College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 10
By David Hayes
College football's Week 10 is a relatively lighter slate thanks to numerous top-25 teams on bye, but it is still headlined by a top-10 SEC rivalry matchup between No. 8 Georgia and No. 6 Florida in the "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville this Saturday.
After some Week 9 surprises, anchored by then-No. 5 Oklahoma's stunning loss to a 22-point underdog Kansas State team, here's a look at the three teams that need to be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 10.
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3. No. 9 Utah Utes (-3.5) @ Washington Huskies
Even though Washington hasn't proven to be the Pac-12 titan it's been over the past three seasons, the Huskies still have the talent that made them the consensus preseason favorite to win the conference. Utah has won four straight games, and the Utes have also done so by considerable margins. However, this is still the same Utah team that couldn't get the job done against USC and the Trojans' third-string QB in one of Utes' only two conference road games thus far. Washington has also historically dominated Utah in this series, as the Utes are just 1-12 against the Huskies in their 13 all-time meetings. Additionally, Washington head coach Chris Peterson boasts a career 7-1 record against Utah between his coaching tenures with Boise State and Washington, dating back to 2006.
2. No. 15 SMU Mustangs @ No. 24 Memphis Tigers (-6)
SMU has been the surprise of the AAC this season, with the undefeated Mustangs off to their best start since 1982. While Memphis has played well at home this season, SMU and its No. 6 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 43.0 points per game (PPG), have proven too much to handle for all eight of the Mustangs' opponents to stop thus far. Considering Memphis just allowed 41 points to Tulsa and its No. 85 scoring offense (24.2 PPG) in Week 8, this Week 9 showdown could come down to whichever offense has the ball last. And if this matchup does is indeed come down to the wire, rolling with the sixth-most explosive offense in the land and the team with the same magic that saw the Mustangs come back from down 21 points in the fourth quarter for an overtime win over a conference opponent a few weeks ago might not be the worst position.
1. No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs (-6.5) @ No. 6 Florida Gators
Big rivalry games sure know how to throw a wrench in expected outcomes, especially in college football. With the 97th chapter of the storied "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" Georgia-Florida rivalry coming in the form of a top-10 matchup for the top spot in the SEC East, nearly a full touchdown of separation between these two seems a little wide. Georgia's stunning home loss to South Carolina as a 20.5-point favorite in Week 7 has already shown us the Bulldogs don't appear to be the same sort of SEC East bully they've been over the past two seasons, while Florida has performed well against both its top-10 conference opponents this thus far. The Gators defeated then-No. 7 Auburn as 3.5-point underdogs in Week 6 before going to hold a one-touchdown lead over the current No. 1 team in the nation (LSU) on the road at Death Valley in Florida's eventual 42-28 loss to the Tigers in Week 7.
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