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6 College Football Teams on Upset Alert for Week 3

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After we got our first Top 15 upset of the college football season with Arizona State besting then-No. 15 Michigan State in Tempe, Week 3 is open season. These six teams should be on upset alert this weekend.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Kansas Jayhawks (-2.5), Saturday, Noon p.m. EST

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Both of these teams have become synonymous with losing football games in recent history. They're both products of a similar situation as the worst teams in their respective Power Five conferences. However, Kansas being favored over another FBS program for the first time in recent memory just screams upset. The Jayhawks have an abysmal 4-34 record since 2015, and Rutgers is better than most people think. 

5. No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils @ San Diego State Aztecs, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST

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I'll be the first say it. I think Arizona State's upset over Michigan State in Week 2 was a lot of home-field and climate-infused advantage that created more smoke and mirrors to propel them into the Top 25. Saturday's matchup in San Diego is the Sun Devils' first road game of the season, and the Aztecs are a tough team. Just ask No. 9 Stanford. Not to mention, San Diego State also went into Tempe and defeated ASU at home last season for their first win over the Sun Devils in the 11-game history of this series.

4. BYU Cougars @ No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (-22), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

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Big spreads that favor Wisconsin are always a shaky look for a program that prides itself on dominant, ground-and-pound rushing drives that normally suck more than six minutes off the clock with each touchdown. The Badgers have failed to cover both of their first two spreads, winning each of their games this season by exactly 31 points. BYU is a far more competitive team than either of Wisconsin's opponents thus far, and more than a three-touchdown line seems vulnerable in Madison. 

3. No. 12 LSU Tigers @ No. 7 Auburn Tigers (-10), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

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Week 3's SEC West showdown between two Top 15 teams is perhaps the most intriguing line in the entire country based on spreads. Auburn showed us that they're even better than we thought with a Week 1 win over then-No. 6 Washington, but the LSU-Auburn series rivalry has turned into one of the most hard fought in all of college football. Six of the last seven matchups between Auburn and LSU in Auburn have been decided by seven points or fewer, so a double-digit spread should catch your attention. 

2. No. 22 USC Trojans @ Texas Longhorns (-3.5), Saturday, 8:00 p.m. EST

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The Texas Longhorns have been the kings of underwhelming performances through both weeks of the college football season so far, miserably failing to cover either of their double-digit spreads, including an outright loss. USC didn't look like a Top 25 team last week against Stanford either, but giving the Trojans more than three points to cover – even in Austin – has upset written all over it.

1. No. 17 Boise State Broncos @ No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys (-2.5), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST

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Giving a 2.5-point cushion to Boise State -- a program that has made a name for itself slaying big, bad Power Five college football programs -- in Week 3 against a rebuilding Oklahoma State team seems like a charitable donation. After losing both their star quarterback Mason Rudolph and top wide receiver James Washington to the NFL, this is far from the same Cowboys squad you remember from last season. Meanwhile, Boise State has clobbered its opposition this season to the tune of a 118-27 combined score.


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