BCS Shakeups: 5 Teams That Should Be On Upset Alert In Week 8
It happened again last week as Ohio State became the second #1 to go down in as many weeks. This week it is Oklahoma and Oregon who look to avoid becoming the third curse of the #1 (depending on which rankings you go by).
In 2 weeks, I have told you about 10 games to watch. In 5 of those games the underdog came through and produced an upset.
So who should be alert this week?
Is it Sparty leaving the state of Michigan for the first time?
What about the Sooners traveling to Columbia for the "Gameday" night game?
Here are my 5 upset alert games for week 8.
Note all rankings are from the BCS poll.
Oklahoma put up a 52-0 shutout win over Iowa State last weekend in a game that saw the Sooners put up over 700 total yards.
Mizzou held a high powered Texas A&M offense to its lowest point total in years.
Something has to give, right?
Oklahoma has only played on the road once this season, and it wasn't pretty. Landry Jones has had games where he looks liken the Heisman contender, and other games not. The key will be how he handles the pressure of playing a big road game in a very hostile environment.
Look for the Mizzou D to key on the running game and DeMarco Murray to force Jones and the passing attack to beat them.
On offense Gabbert will put points up on the board against the Sooner D by throwing the ball all over the field.
OU goes down under the lights, and is their a curse of the Gameday upsets starting to happen in 2010?
#7 Michigan State
Sparty has started their 2010 campaign perfect at 7-0, but has failed to leave the state of Michigan. This week they travel to Evanston to face a Wildcat team that has had 2 weeks to prepare.
This game will be won on the defensive side of the ball. Northwestern has been a bend but not break squad under coordinator Mike Hankwitz so look for them to try and force some mistakes early.
Michigan State's D will need to shut down QB Dan Persa and the quick play offense if they are to be successful.
Look for the Cats to come out quick and try to put up a quick double digit lead. After that it will be up to Kirk Cousins and the passing game to bring them back.
I say it will not happen as the Wildcats beat top ten MSU on Homecoming much like they did back in 1997 when Sparty was #11.
Up next is one of two minor upsets based on rankings.
Wisconsin is coming off what many consider to be their biggest win in nearly a decade after they knocked off then #1 Ohio State. This week they travel to Iowa to face another team that is right in the Big Ten hunt.
The key here will be in the trenches. Both teams are run oriented offenses and whoever decides to push the pile more wins the game. It is as simple as that.
Look for the Badgers to slip in Kinnick as maybe they celebrated the OSU win a little too much.
Iowa wins a close game at home and now has the inside track at the conference crown.
#14 Oklahoma State
If you would have said that OK State would be in the top 15 when the first BCS poll came out many people would have laughed. However that is the case as unbeaten OK State faces their first major test at home against Nebraska.
The Huskers are coming off an embarrassing loss at home to Texas so they will not be in the best of moods. Look for them to get going on offense early against a Cowboy defense that has been up and down.
The Cowboys will struggle to move the ball against the Husker D and will be have to move away from the running game early.
Nebraska gets back on the winning track, and big.
#22 Kansas State
Kansas State went into Lawrence last week and gave the Jayhawks an absolute thumping. Now they find themselves at 5-1 and #22 in the BCS poll.
Baylor is sitting at 5-2 and Robert Griffin has been the Mr. Everything that the Bears need him to be on their way to their first bowl appearance since 1994.
Remember the last time K-State faced a dual threat QB?
Taylor Martinez and Nebraska shredded the Wildcats in Manhattan. Look for more of the same as Griffin and Jay Finley go for over 200 yards combined on the ground.
Baylor gets their 6th win and becomes bowl eligible.
Their aren't really many other games that lead me to believe that their will be any more upsets this week.
Look for UCLA to keep it close in Eugene though, and it will be interesting to see how Ohio State bounces back against a Purdue team that beat them last year.
Auburn will get a real test at home against LSU, but I think they survive, and I like TCU in a closer than expected game vs Air Force.