College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 3

By David Hayes

Week 2 of the 2019 college football season brought us our first Top-25 upset at the hands of an unranked opponent, but the surprises didn't stop there. From Maryland's 43-point beatdown over then-No. 21 Syracuse to Cal's last-second field goal that sent then-No. 14 Washington packing, the second week of the season saw four Top-25 teams get upset.

However, there's no week like the next one in college football, and here are the three teams that need to be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 3.

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1. North Carolina at Wake Forest (-3): Friday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. EST

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The Tar Heels and the return of head coach Mack Brown have been one of the few pleasant surprises in an ACC that doesn't carry much depth beyond the No. 1 team in the nation this season in the Clemson Tigers. UNC stunned a heavily-favored South Carolina with an impressive fourth-quarter comeback in Week 1, before going on to pocket another surprise win over Miami in Week 2. North Carolina has yet to be favored this season, but the Heels are sitting 2-0 as they hit the road to face Wake Forest as 3-point road underdogs in Week 3. 

2. Georgia State at Western Michigan (-10): Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. EST

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Even though Tennessee has already proven its football program is nowhere near the direction we thought it was heading in this season, Georgia State’s Week 1 feat doesn’t deserve any less credit. The Panthers went on the road as 26-point underdogs and flat-out outplayed the Volunteers in front of Neyland Stadium’s 102,455-seat sea of orange, 38-30. Even though they struggled to put Furman away late their 48-42 Week 2 win, the Panthers have shown they have what it takes to prove the doubters wrong as they face Western Michigan in Kalamazoo this weekend. 

3. NIU at Nebraska (-14): Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. EST

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NIU may have left Salt Lake City with a 1-1 record after losing to No. 13 Utah, 35-17, in Week 2, but the Huskies put up a serious fight against one of the top defenses in the nation in the first half of that game. They led 7-0 in the second quarter and headed into the half down just 21-17. As for the 14-point home favorite Nebraska, the Cornhuskers have underperformed in both games so far this season. Nebraska scraped its way to a 35-21 win over a less-than-stellar, 36-point-underdog South Alabama team at home, as the Cornhuskers’ offense was actually outscored by the Jaguars, 21-14, in that game. Nebraska followed this act by blowing a 24-14 fourth-quarter lead over Colorado on the road in Week 2. 

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