College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 7
By David Hayes
College football's Week 7 lineup brings us some marquee games, headlined by two top-15 matchups and four total Top-25 showdowns on the schedule.
After most of the country's ranked teams handled business as usual in Week 6, here's a look at the three teams that need to be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 7.
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1. No. 20 Virginia Cavaliers vs. Miami Hurricanes (-2)
Besides a 52-17 thumping of William & Mary in Week 2, Virginia hasn't exactly been in the business of blowing out opponents this season. The Cavaliers have, however, been consistent in winning games they're supposed to, as UVA's only loss has come by a respectable 15-point margin as 12.5-point road underdogs against a solid Notre Dame team. Miami, on the other hand, has proven one of most unpredictable teams in the country, going 0-3 against Power 5 opponents, with a 63-0 blowout over FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman and a 17-12 nail-biter against Central Michigan sandwiched in between them. Still searching for their first ACC win of the year, the Hurricanes are fresh off being shocked, 42-35, by Virginia Tech at home after heading into Week 6 as 14-point favorites.
2. No. 10 Penn State (-3.5) vs. No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes
With all of the noise that No. 4 Ohio State's Heisman Trophy hopeful Justin Fields, and No. 8 Wisconsin have generated out of the Big Ten thus far, Penn State has quietly been one of the best teams in the country heading into Week 7. The Nittany Lions currently boast the NCAA's No. 5 scoring offense, averaging 47.0 points per game (PPG), and No. 2 scoring defense (7.4 PPG), but head coach James Franklin will be the first to remind you just how hard it is to beat Iowa at home in Kinnick Stadium. The last time Penn State took a visit to Iowa City, the Nittany Lions needed 211 rushing yards from star running back Saquon Barkley and a touchdown pass from Trace McSorley with triple zeroes left on the clock to defeat an unranked Hawkeyes team, 21-19, in 2017. The last three top-3 teams to go on the road at Kinnick have all left with a loss, while top-5 teams are just 1-4 against the Hawkeyes there since 2008.
3. Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-7.5)
Saturday's Big Ten matchup in Minneapolis features, perhaps, two of the most overrated teams in the nation. While Nebraska has already had its shot in the spotlight, losing to Ohio State, 48-7, at home in Lincoln in Week 5, Minnesota has yet to have its moment of exposure in 2019. The Gophers' 5-0 record, albeit undefeated, has been riddled with close calls to much lesser competition through Week 6. Against the likes of FCS opponent South Dakota State, Fresno State and Georgia Southern, respectively, Minnesota had to overcome fourth-quarter deficits in each of its first three matchups this season. Of the Gophers' five victories in 2019, Minnesota has won just one game by more than seven points, which came at home, 40-17, against an Illinois team that isn't exactly an imposing opponent.
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