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The 5 Teams On "Upset Alert" Heading Into Week 4

A general view of Wake Forest's football field.

WINSTON SALEM, NC - SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Florida State Seminoles at BB&T Field on September 30, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Last week saw a number of upsets throughout college football. Is more chaos in store for us in Week 4?

There are not a lot of "sexy" matchups on paper this weekend. However, there are a handful of top 25 teams that have to watch out as they prepare to play tough road games.

Here are the five teams on “upset alert” heading into College Football Week 3.

No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest

Wake Forest's mascot driving a motorcycle.

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The Fighting Irish are in the top 10, but their offense has been sputtering for much of the first three weeks. They have more interceptions than touchdown passes and it has been speculated by at least one person that a quarterback change could be coming.

Wake Forest has a capable offense that loves to play fast, which makes for an interesting matchup with Notre Dame's stout defense. The Demon Deacons are also getting back quarterback Kendall Hinton, who just finished serving a three-game suspension. Hinton won't replace starter Sam Hartman but should see some time.

Add in the fact this is a noon start on the road and the possibility is there that the Irish could be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.

No. 14 Mississippi State at Kentucky

Kentucky cheerleaders run on the field with flags.

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Mississippi State is an offensive force, as expected, under innovative first-year head coach Joe Moorhead. The Bulldogs are in the top 10 nationally in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense.

Kentucky has already snapped its 32-game losing streak against Florida and enters this game at 3-0. A win over Mississippi State would probably get the Wildcats ranked for the first time in more than a decade.

Kentucky will always be a basketball school, but the atmosphere in Lexington for Saturday's game should be top notch.

No. 18 Wisconsin at Iowa

Kirk Ferentz waits with his team before game.

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The Badgers can't get picked off two weeks in a row, can they? Wisconsin's shocking loss to BYU last Saturday put a major dent in any College Football Playoff hopes the program might have had. They're probably going to have to run the table to have a shot at making the four-team field.

Iowa is a quality team once again, and the Hawkeyes should have some added motivation. A win over Wisconsin would firmly put them in the mix in the Big Ten West.

Kinnick Stadium at night is a different beast as well. Expect a raucous environment, similar to the ones that helped Iowa knock off Michigan in 2016 and Ohio State last year.

No. 23 Boston College at Purdue

A general view of Purdue's football stadium.

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Purdue has been a disappointment so far this season. Jeff Brohm's crew is 0-3, including a home loss to Eastern Michigan in Week 2.

On the flip side, Boston College looks fantastic. Anthony Brown is leading the nation in passing efficiency, and A.J. Dillon might be the best running back in the country. The Eagles just picked up a solid win at Wake Forest in Week 3.

Still, Purdue is probably going to wake up at some point this year. Could it be this week against a ranked opponent?

No. 24 Michigan State at Indiana

Calob Meinzer #87 celebrates in the arms of Jacob Bailey #70 of the Indiana Hoosiers after a touchdown against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium.

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The Spartans were already knocked off in Week 2 by Arizona State as the offensive line struggled. They are coming off an early bye week, so perhaps they got some things corrected.

Indiana is 3-0 and hasn't started 4-0 since 2015. Freshman running back Stevie Scott is a beast and Peyton Ramsey has played well at quarterback. The Hoosiers have also played Ohio State and Michigan tough at home in recent years.

Michigan State is the better team, but if the Spartans sleep walk through this one, they'll lose.