College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Conference Championship Week 15
College football's Week 14 slate brought us some of the most anticipated matchups of the year with the rivalry week closing out the 2019 regular season on a high note.
With only 10 matchups on the docket for this weekend's conference championship action, here's a look at three teams that that need to be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 15.
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1. No. 7 Baylor vs No. 6 Oklahoma (-9)
We already know that Baylor has what it takes to hang with the Sooners after the Bears stunned Oklahoma with a 25-point lead in the second quarter of their Week 12 regular-season meeting. However, the real unknown here is if Baylor can learn from its mistakes this time around after blowing that enormous second-quarter lead in a 34-31 loss by the final whistle. The Bears have also responded well to that Week 12 disaster with a solid win over Texas in Week 13 and a dominant 61-6 performance against Kansas on the road to close out the regular season. If Baylor's defense can figure out how to hold a lead against Oklahoma the same way it has done in the past two weeks, the Bears' offense should take care of things on their end.
2. No. 5 Utah (-5) vs No. 13 Oregon
Speaking of unknowns, Utah has practically become the poster child for that topic in discussions surrounding the last few 2020 College Football Playoff contenders. Neither Oregon nor Utah has a single win over a current Week 15 CFP Poll top-25 team, but at least we do know that Oregon can give a proven opponent, like No. 11 Auburn, a run for its money on a neutral field. Utah does, however, have a winless record against teams currently ranked in the top 25, thanks to a 30-23 road loss to USC and the Trojans' third-string quarterback in Week 4. Even though the Ducks didn't come out on top in the end, Oregon did manage to build a 21-6 lead over the Tigers at AT&T Stadium in Week 1.
3. No. 4 Georgia vs No. 2 LSU (-7.5)
While it might sound crazy to pick against an undefeated SEC West team that is firmly in the argument for the top team in the nation, there are many factors at play in this Saturday's matchup with Georgia that could play into the Bulldogs' advantage. The Tiger faithful should be out in droves with LSU making its first SEC championship game since 2011, but it'd be wise to remember that Athens is less than 75 miles from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Beyond geography, it's widely believed that LSU's resumé has all but guaranteed the Tigers ticket to the CFP, even with a loss Saturday. Georgia, on the other hand, has to win this matchup to make the final CFP cut. In the six games since Georgia was stunned by a 25.5-point underdog South Carolina at home in Week 7, the Bulldogs' defense hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 17 points, surrendering just 8.5 points per game (PPG) over that stretch. And while LSU is 4-0 against top-10 teams this season, Georgia is quietly a perfect 3-0 against top-15 teams. The Bulldogs have the talent to run with the Tigers, and if the defense holds steady, Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense could get the best of an LSU defense that's allowed more than 37 points on four occasions this year.
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