College Football Picks Week 5: Top 10 Teams Who Are on Upset Alert on Saturday

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College Football Picks Week 5: Top 10 Teams Who Are on Upset Alert on Saturday
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There are a number of marquee games in Week 5 of college football, including some big showdowns in the Top 10.

Accordingly, there are a few Top 10 teams who are on upset alert.

Which Top 10 teams need to be on guard and look out for the shocking upset?

Read on to find out. 

 

College Football Week 5 Top 10
Rank Team Opponent
1. Alabama Ole Miss
2. Oregon California
3. Clemson Wake Forest
4. Ohio State Wisconsin
5. Stanford Washington State
6. LSU at Georgia
7. Louisville at Temple
8. Florida State at Boston College
9. Georgia LSU
10. Texas A&M at Arkansas

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Alabama

Okay, so it's probably a bit crazy to pick Alabama to lose, but I do think that it's possible.

For one, Ole Miss is a young, fun and exciting team with a tremendously bright future. They average 38 points per game and quarterback Bo Wallace has been great, throwing for 648 yards, four touchdowns and, most importantly, zero interceptions. Jeff Scott is a dynamic runner, and has gained 330 yards on the ground. Donte Moncrief and tight end Evan Engram have combined for 348 receiving yards, while Laquon Treadwell has 154 receiving yards. Treadwell is sixth in the SEC with 5.3 catches per game.

It's an explosive offense with a lot of NFL-type talent. In two or three years, Ole Miss will be challenging for a national championship.

Alabama did give up 42 points to Texas A&M, and while the Aggies are better than the Rebels, Ole Miss still has a good enough offense to give the Tide trouble. The Alabama defense is not yet up to snuff, and they will struggle with the speed of the Rebels. Barry Brunetti, a Johnny Manziel-type player, has rushed for 117 yards and could cause the Tide fits.

Plus, the Rebels defense is pretty solid. The Nkemdiche brothers—Robert and Denzel, the latter who should come back from a knee injury this week—lead an improved unit that gives up 23.7 points per game. Robert Nkemdiche is tied for the team lead in tackles for loss. If either Nkemdiche is in the backfield a lot, it will be a good sign for the Rebels. 

Can Ole Miss pull it off? Potentially. They need to establish a big enough lead early on to give themselves some breathing room. Alabama is a better team, but they will struggle with Ole Miss' exciting offense.

It says here that Alabama will win. But it will be really close and could come down to the last few minutes, maybe even a field goal at the end. Ole Miss is for real and they will prove that this week. Even with a loss, they will soar up the rankings. Alabama will win by a score of 24-23.

 

Ohio State

Ohio State takes on Wisconsin, and there will be plenty of rushing yards.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in rushing yards per game with 350, and the Buckeyes are right behind, averaging 311. Melvin Gordon has been dynamic for the Badgers, leading the nation in rushing average with 156 yards per game.

Oh, and Gordon is the backup. James White, the starter, averages 110 yards per game on the ground. The Badgers are known for having great running games, but this year's iteration is by far the best.

That said, Ohio State's rush defense is pretty good. They allow just 2.6 yards per carry, 80 yards per game and their defense, as a whole, only gives up 15.3 points per game.

In addition to that, the Buckeyes look like they will be getting Braxton Miller back at starter:

If the Buckeyes can incorporate Kenny Guiton, who has been excellent filling in for Miller, then the Badgers could be in trouble.

Yet let's not forget how good Melvin Gordon is. He rushed for 193 yards against a pretty good Arizona State defense, plus, as Brett McMurphy of ESPN notes, he is the "human first down."

The Buckeyes' run defense has been good this year, but they have not faced a team like Wisconsin. Between Gordon, White and Corey Clement, who has rushed for 334 yards this season, the Badgers have the best and most talented rushing attack in football. 

Wisconsin will have to find a way to stop Braxton Miller, although the Badgers do have the 10th-ranked defense in the nation, giving up just 10.5 points per game. Miller should be healthy, but there may be some rust. Even if there is, Guiton has proved competent enough to handle the offense.

Wisconsin will give Ohio State all it can handle and more. They probably should be ranked higher than No. 23, and they will pull off the big upset. The Badgers will win this one 21-17.

 

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