Week 7 Football Upsets to Watch Out For

These are in order from least shocking to most shocking according to the current lines at the Caesars Sportsbook.

Southern Cal (+3.5) at Utah- 8:00– The Utes have looked terribly unathletic in losses to UCLA and Florida, and I fear this matchup may also expose that trait in the Utes.
NC State (+3.5) at Syracuse- 3:30– I don’t care if Devin Leary isn’t playing; the Cuse are the least proven of all the current unbeatens (including Coastal and JMU), and NC State has superior talent across the board. here
Oklahoma State (+4.0) at TCU– 3:30- I said the Cowboys were the best team in the Big 12 in the preseason, and i am sticking to that pick despite TCU’s strong start.
Kentucky (+4.0) vs. Miss. State- 7:30– Assuming Levis is back for this one, then the Cats will be extra motivated to put an end to their two game losing streak. Kentucky’s ball control offense is also the perfect antidote for Leach’s Air Raid offense.
Atlanta (+5.5) vs. San Francisco- (Sun) 1:00– The Falcons lost a heartbreaker last week to one of the best teams in the league, and the 49ers have cruised to victories in their last two and are past due for a let down week. This has all the makings of a trap game home upset for Atlanta.
Hawaii (+6.5) vs. Nevada- 12:00 (AM)– Both of these teams are absolutely terrible, but the game is on the island so I am going to give the Rainbow Warriors the edge, especially since they almost upset San Diego State last weekend.
Illinois (+6.5) vs. Minnesota- 12:00– The Cinderella magic has to run out at some point in Champaign, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be this week, as Illinois comes into this one with loads of confidence and swagger.
Penn State (+7.0) at Michigan- 12:00- I think this are two fairly evenly matched teams, and even though the game is in Ann Arbor, the fact that everyone is picking Michigan here makes me think the Lions could spring the upset.
Tennessee (+7.5) vs. Alabama- 3:30– If Bryce Young doesn’t play, Tennessee should roll over the Tide, but even if he does start, this Alabama squad has looked out of sync all season.
Middle Tennessee (+8.0) vs. Western Kentucky– 3:30- The Blue Raiders have been the ultimate one week wonder as they have not done anything before or beating Miami in week 4. With that being said, they are playing at home here against a slightly overrated WKU team, and MTSU always plays the Toppers well there. In fact they, have not lost to WKU by more than a touchdown in Murfeesboro since 1975.
Fresno State (+8.5) vs. San Jose State- 10:45- I get the Bulldogs are having a down season and have suffered some inexplicable losses, but Fresno is playing at home against an unproven San Jose State team whose best win is against UNLV.
Indiana (+11.0) vs. Maryland- 3:30– The Hoosiers gave Michigan a scare for quite a while last weekend in Bloomington, and I don’t see why they can’t do that and more against a mediocre Maryland squad.
Georgia Southern (+12.0) vs. James Madison- 4:00– the Eagles are similar to the forementioned Blue Raiders in that they pulled one monumental road upset this season and have not looked good before or since. However, they are at home here, and JMU has to have a bad game at some point right?
Iowa State (+16.5) at Texas- 12:00– The Longhorns are past due for a letdown game, and this is the perfect week for it, given this game is sandwiched between matchups between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Iowa State also relishes the role of an underdog, as they have pulled off several top 25 upsets over the past few seasons.

Last week’s Upset Pick of the Week: NY Giants (+8.0) over Green Bay (Another preseason and during season upset pick that came to fruition!)


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