Forde-Yard Sprint: Are These Remaining Unranked, Unbeaten Groups Any Good?


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Third Quarter: Undefeated, Unranked … Any Good? 

There are 18 undefeated and unranked groups left within the FBS ranks. We’re nonetheless gathering intel on whether or not they’re really good or simply benefiting from a lenient early schedule. A fast Sprint breakdown of a lot of the 18:

Auburn (21). Sagarin rank: twenty seventh. Schedule rank: one hundred and sixty fifth. Notable win: at California. How good are the Tigers: Higher than they have been earlier than Michigan State switch quarterback Payton Thorne arrived in Could, that’s for positive. Thorne had a 400-yard whole offense sport for Auburn Saturday in opposition to Samford, together with a career-high 123 speeding, having taken command of the offense. The remainder of the Auburn offense has been stable however not spectacular. The protection has been good, main the SEC in fewest yards allowed per play at 4.17 and tied for the lead in takeaways with seven. The subsequent 4 video games will inform us how Hugh Freeze’s first season goes to pan out: at Texas A&M, Georgia, at LSU, Mississippi. First loss: Saturday at A&M.

Thorne placed on a efficiency speeding in opposition to Samford.

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Kentucky (22). Sagarin rank: thirty eighth. Schedule rank: 191st. Notable win: none. How good are the Wildcats: Arduous to say now, however maybe sneaky good within the weeks to return. Switch quarterback Devin Leary (North Carolina State) has posted progressively greater effectivity rankings in each sport, and switch working again Ray Davis (Vanderbilt) has emerged as a big-play risk. The Kentucky protection is final within the SEC in third-down conversion fee allowed (47.7%), which is a priority given the extent of competitors up to now. First loss: Florida Sept. 30.

Rutgers (23). Sagarin rank: fiftieth. Schedule rank: 96th. Notable win: Virginia Tech. How good are the Scarlet Knights: Able to six wins for the primary time in a decade, and able to making Michigan barely uncomfortable within the Huge Home Saturday. The final time Rutgers gained its first three video games all by 17 factors or extra was 2007. There’s not a whole lot of pop within the passing sport, however neither are there interceptions—the Knights are one in every of 14 groups which might be but to throw the ball to the incorrect crew. This can be a traditional wood-chopping Greg Schiano crew, driving working again Kyle Monangai (357 speeding yards and 5 touchdowns) and stopping the opposite crew’s working sport (second within the Huge Ten in each speeding yards allowed per sport and per play). First loss: Saturday at Michigan.

Maryland (24). Sagarin rank: fortieth. Schedule rank: 203rd. Notable win: none, until you insist on contemplating winless Virginia notable. How good are the Terrapins: Not nice, however the schedule affords a chance to start out 5–0 and probably win as much as 9 video games. The Terps have began very slowly the final two video games, trailing Charlotte and Virginia each 14–0 earlier than getting untracked and dominating the second half. An offense that previously has been over-reliant on quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa’s arm is off to a extra balanced begin, averaging 176 yards speeding yards and 296 passing. First loss: Sept. 30 in opposition to Indiana.

Louisville (25). Sagarin rank: thirty fourth. Schedule rank: 114th. Notable wins: Georgia Tech and Indiana. How good are the Cardinals: Inconsistent however intriguing, and probably undefeated when Notre Dame involves The ’Ville in October. The streakiest crew within the nation outscored Georgia Tech by 20 within the second half of the season opener and Indiana by 21 within the first half Saturday—however was outscored by 15 within the first half by the Yellow Jackets and 14 within the second half by the Hoosiers. Louisville has big-play threats at receiver (Jamari Thrash is averaging 23.5 yards per catch) and working again (Jawhar Jordan checks in at 10.75 yards per carry), plus has been stable defensively. First loss: Notre Dame on Oct. 7.

Syracuse (26). Sagarin rank: thirty second. Schedule rank: 168th. Notable win: at Purdue. How good are the Orange: Able to inflicting some ACC tumult within the weeks forward, though the season-ending harm to star tight finish Oronde Gadsden II is a major blow. Quarterback Garrett Shrader was at his dual-threat finest in West Lafayette, producing 379 yards whole offense—greater than half of which got here on the bottom. A protection that made nice strides beneath former coordinator Tony White seems to be each bit nearly as good beneath White’s former mentor, Rocky Lengthy, who has been teaching because the Earth cooled. First loss: Oct. 7 at North Carolina. The Sprint is looking the upset within the Dome of Clemson Sept. 30. Syracuse has a historical past of constructing the Tigers sweat and the schedule favors the Orange, with Clemson coming off a showdown with Florida State Sept. 23.

