Power Ranking College Football's Top 1-Loss Teams
The college football landscape is littered with one-loss teams heading into the final weeks of the season. A number of top squads have been within reach of the national title only to fall short with a loss, while other teams were attempting to be this year’s BCS buster.
There are only 11 teams that have made it through this season with one loss. Names like Georgia and Florida State will be recognized, but Ohio and Kent State may surprise the masses with the solid football the two teams are playing.
Here is a look at the power rankings for the 11 remaining undefeated teams in FBS.
No.11: Ohio Bobcats
Ohio started the 2012 season on a high note with a big win over a very talented Penn State team in Happy Valley. The Bobcats were charging up the Top 25 hoping to become the next BCS buster but a loss to Miami (Oh.) ended the BCS dream.
Despite the loss this is still a very good Bobcats team, with Tyler Tettleton leading a very potent offense. This team has battled to keep every game close and they will need to continue on that path as the season concludes.
A year-ending contest against Kent State will determine the East Division of the MAC, sending the winner to the MAC championship game. Ohio has a chance to surge once again if they can knock off the one-loss Golden Flashes at year's end.
No. 10: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers has battled this season to remain in position to win the Big East, and a season-ending game against Louisville will give the Scarlet Knights that chance.
This team rolled to a victory earlier this season over Arkansas and looked the part of an undefeated team until Kent State came to town and upset the then-No. 15 Scarlet Knights. Rutgers will get cranked up again this coming Saturday against Army.
This is a team that has a legitimate shot at finishing the year in a BCS bowl, but the loss to the Golden Flashes pushes Rutgers near the bottom of this list.
No. 9: Northern Illinois Huskies
Northern Illinois finds its way on to this list after a strong season and a disappointing season-opening loss. The Huskies took on Iowa to start the year and lost the game by one point. Northern Illinois hasn’t lost since.
The Huskies are led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch, who has passed for 2,175 yards and rushed for 1,342 yards so far this year.
This program finds itself in the lead for the West Division inside the MAC, but a key game against Toledo is coming in a week that will determine the leader of the West. This Huskies team has been underappreciated this fall, but a solid finish to the season and a conference championship should change that.
No. 8: Kent State Golden Flashes
The Golden Flashes of Kent State are leading the East Division of the MAC. The Golden Flashes have maneuvered well through their schedule this season, winning a big game over Rutgers to end October.
Kent State relies on Dri Archer and Trayion Durham as a nasty one-two punch from the backfield. Archer is the leading rusher and receiver for the Flashes offense.
This season will close with two road games and a final home game against the Ohio Bobcats. The game against Ohio will determine the winner of the East Division of the MAC.
No. 7: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have one of the best signal-callers in the country with Colby Cameron calling the shots for Louisiana Tech. This team has battled to stay in the bowl conversation and would be undefeated if not for a last-minute tough loss to now No. 15 Texas A&M.
The schedule that remains is very winnable for the Bulldogs and should provide this team with wins to finish the year.
Games remain against Utah State and San Jose State that will help determine the winner of the WAC. If the Bulldogs are able to win, they will push themselves into a solid bowl scenario and will finish the 2012 season as WAC champions.
No. 6: Toledo Rockets
Toledo blasted onto the scene this fall with a close loss to Arizona on the road that set the tone for the one-loss season. The Rockets have won a number of big games this season, but the win over Cincinnati on October 20 was what put this team on the map.
This is a Rockets team that saw success consistently in the past few seasons, with all the pieces falling into place for a special season this year. Games against Ball State, Northern Illinois and Akron remain for this team.
Northern Illinois is a big game that lies ahead, but a win will put the Rockets in the front of the pack in the West Division of the MAC standings, sending Toledo to the championship game.
No. 5: Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State has had the most impressive turnaround in college football this year. The Beavers were 3-9 last season and are now battling for a possible Pac-12 title. Quarterback injuries expected to cause issues for the Beavers midseason, but this squad kept on pushing and kept on winning with backup Cody Vaz calling the shots.
Vaz is guiding this team extremely well and will continue to lead the Beavers as Sean Mannion battles through a knee injury.
Four games remain for the Beavers with two Top 15 contests remaining on the docket. Oregon State may not win out and finish as Pac-12 champions, but being a one-loss squad at this point in the season is very impressive for this team.
No. 4: Clemson Tigers
Clemson was the leading team in the ACC this season until a loss to Florida State pushed the Tigers back down the ladder in the conference.
The Tigers are still one of the best teams in the country and stand the chance at landing in a BCS bowl with an at-large bid. Clemson still has a season-ending game against South Carolina that could vault them back into the Top 10 of the BCS with a win.
This team has won every game this season in convincing fashion and has scored more than 38 points in all but one of their games this fall. Dabo Swinney has this team headed in the right direction and right now they are the fourth best one-loss team in the country.
No. 3: Florida Gators
Florida flirted with a national title run with big wins over LSU and South Carolina earlier this season, vaulting the Gators into the No. 2 spot in the country, but a loss to Georgia to close October pushed this team back down into reality.
The Gators are still a very strong team inside the SEC and are, hands down, a Top 10 unit, but they fall to No. 3 in the one-loss power rankings.
A season-ending game in Tallahassee against Florida State would push this team to the top of this list and also push them into a possible at-large bid scenario in the BCS.
No. 2: Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles have led the ACC since day one this season and were favorites to win the BCS title this year. An early upset loss to N.C. State shattered those dreams but since the Seminoles have been on an offensive tear.
Florida State plays Virginia Tech this Thursday, which should solidify the power shift inside the ACC conference.
The Seminoles are the favorite to win the conference and are a shoe-in for a BCS bowl at this point. The Seminoles still have to beat Florida at season's end to complete this strong season, but it has no bearing on their bowl finish if they win the conference.
No. 1: Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs are leading the SEC East and staring at a second straight SEC championship game berth if they defeat Auburn this coming weekend.
The Bulldogs have been steadily inconsistent throughout the season, but when they are on they are unstoppable. The tandem freshmen rushing threat that Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall has brought to Athens has led to a large portion of Georgia’s success this fall.
The Bulldogs had a strong showing against Ole Miss this past Saturday, returning this Georgia team to the national discussion.
With a clear shot at an SEC title, this team stands at the No. 1 position in the one-loss power rankings.