College Football Picks Week 5: Top 25 Teams on Upset Alert

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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You want a few upset specials for this week?

Oh, we've got some potential upset specials.

We've got teams travelling against dangerous squads, trap games a week before top-25 showdowns and a school that has spent the first few weeks as an underdog and will now have to handle the pressure that comes with being the favorites.

Everyone guns for the teams in the Top 25. The following schools may escape with a win, but it's safe to say they belong on upset alert.



The Longhorns find themselves in a serious trap game this week. Travelling to Stillwater to take on a dangerous Oklahoma State offense is bad enough, but there is also the danger that Texas is looking ahead to a clash with West Virginia next week.

Oklahoma State is not to be taken lightly. The Cowboys have a balanced and explosive offense, and they are going to be tough to beat if they run the ball successfully. The Longhorns better come to play.



The Bulldogs are better than Tennessee on paper, no questions asked. But with a huge tilt next week against South Carolina and facing a very dangerous Volunteers passing attack Saturday, Georgia has to be put on upset alert in this one.

Tennessee doesn't have the defense to slow Georgia's rushing attack. But if this game turns into a shootout and the Vols can win the turnover battle, Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter can make the Bulldogs play. Expect fireworks in this one.



I'm torn on what to think about this game. On one hand, Wisconsin has underperformed this year and they haven't run the ball as we've come to expect.

On the other hand, I don't doubt they can beat this Nebraska team. This game is going to come down to a pretty simple concept: Who can run the ball, and who can stop the run. The team that wins the trenches wins this game, plain and simple. 

Nebraska has a test on its hands.


Oregon State


(Yes, according to Vegas, Oregon State is the underdog. Bovada has them +3. But seeing as Oregon State is ranked higher, I would still consider it an upset of sorts if they lost.)

College football's biggest surprise this season will be tested once again, when Rich Rodriguez and the dangerous Arizona offense host the up-and-coming Beavers.

This could either be a matchup nightmare for Oregon State or a game they easily control. Arizona's spread offense could give them problems, or it could facilitate a lot of ball control for the Beavers. Oregon State has been awesome at getting opposing teams off the field, allowing only four first downs on 29 third-down attempts this season.

Arizona could be in danger of a lot of very fast three-and-outs, allowing Oregon State to control this game offensively. Then again, Arizona is the most dangerous offense Oregon State has faced and could end up stealing this one in a shootout. Expect a very fun game.


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