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Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | October 19, 2019

Undefeated college football teams in 2019

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We're in Week 8 of the 2019 college football season and there are 11 undefeated FBS teams remaining. No. 6 Wisconsin has fallen off this list after losing to Illinois.

Last season, Clemson finished 15-0 as the only undefeated team. Alabama, Notre Dame and UCF all entered bowl season undefeated. But Alabama fell to Clemson in the CFP national title game, Notre Dame lost to Clemson in the CFP semifinals and UCF lost to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.

Undefeated FBS college football teams in 2019

Here all are the remaining undefeated teams, starting with those ranked in the latest AP Poll Top 25.

No. 1 Alabama (6-0)

Last game: def. No. 24 Texas A&M, 47-28
Next: vs. Tennessee | 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 | ESPN
Toughest games remaining: vs. LSU (Nov. 9), at Mississippi State (Nov. 16) at Auburn (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2009 (14-0, won BCS National Championship Game)

The Tide cruised again, outscoring the Aggies in College Station. Tua Tagovailoa had 293 passing yards and four touchdowns to lead 'Bama. The wait for the showdown with LSU near, but first Alabama play home games against Tennessee and Arkansas.

No. 2 LSU (7-0)

Last game: def. Mississippi State, 36-13
Next: vs. Auburn | 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 | CBS
Toughest games remaining: vs. Auburn (Oct. 26), at Alabama (Nov.  9), vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 1958 (11-0, won Sugar Bowl, national champions)

Joe Burrow broke the LSU single-season passing TD record — and there's still one more game to go in October. Burrow went 25-for-32 for 327 yards and four touchdowns at the Tigers improved to 7-0 with an easy win at Mississippi State. These next two weeks will be tough: vs. Auburn and at Alabama.

No. 3 Clemson (7-0) 

Last game: def. Louisville, 45-10
Next: vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 | ACC Network
Toughest games remaining: at N.C. State (Nov. 9), vs. Wake Forest (Nov. 16), at South Carolina (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2018 (15-0, won College Football Playoff National Championship Game)

QB Trevor Lawrence threw two more interceptions, but the Tigers still won big at Louisville. The Clemson defense dominated, allowing only 263 yards in the romp. The Cardinals completed only eight of 22 pass attempts while throwing two interceptions. There will continue to be questions about Lawrence, but that hasn't slowed down Clemson yet.

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No. 4 Ohio State (7-0)

Last game: def. Northwestern, 52-3
Next: vs. Wisconsin | Noon, Saturday, Oct. 26 | ABC
Toughest games remaining: vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 26), vs. Penn State (Nov. 23), at Michigan (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2012 (12-0, finished No. 3 in AP Poll)

Ohio State rolled again, dominating Northwestern by a score of 52-3. Heisman hopeful Justin Fields was spectacular, going 19-for-23 with 194 yards and four touchdown passes. J.K. Dobbins ran for 121 yards and a score. The Buckeyes have scored at least 34 points in every game this season.

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No. 5 Oklahoma (7-0)

Last game: def. West Virginia, 52-14
Next: at Kansas State | 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 | ABC
Toughest games remaining: vs. Iowa State (Nov. 9), at Baylor (Nov. 16), at Oklahoma State (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2000 (13-0, won BCS National Championship Game)

Jalen Hurts had more touchdown passes than incompletions as OU beat WVU by 38. Hurts was 16-for-17 for 316 yards and three touchdowns — and he added 75 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. So no Red River hangover for the Sooners. Oklahoma goes to K-State next.

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No. 7 Penn State (6-0)

Last game: def. No. 17 Iowa, 17-12
Next: vs. No. 16 Michigan | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 | ABC
Toughest games remaining: vs. Michigan (Oct. 19), at Minnesota (Nov. 9) at Ohio State (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 1994 (12-0, won Rose Bowl, finished No. 2)

Those night games are never easy, but Penn State got out of Iowa City with a 17-12 win. Iowa had about 60 more yards than PSU, but the Nittany Lions forced two turnovers. Now Penn State gets to play Michigan at home in a Whiteout atmosphere with a chance to go to 7-0.

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No. 14 Boise State (6-0)

Last game: def. Hawai'i, 59-37
Next: vs. BYU | 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 | ESPN2
Toughest games remaining: at BYU (Oct. 19), vs. Wyoming (Nov. 9) at Utah State (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 2009 (14-0, won Fiesta Bowl, finished No. 4 in AP Poll)

Boise State lost Hank Bachmeier to injury, but the Broncos still looked powerful offensively in a 59-37 win against what was a 4-1 Hawai'i team. Chase Cord came in and was 12-for-18 for 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos stayed perfect. Boise State also ran for more than 200 yards. A night game at BYU is set for Week 8.

No. 18 Baylor (7-0)

Last game: def. Oklahoma State, 45-27
Next: vs. West Virginia | 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 | ESPN
Toughest games remaining: at TCU (Nov. 9) vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 16), vs. Texas (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 1900 (3-0). Note: Baylor was 6-0-2 in 1910, but record was adjusted to 6-1-1 due to forfeit.

Baylor scored the game's final three touchdowns to pull away from Oklahoma State by 18. Charlie Brewer had 312 passing yards on only 17 attempts, but the ground game was also key. The Bears rushed for 224 yards, including 146 and two scores from Jamycal Hasty.

No. 19 SMU (7-0)

Last game: def. Temple, 45-21
Next: at Houston | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 | ESPN
Toughest games remaining: at Houston (Oct. 24), at Memphis (Nov. 2), vs. Tulane (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 1982 (11-0-1, won Cotton Bowl, finished No. 2)

The Mustangs barely got by Tulsa but then impressively ran away from a tough Temple team in Week 8. Shane Buechele had a busy night, completing 30 of 53 passes for 457 yards and six touchdowns. A couple of difficult road games are next on the schedule. It's Houston first and then Memphis the following week.

No. 20 Minnesota (7-0)

Last game: def. Rutgers, 42-7
Next: vs. Maryland | 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Toughest games remaining: vs. Penn State (Nov. 9), at Iowa (Nov. 16), vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 1941

Minnesota's defense stood tall again, allowing Rutgers only 9-for-19 passing for 48 yards while making three picks. The Gophers also had offensive balance, with Tanner Morgan having 245 passing yards and Rodney Smith running for 111 yards. Minnesota is home against Maryland next.

No. 24 Appalachian State (6-0)

Last game: def. UL Monroe, 52-7
Next: at South Alabama | 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 | ESPNU
Toughest games remaining: at South Carolina (Nov. 9), at Georgia State (Nov. 16), at Troy (Nov. 29)
Last undefeated season: None

Appalachian State won a game as an FBS ranked team for the first time. Last year, the Mountaineers lost to Georgia Southern in their first game as a ranked team. But this time, Appalachian State totaled 572 offensive yards to win big. There are two Sun Belt games before the Mountaineers play at South Carolina.

College football undefeated teams by conference

For purposes of this story, Independents are included together.

 

 

 

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