College Football Picks Week 11: Teams in Danger of Being Bitten by Upset Bug

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2012

Nov 3, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) follows the blocks of offensive linemen Cody Whitehair (55) and Cornelius Lucas (78) during first-half action against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

No. 2 Kansas State must beware of the dangerous TCU team they must face on Saturday. The Horned Frogs have been in and out of the Top 25 this season, but this is a quality team.

The health of Collin Klein will be at the forefront of the Wildcats' minds. The Heisman candidate was injured in the team's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Per the Washington Post, head coach Bill Snyder has been non-committal on whether Klein will start against the Horned Frogs.

If this game were in Manhattan, it would be a no-brainer to rest Klein, or at least to limit his playing time. On the road, they need their star and leader.

TCU's offense is capable of putting up major scoring numbers. They are averaging just under 34 points per game. This is the type of late-season road game that could derail a perfect season. The prospects of an upset get even more feasible when you consider Klein's health.

The Wildcats best beware.



No. 9 Louisville also has a potential pitfall waiting for them.

The Cardinals are obviously the weakest undefeated team remaining in the country. This week, they travel to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange. 

Besides the exciting but heartbreaking loss in the season opener to Northwestern, the Orange are unbeaten at home. As a matter of fact, no team has scored over 17 points against the Orange at home since the 42-41 defeat in Week 1.

Senior Ryan Nassib is equipped to battle Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville. He's thrown for 2773 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. The Orange need two wins to become bowl eligible, and the chance to knock off an undefeated, Top-10 team makes this game like a bowl game.

This is a game to keep an eye on this Saturday. The Orange have a great shot at pulling the upset.


Notre Dame

Everything on paper says Notre Dame should manhandle Boston College. The Eagles are 2-7, and they don't have a great deal of offensive weapons to challenge the Irish's stout defense.

However, history and the Irish's recent play does create some intrigue. In 2002, the Eagles upset an 8-0 Irish team to derail Tyrone Willingham's team shot at playing for a national championship. In Week 10, the Irish escaped an upset at the hands of Pittsburgh, despite playing poorly.

Could history repeat itself this week? It isn't as likely as the other two examples, but stranger things have happened in college football.

We'll have to see who escapes the upset bug in Week 11.


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