The list of winless teams continues to shrink as Buffalo, Navy and New Mexico State all picked up their first victories of the season. That was enough to get two of those teams out of the dreaded “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 worst teams at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
Colorado remains the only Power Five winless team at the FBS level while Colorado State and Georgia State continue to seek out the first win in 2022.
BetUS is taking a look at the Dirty Dozen, the 12 teams at the bottom of the FBS food chain. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the college football betting lines feature a number of 20-point spreads among the teams on this list.
12. Boston College Eagles
Florida State is a much-improved team but still, more was expected from the Eagles than being outgained 530-235 in the 30-point loss.
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The Eagles are 0-3 against FBS competition and are averaging 234 yards of offense in losses to Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec is getting plenty of love from NFL scouts, but the losses on the offensive line are pretty evident as BC has allowed the most sacks (15) in the ACC.
Even with Boston College playing at home against Louisville, the college football odds list the Eagles as 16-point underdogs.
11. New Mexico State Aggies
A win over Hawaii allowed New Mexico State to move from fifth to 11th in these rankings. The Aggies entered their last game with 32 points in the first four games but put up 45 points thanks to 357 rushing yards.
Eight penalties could have proved costly if not for New Mexico State scoring touchdowns on five of six drives in the first half.
10. Florida International Golden Panthers
The final score of Western Kentucky 73, Florida International 0 tells the story. Western Kentucky probably could have minimized the damage a bit, but putting up 180 yards of offense while allowing nearly 700 yards shows that there is work to be done in Miami.
FIU needed overtime to edge FCS Bryant in the season opener and that is the only win so far. In the last two games, the Golden Panthers have been outscored 114-12. The running game has been an issue with an average of 2.4 yards per rushing attempt.
Up next is a potentially winnable game against New Mexico State. The college football predictions list New Mexico State as a 14½-point favorite.
9. Northwestern Wildcats
It seems like ages ago since Northwestern opened the season with an upset of Nebraska in Dublin. Unfortunately, the Wildcats haven’t fared as well as when they returned to the United States.
Northwestern has dropped back-to-back games to Southern Illinois and Miami (Ohio), and that does not bode well for upcoming Big Ten games against Penn State, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa and Ohio State.
Ryan Hilinski did throw for 257 yards last week and he does have 1,219 passing yards.
8. Georgia State Panthers
Georgia State didn’t give itself much of a chance to pick up win No. 1 of 2022 as Coastal Carolina had touchdown passes of 50 and 53 yards on the first two drives of the game. Total yards were 114-5 at that point.
Georgia State did pull within 10 points twice in the second half but the early deficit was too much to overcome. It does feel like when and not if the Panthers will pick up a victory. Could it come Saturday during a trip to Army?
7. Hawaii Rainbows
It has been a rude awakening for legendary former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang.
The Rainbows followed up their first win of the season against FCS Duquesne by being run off the field by a one-win New Mexico State squad.
The yards were almost even with both teams going over 400 yards and Hawaii did convert on four of five plays on fourth down. However, the Rainbows allowed New Mexico State to score touchdowns on five of the last six drives in the first half en route to the 45-26 victory over Hawaii.
It is not going to be any easier with a trip to face San Diego State on Saturday. Those who bet online won’t be loving the chances of visiting Rainbows in that one.
6. UMass Minutemen
In three FBS games, UMass has 145 passing yards. No, not 145 yards per game, but 145 total passing yards. The Minutemen are one of five teams yet to throw a TD pass against FBS foes with five interceptions mixed in.
Perhaps Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan is what the Minutemen need to get something going on offense.
5. UConn Huskies
The Huskies have lost their last 18 games against FBS foes with an average margin of victory of 30.3 points.
Former NFL head coach Jim Mora Jr. and his staff have their work cut out for them. Some of the numbers are slanted a bit by the fact that the last three games came against Power Five conference teams that are a combined 12-0 this season.
Can the Huskies make things difficult for a Fresno State team that crushed the Huskies 45-0 in the 2021 season opener?
4. Colorado State Rams
Things continue to spiral out of control at Colorado State.
The Rams were humbled by Sacramento State 41-10. It didn’t help that four of Sacramento State’s scoring drives were less than 50 yards.
Colorado State has been outscored 165-43. The defense has been hurt by the inability of the Rams to sustain drives with a struggling running game.
It was the second season in a row when the Rams lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team. The only thing keeping the Rams from finishing even lower is the presence of the worst teams in the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC.
3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Apparently, some people had enough in Atlanta as both head coach Geoff Collins and athletic director Todd Stansbury were fired not long after a 27-10 loss to UCF. It is ironic because Collins came to Georgia Tech from Temple where he had experience playing against Central Florida.
The only thing keeping Georgia Tech from a winless season to date is a win over Western Carolina, an FCS program.
Georgia Tech did have a season-high 442 yards as the Yellow Jackets outgained UCF by more than 100 yards, so the actions in this game were not what resulted in the change of leadership.
The Yellow Jackets have issues on both sides of the ball and are ranked 13th of 14 ACC teams in both total offense and total defense.
Now comes a matchup with defending ACC champion Pittsburgh.
2. Nebraska Cornhuskers
The good news is that Nebraska didn’t lose a game last week. However, the Cornhuskers didn’t win either as they had a much-needed weekend without a game to play.
With a chance in coaches, the timing could be perfect for Nebraska to regroup.
The schedule helps with the next two games against Indiana and Rutgers. Those are contests that Nebraska would be well advised to take advantage of because the end of the season features matchups with Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Indiana and Nebraska are at the bottom of the Big Ten in total offense while Rutgers is 13th out of 14 conference teams in total offense.
1. Colorado Buffaloes
It was another tough day at the office for the Buffaloes as Colorado allowed more than 500 yards of offense for the second week in a row in a 45-17 loss to UCLA. The Colorado Buffaloes allowed a season-high 8.2 yards per play and that is not a recipe for success.
Just two years ago, Colorado kicked off a season shortened by the global pandemic by winning the first four games. Since that time, Colorado is 3-14 against FBS competition.
Facing an Arizona team that is perhaps the second-worst team in the Pac-12, could this be the week when the Buffaloes get that elusive first win of 2022 or at least be involved in a competitive game?