College Football Predictions Week 3: Teams on Upset Alert

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  A J McCarron #10 of Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the start of the game against Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Everyone loves an upset and we've got three possibilities here for you in Week 3 of the college football season.

Again, big upsets don't occur too often, but each week presents an opportunity for a smaller school to overtake a household program.

Let's see who's on upset alert for Week 3.


No. 20 Notre Dame at No. 10 Michigan State (Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET)

Michigan State (2-0) enters this matchup as six-point favorites at home (Bovada), but Notre Dame (2-0) comes to Spartan Stadium poised to leave with a victory.

The Fighting Irish pulled out a narrow win at home against Purdue last weekend on a field goal with seven seconds remaining and I think it was a good lesson for Notre Dame to not take teams too lightly.

Everett Golson is playing good football and the Fighting Irish defense is holding opponents to less than 14 points per game.

If Notre Dame can contain Le'Veon Bell, they're going to leave Michigan with a win.


Utah State at Wisconsin (Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET)

The 2-0 Utah State Aggies have come out of the gates hot while Wisconsin (1-1) managed a mere seven points in a loss to Oregon State in Week 2.

As 14-point home favorites this Saturday (Bovada), Wisconsin needs to be careful of an upset. 

Utah State is winning football games with its defense (11.5 PPG) and sophomore QB Chuckie Keeton, who has thrown for 520 yards and four touchdowns to one interception.

Montee Ball—the largest contributor to the Badgers' offense— has yet to get it going this season.

Wisconsin is still struggling to put points on the board, and against a staunch defense like Utah State's, it's not going to get any easier in Week 3. 


No. 1 Alabama at Arkansas (Saturday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET)

College Football's top team will travel to Arkansas (1-1) as 20-point favorites (Bovada), but is there a possibility that an upset can occur?


Alabama's offense hasn't been as sharp as we're accustomed to seeing while Arkansas—led by senior QB Tyler Wilson—has impressed in 2012 with the help of running back Knile Davis and wideout Chris Gragg.

The Razorbacks' defense hasn't stepped up just yet, but a home game against the best team in college football might help that.

It may be a stretch, but it's possible we could see a huge upset on Saturday.

Remember, this is college football and anything can happen.


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