The Program: We Ask If Stanford, Florida State and Kansas State Can Avoid Upsets

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterNovember 28, 2012

The art of the upset is a tricky beast, and this week there are three teams that need to be wary of the upset monster.

First up is Stanford, which is faced with an accelerated version of beating the same team twice in one season. The Cardinal are tasked with beating the UCLA Bruins for the second time in less than a week. Can UCLA regroup and come out ready take out the Cardinal?

In the ACC, two teams limp into the Charlotte, licking wounds from their regular season finales against Top Five SEC teams. Neither game was pretty, but now both teams have to get back in the saddle for Week 13 to decide who goes to the Orange Bowl.

For the ACC, a Georgia Tech win would just add to the disaster. Will Florida State overcome the Tank Carradine injury and the Mark Stoops-to-Kentucky circus to hold off the Jackets?

Last but not least, in a sort of three-way, de facto conference title game, the Kansas State Wildcats host Texas. Kansas State can clinch the Big 12 with a victory and lock itself in for a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. However, a Wildcats loss means the Oklahoma Sooners head into a BCS bowl and Kansas State could be on the outside looking in for the second year in a row at 10-2.