College Football Rankings 2011 Week 3: 5 Teams on Upset Alert
It’s already Week 3 of the college football season, and the rankings that looked so certain in the preseason have been given a good jolt.
Teams that were destined for grace have had their heart broken already, and teams that shouldn’t be climbing are looking great.
While last week had some serious upsets, Week 3 is setting itself up for a wild group of games that could shake the top 25 to their core.
Just as the teams in this slideshow need to be on upset alert, the fans should keep their eye out for the top-tier teams who will be hanging their head after this week.
5. Arizona State
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Arizona State has taken the No. 22 spot in the AP top-25, and the Sun Devils may be a one week wonder after they play Illinois on their turf.
After pulling out an amazing victory against Missouri, the Sun Devils may have wasted all of their emotions and could get handed an embarrassing loss against a solid Illinois team.
Expect the Fighting Illini to come heavy with a large dose of the run game that will carve up Arizona State’s defense.
4. Ohio State
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have been ravaged by controversy and suspensions, and their first game made fans of the team too hopeful for things to come.
After beating Akron down, Toledo took Ohio State to their limits, and the team was exposed for the mediocre group they really are.
While Miami (FL) has been struck by just as much controversy as Ohio State, their team might just be good enough to take a visiting Buckeye team and shock them.
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Auburn is the worst 2-0 team in the nation, and the fact that they’re about to face another SEC team that will push them to the limit will be the team’s final straw before a loss.
After barely beating Mississippi State and Utah State, the test against rival Clemson may be too tall of a task for Auburn to climb.
While Auburn may have won the BCS Championship last season, the loss of Cam Newton and Nick Fairley to the NFL is too much for Auburn to overcome in Week 3.
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LSU could be one of the most overrated teams in the entire college football landscape, and they will be exposed when they head to Mississippi State.
Mississippi State was beaten by Auburn in a fluke loss, and they will be ready to avenge their loss by taking their anger out on LSU.
LSU will always be on upset alert with Les Miles as their coach, and until he stops eating grass, I don’t expect LSU to go very far in the SEC.
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While it is still unlikely that the Oklahoma Sooners will lose in Week 3, they will face what could be their toughest test of the entire season when they take on No. 5 Florida State.
The Seminoles have their best team in years, but the Sooners have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation with Landry Jones and one of the best wide receivers with Ryan Broyles.
Oklahoma will have to travel to Florida State, and the hostile territory and heat of Florida may be the perfect storm for a Sooners upset loss.