There are 12 one-loss teams in college football this year. After the MSU blowout by Iowa, I got to thinking that it seemed like a lot of undefeated teams became one-loss teams in not-so-close games. So I checked to see if that was accurate.
In the 12 games where the then undefeated/now one-loss teams lost, the average point difference is 12. The median is 13.5.
12 isn't even close to the drubbing MSU took, but it isn't even close to a nailbiter either. These are teams that are one loss away from being undefeated.
I'm not really sure what this means, but it makes me long for the many year period where M rarely lost by more than a TD. Those were some really good teams.