After a fairly quiet Week 2 in terms of marquee matchups where the only really big wins came from Arizona State taking down Michigan State and Stanford holding off USC, we look ahead to the upcoming weekend.
Each and every week, we take a look at the college football schedule to see which teams should be on Upset Alert.
In Week 3, we have some College Football Playoff contenders that could find themselves in some serious trouble, while another program could have the door shut on the immediate revival its fans were hoping for.
Which teams are on upset alert?
A look at the five teams in danger this weekend can be seen below.
5: UCLA Bruins
Despite being unranked and winless, with Chip Kelly at the helm and a lot of talent, fans are still hopeful that UCLA can get back on track and win some big games down the stretch. Well, now is as good a time as any to get back on track because if the Bruins aren’t careful, the Fresno State Bulldogs are more than capable of walking out of LA with a win.
After dominating Idaho in a 79-13 blowout in Week 1, the Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaking one score 21-14 loss on the road to Minnesota. If the Bruins offensive line can hold up, they should be able to pull out the win, but don’t be surprised when the Bulldogs come hungry to this one.
4: Boise State Broncos
While the Broncos haven’t really been tested yet, their play has been impressive up to this point. They bost the third most efficient passing game in the country, and are coming off of two consecutive blowout victories so the confidence on this team will likely be said.
However, the same can be said for Oklahoma State, who seven spots lower in the national rankings, are also coming in off of two blowout victories. The real test in this game will be Oklahoma State’s star running back Justice Hill versus an impressive Boise State run defense that will be getting their first real test of the season.
If that defense can’t hold up, this one could go either way.
3: Ohio State Buckeyes
Not much needs to be said about this Ohio State team that hasn’t already. With resounding victories over Oregon State and Rutgers, Ohio State will get their first real test of the season when they visit the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs.
TCU enters Week 3 coming off of a 42-12 win over SMU, and one in which this Horned Frogs team looked pretty crisp.
With this by far being Ohio State’s biggest test without suspended head coach Urban Meyer, how will the Buckeyes handle their first nationally ranked opponent of the season?
2: Auburn Tigers
Perhaps the game of the week, it’ll be the battle of the Tigers when LSU visits Auburn in this No. 12 vs. No. 7 matchup. Auburn struggled to get going in their Week 1 matchup with Washington but managed to pull out a 21-16 win.
LSU, on the other hand, blew then-No. 8 Miami out of the water in a 33-17 win. Both teams have strong defenses, and if the Auburn o-line can hold up, this one could come down to quarterback play. While Auburn should feel good about having Jarrett Stidham at the helm, Joe Burrow is no slouch either for LSU.
It will be interesting to see which of the two seizes the spotlight come Saturday.
1: Alabama Crimson Tide
You heard us, the Alabama Crimson Tide are on upset alert this week. There is nothing more dangerous than a team with nothing to lose who has a bad taste in their mouth, and that is exactly what Ole Miss is as they host the number one ranked team in the nation.
This game could draw one of the biggest crowds of the season, and after losing 66-3 to Alabama last year, there is nothing the Rebels would like more than to put a major blemish on the number one team’s resume.