Upsets are the lifeblood of college football, and with conference play getting underway for many of the country's top teams this weekend, we're bound to see a few unexpected results on Saturday. Here are four teams that are on upset alert this weekend:
(8) Notre Dame vs. (14) Georgia Tech - Sat., 3:30 pm ET, NBC
Notre Dame is starting backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, who took over in their narrow victory over Virginia last week after Malik Zaire suffered a broken ankle. Their offense may struggle with an inexperienced QB starting his first game, and Georgia Tech's triple option attack should give the Irish's defense plenty of problems. If Notre Dame's offense doesn't produce, the Yellow Jackets will walk out of South Bend with an impressive victory.
(7) Georgia vs. South Carolina - Sat., 6:00 pm ET, ESPN
Georgia is led by Nick Chubb, arguably the best running back in the country. However, he's had to carry the entire offense because of the shaky play of starting quarterback Greyson Lambert. He's only thrown 33 passes through the first two games (57.6 completion percentage) and is averaging less than eight yards per attempt.
South Carolina will be able to load the box to stop Chubb because Lambert hasn't shown he has the ability to beat a defense, and if the Gamecocks can move the ball on offense like they did in the second half against Kentucky (247 total yards), they might be able to shock the Bulldogs.
(2) Alabama vs. (15) Ole Miss - Sat., 9:15 pm ET, ESPN
Alabama is looking to get revenge for their loss to Ole Miss last year, but there are still a plethora of questions surrounding the Crimson Tide. They haven't quite figured out their quarterback situation, which doesn't bode well for the offense. Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman have combined for just three touchdown passes and two interceptions through the first two games, showing how much the Tide rely on their running game. Running back Derrick Henry is a bonafide Heisman candidate, but if Alabama's passing game struggles continue, they will have a hard time moving the ball against Ole Miss' top defense.
The Rebels currently have the top offense in the country to go along with their amazing defense, and if they can put up just half of their current 74.5 points per game average, they should win.
(10) UCLA vs. (19) BYU - Sat., 10:30 pm ET, FS1
UCLA looks like a true College Football Playoff contender with true freshman quarterback Josh Rosen under center, but they're going up against a BYU team that has won both of their games on Hail Mary touchdown passes. Their defense has kept them in every game they've played, and they should be able to confuse Rosen in his third career start. If they can control the game on that side of the ball, BYU's offense will take care of the rest.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed