Week 13 Upset Alert: Will an Undefeated Fall?
With that in mind, here are three teams that need to pay extra attention to their opponent this week:
#8 Missouri (at #24 Ole Miss)
What does Missouri have to do to win the SEC East and play for the conference title in Atlanta? Beat Ole Miss and Texas A&M in consecutive weeks. I mean, that's not asking too much, right? Even though James Franklin is returning to start at quarterback for the Tigers, this has upset written all over it. And those that have watched Ole Miss this season will tell you that this wouldn't be that big of an upset. The Rebels are a really good football team and have won four in a row after losing three straight to the trio of terror in Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M. Ole Miss could come out and lay a complete egg, but my guess is that they jump out in front early and hang on for their second win over a Top 10 team this season.
#20 Oklahoma (at Kansas State)
Kansas State hit a rough patch back at the end of September when they games against Texas, Baylor, and Oklahoma State. But since then, they've dominated three of their last four games and are in a good spot to send the Sooners spiraling out of the rankings. Don't read too much into Oklahoma's 48-10 win over a horrible Iowa State team a week ago. If K State can stop the stout rushing attack of the Sooners, they should be fine. Of course, it will take a big effort to accomplish that. However, this feels like the type of game that a Bill Snyder-coached team wins. That's why I'm giving the Wildcats the edge.
#16 Northern Illinois (at Toledo)
Toledo is 7-3 and really has no noteworthy wins this season. They've lost three games against decent competition (Florida, Missouri, and Ball State) and are probably the third best team in the MAC. That's their resume in a nutshell. So, there isn't anything to suggest that they could beat a Northern Illinois team that is undefeated and has been running down the opposition all year long. But, there's just something about those weekday prime time road games. They tend to produce some rather interesting results, which may turn out to be the case in this contest. Stopping Jordan Lynch and the Huskies will be extremely difficult, but if the Rockets can keep this game close heading into the fourth quarter, they may just be able to use the home-field advantage to crush Northern Illinois' BCS hopes. Be sure the tuner is on ESPN2 on Wednesday night.
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