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Wayne Staats | NCAA.com | September 22, 2019

Undefeated college football teams in 2019

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We're onto Week 4 of the 2019 college football season. There are 23 FBS teams still undefeated. Expect that number to continue to plummet the next few weeks.

Last season, Clemson finished 15-0 as the only undefeated team. Alabama, Notre Dame and UCF all entered bowl season undefeated. But Alabama fell to Clemson in the CFP national title game, Notre Dame lost to Clemson in the CFP semifinals and UCF lost to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.

Undefeated FBS college football teams in 2019

Here all are the remaining undefeated teams, starting with those ranked in the AP Poll Top 25.

No. 1 Clemson (4-0) 

Last game: def. Charlotte, 52-10
Next: at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Toughest games remaining: at North Carolina (Sept. 28), vs. Florida State (Oct. 12), at South Carolina (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2018 (15-0, won College Football Playoff National Championship Game)

Trevor Lawrence didn't need many plays against Charlotte. He was 7-for-9 for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the rout. Clemson showed balance against the 49ers with 235 rushing yards and 231 passing yards. The Tigers led 38-3 at the half.

No. 2 Alabama (4-0)

Last game: def. Southern Miss, 49-7
Next: vs. Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | CBS
Toughest games remaining: at Texas A&M (Oct. 12), vs. LSU (Nov. 9), at Auburn (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2009 (14-0, won BCS National Championship Game)

The Tide rolled again, beating Southern Miss easily in Week 4. Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes on only 21 passing attempts in the rout. Najee Harris added 110 yards on the ground. Alabama stays home next week, as Ole Miss visits for SEC play.

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No. 3 Georgia (4-0)

Last game: def. No. 7 Notre Dame, 23-17
Next: at Tennessee | Saturday, Oct. 5
Toughest games remaining: vs. Florida (Nov. 2 in Jacksonville), at Auburn (Nov. 16), vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 1980 (12-0, won Sugar Bowl, national champions)

Notre Dame battled and had the ball with a chance to win, but Georgia came away with the 23-17 win in front of a record crowd at Sanford Stadium. Jake Fromm had 187 yards and a touchdown and D'Andre Swift had 98 yards and a touchdown to pace the offense. Though it wasn't a statement win by margin, the Bulldogs are still 4-0.

No. 4 LSU (4-0)

Last game: def. Vanderbilt, 66-38
Next: vs. Utah State | Saturday, Oct. 5
Toughest games remaining: vs. Florida (Oct. 12), at Mississippi State (Oct. 19) at Alabama (Nov.  9)
Last undefeated season: 1958 (11-0, won Sugar Bowl, national champions)

Another week, another impressive Joe Burrow performance. He hit 398 yards and six touchdowns as LSU torched Vanderbilt. The Tigers finished with 599 yards of offense as they continue to prove they have one of the nation's best offenses.

No. 5 Oklahoma (3-0)

Last game: def. UCLA, 48-14
Next: vs. Texas Tech | Saturday, Sept. 28
Toughest games remaining: vs. Texas (Oct. 12 in Dallas), vs. TCU (Nov. 23), at Oklahoma State (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2000 (13-0, won BCS National Championship Game)

What can't Jalen Hurts do? The dynamic Sooners QB did his magic again, this time at UCLA. Hurts passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown. OU passed and rushed for more than 300 yards as it outgained UCLA 611 to 311.

No. 6 Ohio State (4-0)

Last game: def. Miami (Ohio), 76-5
Next: at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | ABC
Toughest games remaining: vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 26), vs. Penn State (Nov. 23), at Michigan (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2012 (12-0, finished No. 3 in AP Poll)

Wow. Ohio State scored the final 70 points in the game to sprint by Miami (Ohio). Justin Fields accounted for six total touchdowns in one quarter. He helped the Buckeyes post 601 total yards as Miami picked up only 130. Ohio State now has three consecutive night games at Nebraska, vs. Michigan State and at Northwestern.

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No. 8 Auburn (4-0)

Last game: def. No. 17 Texas A&M, 28-20
Next: vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | ESPN
Toughest games remaining: at LSU (Oct. 26), vs. Georgia (Nov. 16), vs. Alabama (Nov. 30)
Last undefeated season: 2010 (14-0, won BCS National Championship Game)

Auburn QB Bo Nix wasn't always efficient, but he avoided turnovers as the Tigers won on the road against a ranked Aggies team. Auburn surrendered 335 passing yards to Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond, but it did run for 193 yards and two scores. Next up is a home date with Mississippi State.

