College Football Rankings: The Most Surprising Undefeated Teams

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

College Football Rankings: The Most Surprising Undefeated Teams

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    The college football season provides plenty to be excited about on a weekly basis, as elite teams lose or downtrodden teams get that signature win against an opponent they had no business beating.

    Some of the most surprising moments in college football have been then-No. 5 Michigan losing to Appalachian State in Ann Arbor, James Madison beating a ranked Virginia Tech team in Blacksburg on national TV, among others.

    Whenever a team goes undefeated, they start to believe that they can challenge for their conference championship to get a much-coveted automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series and possibly an invitation to the national championship game.

    So far in this college football season, there are some teams that are currently undefeated that no one would've even predicted would be this far into their schedules.

    Here are five teams that are currently undefeated that are the most surprising...

1. Clemson

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    The Clemson Tigers have been the model for success against ranked opponents.  They have ended the undefeated streak and possible BCS aspirations for Auburn, Florida State and their latest victim, then-No. 11 Virginia Tech.

    They have been bullies against teams that were believed to be superior to them, and they have made it look easy along the way.

    The Tigers know it is a long season, and that they have many more tests ahead of them.

    In football, the key to sustaining success is to take it one game at a time, one opponent at a time.  The road to the BCS is not an easy one, but the right recipe will get there and be dominant.

2. Michigan

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    The University of Michigan Wolverines have been in some lean years for a long time.  The start of trouble in Ann Arbor was when the then-No. 5 Wolverines lost to Appalachian State in stunning fashion.

    Michigan has not beaten Ohio State in almost a decade, and they suffered through the Rich Rodriguez mess as he was hired away from West Virginia, but failed to bring the team back to respectability.

    Led by new coach Brady Hoke and QB Denard Robinson, the Wolverines are making some noise as they have rolled to an undefeated start to the season. 

    With Nebraska now in the conference, the team is likely going to be tested, and have to beat Ohio State to establish itself as the resurgent power in the new-look Big Ten.


3. Georgia Tech

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    After an offseason where their 2009 ACC Championship was vacated as a part of punishment stemming from an NCAA scandal, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets just wanted to get the season started.

    Competing in the same division as Virginia Tech and Miami, the team can be overshadowed as Miami dominated alot of the headlines as their own scandal broke and left everyone wondering what kind of punishment the Hurricanes would endure.

    After 5 weeks of the season, the Yellow Jackets are 5-0 and their recent victim, N.C. State was soundly beaten almost single-handedly by Tevin Washington.

    With tests against Miami, Virginia Tech and ACC giant-killer Clemson looming, the Yellow Jackets will find out if they are a contender or a pretender in the weeks ahead.

4. Texas

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    The Texas Longhorns have been in the news as they have created the Longhorn Network, and at one time was thinking about leaving the Big 12 to follow Oklahoma to make college football's first superconference in the Pacific area.

    Texas has been a perennial contender in the Big 12, but the Sooners have often been a huge stumbling block in the Red River Shootout. 

    Texas has not been a force in the national picture since 2006, when they beat USC (vacated) in the national championship game.

    Texas has quite a few tests remaining as they have the Sooners in an old-fashioned brawl, and then they have the rest of their conference schedule remaining as well. 

    How the Longhorns fare in the Big 12 season will determine their fate quite quickly.


5. Wisconsin

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    The Wisconsin Badgers football teams have often taken a back seat to Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State in the Big Ten.

    With their scintillating win against new-Big Ten rival Nebraska, the Badgers have established themselves as the premier power in the Leaders Division of the conference.

    With only one ranked team on their schedule, the Badgers could very well go undefeated and if they win the Big Ten conference championship, they could be in a major BCS bowl game.

    Led by one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Russell Wilson, the Badgers have the ability to blow teams out on the scoreboard in the beginning of the game, and they can take control on the first possession if you let them.