There was only one FBS team that went undefeated during the 2017 college football season and that was UCF, which went 13-0 with an AAC title and Peach Bowl win against Auburn. Can any team(s) repeat the Knights’ perfect season from a year ago?
Here are the 79 remaining undefeated college football teams for the 2018 season after Week 1, listed in order of their AP Top 25 ranking, then alphabetically.
No. 1 Alabama (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Arkansas State
National championship hero Tua Tagovailoa got the start for Alabama in its neutral-site season opener against Louisville and the sophomore was 12-for-16 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns, with a third touchdown on the ground. The Crimson Tide shut out the Cardinals in the first half and won 51-14.
No. 2 Clemson (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Texas A&M
Like Alabama, Clemson played two quarterbacks in its opener as true freshman Trevor Lawrence relieved Kelly Bryant (10-for-16 passing for 127 yards and one touchdown) to complete 9-of-15 passes for 137 yards and three scores. The Tigers didn’t have a 100-yard back but they rushed for 243 yards as a team, winning 48-7 against Furman.
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No. 3 Georgia (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ No. 24 South Carolina
The defending national runners-up shut out Austin Peay 45-0 thanks to a balanced offensive attack (286 rushing yards, 224 passing yards) and a stifling defense that limited the Governors to just 152 total yards of offense. Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm was 12-for-16 passing for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 4 Ohio State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Rutgers
Ohio State averaged more than eight yards per snap on offense as the Buckeyes defeated Oregon State 77-31. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns, while junior running back Mike Weber rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns — plus he added a receiving touchdown.
No. 5 Wisconsin (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. New Mexico
Other than Alabama and Clemson, Wisconsin is the only other team to receive a first-place vote in the Week 2 AP Top 25 poll as the Badgers earned a single vote. Sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor picked up where he left off last season, rushing 18 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-3 win against Western Kentucky.
No. 6 Oklahoma (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. UCLA
You never can truly replace the production of a Heisman Trophy winner but quarterback Kyler Murray looked promising under center as the Sooners begin the post-Baker Mayfield era. Murray was 9-for-11 for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while Oklahoma rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-14 win against Florida Atlantic.
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No. 7 Auburn (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Alabama State
In the only Week 1 game between two top-10 teams (and arguably the biggest game from the weekend in terms of potential College Football Playoff impact), Auburn took the lead on a fourth quarter touchdown run by JaTarvious Whitlow for a 21-16 win over Washington.
No. 8 Notre Dame (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Ball State
If Auburn-Washington was the biggest game of the weekend, then Notre Dame-Michigan wasn’t far behind. The Fighting Irish hosted the Wolverines and they never trailed in a 24-17 win. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was 12-for-22 passing for 170 yards and a touchdown while leading the team with 59 rushing yards.
No. 10 Stanford (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 17 USC
A year after losing to San Diego State, Stanford started its season on the right foot with a 31-10 win against the Aztecs. The Cardinal only rushed for 50 yards as Bryce Love was held to 29 yards on 18 carries but quarterback K.J. Costello threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns.
No. 11 LSU (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Southeastern Louisiana
LSU’s defense was stout — at least for the first three quarters — in the Tigers’ 33-17 win over Miami (FL) as they took a 30-point lead into the fourth quarter, in part because of a pick-six from Jacob Phillips before halftime. Nick Brossette rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns, including a 50-yard scamper for a score, in the win.
No. 12 Virginia Tech (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. William & Mary
Virginia Tech had a statement win on Monday as the Hokies traveled to Florida State and kept the Seminoles out of the end zone in a 24-3 win as the Tech defense picked off Deondre Francois three times.
No. 13 Penn State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Pittsburgh
The last time Penn State traveled to Pitt, the Panthers won 42-39 and the Nittany Lions are fresh off a scare at home against Appalachian State. Penn State nearly saw its College Football Playoff hopes potentially take an irrecoverable hit when the Mountaineers had a game-winning 56-yard field goal attempt sail wide with 15 seconds left. Penn State won in overtime.
