BCS Rankings 2010: Predicting the First Loss for Every Remaining Undefeated Team

Christopher Adams@@ChrisAdams3Correspondent IOctober 14, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: Predicting the First Loss for Every Remaining Undefeated Team

0 of 13

    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a pass as his offensive line holds back the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 38-10.   (Photo by Jam
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Week 7 of the 2010 college football season is officially upon us, and with it comes the releasing of the first BCS Rankings on Sunday.

    Through six weeks of play, it becomes very apparent that few programs are able to achieve the wondrous fully undefeated season, although it is not fully impossible.

    The following is a list composed of the remaining 13 undefeated FBS teams, predicting each one's first loss of the season.

    *All rankings are in reference to the AP Poll


1 of 13

    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 4: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the University of Missouri Tigers looks to pass against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini during the State Farm Arch Rivalry game on September 4, 2010 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    The Missouri Tigers are sitting pretty at 5-0, No. 21 in the AP Poll, and tied for first in the Big 12 North with a 1-0 conference record.

    The thing is, the toughest opponent the Tigers have faced was Illinois. Their other wins being against McNeese State, San Diego State, Miami (OH), and Colorado.

    The Missouri No. 3 scoring defense should slip by Texas A&M in Week 7, but fall to the visiting No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners the following week.

    First Loss: Oklahoma, Oct. 23


2 of 13

    LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David #4, linebacker Eric Martin #46, safety Rickey Thenarse #3, defensive back DeJon Gomes #7 bring down South Dakota State Jackrabbits running back Kyle Minett #30 during first ha
    Eric Francis/Getty Images

    The AP No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers are on a 5-0 roll halfway through the season, and are one of the few teams with the capability to run the tables with the remaining schedule.

    The Cornhuskers should roll over a struggling Texas Longhorns team in Week 7 before facing their possible toughest road game of the season against the No. 20 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

    This could be the only possible loss for Nebraska, as the remainder of its schedule is very favorable.

    First Loss: Oklahoma State, Oct. 23


3 of 13

    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Demarco Murray #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners are national title contenders in 2010, that is, if they can win the remainder of their games.

    With the exception of the Sooners' win over Florida State, every game has been close, including bouts with Utah State, Air Force, Cincinnati, and Texas. But the Sooners are 5-0 nonetheless, and riding the unbeaten train.

    Oklahoma will likely go unbeaten heading into the last game of the season—a rivalry match at Oklahoma State, in which anything can happen in a huge rivalry game, putting an upset loss up for debate.

    First Loss: Oklahoma State, Nov. 27

Oklahoma State

4 of 13

    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5: Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys carries the ball six yards as Rennie Curran #35 of the Georgia Bulldogs tries to stop him during the fourth quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Septemb
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 5-0 through the first six weeks of play, enough to place them at the No. 20 spot in the AP Poll.

    The Cowboys have racked in wins against Washington State, Troy, Tulsa, Texas A&M, and Louisiana-Lafayette—not the most impressive wins, but they took care of what they were given.

    Oklahoma State travels to Texas Tech in Week 7 to take on a tough Red Raiders passing offense, and could face their first loss if  they get caught looking ahead to their bout against No. 5 Nebraska the following week.

    First Loss: Texas Tech, Oct. 16

Michigan State

5 of 13

    ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Chris Rucker #29 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate with his teammates after intercepting Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines during the fourth quarter of the game on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    The Spartans are making some noise in the country after upsetting Wisconsin and defeating rival Michigan the following week to gain a 6-0 record and a No. 13 AP ranking.

    Michigan State should take down the visiting Illinois and Northwestern on the road before facing their a tough away game at Iowa.

    If predictions hold true, the Spartans will head into the Iowa game 8-0, in which they could face their first and only loss of the season.

    First Loss: Iowa, Oct. 30

Ohio State

6 of 13

    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 9:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes makes a pass as his offensive line holds back the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Indiana 38-10.   (Photo by Jam
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    The new No. 1 team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes, have a perfect record of 6-0 and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play.

