The last unbeaten has fallen. 1976 Indiana Hoosiers? 1972 Miami Dolphins? You're safe. But what about the other end of the spectrum? You have to look way under the radar to learn the following:
• Alcorn State (SWAC), Bryant (Northeast Conference) and North Carolina Central (Independent) are a combined 0-59 against Division I opponents. NCCU has four victories against non-DI competition, but nothing against the big boys. Ken Pomeroy predicts DI victories for Alcorn (Feb. 27 vs. Southern) and NCCU (Feb. 10) vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, but zilch for Bryant. That would be 0-30 for the Bulldogs. Ouch.
• The seven DI independents -- NCCU, Cal State Bakersfield, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Savannah State, Longwood, Winston Salem State and Seattle -- are a combined 27-103 (.208) against Division I. It's tough sledding in the land once ruled by the likes of Notre Dame and DePaul. Seattle is by far the best of the independent bunch. In just their second season back in DI, the school that gave us Elgin Baylor has victories over Fresno State, Weber State, at Utah and at Oregon State (the latter by 51 points!).
• Let's give a reverse shout out to Chicago State, Southern U., Alabama A&M, North Dakota, Central Arkansas, Northwestern State, Alabama State, Nichols State, Pepperdine and Louisiana-Lafayette. These are the only DI teams to lose a game this season to non-Division I competition. Overall, DI schools have a record of 345-10 (.972) in such games.
• Other than the Independents, Ivy League legends Penn and Princeton are the only two teams in the country yet to play a conference game. That changes Friday night when the six traditional weekends of round robin Ivy play begin. Unfortunately for tradition's sake, the Quakers are 1-13 heading into league play. Ironically, interim coach Jerome Allen did not lose an Ivy game as a sophomore, junior or senior (42-0).
• Look out for Houston Baptist and Texas-Pan American in the new Great West Conference. The Huskies and Broncs are each off to 2-0 starts in the new league (which has no automatic bid to the NCAA tournament). Former DI doormat New Jersey Institute of Technology has six wins overall, but just one (Chicago State) in league play. Perhaps the Highlanders' Newark, N.J., location isn't "West" enough to be Great.
Joe Lunardi is the resident Bracketologist for ESPN, ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. He also teaches "Fundamentals of Bracketology" online at Saint Joseph's University. Comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.