Unbeaten List Shrinks To 17; LSU Falls at Home to Troy

October 1, 2017 by Dave Congrove

Clemson, Miami, Washington State and UCF won their respective battles between undefeated programs, while the overall list of teams with unblemished records dropped from 24 to 17.

Meanwhile, Alabama solidified its spot at No. 1 in the new Congrove Computer Rankings released Sunday morning.

Clemson took a 31-17 business-like win at Virginia Tech on Saturday night while UCF popped Memphis 40-13 in Orlando. A pair of Friday night games saw Miami crush Duke 31-6 in Durham, and Washington State take a 30-27 home win over USC.

The other 3 previously undefeated teams that fell on Saturday were Wake Forest, Minnesota, and Texas Tech. Florida State avoided an 0-3 start with its 26-19 win at Wake, Maryland got the road victory over the Golden Gophers, and Oklahoma State bounced back from last week's loss to TCU with a 41-34 victory at the Red Raiders.

Saturday was a terrible day to be a football fan in Mississippi. Not only did Ole Miss get rolled 66-3 by Alabama, but Mississippi State got booted 49-10 by Auburn, and Southern Miss lost 43-28 at home to North Texas.

The biggest surprise on the college football landscape over the weekend was Troy banking nearly one million dollars to go to Baton Rouge and beat LSU 24-21.

The second-biggest shocker was the 41-0 demolition of Tennessee by the visiting Georgia Bulldogs.

When the games were over and the smoke had cleared, Alabama kept the top spot in the CCR Top 130, just ahead of Penn State which was a 45-14 winner over visiting Indiana.

Clemson moves up from 5th to 3rd, while Oklahoma and Wisconsin each drop one spot to 4th and 5th, respectively.

The rest of the top ten has Washington 6th, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Washington State and Miami (Fla.).


Louisville blew out Murray State 55-10 in the only FBS vs. FCS battle this week. That result makes the FBS 81-9 (.900) vs. the FCS this season, and 1,211-117 (.912) since 2003.

These are the FCS victories in 2017:
September 23: Western Illinois 52, Coastal Carolina 10
September 16: North Carolina A&T 35, Charlotte 31
September 16: Idaho State 30, Nevada 28
September 9: South Dakota 35. Bowling Green 27
September 9: New Hampshire 22, Georgia Southern 12
September 2: Liberty 48, Baylor 45
September 2: Howard 43, UNLV 40
September 2: James Madison 34, East Carolina 14
August 31: Tennessee State 17, Georgia State 10.

97 FBS teams will play 97 games vs. FCS members this year, which is down substantially from the 110 FBS schools that played 113 games vs. FCS squads last year.


Alabama - Won 39 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Won 15 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 12 straight road games. Won 19 straight conference games (FBS record). Won 66-3 vs. Ole Miss on Saturday.

Oklahoma - Won 14 straight overall (FBS longest). Won 13 straight road games (FBS longest). Was idle.

Fresno State - Halted a 15-game losing to FBS teams (FBS longest). Won 41-21 vs. Nevada on Saturday.

Rutgers - Lost 15 straight conference games (FBS longest). Hosts Ohio State on Saturday.

Massachusetts - Lost 9 straight overall (FBS longest). Lost 58-50 vs.Ohio on Saturday.

Kansas - Lost 42 straight road games (FBS longest). Was idle.