinals now expect to land their team in the BCS every year and push consistently for undefeated seasons.
This is a good team in Louisville and they have a great shot to win the Big East, but they won’t stay undefeated.
Games against Cincinnati and No. 15 Rutgers remain with both looking very tough.
Cincinnati did just get picked off by Toledo, but that will give the Bearcats even more intensity heading into their contest with the Cards. If Cincinnati can’t pull off the win, Rutgers is sure to expose this team in the final game of the season.
The Scarlet Knights get the Cardinals at home and are providing this conference with some of the best defense in the country.
It may come in the final game of the year, but a loss will happen for this Cardinals squad.
No. 7 Oregon State has been one of the best feel good stories of the year in college football.
This was a 3-9 team a year ago that is making an undefeated run in 2012. No one expected this to happen, but the Beavers have earned every bit of their ranking and respect.
As impressive as the run has been, these Beavers still have to face off against Arizona State, No. 17 Stanford and No. 4 Oregon. Two of those three contests come in Corvallis, but they still won’t be easy wins.
The most difficult of the three games is undoubtedly against in-state rival Oregon, which will be played on Nov. 24, the second to last game of the season.
If Oregon State maneuvers through the schedule undefeated until they meet Oregon, it will likely be a matchup of Top 5 teams.
It is impossible to foresee the outcome of a tough rivalry game—especially with the Beavers playing such great defense against the run.
The Ducks are still the best shot at a loss for the Beavers, and at this point all signs are pointing to that happening.
It makes sense to pull for No. 5 Notre Dame.
It's easy to look at the rich tradition and enjoy the movie Rudy and want the Irish to be back on top. It makes the college football landscape appear whole again.
Unfortunately, this Irish squad can’t find consistency on offense and it is going to kill them in the back half of the season.
A game against No. 8 Oklahoma on the road is looming this Saturday and a season ending contest against USC will go down in Los Angeles.
The Irish are playing some of the best defense in the country, but both of those upcoming opponents have elite quarterbacks who will lead their offense to some points against the Irish.
Notre Dame will need its own quarterback play to increase dramatically. The Irish must pick a quarterback and stick with him, or the mistakes and offensive woes will continue. They like two quarterbacks right now—expect a loss to come.
The No. 2 Gators have been one of the biggest surprises of the year out of the SEC.
After finally settling on Jeff Driskel at quarterback, this Florida team has exploded on offense. The ground game has been nearly unstoppable with the Gators mounting the No. 25 rushing attack in the country.
Florida has a very winnable schedule that remains, but don’t think No. 10 Georgia won't mount a strong challenge to the Gators this Saturday.
A season ending game in Tallahassee against No. 12 Florida State also has some kick to it.
The three games that separate the two big rivalry games should be easy wins, but it will be tough for this offense to mount wins against Georgia and Florida State in the same season.
Florida has been far better than expected and continues to surprise, so this is the toughest team to pick to lose.
Shut down the Florida running game and you stop the offense, but not even the powerful LSU Tigers were able to accomplish that feat.
This is a team similar to Mississippi State, with key games remaining that can prove whether this Gator team belongs among the best.