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Counting down the unbeatens in college football

Five college football teams are without a loss but after this weekend we will down to at least four unbeaten schools. Top-ranked Oregon (8-0) looks to be in solid position to run the table in the Pac 10. The Auburn Tigers could have some trouble in front of them in the SEC. Boise State should be able to go the distance in the WAC. The question will be which team, TCU or Utah, will escape this weekend without a loss?

Here is a look at each unbeaten team and the remaining schedules for each. We start in the Mountain West Conference, site of the game of the week between the Horned Frogs and Utes.

TCU, 9-0

Key victories: Oregon State, Baylor, Air Force

TCU jumped ahead of Boise State in the latest BCS rankings and they have done so thanks to a more respectable conference schedule, much to the dismay of fans in Boise. Andy Dalton has had a good season behind center but there is not much to dazzle college football fans. The defense continues to impress, allowing just an average of 8.7 points per game. The offense has been scoring 40.8 points per game as well. It is quite the recipe for success.

Remaining Schedule

  • November 6 – @ Utah
  • November 13 – San Diego State
  • November 27 – @ New Mexico

UTAH, 8-0

Key victories: Pittsburgh, Air Force

The Utes have been flying under the radar all season, which is somewhat expected when they play in the same conference as TCU a season after the Horned Frogs reached the BCS bowl lineup for the first time. Of course, Utah has been to two BCS games and a win on Saturday could go a long way to sending Utah back to one of the big bowl games. The offense is balanced and better than average and the defense is allowing just 14.1 points per game. This week is the middle of a key three-game stretch for the Utes. Win against TCU and then they would go on the road for a nationally televised game on NBC against Notre Dame. This is the perfect combination for Utah moving forward. Can they take advantage?

Remaining Schedule

  • November 6 – TCU
  • November 13 – @ Notre Dame
  • November 20 – @ San Diego State
  • November 27 – BYU

OREGON, 8-0

Key wins: Tennessee, Stanford, USC

Nobody is questioning the Oregon Ducks anymore. They have proven how good their offense is this season by scoring at a record pace. To beat Oklahoma’s 2008 season scoring record the Ducks will have to average 55.4 points per game for the rest of the season, including the bowl game. Possible? Sure. They may pile it on this week against a hapless Washington team playing without Jake Locker.

Remaining Schedule

  • November 6 – Washington
  • November 13 – @ Cal
  • November 26 – Arizona
  • December 4 – Oregon State

AUBURN, 9-0

Key wins: South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU

Cam Newton this, Cam Newton that. We get it. Newton may be the best player in college football and his Tigers may be the best in the country. The Tigers have the best remaining schedule this season among the unbeaten teams with three games between now and the end of November, starting with this weekend against FCS opponent Chattanooga. They also get a bye week before the annual Iron Bowl with Alabama. If Auburn beats Alabama they will head to the SEC championship for the first time since 2004.

Remaining Schedule

  • November 6 – Chattanooga
  • November 13 – Georgia
  • November 26 – @ Alabama

BOISE STATE, 7-0

Key wins: Virginia Tech, Oregon State

The Boise State Broncos are on a mission for respect, which seems to be an annual battle around this time of the year. They do not need to worry about this college football writer for I have backed them all season long (my preseason pick to play for BCS championship). The only reason Boise State gets disrespected is because of their conference schedule, which may be unfair. If you expect Boise State to blow away their competition and they do, why are they slighted? The Broncos are 11th in passing, 17th in rushing, 2nd in points scored, and 3rd in points allowed.

After an impressive start to the season now it seems it has become the trendy thing to do to pick on Boise State. That could change in the final weeks as Boise State plays the toughest part of their conference schedule with games against Hawaii and Nevada highlighting the remaining schedule.

Remaining Schedule

  • November 6 – Hawaii
  • November 12 – @ Idaho
  • November 19 – Fresno State
  • November 26 – @ Nevada
  • December 4 – Utah State

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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