No. 14 West Virginia (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Youngstown State
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier showed why he’s a potential Heisman candidate by throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Tennessee in Week 1.
No. 15 Michigan State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Arizona State
Like fellow Big Ten East contender Penn State, Michigan State won by seven in its season opener. Utah State scored first and led 31-30 with five minutes left before the Spartans won 38-31. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke was 23-for-33 passing for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
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No. 16 TCU (1-0)
Next game: September 7 @ SMU
TCU sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson essentially matched his 2017 season stats (from five games) in the Horned Frogs’ season-opening 55-7 win against Southern. He was 17-for-24 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 after completing 13-of-27 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns all of last season.
No. 17 USC (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ No. 10 Stanford
The best game of Week 2 might be this Pac-12 showdown between top 20 teams USC and Stanford. USC true freshman quarterback JT Daniels was impressive in his collegiate debut, completing 22-of-35 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown as the Trojans beat UNLV 43-21.
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No. 18 Mississippi State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Kansas State
Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson only completed 13-of-31 passes in a 63-6 win against Stephen F. Austin but five were for touchdowns as he threw for 364 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 109 yards and two scores.
No. 19 UCF (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. South Carolina State
Last year’s only undefeated FBS team, UCF, continues its overall winning streak into at least Week 2 of the 2018 season. Led by Heisman contender McKenzie Milton, who was 24-for-32 passing for 346 yards and five touchdowns, the Knights defeated UConn 56-17 in Week 1.
No. 20 Boise State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. UConn
After back-to-back double-digit win seasons, Boise State entered the 2018 season ranked in the AP Top 25 poll and lived up to that billing in its first game of the season, defeating Troy on the road 56-20. Wide receiver Sean Modster caught seven passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 23 Oregon (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Portland State
In the first full year of the Mario Cristobal era at Oregon, the Ducks more than doubled up Bowling Green in a 58-24 win. Quarterback Justin Herbert was 10-for-21 passing for 281 yards and five touchdowns.
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No. 24 South Carolina (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 3 Georgia
After a 49-15 win against Coastal Carolina in Week 1, South Carolina’s Week 2 opponent should be much tougher as No. 3 Georgia comes to town. Quarterback Jake Bentley tossed four touchdown passes and running back Rico Dowdle ran for 105 yards and a score in the season opener.
No. 25 Florida (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Kentucky
The Dan Mullen era at Florida started with a win as the Gators topped Charleston Southern 53-6. Quarterback Feleipe Franks was 16-for-24 passing for 219 yards and five TDs.
Air Force (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Florida Atlantic
Air Force shut out FCS opponent Stony Brook in a 38-0 Week 1 win. They limited the Seawolves to just 75 yards of total offense and four first downs.
Arizona State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 15 Michigan State
The difference in the run game between Arizona State and UTSA in the Sun Devils’ opener was night and day. ASU rushed the ball 36 times for 266 yards and two touchdowns, including a 16-131-1 stat line for Eno Benjamin, while the Roadrunners were held to just two yards on 34 attempts in Arizona State’s 49-7 win.
Next game: September 8 @ Colorado State
Arkansas scored the first 24 points in the Razorbacks’ 55-20 win against Eastern Illinois in Week 1. They only rushed for 80 yards on 37 attempts but quarterbacks Ty Storey and Cole Kelley were a combined 21-for-29 passing for 353 yards and four touchdowns.
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Arkansas State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ No. 1 Alabama
Arkansas State was in a competitive game against Southeast Missouri State for the first half before the Red Wolves pulled away for a 48-21 win. Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen had one of the best Week 1 performances of all signal callers as he completed 26-of-36 passes for 423 yards and six touchdowns.
Ball State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ No. 8 Notre Dame
Few teams in the country could have the kind of week-to-week difference that Ball State does from Week 1 to Week 2. The Cardinals beat Central Connecticut State 42-6 in their opener before they’ll travel to face Notre Dame.
