Following the action of week 7 in the 2015 college football season, there are 14 remaining undefeated teams: Three in the Big Ten (Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State); three in the Big 12 (Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU); three in the American conference (Houston, Memphis, Temple); two in the ACC (Florida State, Clemson); one in the SEC (LSU); one in the Pac-12 (Utah); and one in the MAC (Toledo).
Texas A&M, #9 on the rankings before the weekend, were stripped of their status after being beat at home by Alabama 41-23. Kyle Allen threw three interceptions and Kyler Murray was intercepted once, resulting in three pick sixes and what should be a big drop in the rankings. Florida were the second undefeated team to lose its “status” with another top 10 matchup, losing to LSU on a fake field goal in the fourth quarter, being unable to slow down Leonard Fournette, but who can?
The Big Ten provided us with two ranked vs ranked matchups. In Chicago, Iowa kept on putting big scoring and rushing numbers on the board in a 40-10 beatdown of Northwestern. The Hawkeyes, #17 before the game, won’t be bounced into the top 10, but they’re getting to placed they hardly remember ever being under Kirk Ferentz. Michigan State snuck by Michigan in a #7 vs #12 matchup thanks to a botched punt on the game’s final play, leaving over 111,000 in attendance stunned as the night was falling down on Ann Arbor. Ohio State ran into trouble only during the first quarter as they looked good in the 38-10 win over Penn State, especially when J.T. Barrett had the ball in his hands.
Among the three undefeated Big 12 teams, Oklahoma State had the weekend off. Baylor continues giving us tremendous offensive performances, scoring 62 points against West Virginia with Seth Russell showing us how well he can run. He threw five touchdown passes while rushing for over 160. TCU won’t jump them in the rankings following their 45-21 win against Iowa State, but unlike last week, no one is going to complain about their ability.
The American Conference might not be part of the College Football playoff, but they got a 37-24 win from Memphis, who’ll finally be ranked this week, beating #13 Ole Miss. Temple beat UCF 30-16 to remain on top of their division, while Houston, a ranked team, had 0 problems in a big 42-7 win against Tulane.
The ACC continues to be putting Florida State and Clemson on their usual path to win the division and then the conference, depending on who wins their rivalry game. The Seminoles looked good in a 41-21 win over Louisville with more touchdowns from Dalvin Cook and Everett Golson. Clemson didn’t convince in their tough win over Boston College, but the Eagles defense has made it difficult for everyone they’ve faced.
Utah needed a big fourth quarter from Devontae Booker in a 34-18 win over Arizona State, scoring 20 unanswered points in the finale to remain undefeated and on top of the Pac-12 South. Toledo, the pride of the MAC, had no problem against one of the weakest team in the conference, Eastern Michigan, in what should probably move them up a spot or two.