Here are the five teams on “Upset Alert” for Week 8.
Week 8 of the 2017 college football season is here, and there are plenty of matchups that are just ripe for an upset.
What top 25 teams are at risk of being upset Week 8?
Here are the five teams we're placing on "Upset Alert" this Saturday:
1. No. 8 Miami vs. Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN
I've gone on the record before saying the Hurricanes aren't legit, and think Miami could suffer its first loss of the season this weekend to Syracuse as a result. It's a trendy pick, mostly motivated by Syracuse's dominance last week versus Clemson, but I think the Orange could keep rolling against a wildly overrated Miami team.
Even head coach Mark Richt is aware of the reality of his squad right now:
At the same time, I could also see the Hurricanes winning at home in a blowout. For me, this is one of the more intriguing games of the weekend.
2. No. 10 Oklahoma State at Texas, 12 p.m. E.T. on ABC
Like Miami, Oklahoma State is another team I'm not sold on, mainly because the Cowboys have only played one good team this year—TCU—and they lost. The offense led by Mason Rudolph is explosive, but TCU was able to hold the Cowboys to just 31 points. If Texas is able to do that—which the Longhorns are more than capable of doing—they have a pretty solid shot at taking down their first top 25 team of the season, as the offense finally looked like a complete unit last week versus Oklahoma. Plus, the game is on their home turf. This could be the coming-out game for Texas (though it feels like that's said every week).
3. No. 11 USC at No. 13 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC
Sure, Notre Dame is the favorite via the spread and ESPN's FPI rating, but USC has the better rank, so it counts as an upset if the Trojans lose.
And Notre Dame has looked absolutely dominant in their last four games, while USC, despite having oodles of talent, has played one complete game this season (versus Stanford). Honestly, it's hard to imagine a scenario where the Trojans win this game. They're banged up and they'll be playing across the country against a raucous Notre Dame crowd. But then again, this is more or less a CFP elimination game and they have, you know, Sam Darnold. I expect both teams to elevate their level of play, but it's hard to go against the Fighting Irish who have been lights out lately.
4. No. 18 Michigan State vs. Indiana, 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC
Who was the last ranked opponent the Hoosiers took down? That's right, it was No. 17 Michigan State last year in overtime. This year, the Spartans will host IU on their home turf, but I'm predicting the same result.
Michigan State boasts a robust defense—one of the best in the country—but so does Michigan, and the Hoosiers were able to hang with the Wolverines thanks to the superb play of QB Peyton Ramsey. Granted, Michigan's offense is pitiful, but Michigan State has struggled all year to put up points, eclipsing 30 points only once this year. IU definitely has the offense to hang with the Spartans for four quarters, and the Hoosiers have history of playing the Spartans tough. I think this one comes down to the final possession, and probably a game-winning field goal.
5. No. 24 LSU at Ole Miss, 7:15 p.m. E.T. on ESPN
Is LSU good? Before last week's victory over Auburn, I think I would have said no, but the way they came back and beat the Tiger was impressive. Still, I'm not confident in Danny Etling's play week-to-week or the running game, and after two wins, LSU might be due for a relapse. If Ole Miss' offense is firing on all cylinders, they have more than enough scoring threats to upset the Tigers. It sounds simple enough, but if this game turns into a shootout, LSU is toast.