No. 9 Florida (4-0)

Last game: def. Tennessee, 34-3
Next: vs. Towson | 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | SEC Network
Toughest games remaining: vs. Auburn (Oct. 5), at LSU (Oct. 12), vs. Georgia (Nov. 2 in Jacksonville)
Last undefeated season: 1911 (5-0-1)

In Kyle Trask's first start, the Gators routed rival Tennessee. Trask had two interceptions but also passed for 293 yards and two scores. The Florida defense dominated, holding the Vols to only 239 yards while forcing three turnovers.

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No. 13 (tied) Penn State (3-0)

Last game: def. Pitt, 17-10
Next: at Maryland | 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 | FS1
Toughest games remaining: at Iowa (Oct. 12), vs. Michigan (Oct. 19), at Ohio State (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 1994 (12-0, won Rose Bowl, finished No. 2)

Whew. In the 100th meeting (and last scheduled) against Pitt, Penn State escaped with a 17-10. The Nittany Lions held the Panthers to only 24 rushing yards, but Kenny Pickett had almost 400 yards to lead Pitt. Penn State has off until it plays at Maryland on Friday, Sept. 27.

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No. 13 (tied) Wisconsin (3-0)

Last game: def. No. 11 Michigan, 35-14
Next: vs. Northwestern | 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | ABC
Toughest games remaining: at Ohio State (Oct. 26), vs. Iowa (Nov. 9), at Nebraska (Nov. 16)
Last undefeated season: 1912 (7-0)

Wisconsin left no doubt in what was seen as one of the biggest games of Week 4. The Badgers scored the first 35 points in the game in a 35-14 win. Jonathan Taylor was big again, picking up 203 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. As a team, Wisconsin rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns.

No. 18 Iowa (3-0)

Last game: def. Iowa State, 18-17
Next: vs. Middle Tennessee | Saturday, Sept. 28
Toughest games remaining: at Michigan (Oct. 5), vs. Penn State (Oct. 12), at Wisconsin (Nov.  9)
Last undefeated season: 1922 (7-0)

With ESPN's "College GameDay" in Ames, Iowa for the first time, the Hawkeyes ruined the Cyclones' party with an 18-17 win. In a game that went through two weather delays, Iowa did just enough to stay unbeaten. Though Iowa State gained 105 more yards, the Hawkeyes benefited from two turnovers.

No. 20 Boise State (4-0)

Last game: def. Air Force, 30-19
Next: at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 | CBSSN
Toughest games remaining: vs. Hawai'i (Oct. 12), at BYU (Oct.19), at Utah State (Nov. 23)
Last undefeated season: 2009 (14-0, won Fiesta Bowl, finished No. 4 in AP Poll)

The Broncos pulled away in the second half to beat Air Force by 11. They scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions, including one after a key interception. Hank Bachmeier was 19-for-29 for 263 yards and two scores ‚ÄĒ and had his first game without an interception.

No. 21 Virginia (4-0)

Last game: def. Old Dominion, 28-17
Next: at Notre Dame | 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 | NBC
Toughest games remaining: at Notre Dame (Sept. 28), at Miami (Oct. 11), at North Carolina (Nov. 2)
Last undefeated season: 1908 (7-0-1)

Well, it wasn't easy. Old Dominion, which upset a ranked Virginia Tech team last year, led the Cavaliers 17-0 before the Cavaliers rallied to win. Virginia had only 69 rushing yards, but scored twice on the ground and got 175 passing yards from QB Bryce Perkins.

No. 23 California (4-0)

Last game: def. Ole Miss, 28-20
Next: vs. No. 24 Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 | ESPN
Toughest games remaining: at Oregon (Oct. 5), at Utah (Oct. 26), vs. Washington State (Nov. 9)
Last undefeated season: 1937 (10-0-1, won Rose Bowl)

The Golden Bears escaped Oxford with a 28-20 win. Ole Miss almost got into position to tie, but had to hurry on the final play near the goal line and got stopped. Cal struggled to run the ball, but QB Chase Garbers had 357 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Here are the remaining undefeated teams that aren't ranked in the AP Poll:

  • Appalachian State (3-0)
  • Baylor (3-0)
  • Kansas State (3-0)
  • Memphis (3-0)
  • Minnesota (3-0)
  • Navy (2-0)
  • SMU (4-0)
  • UAB (3-0)
  • Wake Forest (4-0)

College football undefeated teams by conference

For purposes of this story, Independents are included together.

 

 

 

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