Next game: September 8 @ UTSA
Through one game, Baylor has already matched its 2017 season win total. The Bears defeated Abilene Christian 55-27 as running backs John Lovett and JaMycal Hasty both ran for more than 100 yards and five combined rushing touchdowns.
Boston College (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Holy Cross
The Eagles’ run defense was stout in their 55-21 season-opening win against UMass, as they held the Minutemen to just 66 yards and 33 attempts. Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown was the game’s top offensive performer as he completed 15-of-21 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 @ Temple
Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson was 17-for-27 passing for 189 yards and six touchdowns as the Bulls defeated Delaware State 49-10 in Week 1.
Next game: September 8 vs. California
BYU has a challenging schedule this season with four games against Pac-12 opponents, as well as road trips to Wisconsin and Boise State, but the Cougars have proven they can knock off power conference competition after their 28-23 win at Arizona in Week 1.
Next game: September 8 @ BYU
Cal held off North Carolina 24-17 after the Bears took a 17-0 lead into halftime. They only had 279 total yards of offense but the defense was able to pick off UNC quarterback Nathan Elliott four times.
Next game: September 8 vs. Appalachian State
Charlotte started 0-7 as part of its 1-11 season in 2017 but the 49ers are already off to a better start this year after a 34-10 win against Fordham. Running back Ben LeMay had 25 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 @ Miami (OH)
Cincinnati spoiled Chip Kelly’s debut with UCLA as the Bearcats beat the Bruins 26-17 in the Rose Bowl. Cincinnati broke a 17-17 tie with a safety in the fourth quarter, then added some insurance on Michael Warren II’s touchdown run in the final two minutes.
Next game: September 8 @ Nebraska
Colorado opened the season with a 45-13 win against Colorado State before the Buffaloes face old Big 12 Northern Division foe Nebraska in Week 2.
Next game: September 8 @ Northwestern
Duke rushed 35 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, with three different players reaching the end zone on the ground, as the Blue Devils defeated Army 34-14.
Eastern Michigan (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Purdue
Eastern Michigan jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the Eagles’ 51-17 win. Three different EMU players attempted a pass in the game and all three threw at least one touchdown pass, led by Tyler Wiegers, who was 18-for-21 passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 18 Mississippi State
Kansas State had a scare against South Dakota in Week 1 as the Wildcats needed an 85-yard punt return touchdown, followed by a passing touchdown from Skylar Thompson to Isaiah Zuber, in the fourth quarter to pull out a 27-24 win.
Fresno State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Minnesota
Fresno State had one of the most explosive offensive performances of Week 1 as the Bulldogs ran off with a 79-13 win against Idaho. They ran for seven touchdowns, led by Jordan Mims’ three touchdowns on nine carries.
Georgia Southern (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Massachusetts
Georgia Southern is already halfway to matching its 2017 season win total after a 37-6 win against South Carolina State. The Eagles rushed the ball 53 times for 319 yards and five touchdowns.
Georgia State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ NC State
Georgia State scored twice in the fourth quarter to beat Kennesaw State 24-20. Quarterback Dan Ellington was 20-for-28 passing for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia Tech (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ South Florida
Georgia Tech shut out Alcorn State 41-0 in its season opener before the Yellow Jackets travel to South Florida and Pitt, before hosting No. 2 Clemson.
Next game: September 8 vs. Rice
As of Sept. 5, Hawaii is the only 2-0 team in the country, meaning the Warriors are only a win away from matching their 2017 win total. They scored 43 and 59 points in victories against Colorado State and Navy, respectively. Quarterback Cole McDonald has thrown for 846 yards and nine touchdowns already this season.
