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The Program: The Holiday Finds Notre Dame, Oregon and Georgia on Upset Alert

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJanuary 8, 2017

We've got an All-Rivalry edition of the Top 25 Upset Alert this holiday weekend, and as we prepare for Thanksgiving we've got a feast of football for you. The Civil War. Clean, Old Fashioned Hate. The Jeweled Shillelagh.

Whew, folks, we've got a lot going on.

In Corvallis, the Oregon State Beavers are hoping to continue their storybook season by beating their in-state rival for the first time since 2007. Mike Riley can put the definitive stamp on his Coach of the Year campaign with a home win over the Top 10-ranked Ducks. However, Oregon needs a win to get to the Pac-12 Championship Game and keep their title hopes alive.

Next, the Upset Train travels to Athens in a game that features two conference division winners dueling it out on the field. Georgia Tech is heading to Charlotte next week, but first they have to see if they can beat their rival, the Georgia Bulldogs.

For the Bulldogs, the pressure is on: A win here sets them up for a play-in game for the BCS Championship. Can Paul Johnson's option attack upset the Bulldogs, who have everything to lose in this rivalry game?

Last but not least, the Fighting Irish head out to California for their regular-season finale against the University of Southern California. Lane Kiffin is without star quarterback Matt Barkley and is trotting out a first-time starter against one of the nation's best front sevens.

Max Wittek could be in for a long day, folks. If the Fighting Irish's offense can get their power run and zone-read attack going, USC's defense might be wishing the clock ticked a bit quicker. 

It is a rivalry game though, so perhaps USC pulls themselves together for the sake of spoiling Notre Dame's season.  

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