College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 12

By David Hayes
Penn State v Minnesota
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College football's Week 12 lineup brings us some marquee games, including four top-25 matchups headlined by No. 4 Georgia taking on No. 12 Auburn on the road in hopes of retaining control of the SEC West at 3:30 p.m. EST.

After a landscape-changing result from No. 1 LSU's win over No. 5 Alabama and undefeated Minnesota's upset win over then-unbeaten-No. 4 Penn State, Week 11's action could be hard to upstage. With just three more weeks remaining in 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 12.

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1. No. 7 Minnesota @ No. 20 Iowa (-3)

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Even though the College Football Playoff Selection Committee hasn't exactly shown the Gophers the same kind of respect as much of the country believes they deserve, Minnesota's upset win over then-No. 4 Penn State to remain unbeaten certainly flipped the script for many. Minnesota hadn't played a single ranked team ahead of last Saturday's matchup with the Nittany Lions, but the Gophers went toe-to-toe with a legitimate playoff contender in the eyes of the CFP Committee and came out on top – it's that straightforward. The 9-0 Gophers appear to be disrespected once again as they hit the road with a shot to eliminate No. 20 Iowa from Big Ten West contention as 3-point away underdogs in Week 12.

2. No. 10 Oklahoma (-10) @ No. 13 Baylor

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Similar to Minnesota but, perhaps, to an even greater extent, No. 13 Baylor has now compiled a perfect 6-0 Big 12 and 9-0 overall record through Week 11, and yet the Bears still haven't cracked the top 10 in either the AP Top-25 Poll or CFP Rankings all year. Granted, the Bears have escaped some close calls, including last Saturday's 29-23 triple-overtime thriller over TCU, however, the exact same can be said about the Sooners lately as well. Oklahoma is 1-1 since Week 9, yet OU heads into this matchup ranked three spots ahead of their undefeated in-conference foe this Saturday. While the Bears may not be getting the kind of respect they deserve, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule's confidence certainly hasn't wavered an inch ahead of this weekend's bout for the top spot in the Big 12.

3. No. 4 Georgia (-2.5) @ No. 12 Auburn

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With an all-time series record of 59-56-8 in the Bulldogs' favor ahead of the 124th meeting between these two programs Saturday, the Georgia-Auburn rivalry is famous for being one of college football's most evenly-matched contests. Even though Georgia has won two straight against Auburn, the Tigers have taken two of the last three meetings at home in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Bulldogs have won each of their two matchups against top-25 competition thus far (as one-touchdown-or-greater favorites in both challenges), but Georgia still has yet to face a ranked opponent in a true road setting this year. The Tigers, on the other hand, have already beaten then-No. 17 Texas A&M at Kyle Field and battled the current No. 1 team in the land within three points on their own field at Death Valley in Week 9's 23-20 road loss to LSU. Auburn is also coming off a Week 12 bye with an additional week of rest and preparation for Saturday's meeting on "The Plains."

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