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CBS Sports: 5 Teams On Upset Alert This Bowl Season

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College football's bowl season starts up this weekend. CBS Sports' Ben Kercheval thinks these five programs could be on upset alert.

College football bowl games are always a crap shoot, especially from a gambling perspective. With weeks to prepare, transfer announcements, coaching changes, and weird neutral site locations, there are tons of weird factors that throw variables into these games that we don't see during most of the regular season.

It is also always difficult to anticipate which teams will give maximum effort, and which will coast through the post-season if there isn't a ton to play for.

CBS Sports writer Ben Kercheval has identified five solid favorites that could be on upset alert this bowl season, four of which are very big name programs. Perhaps most notably: he thinks Ohio State, a 6.5-point favorite when lines were first released, could go down to USC in the Cotton Bowl.

Why it's listed: Why would it not be? Two power programs with a near touchdown line? This one is easy ... [/looks around suspiciously] almost ... too easy. Anyway, it's been an uneven season for both programs, but when they're cooking, they're good enough to beat anyone in the country. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 10-3 in bowls, but only 2-2 in his last four.

The other four potential upset victims:

  • Oregon -5.5 vs. Boise State, Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, NV), Dec. 16
  • San Diego State -6 vs. Army, Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX), Dec. 23
  • Auburn -9.5 vs. UCF, Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA), Jan. 1
  • Michigan -8.5 vs. South Carolina, Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL), Jan. 1

Bowl season gets underway tomorrow afternoon. Buckle up, everyone.

[CBS Sports]