Week 11 Upset Alert: Hello, Notre Dame
We all know about the pair of top 10 showdowns set to take place this week, but what about the rest of the top teams around the country? Which teams could find themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard?
Let's take a look at a few teams that may have cause for concern come Saturday:
#11 Miami Hurricanes (vs. Virginia Tech)
Despite Virginia Tech not being all that good, it's easy to Miami having a letdown in this spot. They are a week removed from having their undefeated season crushed by Florida State, a game in which they also lost Duke Johnson for the season. The Hokies have lost two games in a row to Duke and Boston College, so they haven't exactly had the best couple of weeks either. If the Hurricanes can duplicate their first half performance against FSU in this game, they'll be fine. However, I could totally see Al Golden's team coming out flat and allowing Virginia Tech to hang around long enough to pull off the upset.
#9 Auburn Tigers (at Tennessee)
Tennessee has shown no signs in recent weeks of being able to pull off an upset against a top 10 team. They were crushed by Alabama and Missouri, and struggled mightily on offense in the process. So what makes me think they are capable of putting up enough points to beat an Auburn team that may be playing some of the best football in the country right now? Simple -- the Vols are a different team at home. They are an overtime loss to Georgia away from being undefeated in Knoxville. They've proven they could beat one of the SEC's elite by knocking off South Carolina. The problem may be that they've had to turn to an inexperienced freshman in Joshua Dobbs at quarterback, but my guess is that he plays better this week and gives this team a chance to knock off Gus Malzahn's red hot Tigers.
#23 Notre Dame (at Pittsburgh)
Notre Dame's near loss to Navy last week probably turned a few heads. And despite winning four in a row, it still feels like the Irish are vulnerable. That's where the Pitt Panthers come into the equation. This game will be in prime time on ABC and it seems like every game these two play ends up coming down to the wire. With Notre Dame missing a few key defensive players, this is a great chance for Pitt to gain some early momentum and go right at the Irish defense right off the bat. This is going to be a tight game the entire way, and in my opinion, the home field advantage gives the Panthers a slight edge on Saturday night.
Which teams do you think should be on upset alert in Week 11? Let us know by commenting below! And for more college football talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!