The only predictable part of the 2012 college football season has been that something unpredictable will happen each week. This coming slate of games will be no different and few teams featured in the Week 10 BCS rankings will go down despite being favored.
Rutgers, Oregon State, USC and Florida highlighted the upsets this past week, and another set of teams will face significant disappointment next Sunday.
Here are the teams that are in serious danger of losing this week.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 5 LSU
It seems impossible to consider Alabama losing after the dominance it has displayed thus far, but the Crimson Tide are heading into the toughest game on their schedule.
Nick Saban will have to lead his team into Baton Rouge to face LSU, who are coming off of wins over South Carolina and Texas A&M.
While AJ McCarron has Alabama’s offense playing flawlessly and has thrown 18 touchdowns without single interception this season, the Tigers defense poses an entirely new challenge.
LSU is talented and disciplined on all three levels of defense, and the Alabama offense will need to avoid mistakes in this matchup. If the Tide do make costly errors against the opportunistic Tigers, their hopes for a perfect season will end in Louisiana.
No. 4 Oregon at No. 17 USC
Oregon looked extremely impressive in a remarkably dominant 70-14 victory over Colorado, while USC found a way to lose against Arizona.
The Trojans failed to take advantage of a record-setting performance from Marqise Lee. The sophomore wide receiver caught 16 passes for 345 yards a two touchdowns, but the team’s defense allowed 26 unanswered points in the second half and USC lost 39-36.
Now the Trojans will return to the comfortable confines of the Los Angeles Coliseum as they host the Ducks. Lee’s performance is a reminder of the level of talent this USC team boasts.
While the Ducks are rolling, this is their first true test of the season. A determined USC team will give Oregon an extremely difficult challenge this weekend.
No. 20 Nebraska at Michigan State
The Spartans’ season has not gone according to plan and the team currently has a disappointing 5-4 record.
Nebraska, despite an early upset against UCLA, has managed to climb its way back into the BCS rankings and is coming off an impressive win over Michigan. Now, it will have to go on the road and take on Michigan State.
The Spartans are also coming off a Big Ten victory after beating Wisconsin 16-13 in overtime. The Michigan State defense has still played extremely well this season and currently ranks 10th in the nation in points allowed.
If the offense can find any sort of success on Saturday, the Cornhuskers will be in trouble.