    The Buckeyes have only faced one ranked team this season, the then No. 12 Miami Hurricanes (now un-ranked), and face their second and more difficult ranked team in Week 7—the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers.

    This is only Ohio State's second away game this season, and heading into a hostile stadium and solid Badger team in Madison could be an upset loss in the making.

    First Loss: Wisconsin, Oct. 16


7 of 13

    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    The TCU Horned Frogs are looking to continue their BCS buster status in 2010, and are off to a great start with a 6-0 record, and absolutely demolishing their opponents.

    The No. 4 team in the country will likely gain wins over BYU, Air Force, and UNLV before heading to Salt Lake City to take on the No. 11 Utah Utes.

    TCU will face their first tough road game of the season, and will likely be the Horned Frogs only loss in 2010.

    First Loss: Utah, Nov. 6


8 of 13

    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Jordan Wynn #3 of the Utah Utes looks to pass the ball in the second quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martine
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    The AP No. 11 Utah Utes are making a statement in the Mountain West before their departure to the Pac-10 Conference following the 2010 season.

    The Utes are 5-0 and will likely continue their unbeaten streak heading into their road game against the impressive No. 23 Air Force Falcons.

    Do not be surprised if the Utes slip to Air Force a week before the much anticipated home game against the TCU Horned Frogs.

    First Loss: at Air Force, Oct. 30


9 of 13

    EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates as he scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/
    Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    The No. 2 Oregon Ducks are looking to play for the school's first ever National Championship game in 2010, and are on the right track with a 6-0 record and one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.

    The Ducks should remain undefeated leading into the last game of the season—The Civil War.

    Oregon will head to Oregon State for their yearly rivalry match, which could possibly be a 2009 rematch deciding who gets the Pac-10 Conference crown.

    First Loss: Oregon State, Dec. 4


10 of 13

    GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09:  Punter Josh Jasper #30 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs a fake punt for yardage past Ahmad Black #35 and Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 9, 2010 in
    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    The No. 9 LSU Tigers are 6-0 in 2010 as the luck of head coach Les Miles continues after a big win over the then No. 14 Florida Gators.

    The Tigers will gain another easy win in Week 7 hosting the FCS team McNeese State, but then hit the road to take on the No. 7 Auburn Tigers on hostile grounds.

    Auburn will likely remain undefeated heading into this SEC match-up, in what will be the "battle of the Tigers," but LSU just might not have enough tricks to take down Auburn.

    First Loss: Auburn, Oct. 23


11 of 13

    LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09:  Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    The Auburn tigers sit nicely at the No. 7 spot in the nation with a 6-0 record, 3-0 in SEC play.

    Auburn's signature win of the season was over then No. 12 South Carolina, who subsequently went on to upset No. 1 Alabama in Week 6.

    The Tigers have two ranked opponents in Arkansas and LSU the next two weeks, but get to have both at home.

    Auburn could go unscathed until their regular season finale at Alabama, who still has a lot of power in the SEC.

    First Loss: Alabama, Nov. 26


12 of 13

    COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack rolls out during the first half of the game against the Missouri Tigers on September 13, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty I
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    The 6-0, AP ranked No. 19 Nevada Wolfpack is turning heads, led by breakout star quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    Nevada has some impressive wins over California and at BYU as the team looks to challenge fellow conference-mate Boise State for the conference crown.

    Although Nevada has a great deal of talent, they could be taken down by the Hawaii Warriors and their No. 1 ranked passing offense in Week 7.

    First Loss: Hawaii, Oct. 16

Boise State

13 of 13

    BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 and the Boise State Broncos celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Stage Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
    Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    The Boise State Broncos regained their No. 3 AP ranking following Week 6, and are once against cruising through the season undefeated.

    The 6-0 Broncos will likely remain undefeated until their road trip to take on the Nevada Wolfpack on November 26.

    Looking at the Broncos' schedule, Nevada has the highest probability to pull off an upset and break the Boise State winning streak.

    First Loss: Nevada, Nov. 26