Week 14 Upset Alert: Do You Believe in Michigan?

11/27/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, Ohio State Buckeyes players gather in the center of the field before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY SportsThere's a massive amount of pressure on the top teams in college football heading into Week 14, as there are national championships and conference championships on the line. 

But which teams should be extra careful this week? Let's take a look at which teams are on upset alert:

#12 Arizona State (vs. Arizona)

Arizona State is one of the hottest teams in the country, but they better be ready for an Arizona team that is coming off of a dominating victory over then fifth-ranked Oregon. This could be a letdown spot for the Wildcats after such an emotional win, but this is a rivalry game and I think we'll see Arizona riding a huge wave of momentum. Rich Rodriguez's team proved last week that their defense is good enough to stop anyone in the country. They'll have an incredibly difficult task in slowing down Taylor Kelly and the Arizona State attack this week, however, they've proven capable of accomplishing such a feat.

#24 Duke (at North Carolina)

Duke's emergence as a football power has been one of the most intriguing stories of the college football season. But will the Blue Devils suffer their defeat in two months on Saturday? It's seems rather likely. Their opponent this week is rival North Carolina, who has also had quite a bit of success as of late. The Tar Heels have won five in a row, and they managed to score 80 points a week ago in three quarters in a thrashing of Idaho. With a trip to the ACC championship on the line, I think Duke has a less than stellar outing and trips up here.

#5 Missouri (vs. #21 Texas A&M)

If not for a performances for the ages by South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, the Tigers would be sitting at 11-0 right now. Just think about that for a second. But, that isn't the case, and now Missouri is in a must-win situation to get the SEC championship game. Having James Franklin back is a big boost of confidence, but the bigger issue has more to do with Texas A&M. The Aggies were held to just 10 points against LSU last week, making it the first time this season that they've scored under 41.That makes me think that Johnny Manziel and company will be back with a vengeance this week, and that may not bode well for the Missouri defense.

#3 Ohio State (at Michigan)

On paper, Michigan doesn't seem to stand a chance here. But weird things can happen when one team has  a spot in the national championship game on the line -- especially when it involves playing your biggest rival away from home. The Wolverines are coming off of a lackluster loss to Iowa, so it's not like they're even playing their best football. Count in the fact that Ohio State has won 23 straight games, and all signs point to a massive blowout at the Big House, right? A week after a dreadful offensive performance against the Hawkeyes, I look for Devin Gardner and the rest of the offense to take advantage of a few Buckeye turnovers and make this game very, very interesting.

Which team do you think should be on upset alert this week in college football? Can Michigan upset Ohio State? Let us know by commenting below! For more college football talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!
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