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Next game: September 8 vs. Arizona
Houston turned a nine-point, third-quarter deficit into a 45-27 win against Rice in Week 1 as the Cougars closed the game scoring 28 unanswered points. Wide receiver Marquez Stevenson had seven touches on offense (five receptions and two carries) that turned into 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 vs. Western Illinois
Illinois had a scare in Week 1 against Kent State as the Fighting Illini pulled out a 31-24 win after falling behind 17-3 at halftime. Quarterback AJ Bush led the team with 139 yards on 21 carries, while running back Reggie Corbin added 79 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 vs. Virginia
After a season-opening 38-28 win at Florida International, Indiana’s reward is a return home for three straight games in Bloomington. Quarterbacks Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix combined to complete 28-of-37 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 vs. Iowa State
Iowa opens its season with four consecutive home games and the Hawkeyes have already taken advantage of their schedule, winning 33-7 against Northern Illinois in Week 1.
Next game: September 8 @ No. 25 Florida
After a 35-20 win against Central Michigan, Kentucky will face three currently ranked SEC teams in its next four games, including a trip to Florida in Week 2. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times against CMU but controlled the game on the ground with 43 carries for 299 yards and four touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 @ Army
Liberty won its season opener in its first year competing at the FBS level. The Flames knocked off Old Dominion 52-10 behind 345 passing yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Stephen Calvert.
Next game: September 15 @ No. 18 Mississippi State
Louisiana’s undefeated record will be put to the test this month with games at No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 1 Alabama, after the Ragin’ Cajuns beat Grambling State 49-17 in the season opener.
Louisiana Tech (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Southern
Louisiana Tech held on to beat South Alabama 30-26 on the road in a game that included seven turnovers. If the Bulldogs beat Southern in Week 2, they’ll travel to No. 11 LSU in Week 4 after their bye week.
Next game: September 8 vs. Eastern Kentucky
Marshall never trailed in a 35-28 win at Miami (OH) behind a 24-for-37 passing performance from quarterback Isaiah Green as he threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game: September 8 @ Bowling Green
For the second year in a row, Maryland opened its season with a win over a ranked Texas squad. The Terrapins only won four games last year so now their task is to build momentum with a road game at Bowling Green, followed by a pair of home games against Temple and Minnesota.
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Next game: September 8 @ Navy
Memphis came out hot out of the gates, jumping to a 59-0 lead in a 66-14 win against Mercer in Week 1. Quarterback Brady White completed 22-of-28 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns, while the Tigers rushed for 324 yards and three scores.
Next game: September 8 vs. Fresno State
Minnesota opens the season with three consecutive non-conference games at home before the Gophers start Big Ten play on the road at Maryland. True freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad was 16-for-33 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns in his debut in a 48-10 win against New Mexico State.
Next game: September 8 vs. Wyoming
Here’s Missouri’s schedule following a 51-14 win against Tennessee-Martin and a home game against Wyoming in Week 2: at Purdue, vs. No. 3 Georgia, at No. 24 South Carolina and at No. 1 Alabama. If the Tigers’ undefeated record continues into October, they’ll have earned it.
NC State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Georgia State
A case could be made for NC State to potentially be among the group of remaining undefeated teams in October given that five of the Wolfpack’s first six games are at home. Their biggest test in the first half of the season will likely be against No. 14 West Virginia in Week 3.
Next game: September 8 @ Vanderbilt
After a 72-19 win against Portland State to open the season, Nevada will play a pair of power conference teams in Vanderbilt and Oregon State in Week 2 and Week 3, followed by a trip to Toledo, before the start of Mountain West play.
New Mexico (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ No. 5 Wisconsin
New Mexico went from nine wins in 2016 to nine losses in 2017. The Lobos’ 2018 season started with a 62-30 win against Incarnate Word. Next up is a road game against No. 5 Wisconsin, where their undefeated record will be put to the test.
North Texas (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Incarnate Word
Not to look past North Texas’ matchup with Incarnate Word in Week 2 but a road trip to Arkansas in Week 3 is likely the biggest hurdle on the horizon for the Mean Green’s undefeated record.
Next game: September 8 vs. Duke
Northwestern already has one conference win under its belt after a 31-27 win at Purdue as running back Jeremy Larkin rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Wildcats’ next three games are at home against Duke, Akron and Michigan.
