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BOZICH | Either Louisville or Clemson (Corso's winner) will exit list of 25 unbeatens

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Rick Bozich wonders how many of college footballs 25 unbeaten teams will survive the weekend. Rick Bozich wonders how many of college footballs 25 unbeaten teams will survive the weekend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Being unbeaten is typically the primary qualification to play for the college football national championship. This isn’t the NFL. The regular season has more severe consequences.

As Week Five accelerates into play Saturday, 25 unbeatens remain.

Two teams have already certified their unbeaten status for another week. Three others are guaranteed to survive because the schedule matches a trio of unbeatens — highlighted by Louisville’s visit to Clemson at 8 p.m. Saturday.

(For the record, here are the picks by the ESPN College GameDay Crew: straight Clemson -- Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and country music star Eric Church.)

Translation: That also means at least three teams will exit the list.

Chances are we’ll lose three-to-five others.

Here is the rundown of what the 25 unbeatens face this weekend:

ALREADY WINNERS

1. Washington (5-0) beat Stanford 44-6 Friday night and the Huskies have an extra day to prepare for their trip to Oregon. The team to beat in the Pac-12 because the Huskies' win against the Cardinal was about as impressive as Louisville's win over Florida State.

2. Houston (5-0) beat UConn, 42-14, Thursday. In case you missed it, the Cougars host Louisville Nov. 17 and expect to crash the playoff as a non-Power 5 League visitor. Nobody should bash the AAC around here -- but some will.

SHOULD WIN

3. Ohio State (3-0) vs. Rutgers -- Buckeyes will cruise into a home game with Indiana as they're favored by 39 against the rebuilding Scarlet Knights. Zzzzz.

4. Alabama (4-0) vs. Kentucky -- Will Nick Saban leave his starters in long enough to cover the 35 1/2-point spread? He usually does.

5. Boise State (3-0) vs. Utah State -- Another one of those magical seasons as Boise is favored by 21 1/2.

6. Nebraska (4-0) vs. Illinois -- Welcome back, Cornhuskers, the pick by 20 1/2 against Lovie Smith’s overmatched squad.

7. San Diego State (3-0) at South Alabama -- SDSU is the pick by 19. Keep an eye on the Aztecs. Who's their coach anyway? It's not a trick question. I had to look it up. It's Rocky Long, who seems like a better fit at Tennessee.

8. Texas A&M (4-0) at South Carolina -- When was the last time the Gamecocks were 17 1/2 underdogs at home? Kevin Sumlin is almost off the Hot Seat in College Station. Will Muschamp inherited a mess from Steve Spurrier.

9. Baylor (4-0) at Iowa State -- Former Wake coach Jim Grobe is handling his interim work well as the Bears are favored by 17.

10. Michigan (4-0) vs. Wisconsin -- The Wolverines (favored by 11) are expected to enjoy their fifth straight home game against the unbeaten Badgers. Somebody needs to hire the person who made the Wolverines’ schedule.

11. Maryland (3-0) at Purdue -- Terps have not beaten anybody of note but can move within two wins of bowl eligibility against the shaky Boilermakers. Anybody else surprised they’re the pick by 10 on the road off wins over Howard, FIU and Central Florida?

12. Miami (3-0) at Georgia Tech -- Hurricanes are a surprising 7 1/2-point favorite in Mark Richt's semi-homecoming to Atlanta. Still seems strange Richt is at Miami, not Georgia.

13. Air Force (3-0) vs Navy -- Falcons are favored by 7 at altitude against the unbeaten Midshipmen.

MIGHT WIN

14. Louisville. 4-0 at Clemson -- Cards remain the favorite, but by 1 1/2, not 2, in Death Valley. You know the Lamar Jackson, Bobby Petrino stories better than anybody.

15. Clemson 4-0 vs Louisville  -- Must Win game for Tigers if they expect to win the ACC. Tigers would not be the only team that started the season overrated.

16. Utah (4-0) at California -- Utes are 2-point underdogs against the high-scoring Bears. They have not beaten a team with a winning record.

17. West Virginia (3-0) vs. Kansas State -- Prove It Game (sort of) as the Mountaineers are only favored by 2 1/2, after opening as the pick by 6 1/2.

18. Tennessee (4-0) at Georgia -- The win against Florida last week becomes more valuable if the Vols win as 3 1/2-point road favorites. Do it one more time, Butch Jones. And then beat Alabama, too.

19. Western Michigan (4-0) at Central Michigan -- Visiting Broncos have already beaten Northwestern and Illinois, making them 3 1/2 point favorites and team to beat in the MAC and Big Ten West.

20. Minnesota (3-0 at Penn State -- Gophers capable, even as 3-point road underdogs against an uninspiring Nittany Lions' offense. Hot Seat Alert for James Franklin if Penn State stumbles.

HOPING TO WIN

21. Memphis (3-0) at Ole Miss -- No unbeaten team is drawing less respect on Saturday. Tigers sitting as 14 1/2 road underdogs. Justin Fuente does not live here any more.

22. Wake Forest (4-0) at North Carolina State -- Fans are not convinced the Demon Deacons are legit after the win at Indiana because State is favored by 12.

23. Wisconsin (4-0) at Michigan -- The Badgers won as underdogs at Michigan State and also helped force Les Miles out at LSU. Can they do it as 11-point underdogs in Ann Arbor? Could cover. Unlikely to win despite a superior resume.

24. Arizona State (4-0) at USC  -- Strange line: the 1-3 Trojans are favored by 10, perhaps because all of their losses have been to Top 20 teams and the Sun Devils have not played a ranked opponent.

25. Navy (3-0) at Air Force -- Midshipmen 7-point road underdog.

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