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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Unbeatens down to 10, and counting

At mid-afternoon Saturday, the 13 unbeatens in college football had been pared to 10, as Michigan went down to Michigan State, Illinois fell at home to Ohio State, and in the day’s biggest early surprise, Virginia dumped Georgia Tech, 24-21.

After piling up ridiculous rushing numbers the first few weeks of the season, Tech’s offense has been mortal the past two weeks, as it barely got by Maryland, 21-16, and now the upset to an unheralded, 3-2 (entering today) Virginia club that went to overtime to beat Idaho by one earlier.

Almost annually, there’s a great hue and cry about the possible number of unbeatens and what will materialize if one or more get left out of the title game. One way or another, it usually works itself out (not to say there isn’t ample controversy with the BCS anyway).

It doesn’t look likely that the number of unbeatens will drop to single digits before the end of the day, but a few teams — Alabama, Oklahoma, Stanford, etc. — still have work to do.

The first BCS standings are due out late Sunday afternoon (PDT), which will no doubt bring much speculation about who stands to hold ground and gain it the rest of the way.

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