College Football 2012: Week 3 Games with Greatest Upset Potential

Matt Zvolanek@MattZvolanekCorrespondent IISeptember 11, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, AR - SEPTEMBER 8:   Brent Leonard #18 of the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Warhawks defeated the Razorbacks 34-31.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Two short weeks ago the college football season kicked off. And when the dust cleared on the first week, Ohio had beaten Penn State at Beaver Stadium. Even with Penn State's troubled offseason and slew of transfer, some thought it would be the upset of the year.

A MAC team go into a Big Ten stadium and knock off the home team? How could it get any better than that? How about a Sun Belt team rallying from 21 points down and knocking off a top 10 ranked SEC team in Little Rock?

That's just what happened in the second week of the young college football season.

ULM went in to Little Rock to take on Arkansas, a SEC West and national championship contender. ULM emerged victorious and all around the country, people's mouths dropped collectively upon learning the news.

Besides Arkansas falling, we witnessed the Beavers beat the Badgers, UCLA beat Nebraska in a shootout and Arizona defeat Oklahoma State in the desert.

If all of this has happened in just two weeks I, for one, can't wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer.


No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas

This game was set to be the scene for College Gameday. However, after Arkansas' loss, Corso and crew packed up and are now heading to Knoxville. While the game has lost a lot of its luster, it could still be intriguing, especially if Arkansas can flip the script on the Crimson Tide like the Warhawks did to them last week. The chance for upset will be extremely unlikely unless Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson is cleared to play.


No. 5 Florida State vs Wake Forest

After two weeks through the season, the Seminoles are still somewhat of an enigma. This could be due to the fact that they haven't played anyone of merit. While Wake Forest isn't an Alabama or LSU, they aren't a Murray State or Savannah State.

Besides, we all remember what happened last year.


No. 10 Michigan State vs No. 20 Notre Dame

Notre Dame comes off a slim victory against Big Ten rival Purdue to face another Big Ten rival in Michigan State in East Lansing. The last time the Fighting Irish were here, Mark Dantonio made a gutsy call. This time around anything could once again, as the Michigan State passing offense is shaky.

The Spartan defense, however, is the strength of the team and Notre Dame must find a way to overcome it should they hope to leave East Lansing with a victory and subsequently end the national title hopes of the Big Ten.


No. 14 Texas at Ole Miss

Texas comes fresh off a shutout of one of the Mountain West's worst teams to play one of the SEC's worst teams. One of the Longhorns' dynamic strengths is its running defense. Ole Miss just so happens to have a great running offense. The Rebels are a hard team to judge and should they pull off the upset.

It could be a coming out party for them.


No. 18 Florida at No. 23 Tennessee

The magnitude of the third Saturday in September is enhanced by the fact that both the Vols and Gators are ranked and College Gameday is in Knoxville. A Volunteers win Saturday wouldn't just end a seven-game winning streak for the Gators, but would also go a long way toward saving Vols head coach Derek Dooley's job.


No. 19 Louisville vs North Carolina

Louisville appears to be the team to beat in the Big East, but then again that is the Big East.

Led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals may even be considered a very dark horse contender for the national championship. North Carolina may have different ideas, but they'll have to prove it. The Tarheels did lose last week to perennial ACC bottom-dweller Wake Forest.


No. 25 BYU at Utah

The Utes are in turmoil after losing to rival Utah State last week. Factor in the loss of three-year signal-caller Jordan Wynn and the Utes' hopes to defeat the No. 1 rival look extremely dim. But as history has shown, anything can happen in this rivalry, so don't be surprised if the Utes pull out the victory. 


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