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College Football Teams on Upset Alerts for Week 2

David Hayes
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Despite a noticeable lack of parity in most of this year's Week 1 spread matchups, the 2019 season-opening slate delivered both some pretty exciting upsets and dominating performances.

After finishing one last-second touchdown pass by Auburn's Bo Nix away from nailing 3-for-3 list of college football teams on upset alert in Week 1, it's already time to look ahead at the next slate. Here are the three teams that should be on upset alert, both straight up and against the spread, in Week 2.

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3. No. 6 LSU Tigers (-6.5) vs No. 10 Texas Longhorns (+6.5): Saturday, Sept. 7 – 7:30 p.m. EST

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This Saturday’s matchup in Austin will mark the first top-10 showdown of the 2019 college football season, and the home team certainly isn’t getting any love from the oddsmakers in this one. While it’s safe to say both of these teams looked spectacular in their respective Week 1 beatdowns over arguably equally-overwhelmed opponents, Texas was tough to beat at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium last year. The Longhorns lost just one home game last season (6-1 at home overall), defeating three of their four AP Top-25 opponents by a 17.33-point average margin of victory in Austin. History certainly isn’t on the Tigers’ side either, as LSU is just 1-7-1 (W-L-D) against Texas in Austin all time.

2. No. 24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (-5) vs Colorado Buffaloes (+5): Saturday, Sept. 7 – 3:30 p.m. EST

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For a trendy AP Top-25 Poll team that found itself on so many preseason hype lists as both a Big Ten sleeper and national contender, Scott Frost’s new-look Nebraska certainly didn’t look the part in Week 1 against 36-point underdog South Alabama. The Cornhuskers battled with the Jags for the majority of that game, in which Nebraska’s struggles went much deeper than the 35-21 final score indicates. In the comfort of Lincoln's Memorial Stadium, which has now been sold out an NCAA-record 369 straight times, it still took Nebraska two defensive scores and a punt-return touchdown to outscore a Jags’ road scoring attack that ranked No. 107 in the FBS last season (20.0 points per game). Now, the Cornhuskers hit the road to reignite one of the Big 12’s former classic rivalries, as they face Colorado in Boulder as 5-point road favorites over the Buffaloes. Unlike Nebraska, Colorado’s offense had no problem scoring the ball against their respective Week 1 opponent, accounting for 45 of its 52 total points scored against Colorado State.

1. No. 25 Stanford Cardinal (+3.5) vs USC Trojans (-3.5): Saturday, Sept. 7 – 10:30 p.m. EST

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USC certainly hasn’t been the program of its storied college football past for many of its recent seasons, and the Trojans got even more bad news after learning they will be without star sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels for the remainder of the season, after he tore his ACL and meniscus in USC’s 31-23 win over Fresno State in Week 1. Now, the Trojans get to host No. 25 Stanford at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Saturday night, as USC looks to defend home field as a 3.5-point favorite over the visiting Cardinal. Stanford doesn’t appear to be quite as impressive as some of the program’s top teams from recent years, but the Cardinal looked pretty competitive in their 17-7 Week 1 win over Northwestern at home. 


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