NCAA Football Rankings 2013: Top 25 Teams on Upset Alert in Week 10
It was another rough weekend for college football's Top 25 teams, as six ranked programs stumbled on Saturday.
Missouri, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Oregon State all lost, causing some shakeups in the latest AP Top 25 poll. Their losses also served as a warning to the rest of the ranked teams: No one should think they are safe in the waning weeks of this season.
With quality opponents on the other side of the field this week, the following three teams should be wary of a potential upset.
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles have been absolutely demolishing their opposition, but they next have a date with in-state rival Miami on Saturday.
The seventh-ranked Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 ACC) boast one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 17.7 points per game. "Famous Jameis" Winston will undoubtedly put up more points than that, but if the Hurricanes can pressure the freshman phenom, Miami will have a strong chance at the upset.
Perhaps the most important key for the Hurricanes is to win the turnover battle. It is imperative that starting quarterback Stephen Morris, who threw four picks in a near-loss to North Carolina, is smart with the football.
If he can't hang on to the rock, Miami will have no shot at remaining undefeated.
No. 10 Missouri Tigers
The Tigers were upset by South Carolina in double overtime on Saturday, 27-24, and it doesn't get much easier for head coach Gary Pinkel's crew.
This week, Missouri will face the Tennessee Volunteers, who beat South Carolina two weeks ago.
Although its record is unimpressive (4-4, 1-3 SEC), Tennessee should not be taken lightly. The Volunteers beat the Gamecocks, 23-21, and they almost upset Georgia before falling in overtime, 34-31. Their only other losses have been to Oregon, Florida and Alabama.
The Volunteers have been playing elite teams all season, so they won't be intimidated by Mizzou. Look for unranked Tennessee to challenge the Tigers every step of the way.
No. 15 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Like Mizzou, Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday. Also like Mizzou, the Red Raiders are in danger of dropping consecutive games against quality opponents.
Coming off of their 38-30 loss to Oklahoma, the Red Raiders look to rebound against No. 18 Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys bring one of the country's best offenses to Lubbock, Texas, as they have been averaging 38.9 points per game to rank 23rd in the nation in scoring. Fresh off a 58-27 annihilation of Iowa State, Oklahoma State will again look to Desmond Roland to lead the way as the Cowboys try to ride their momentum to a fourth consecutive victory.
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