5 Undefeated Teams You Haven’t Heard Much About
By: Tony Thomas
October 3, 2019
There are several undefeated college football teams this season, but here are 5 teams that have very quietly gone undefeated as well.
#24 SMU Mustangs (5-0): ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1986. Coached by Sonny Dykes, SMU has wins over Arkansas State, North Texas, Texas State, TCU, and South Florida.
The Mustangs are scoring 44 points per game, which is good enough for #9 in the country and are #13 nationally in total offense at 510 yards per game. They are led on the field by QB Shane Buechele, a transfer from Texas. Buechele has passed for 1385 yards and 10 TDs and 8 INTs, completing 69% of his passes.
The SMU rushing attack has been productive as well. RB Xavier Jones has rushed for 525 yards and 10 TDs, averaging 105 yards per game and 5.9 yards per carry.
WR Reggie Roberson, Jr. has racked up 510 yards receiving and 3 TDs, averaging 102 yards a game.
The Mustang defense leads the nation in sacks with 25, are ranked #9 in tackles for loss with 45 and have made 5 INTs. DB Patrick Nelson has 5.5 sacks and 1 INT and DE Delontae Scott 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.
SMU will take on Tulsa on Saturday.
#22 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-0): Wake has a Top 20 offense, scoring 35 points per game, averaging 515 yards per game and 312 yards passing per game. They are also rushing for around 200 yards a game. Their wins have come over Utah State, Rice, North Carolina, Elon, and Boston College. Wake is 2nd in the ACC Atlantic Division behind Clemson.
QB Jamie Newman has passed for 1521 yards and 14 TDs and 3 INT’s. He is completing 69% of his passes and 9 yards per attempt. WR Sage Surrat has 515 yards receiving with 6 TDs, averaging 17 yards a catch.
Wake Forest has a BYE this week.
#16 Boise State Broncos (4-0): has a win over a Power 5 team in Florida State, a game that was moved to the Florida State campus and the kickoff time moved up 8 hours because of an approaching hurricane. True freshman QB Hank Bachmeier led Boise to the upset win after being down 31-13 late in the second quarter.
The Broncos also have wins over Marshall, Portland State, and Air Force. Bachmeier has passed for 1190 yards and 6 TDs with 3 INTs, completing 63% of his passes.
The Boise State defense is strong against the pass, ranking #11 nationally in pass defense allowing opponents just 157 yards passing per game. The Broncos are holding opponents to 299 yards of total offense per game.
The Broncos will play at UNLV on Saturday.
#14 Iowa Hawkeyes (4-0): QB Nate Stanley has passed for 990 yards and 8 TDs while completing 64% of his passes, but he has zero interceptions. The Hawkeyes are averaging 465 yards a game in total offense, and have rushed for 217 yards per game and 7 TDs. Iowa scores 33 points a game.
Iowa has wins over Miami (OH), Rutgers, Iowa State, and Middle Tennessee State.
On defense, The Hawkeyes have a Top Ten ranked unit in rushing defense (#10), scoring defense (#3), and total defense (#5) and are holding opponents to just 174 yards passing per game.
Iowa travels to the Big House to take on Michigan on Saturday.
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0): The Golden Gophers, under head coach PJ Fleck, are currently unranked. They have wins over South Dakota State, Fresno State, Georgia Southern, and Purdue.
QB Tanner Morgan has passed for 1095 yards and 10 TDs and only 2 INTs. WR Tyler Johnson and WR Rashod Bateman have combined for 46 catches, 778 yards, and 8 TDs.
The Minnesota defense has been playing well so far, registering 8 sacks, 5 INTs, 16 tackles for loss, and recovered 3 fumbles.
Minnesota will play Illinois as their homecoming opponent on Saturday.
A combined 22-0, with 4 of the 5 teams fielding nationally ranked offenses and defenses. It will be very interesting to see which of these teams can continue their winning ways as we start the second half of the season.
Thanks for reading.
Material for this article sourced from http://sports-reference.com http://cfbstats.com http://sportslogos.net