List of unbeaten teams includes unlikely names

Oct 8, 2014 1:59 PM

AP Sports Writer

Imagine a playoff that includes Arizona facing TCU in one semifinal and Mississippi State meeting Georgia Tech in the other.

Is it a long shot? Sure. But it's not quite as far-fetched as it may have seemed before this season of surprises began.

No. 3 Mississippi State, No. 9 TCU, No. 10 Arizona and No. 22 Georgia Tech are all unbeaten after starting the season unranked. The list of undefeated teams that opened the season outside the Top 25 also includes Marshall, which remains unranked despite winning its first five games by an average margin of 31.8 points.

Some of these teams face major tests this week. Mississippi State hosts No. 2 Auburn, TCU visits No. 5 Baylor and Arizona has a tough home game with Southern California.

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