College Football: Five Teams That Should Be on Upset Alert This Weekend
5 weeks into the season and so far the number of major upsets has remained very low.
This weekend could change that as several of the nation's powerhouse teams head on the road against in conference threats.
In the past few seasons there has been that one week that completely shakes up the entire college football landscape. Is this one it?
Here are five teams that should be on upset alert and why.
No. 7 Nebraska (4-0)
So far this year the Cornhuskers have beaten 3 lesser opponents in Western Kentucky, Idaho, and South Dakota State, while making NFL prospect Jake Locker look like a mid-major QB.
This Thursday night they travel to K-State to face the Wildcats.
So why should they be on upset alert?
As always the Thursday night games are always interesting, and usually produce one or more upsets a year.
Last year the Wildcats hung with Nebraska until the end as neither squad was able to produce much offense. Nebraska should be concerned for several other reasons though.
Bill Snyder is once again appearing to resurrect a dying program in Manhattan, and both players and fans are buying in. Tailback Daniel Thomas is perhaps the best back that no one ever talks about. He has thus far put up 628 yards on the ground, which is 5th best in the nation. K-State has also played a tougher schedule thus far with wins over Iowa State, UCLA, and a tough UCF squad.
Nebraska should also be concerned because they have not played in many close games whereas the Wildcats have found ways to win 3 games late in the 4th quarter.
No. 11 Arkansas 3-1 (1-1)
Arkansas is coming off a bye week after a devastating late 4th quarter loss at home to #1 Alabama. This week they head to the new Texas Stadium to take on Texas A&M.
Why should they be concerned?
Texas A&M is another team that can shoot it out with their opponents. The Aggies have averaged 324 yards through the air, good enough for 5th in the nation, and have averaged putting up 39.5 up a game. QB Jerrod Johnson thrown for over 1200 yards and 12 scores through 4 games, but has been picked off 8 times.
On the other side Arkansas is the number 2 passing offense and Ryan Mallett has the ability to go lights out on any defense. The Razorbacks also have a better D than A&M, only giving up a shade over 14 a game.
Look for this to be a shootout, and if A&M can eliminate the turnovers they have a real shot at out-shooting Arkansas on the big stage.
No. 10 Utah 4-0 (2-0)
Utah is still unbeaten, although at times they haven't been all that impressive and they really haven't played anybody. This weekend they travel to Jack Trice Stadium to face an improving Iowa State squad.
Why should the Utes be on alert?
The Cyclones are coming off a very big home win over Texas Tech in which they put up 52 points, ran for 250 yards, and forced 3 turnovers. Alexander Robinson is a solid back, the best the Utes have seen since Dion Lewis, and they will be facing a better QB than what Pitt had on the field in Austen Arnaud.
Utah has been a little sluggish with their offense and have failed to produce a ton of turnovers. Plus with the struggles of Pitt, it appears they have not been tested.
Look for the Cyclones to come out needing a win in the biggest way if they want to go bowling again, especially with the Nebraska's, Oklahoma's, and Texas's of the world coming up.
No. 9 Arizona 4-0 (1-0)
Arizona heads into this weekends game unbeaten with tight wins over Iowa and Cal at home. Up next is an Oregon State team that has losses to two of the nation's best in TCU and Boise.
Why should Arizona be on alert?
Oregon State has been a victim of their own scheduling. Not many schools out there are putting Boise, TCU, and Louisville on their schedule. This means that they are battle tested heading into Pac 10 play, which they proved last weekend with a 31-28 win in Tempe. QB Ryan Katz is getting more comfortable as the starter, and RB Jacquizz Rodgers may be the best player on the field.
Oregon State is not out of the Pac 10 race by any means and neither is Arizona, which only means expect anything when it comes to the Pac 10.
No. 1 Alabama 5-0 (2-0)
Alabama has been one of the more dominating teams in recent history and have won 19 in a row. Up next is a trip to Columbia to play the Gamecocks.
So why should the best team in the nation be on high alert?
Last year Florida went into Columbia and beat the Gamecocks 24-14. That was a team that had very little to no running game. This year's team has Marcus Lattimore, who even though coming off a bad game at Auburn, is a reason to assume that a home game against Bama will be a nail biter.
The real question mark will be how QB Stephen Garcia handles what was thought to be a young and inexperienced Bama defense. Well, they sure haven't played like that.
Nevertheless, look for this one to be a barn burner as the Tide will struggle early with crowd noise and a Gamecock squad that is coming off a bye.
We may have a new number one heading into the next weekend....