College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Rivalry Week
By David Hayes
College football's Week 14 lineup brings us some of the most anticipated matchups of the entire season with its rivalry slate, headlined by three top-25 matchups.
With conference divisions and College Football Playoff berths at stake in the final week of the 2019 regular season, here's a look at the three teams that need to be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 14.
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1. No. 12 Wisconsin (-3) @ No. 8 Minnesota
Wisconsin may have dominated this rivalry series for more nearly 15 years, but everything changed last season when P.J. Fleck and the Gophers came into Camp Randall Stadium and housed the Badgers, 37-15, for their first win over Wisconsin since 2003. Fast forward to this Saturday, and the 9-2 Badgers are still somehow 3-point favorites over a 10-1 Gophers team hosting ESPN College GameDay in Minneapolis for the first time with the program's first Big Ten West title on the line. Minnesota has only been a home underdog once this season (+6.5 points against then-No. 4 Penn State), and the Gophers sent that team packing with a 31-25 win in Week 11.
2. No. 5 Alabama (-4) @ No. 15 Auburn
Alabama hasn't appeared to miss a beat with Mac Jones at quarterback in the Crimson Tide's two full games without star QB Tua Tagovailoa this season. However, Jones has yet to face an opponent anywhere near the caliber of Auburn. The Iron Bowl is one of the most heated rivalries in all of college football, and Auburn could be smelling blood in the water against a backup sophomore QB, especially with both teams having already been eliminated from the SEC West title race. Alabama initially opened as a 13-point favorite over Auburn when the spread was first released by FanDuel Sportsbook back in June, and it has dropped to as low as 2 points at one point since the Tide lost Tagovailoa. The Tigers are 2-1 against the Tide in their last three matchups at home in Jordan-Hare stadium as well.
3. No. 24 Virginia Tech (-2.5) @ Virginia
The Commonwealth Clash is one of college football's best and most historic rivalry series, but it has been rather one-sided in Virginia Tech's favor lately. The Hokies have won 15 straight matchups with Virginia, dating back to 2004, but the Cavaliers have played VT much closer at home in recent years. Virginia took the Hokies into overtime in Blacksburg last season, but Virginia Tech eventually got the last laugh, 34-31. However, with UVA boasting one of the best teams it's seen in years and the Commonwealth Clash heading back to Charlottesville this Saturday, look for Virginia to make some noise as 2.5-point home underdogs in the regular-season finale.
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