Week 7: The five teams on upset alert in college football
Week 7 of the 2017 college football season is here, and despite 22 of the 25 ranked teams playing this weekend, none of them play each other. It’s kind of strange, but it doesn’t mean there can’t be any upsets.
What top 25 teams are at risk of being upset Week 7?
Here are the five teams we’re placing on “Upset Alert” this Saturday:
1. No. 6 TCU vs. Kansas State, 12 p.m. E.T. on FS1
TCU arrived on the scene after pounding Oklahoma State 44-31, but are they a real title contender?
The Horned Frogs performance last week versus West Virginia wasn’t one of their best. They got the win, for sure, but at times the Mountaineers breezed through their defense like it was paper. The Horned Frogs will be taking on a dangerous Kansas State team led by head coach Bill Snyder, and they’ll be doing so on the road. It’s a matchup ripe for an upset.
TCU is just a 6-point favorite.
2. No. 17 Michigan vs. Indiana, 12 p.m. E.T. on ABC
Michigan fell last week to Michigan State, and it’s rather remarkable it took this long for the Wolverines to get their first loss of the season.
The offense is terrible. Dreadful. Awful. Shameful, even. ESPN has the unit ranked No. 105 in the country in efficiency. That’s bad! So we have a team that’s desperately searching for answers going on the road to a conference foe that has historically played tough against the Wolverines. I smell an upset, folks, and the Hoosiers have a veteran defense along with an explosive passing offense. It’s hard to imagine the Wolverines losing two in a row, but something has to give; the defense can’t do it all.
Michigan is an 8-point favorite.
3. No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN
Oklahoma hasn’t lost back-to-back games since 1999, but guess who those two losses were against? Notre Dame…and Texas. That was also Bob Stoops’ first year as head coach, and sure enough, this is Lincoln Riley’s first year at the helm as well.
Fitting, isn’t it? It’s damn near prophetic that Texas pulls this one out. But aside from all that, Oklahoma got exposed defensively big-time last week versus Iowa State, and that can’t happen again if this team wants to make the CFP. And while the Sooners have managed to take a step back, the Longhorns have stepped up on the defensive end, especially against the run. Their ability to make Oklahoma one-dimensional might be the key to upsetting the Sooners—and fulfilling the prophecy.
Oklahoma is a 7.5-point favorite.
4. No. 21 Michigan State vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. E.T. on BTN
Michigan State is much improved, but I’m still not convinced that the Spartans are legit. Minnesota on the other hand, has faltered recently, but this could play in their favor. The Spartans are coming off of a huge win over their in-state rival, but like I said, I’m still not sold—especially on MSU’s inconsistent offense. Minnesota is at home, and the Gophers will look to rebound after two mediocre performances. This one will be closer than you think.
Michigan State is a 4-point favorite.
5. No. 24 Texas Tech vs. West Virginia, 12 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU
Both of these teams can only do one thing, but they do it oh so well: score. It wouldn’t shock me to see the point total crest 100 in this one. Texas Tech is ranked, but somehow not considered the favorite in this one, but an unranked team defeating a ranked opponent is still an upset no matter the spread. West Virginia is at home and boasts a more balanced offense than the Red Raiders, who primarily rely on their air-attack, and those factors will be the difference in this high-scoring affair.
West Virginia is a 3.5-point favorite.