Twenty-four teams enter this week's slate with an unblemished record. That number will drop to at least 20 as 4 games feature matchups between undefeated opponents.
There are 2 such games on Friday night alone, as No. 38 Duke hosts No. 13 Miami, and No. 9 Washington State entertains #8 USC. The Hurricanes are 12-2 all-time against the Blue Devils and have won the last 3 meetings, while the Trojans are 59-9-4 overall versus the Cougars. This week, The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com like Miami by 8.60, but takes Washington State by 2.78 to upend USC.
Saturday night sends 5th-ranked Clemson to No. 7 Virginia Tech where college football fans will get to begin their day early with ESPN's College GameDay crew on-hand for the first time since 2007. The Tigers hold a current 4-game winning streak against the Hokies after losing the previous five. The computer gives Clemson a 2.09-point edge.
The fourth and final undefeated matchup has No. 31 UCF hosting No. 32 Memphis in a Hurricane Irma make-up game, The Golden Knights get a 3.13-point advantage in that contest.
Five unbeaten teams are idle this week - Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU, Utah and UTSA.
A 54-game schedule involving 107 FBS teams kicks off Thursday when Texas visits Iowa State.
The game projections for the remaining unbeaten teams are as follows (the undefeated team is listed first and the home team is in CAPS):
ALABAMA over Ole Miss by 32.39
PENN STATE over Indiana by 24.05
WISCONSIN over Northwestern 16.49
WASHINGTON over Oregon State by 22.79
Georgia under TENNESSEE by 1.35
South Florida over EAST CAROLINA by 26.06
WAKE FOREST under Florida State by 6.70
SAN DIEGO STATE over Northern Illinois 11.45
Navy under TULSA by 5.90
MINNESOTA over Maryland by 8.55
TEXAS TECH under Oklahoma State by 11.61
Only 1 game this week has a FBS school taking on a FCS team as Louisville hosts Murray State.
FBS schools are 80-9 (.899) vs. the FCS this season, and 1,210-117 (.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 14 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 12 straight road games. Won 18 straight conference games (FBS record). Hosts Ole Miss on Saturday.
Oklahoma - Won 14 straight overall (FBS longest). Won 13 straight road games (FBS longest). Idle this week.
Fresno State - Lost 15 straight FBS games (FBS longest). Hosts Nevada on Saturday.
Rutgers - Lost 15 straight conference games (FBS longest). Hosts Ohio State on Saturday.
Massachusetts - Lost 8 straight overall (FBS longest). Hosts Ohio on Saturday.
Kansas - Lost 42 straight road games (FBS longest). Idle this week.