College Football Picks Week 5: Wisconsin and 3 Top 10 Teams on Upset Alert

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2011

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Jared Abbrederis #4 of the Wisconsin Badgers tries to get away from Dametrius Turner #6 of the South Dakota Coyotes after catching a pass at Camp Randall Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated South Dakota 59-10.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2011 college football season kicks into high gear this week with most teams beginning conference play. The cupcake portion of the schedule is over, and the good games are set to begin.

One of the best games of the weekend is in the Big Ten when Nebraska travels to Camp Randall Stadium for its first in-conference game in its new conference against Wisconsin.

Nebraska has been struggling against mediocre competition for the last three weeks, and Wisconsin has emerged as a team that analysts believe is the best team in the Big Ten.

The Badgers should be on upset alert, despite Nebraska's struggles, because they always seem to have the one game every season where they struggle and lose a game that they shouldn't.

Here are three ranked teams that are on upset alert in Week 5.


No. 7 Wisconsin (vs. Nebraska)

These teams are both ranked in the Top 10, so it is not like it would be a monumental upset. But considering how strong Wisconsin has looked thus far, and how lackluster Nebraska has looked, this would be a bigger upset than you might think.

Nebraska desperately wants to win this game, not only to keep their BCS Championship hopes alive, but to make a statement to the other teams in the Big Ten.

This is going to be a low-scoring defensive battle between two teams that like to play smash-mouth football.

It won't be pretty to watch, but it will be exciting nonetheless.


No. 10 South Carolina (vs. Auburn)

Steve Spurrier's team is ranked No. 10 in the country. Despite the high ranking, the Gamecocks have not played like one of the 10 best teams in the country.

The only team they have held under 21 points was Vanderbilt last week. The defense has been terrible, and now they have to face one of the best offensive teams in the SEC.

Auburn's defense is not good, either. The only team that it has held under 24 points was Florida Atlantic, a winless team in the Sun Belt conference that had scored three points in its first two games, and they got 14 points against Auburn.

This game is going to be a shootout, and in a game like that either team has a chance to win at the end.


No. 3 Alabama (vs. Florida)

Lost in the shuffle with Alabama and LSU looking like world-beaters are the Florida Gators.

After a down season, the Gators are 4-0 and playing well in every area of the game. Now, as good as they have looked thus far, this will be their first true test of the season.

Victories over Florida Atlantic, UAB, Tennessee and Kentucky aren't exactly banner wins for this program, so this game against Alabama in Gainesville will be a great test to see where they are at right now and how much work they have to do.

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