College Football Picks Week 6: 3 Shocking Upsets You Should Look for

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Dan Persa #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats throws a pass against the Michigan State Spartans at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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For me, there is nothing quite like a good college football upset. You can smell it early on when the underdog comes out ready to play. Oftentimes, the favorite mounts a big comeback before the underdog once again pulls away, making for fun endings.

The best thing is that they often come out of nowhere. There's almost no telling where the next big upset will come from. That's true this week as well, but I've got my eye on three matchups that have the look of possible upsets.


Northwestern over No. 12 Michigan

I'll grant you that Brady Hoke has the Wolverines headed in the right direction. His team looks tougher, more focused and better in all aspects. However, I'm still not convinced that they are a top-15 team.

Northwestern has what it takes to expose them if that is the case. Led by Dan Persa, its offense can put up points in bunches. Persa had a big game in his return to the lineup last week against Illinois and he should be even better with another week to get back into the swing of things.

This also has the look of a classic oversight game for Michigan. The Wolverines have beaten more talented teams this season and they have more talented teams ahead of them on the schedule, but they can't afford to overlook the Wildcats.


Missouri over No. 20 Kansas State

There is a lot going for the Missouri Tigers in this game. For starters, this is something of a grudge match. These two teams aren't rivals like Missouri and Kansas are, but there is no love lost between the two sides. Each team wants to beat the other badly.

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers looks to throw against the Oklahoma Sooners on September 24, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma defeated Missouri 34-14.  (Photo
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I also can't help but feel like KSU is in for a letdown coming off its emotional win over Baylor last week. It took everything it had to get past the Bears and star quarterback Robert Griffin III. That rousing win left the Wildcats exhausted physically and mentally. You have to wonder if they will be able to get up to play a team that's not as highly touted as the Baylor Bears.

And it's not like the Tigers are without talent. This was a team talented enough to be ranked at one point this season. Quarterback James Franklin hasn't been the instant star many hoped he would be right off the bat, but he will get there eventually. He has more than enough talent to lead this team.


Utah over No. 22 Arizona State

The Arizona State Sun Devils are nothing if not inconsistent. Every big win seems to be closely followed by a disappointing loss. More often than not, that crushing loss comes not because their opponent outplayed them but because they beat themselves.

Utah has enough talent to pull off a win if ASU insists on beating itself once again. The Utes are going to be without starting quarterback Jordan Wynn, but I think they can still be successful on offense.

The pressure will now be on running back John White IV to carry the team. So far this season, he has averaged 5.5 yards per carry. If the Utah offensive line can keep an eye on ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict, I don't see any reason they can't move the ball against the Sun Devils.