College Football Week 8: Which Top 25 Teams Should Be on Upset Alert?

Matt Zvolanek@MattZvolanekCorrespondent IIOctober 21, 2011

College Football Week 8: Which Top 25 Teams Should Be on Upset Alert?

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    Upsets are one of the greatest parts of college football (unless it's your team getting upset).  They happen almost every week and are just one more reason to watch the games on Saturday. 

    Last week, we witnessed Baylor, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Illinois fall victim to the upset bug.  Clemson, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State came close but pulled it out. 

    Who will get upset this week?  Here are the top five games that have upset written all over them.

No. 4 Oklahoma State @ Missouri

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    Oklahoma State goes on the road to Missouri to take on a vastly underrated Tigers team. 

    The Tigers are 3-0 at home this season and have given opponents their best shot at Faurot Field, posting 17-6, 69-0, and 52-17 wins. 

    Granted that was against the likes of Miami (OH), Western Illinois, and Iowa State.  The Tigers have yet to host an offense as potent as the Cowboys' in Columbia.

    On the flip side, Oklahoma State has struggled in its road games.  The lone exception is at Tulsa where the Cowboys won 59-33. 

    The 33 points, however, is evidence of some troubles on defense.  At Texas A&M, the Cowboys had to rally to win and the game in Austin was closer than the final score indicates.

    Upset Alert: Very High

No. 6 Wisconsin @ No. 16 Michigan State

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    The undefeated Badgers go on the road to take on current Legends division leader, Michigan State.  The Spartans have a stingy defense and are coming off a win against arch-rival Michigan. 

    The Spartans have shown some weakness on offense, but have the defense to back up any mistakes.  Also, the Spartans were Wisconsin's lone Big Ten loss last year.

    Wisconsin has bulldozed all opponents in its way up to this point.  Heisman Trophy candidate Russell Wilson is a game-changer, and he isn't on, Wisconsin can rely on its two bruising halfbacks.

    Upset Alert: High

No. 7 Clemson vs North Carolina

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    Clemson hosts the Tar Heels this weekend, who should make things interesting for the Tigers. 

    Clemson has been playing close to the edge most of the season (Wofford, Florida State, Maryland) and looked primed to lose last weekend to the Terrapins. 

    North Carolina is more athletic and is an underrated team in the ACC (but most ACC teams are underrated).  Look out for the Tar Heels. 

    The only catch is this game is at Clemson.

    Upset Alert: Moderate

No. 11 Kansas State @ Kansas

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    I know many of you are wondering what I'm thinking here.  Really, he's saying Kansas has a chance against the Wildcats?  Yes, as a matter of fact, I am. 

    Kansas has a largely underrated offense.  When the unit clicks, it can get the job done.  Head coach Turner Gill has been stressing more results from his defense.  He got them last week against the Sooners. 

    In what many felt was going to be a blowout, OU's 47-17 victory was closer than the final score indicated.  The Jayhawk defense forced the Sooners to kick four field goals all within the red zone. 

    Meanwhile, the Wildcats have been playing close to their opponents, winning five of the last six games by a touchdown or less.

    Turner Gill desperately needs a win and could possibly get it this weekend.

    Upset Alert: High

No. 11 Penn State @ Northwestern

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    Penn State.  The ugliest 6-1 team in the country. 

    The Nittany Lions have been getting it done with defense. On offense, don't ask. 

    The two quarterback system Joe Pa has been trying to implement isn't getting it done. The Lions were on the ropes last week against Purdue and might have lost, had the Boilermakers had better special teams.

    Northwestern is just waiting to go off.  Dan Persa has returned and is trying to lead his team to another bowl game.  After a 2-4 start, the odds are looking grim. 

    In order to do so the Wildcats are going to have to upset either Penn State, Nebraska, or Michigan State. 

    This could be the weekend for the upset.  Northwestern should have just enough offense to beat the Lions.

    Upset Alert: High

Upset Pick of the Week

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    I'm going with the Tigers over Oklahoma State. 

    I just like their chances.  They're at home, the crowd will be in it, should be a great game to watch.

    Tigers 38 Cowboys 35