The return of the Big Ten and Mountain West highlight a week where upsets could be hot and heavy. Which college football teams are in danger?
A strange year continues in a way that’s never happened before: seven weeks into the season, we’ll be gaining undefeated teams.
That doesn’t seem possible, but with two conferences returning to action this week, that’s where we’re at.
Last week saw four top 25 teams go down, all to unranked opponents: Louisiana, Auburn, Tennessee and North Carolina. You can call Louisville vs Notre Dame a near upset, as a less than impressive Irish team only beat Louisville by five points in an ugly contest.
This week has a possibility for some chaos. With so many new teams playing this week, it’s going to hard to know what exactly to expect. One thing is for sure though: expect upsets.
Last week, teams on upset alert had their best week of the season, going 3-1. Only Ole Miss failed to win in an inexplicable 33-21 loss in which the Ole Miss offense couldn’t get anything going in the first half, just one week after scoring 48 points against Alabama.
On the season, teams on upset are now 9-8-1, climbing above .500 for the first time this season.
As always, a disclaimer: A game considered an “upset alert” is just that, an alert.
Before we get into the “official” upset alert, I want to mention this. Had last week gone a little (okay, a lot) better down on Rocky Top, Alabama would be on this list. Tennessee had looked just good enough to be able to pull the upset. But after last week’s disaster, I fully expect Jarrett Guarantano to throw more touchdowns to Alabama than Tennessee.