NCAA Week 9 Preview: A Scary Good Upset Special Weekend

Josh DelpContributor IOctober 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans passes on the run to Ronald Johnson #83 as he is covered by Mitchel Bartolo #27 of the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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There are seven undefeated teams left in major college football. They occupy seven of the top eight spots in the BCS standings.

That number is sure to decrease after this weekend. As I’ve stated in numerous college football articles, I’m rooting for a Boise State-TCU national championship game.

For that to happen, the other undefeateds have to bite the dust.

I think that it is definitely within the realm of possibility for those two teams to be the last undefeated teams. So without further ado, let the upsets flow!


USC over No. 2 Oregon 
USC quarterback Matt Barkley has been talking smack all week on Twitter. I love it. Here’s what he said following Cain Valesquez’s victory over Brock Lesnar: “Wow, Brock just got rocked! Lesnar is to Oregon as Velasquez is to SC. Lezgo.”

This is USC’s championship game since they are not bowl eligible. I like Barkley’s confidence and I like their chances at upsetting the Ducks.

The Pac-10 was touted as a bad conference at the beginning of the year, yet they have three teams in the Top 25 right now (Oregon, Stanford and Arizona). Still, the rest of the conference is lackluster.

USC’s two losses were to Washington and Stanford by a combined three points. They are that close to being undefeated.

The Trojans are no slouch. They are very motivated coming into this game. It gives them a chance to knock off a team that is widely considered to be the best team in the nation, and I like their chances.


No. 18 Iowa over No. 5 Michigan State
The Spartans narrowly escaped defeat last week against Northwestern in a game I thought the Wildcats would win.

Instead, Kirk Cousins orchestrated an inspired fourth quarter comeback to steal the game. I don’t think Cousins and Co. will be so lucky this time around.

Iowa is 5-2. Two of their losses were to Arizona (34-27) and Wisconsin (31-30). They are without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, two-loss team in the nation.

Quarterback Ricky Stanzi and the Hawkeyes can and will get the job done against an overachieving Michigan State team.


No. 14 Nebraska over No. 6 Missouri
The Tigers are fresh off a 36-27 victory over last week’s No. 1 team, Oklahoma. Now they travel to Lincoln to take on a Nebraska team who gave Oklahoma State their first loss last week.

Nebraska’s only loss came at the hands of Garrett Gilbert and the Texas Longhorns (20-13). I think Nebraska can hand another undefeated team their first loss.

Missouri, like Michigan State, has overachieved this year.

Sixth in the nation is the highest they’ve been ranked since 2007 when Chase Daniel was their quarterback. I don’t see any reason why the Cornhuskers of Nebraska can’t knock the Tigers of Missouri from the ranks of the unbeaten.


Washington over No. 13 Stanford
Jake Locker and the Huskies have been mediocre and disappointing this season with a 3-4 record thus far. Considering Locker’s reputation and potential draft stock in the NFL, his 2010 senior campaign has been a letdown.

This team leaves much to be desired as a whole.

The Cardinal’s sole loss came at the hands of Oregon in a 52-31 annihilation. They have been a pleasant surprise in the shallow Pac-10 this year.

However, I think they are in for a rude awakening this weekend. It should be a close game, but I think the Locker and the Huskies get the job done to get back to .500.


Minnesota over No. 11 Ohio State
Haha, just kidding! The 1-7 Golden Gophers couldn’t beat their practice squad!

So there are my upsets on Halloween weekend. Three of them include unbeaten squads.

I can say I’m pretty confident in all four of these picks. If there is one thing that college football has taught us, it’s that anything can happen on a week-to-week basis. Momentum is hard to come by.

I anticipate a good week in college football this week as the field of unbeatens gets smaller and smaller.