Week 9 College Football Picks: 5 Ranked Teams That Will Be Beat in Week 9
While LSU and Alabama rest and prep in anticipation of the big matchup in two weekends, other top 25 teams will be facing unranked foes, a few of which pose a scare in destructing some unbeaten records.
While starting with Clemson might have all you Tiger faithfuls jumping ship on my slideshow, don't discount this weekend's potential upsets.
No. 3 Oklahoma State
Although the Cowboys finally have a home stretch, the next few weeks won't be an easy ride, beginning with Baylor on Saturday.
Robert Griffin III is the nations most efficient passer, and Baylors' offense is the second-most productive. The Bears also have more yards per game than the Cowboys, a lead they share with only one other team: Houston.
No. 5 Clemson
There is no arguing Clemson is on a roll at 8-0, leading the ACC with more than 482 yards and 40 points a game this season.
However, for whatever reason, the Tigers seem to get tripped up against looming opponent Georgia Tech. As history proves, the matchup is always a close one. Fourteen of the 16 matchups have been decided by a margin of just 4.6 points.
Look for Georgia Tech to come out on its home turf in hopes of climbing back into the Coastal Division race and bowl contention—the two they were knocked out of in their two straight losses. The Yellow Jackets could be the ones to shock this powerful Tiger offense.
No. 6 Stanford
While Stanford looks to remain unbeaten and hopes to jump ahead of Clemson and Boise State, it faces the impending threat of the talented quarterback-reciever duo USC poses.
Despite Stanford leading in rushing numbers over the Trojans, quarterback Matt Barkley has passed for 2,006 yards, while Stanford's Andrew Luck is at 1,888 yards. Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods has 72 receptions for 902 yards and eight touchdowns while tight end Coby Fleener leads Stanford in receiving with a substantially lower 17 receptions for 384 yards.
No. 10 Arkansas
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Arkansas takes on 4-3 Vanderbilt this weekend in Nashville. The Commodores are coming off their best offensive performance where they beat Army 44-21 after a three-game losing streak. On the upswing, Vanderbilt's secondary will give Arkansas' Tyler Wilson some trouble as the Razorbacks enter Tennessee.
No. 15 Wisconsin
It's all about revenge this week as the Badgers head toward the Buckeyes. Wisconsin went to the Rose Bowl last year in large part due to their 31-18 home rout of then-No. 1 Ohio Sate. Plus, the Buckeyes are coming off a bye week in which they had time to prep for the rematch.