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Next game: September 15 @ Virginia
Ohio played from behind for the whole first half of the Bobcats’ 38-32 win against Howard. Four of their next five games are on the road.
Oklahoma State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. South Alabama
Oklahoma State has gone 10-3 in each of the last three seasons and the Cowboys already have a tally in the win column after a 58-17 win against Missouri State. They jumped out to a 31-0 lead as quarterback Taylor Cornelius was 24-for-34 for 295 yards and five touchdowns in the game.
Ole Miss (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Southern Illinois
The Rebels won a neutral-site game against Texas Tech 47-27 at Houston’s NRG Stadium behind quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who was 22-for-32 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Scottie Phillips’ 204 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 13 Penn State
Appalachian State proved that Penn State can be pushed and the Panthers beat the Nittany Lions the last time they hosted them. Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s Week 1 win over Albany.
Next game: September 8 @ No. 4 Ohio State
Rutgers has its work in store to improve its undefeated record to 2-0 with a road game at Ohio State next on its schedule. The Scarlet Knights had three players rush for at least 60 yards in their season opener against Texas State.
South Florida (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Georgia Tech
South Florida will face an ACC opponent (Georgia Tech), then a Big Ten foe (Illinois) in its next two games. With 10 and 11 wins in the last two seasons, respectively, could South Florida meet UCF in their regular season finale as undefeated teams? It’s not impossible.
Southern Mississippi (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. UL Monroe
Will Southern Miss take an undefeated record into its September 29th matchup at Auburn?
Next game: September 8 vs. Wagner
After a season-opening 55-42 win at Western Michigan, Syracuse will play its next three games at home against Wagner, Florida State and UConn. If the Orange were to win those games, it would match its win total from each of the last three seasons.
Texas A&M (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. No. 2 Clemson
Texas A&M has as challenging of a September slate as almost any team in the country with games against No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Alabama. If the Aggies were to take an undefeated record into October, then this could be a special year in coach Jimbo Fisher’s first season in College Station.
Next game: September 15 vs. No. 22 Miami (FL)
Toledo went 11-3 a year ago but the Rockets have the most challenging portion of their non-conference schedule still ahead of them: vs. Miami (FL), vs. Nevada and at Fresno State.
Next game: September 8 @ Texas
Tulsa is halfway to matching its 2017 win total after its 38-27 win against Central Arkansas. Next up is a trip to Austin to face a Texas team that lost on the road to Maryland.
Next game: September 8 @ Coastal Carolina
UAB won its season opener in its second season since its football program returned after a two-year hiatus. The Blazers shut out Savannah 52-0 in Week 1 behind 287 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
UL Monroe (1-0)
Next game: September 8 @ Southern Mississippi
Five of UL Monroe’s next six games are on the road, including two at SEC opponents Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Next game: September 8 @ Northern Illinois
After a season-opening 41-10 win against Weber State, Utah will travel to Northern Illinois before the Utes start Pac-12 play with a home date against Washington, followed by trips to Washington State and Stanford.
Next game: September 8 vs. Nevada
Like many SEC teams, Vanderbilt will face a gauntlet once conference play starts. The Commodores play at Notre Dame, followed by games against South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in a five-game stretch in September and October.
Next game: September 8 @ Indiana
Indiana won at Virginia last season and now Virginia has the chance to return the favor. The Cavaliers are coming off of a 42-13 win against Richmond in Week 1 in which they rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns.
Wake Forest (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. Towson
Wake Forest started last season on a four-game win streak and the Demon Deacons are a quarter of the way there to matching that streak this year. Wake Forest won 23-17 at Tulane in overtime thanks to Cade Carney’s game-winning, one-yard touchdown run.
Washington State (1-0)
Next game: September 8 vs. San Jose State
Washington State trailed at halftime in its season-opening, 41-19 win against Wyoming but the Cougars closed the game by scoring 28 unanswered points. Wazzu wasn’t shy about airing the ball out as quarterback Gardner Minshew was 38-for-57 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns.