By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
Three more undefeated teams (Kentucky, Oklahoma and LSU) fell on Saturday. Eleven teams remain without a loss. Three in the American, two in the ACC (Clemson and NC State, which play next Saturday), two in the SEC, one in the Big 12, one in the Big Ten, one in the Pac-12 and Notre Dame.
Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly.
The Good: Notre Dame. The Irish were the honorable mention here last week, but they went on the road and pummeled a good Virginia Tech team. After a 6-0 start and three ranked wins, Notre Dame will likely be favored in each of its final six games.
Honorable Mention: Florida. Not what Tennessee fans want to see, but the Gators surpassed last season’s win total and have beaten ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks to get wins four and five after only six games. Dan Mullen’s men have a road trip to reeling Vanderbilt before the off week and the annual rivalry game against Georgia.
The Bad: Auburn. Mississippi State was coming off back-to-back offensive performances where it put up seven points or fewer, but it was the Tigers who couldn’t find the end zone on Saturday. Already with a conference loss to Auburn, Gus Malzahn’s team will play three ranked opponents in November alone. Can the Tigers get to eight wins?
Honorable Mention: Michigan State. The Spartans were the team in the Big Ten East nobody was talking about. That won’t change after a ten-point loss at home to Northwestern. In a division so deep, Sparty needed to take care of business against the rest of the league. It didn’t.
The Ugly: Oklahoma. The Sooners put up 45 points against Texas and still lost. That’s never okay in Norman. Following the 48-45 loss to the Longhorns, Oklahoma reportedly canned defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. The Sooners can still get back to the Big 12 title game, but currently sit behind West Virginia and Texas in the standings and have to play the Mountaineers in Morgantown.
Honorable Mention: Stanford. Despite the loss to Notre Dame the week before, the Cardinal still controlled its own destiny when it hosted Utah on Saturday. Then the Utes pounded Stanford to a 40-21 win. Just like that, Stanford’s playoff hopes are over.