|Sunday, September 29
Updated: October 2, 6:54 PM ET
Seminoles stumble, but not out of BCS race
By Brad Edwards
Special to ESPN.com
On Thursday, the Florida State Seminoles became the most recent victim of tough non-conference scheduling that has already jumped up and bitten several national title contenders. Of the preseason Top 10, only Miami, Texas and Oklahoma are still undefeated. And of the seven teams with a loss, only Tennessee has not been beaten out of conference. The Vols, however, still have a date with Miami left on the schedule (Nov. 9).
Undefeated Teams By Conference
Where's The Love?
Oct. 12 Texas Tech
There are home dates with two pretty good offensive teams (Texas Tech and Missouri) and a five-week span with road games at Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and Colorado. Last I checked, there was legislative protection from cruel and unusual punishment. Already one of the great stories of the year, if Iowa State survives this scheduling quirk coach Dan McCarney and QB Seneca Wallace will become legends in Ames.
Bowling Green has road games at Northern Illinois, South Florida, Toledo and possibly Marshall for the MAC Championship. Air Force probably has a slightly more difficult list of remaining opponents, but all of the big games are at home. BYU, Notre Dame and Colorado State all come to The Academy.
For those thinking either team has a good chance to crash the BCS party in early January, here's something to ponder. Air Force enters October as the No. 25 team in the coaches poll and Bowling Green is still unranked. At this time last year, Fresno State was ranked 10th and 11th in the two polls and BYU was in the Top 20 of both. These Falcons have a lot of ground to make up.
Air Force certainly has the more realistic chance to become a Top-10 team by the end of the season. It already has a win over a ranked team (California) and has a chance to get two more (Notre Dame and Colorado State). If the Irish are also undefeated at the time of that game, a win would almost certainly propel Air Force into the Top 15.
BCS Projected Top 10
Down On The Vols
End Of The Line
The Huskers are unranked for the first time since 1981, ending a stretch of 348 straight weeks in the poll -- the longest in history. Morale is not at a high point in Lincoln right now, but here's something for everyone associated with the program to be proud of.
Most Consecutive Weeks Ranked in the AP Poll
And for those who might be curious, the next-longest active streak behind Florida belongs to Michigan at 66.
Brad Edwards is a college football researcher for ESPN. Inside the BCS appears weekly.