There are eight undefeated teams left in college football, but how many will be left by the end of Saturday?
Last week saw Clemson, Washington, Washington State and San Diego State fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. That was a week of carnage that isn’t seen too often as No. 10 Auburn also was upset in a week that was chock full of them. The College Football Playoff picture is starting to get a bit clearer, but there could be another wave of undefeated teams that fall on any given Saturday. Will Week 8 deliver the same caliber of upsets? Let’s take a look at the opponents for the eight remaining undefeated teams and assess the odds that they’ll pull off the upset.
Alabama (7-0) vs. Tennessee (3-3)
Alabama is the clear-cut No. 1 team in the country and looks poised for a third straight trip to the National Championship Game. Meanwhile, it’s been a nightmare of a season so far for Tennessee where Butch Jones is sitting on a seat that’s as hot as the surface of Mercury right now after losses to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Nothing short of an upset win over Alabama will keep him on the job, but that’s a tall order for a team seeking an identity.
Odds: Tennessee has a .01 percent chance of winning.
Penn State (6-0) vs. Michigan (5-1)
Michigan beat Penn State by 39 points last year and that outcome could have been the reason the Playoff committee kept the Nittany Lions out and put Washington in the four-team field. Look for James Franklin, Saquon Barkley and Penn State to get some revenge in what should be a raucous environment inside Beaver Stadium. The Wolverines have issues at quarterback and the Nittany Lions have one of the best defenses in the country. But Michigan does too, so can they slow Barkley, Trace McSorley and the offense enough to leave with the road win?
Odds: Michigan has a 15 percent chance of winning.
Georgia – idle
The No. 3 Bulldogs are off this week as they’ll have an extra week to get rested and prepared for their rivalry game with the Florida Gators. Normally, this game decides the East division, but this year, the Gators are merely looking to play spoiler. Florida isn’t very good and lacks the offensive punch they’ve been missing since Tim Tebow graduated.
Odds: Florida has a 10 percent chance of winning.
TCU (6-0) vs. Kansas (1-5)
TCU has been one of the bigger surprises of the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Kansas is Kansas, meaning they aren’t very good. At least they have one win this year, but they’re not going to add another when they play the Horned Frogs.
Odds: Kansas has a .1 percent chance of winning.