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Tuesday Question - The best one-loss team
Posted Oct 24, 2006

Which one loss team is the best of the bunch and why?

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Pete Fiutak     
Q: Who's the best of the one-loss teams?

A: Has everyone forgotten about Texas? As I keep saying, if Ohio State is the no-brainer number one team in the nation, then it's possible that Texas is number two. Colt McCoy is getting better and better each week, the lines are playing great, and the defense, outside of giving up three huge plays to Nebraska and some deep balls to Baylor, has been terrific.

Ranking the next nine one-loss teams based on how good I think they are at the immediate moment:
2. Florida - I know the Gators just lost to Auburn, but on a neutral field, I'm taking the Gators against just about anyone.
3. California - The Washington game might serve as a bit of a wake-up call. If this team is rolling, its offense is unstoppable.
4. Arkansas - I'm a believer. The running game can rumble on anyone, while I love how the defense is progressing.
5. Auburn - Everyone loves Auburn, but the Arkansas loss is too fresh in my mind. This seems like the type of team that can get hot and beat anyone in the country, but the motor needs to always be running.
6. Wisconsin - The defense has been terrific and the offense is getting better and better.
7. Tennessee - The win over Georgia doesn't appear to be that big a deal now. A win over LSU will make me a believer.
8. Boston College - Will anyone give this team any credit and love? While it might not be pretty, it's rock-solid.
9. Clemson - The Georgia Tech win was as impressive as they come, but don't forget about how close the Tigers came to losing to Wake Forest. I still want to see more.
10. Notre Dame - A great team shouldn't need miracles to beat Michigan State or UCLA.

Richard Cirminiello  
Q: Who's the best of the one-loss teams?

A: Clemson.  After watching the Tigers completely humiliate a pretty good Georgia Tech team, I’m sold that this team is one of the five best in the country.  Yeah, yeah, it’s a bit impetuous since their signature moment came just 48 hours ago, but Clemson is doing everything well these days, improving as the season wears on and getting contributions from players, such as LB Antonio Clay, who weren’t even starters when the season began.  The emergence of true freshman C.J. Spiller to go along with sophomore James Davis gives the offense a devastating speed-power combo to complement the senior leadership of QB Will Proctor.  Oh, and Proctor should get All-ACC game-breaker Chansi Stuckey back from a broken foot before the end of the month.  The defense, which just shut out All-American WR Calvin Johnson, creates turnovers, leads the ACC in sacks and is ranked fourth nationally, while the special teams is ably manned by K Jad Dean, P Cole Chason and dynamic return man, Jacoby Ford.  What’s not to like about a veteran Clemson team that’s a double-overtime loss at Boston College from being No. 4 in the BCS standings?  Texas and the SEC trio of Auburn, Florida and Tennessee are very good teams, but each is flawed and, when compared to Clemson, is getting a little boost because they’re name-brand programs.  If the Tigers can win in Blacksburg this Thursday, they’ll be poised to get to 11-1 before a rematch with Tech or a date with Miami in the league title in Alltel Stadium on Dec. 2.

John Harris     
Q: Who's the best of the one-loss teams?

A. To try to take the guesswork out of how to quantify what ‘best’ means, I thought about this question this way – what one loss team would I not want to see on the opposite sideline right now?  It might be a surprise, but it’s Clemson.  As you pick up your jaw up off the floor, take note, serious note, of what Clemson did to one of the best run defenses in the nation, Georgia Tech, last Saturday night (well, they were until Clemson was done with them).  RB James Davis went over 200 yards rushing and true freshman RB CJ Spiller proved to a national television audience that he might be the best, and most electrifying, freshman back in the nation.  The offensive line, even without senior guard Roman Fry, is the best unit in the nation and QB Will Proctor has shown throughout this season that he can carry this team when the running game slows down.  And, the offense has been without star WR Chansi Stuckey the past two weeks – imagine what will happen if, and when, they get him back.  No defense has had success against them this year.

On defense, DE Gaines Adams continues to take his game to a Tamba Hali level and the rest of the defense is on swarm patrol.  LB Nick Watkins and Antonio Clay have emerged as one of the best linebacker duos in the conference, and that’s even without injured LB Tremaine Billie and Anthony Waters.  The secondary has improved immensely from the start of the season and held All-American WR Calvin Johnson to zero catches.  Ze-ro.  And, the extra point team even had little trouble Saturday night.  They need BC to lose one down the stretch, but even if they don’t, Clemson should run the table and make a statement in a BCS bowl game.

Matthew Zemek     
Q: Who's the best of the one-loss teams?

A: Texas. Winning on an absolutely miserable day in Lincoln is more impressive than the wins of all the other one-loss teams from week eight. Texas--and especially its "Colt Hero" under center--has undergone a mental metamorphosis since the humbling loss to Ohio State. The poise of "the Real McCoy", combined with a stout run defense, enable the Horns to compare quite favorably with every other one-loss team out there. If they can avoid the gigantic mistakes they made against Nebraska--and were still able to overcome, by the way--they will be in the mix for Glendale without question.