Shrader transferred from Mississippi State in 2021.

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Wake Forest (27). Sagarin rank: sixty fourth. Schedule rank: 164th. Notable win: Vanderbilt, allegedly. How good are the Demon Deacons: Adequate to outscore Previous Dominion 20–0 over the ultimate 18:50 Saturday. Additionally unhealthy sufficient to fall behind Previous Dominion 24–7 earlier than coming again. Give Wake credit score, it has remained viable to this point after dropping its all-time main passer, Sam Hartman, to Notre Dame. Dave Clawson retains discovering and creating ability expertise, and his protection produced probably the most sacks in a single sport this season in opposition to ODU with 10. First loss: Oct. 7 at Clemson.

Central Florida (28). Sagarin rank: twenty fifth. Schedule rank: 142nd. Notable win: at Boise State. How good are the Knights: Adequate to trigger some disruption within the Huge 12. This seems to be like a trademark Gus Malzahn offense, rating second nationally in speeding yards (299.3 per sport) and mixing in sufficient passing to guide the nation in whole offense (617.7 yard per sport) even after the harm to beginning QB John Rhys Plumlee. In fact, trademark Malzahn groups usually drop a sport or two they shouldn’t, too. So keep tuned on that. First loss: Saturday at Kansas State.

Fresno State (29). Sagarin rank: 66th. Schedule rank: 81st. Notable wins: at Purdue, at Arizona State. How good are the Bulldogs: Legit good. Once more. As traditional. Jeff Tedford is probably the most under-appreciated coach within the nation. With two highway wins over power-conference competitors, there isn’t any motive why Fresno is unranked aside from being Fresno, which is the voters’ drawback. The Bulldogs aren’t very formidable working the ball and defending the passer, which might create points ending drives (they tried seven discipline targets in opposition to Arizona State, making 5). However they will throw and catch and have been opportunistic defensively, producing 10 turnovers. First loss: perhaps at Wyoming Oct. 7? If not then, it may be November.

Missouri and Memphis (30). These two unbeatens will play Saturday in St. Louis, in what was initially scheduled as a Memphis house sport. Mizzou reportedly expressed an curiosity in shopping for out of the sport, and the compromise was to play a semi-home sport for the Tigers in a metropolis the place it has 1000’s of alumni and followers.

Sagarin rank for Missouri: 59th. Schedule rank: 99th. Notable win: Kansas State. How good are these Tigers (versus the Memphis Tigers): Maybe able to their first seven-win season since 2018. They earned one of many larger wins of the Eli Drinkwitz period, beating the Wildcats on a 61-yard discipline purpose by Harrison Mevis on the ultimate play. Mizzou has unleashed receiver Luther Burden, who arrived because the No. 1 wideout recruit within the nation final 12 months however struggled to get getting into 2022. No struggles this season: He has 22 catches, 327 yards and three touchdowns. He’s helped out quarterback Brady Prepare dinner immensely. First loss: LSU Oct. 7.

Sagarin rank for Memphis: 68th. Schedule rank: 207th. Notable win: none. How good are the Tigers (versus the Missouri Tigers): They gained a wild one over Navy final week however actually haven’t performed anybody else. Previous Dominion switch working again Blake Watson has been a dynamic addition. Quarterback Seth Henigan can cowl the spectrum, wanting nice or shaky from drive to drive. Coach Ryan Silverfield doubtless nonetheless has work to do to safe his continued employment. First loss: Saturday in opposition to Missouri.

BYU and Kansas (31). One other matchup of unranked unbeatens … and now Huge 12 colleagues. This would be the Cougars’ first sport as a member of the convention—or any convention since 2010.

Sagarin rank for BYU: forty first. Schedule rank: 139th. Notable win: at Arkansas. How good are the Cougars: They’re 3–0 via clear residing and opportunism, not by way of greatness. BYU gained at Arkansas regardless of being outgained by 143 yards and giving up a punt-return landing. The Cougars have proven little capability to run the ball to this point, and quarterback Kedon Slovis has largely been in sport supervisor mode. First loss: Saturday at Kansas.

Sagarin rank for Kansas: forty ninth. Schedule rank: 124th. Notable win: Illinois. How good are the Jayhawks: They continue to be a potent offensive crew and a sketchy defensive one, wanting fairly dominant in opposition to Illinois however struggling to place away winless Nevada. Quarterback Jalon Daniels has not gotten his working sport revved up but; we’ll see if that modifications this week. First loss: at Texas Sept. 30.


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