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ESPN Analysts Name Best One-Loss Team In Country

A Florida and an Auburn player battle in the trenches.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: Luke Ancrum #98 of the Florida Gators in action against Prince Tega Wanogho #76 of the Auburn Tigers during the third quarter of a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Right now in college football, there are six undefeated teams in the top 10. These six squads have set themselves up best in the developing race for the College Football Playoff.

But beyond the unbeatens, there are several one-loss teams still in the hunt. If one of the schools with an unblemished record falters, they will be ready to climb up the rankings.

Last night, the ESPN College GameDay crew debated which one-loss team is the best in the country. There are a few good options, but when the dust settled, the group was in agreement.

Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Joey Galloway all named Florida the top one-loss team.

“I think it’s Florida," Pollack said, via 247Sports. "I’ve seen Florida mature in the passing game and the explosiveness on offense."

Herbstreit said he considers it to be a "toss-up" between Florida and Oregon, but gives the Gators the slight advantage.

“I would give Florida the edge over Oregon, but it would be very close," he explained.

Finally, Galloway cited UF's performance in its only loss--at LSU--as his primary reason for putting the Gators ahead of the Ducks.

“I like this Florida team, very impressed with what they were able to do on the road at LSU," Galloway said. "They had a lead in the second half and then gave it up. This is a defense that completely shut down Auburn. I do respect Oregon, (but) I just have more trust in the Florida defense when they’re healthy."

Interestingly, some of the one-loss teams have faced each other this season. Florida handed Auburn its only defeat, while the Tigers are the only team to beat Oregon.

Georgia, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are also lurking in the CFP chase. Like the Gators, Tigers and Ducks, those three teams all must win out to have a shot to reach the Playoff.