The 2019 college football regular season is coming to a close. Just because the season is almost over doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more upsets. Here are three teams that can be upset in college football week 13:
Spreads are according to Team Rankings as of Monday.
No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (-15.5)
When: Saturday, November 23 | 12:00 PM EST
Iowa will host Illinois Saturday in a Big Ten west matchup. Iowa was able to bounce back from a loss against Wisconsin by ending Minnesota’s undefeated run. This will be their first non-ranked opponent in the month of November. Iowa hasn’t scored more than 26 points in a game since September, and that could hurt them if their defense struggles.
Loving Smith has the Fighting Illini bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. The team hasn’t won a bowl game since 2011 when they beat UCLA 20-14 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. After a 2-4 start, the team has won four in a row. This includes one of the biggest upset games in college football this season over Wisconsin, and a win over Michigan State in which they trailed 28-3. Another win here would be a big statement for this team.
No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats (-10.5)
When: Saturday, November 23 | 7:00 PM EST
On November 2, Cincinnati beat East Carolina 46-43 on a game winning field goal. Their defense also allowed over 500 passing yards that game. Two weeks later, they beat South Florida 20-17 in a game where the Bulls missed four field goals. At 7-1, the Bearcats still have a shot to make the Cotton Bowl even after some close calls. They’ll want to change some things before taking on the Temple Owls this week.
After getting crushed by UCF 63-21 at home, Temple has bounced back to beat South Florida by double-digits. They then had an impressive 29-21 win over Tulane. They’re allowing just 14 points per game in November, and that can be a key to upsetting Cincy on Saturday night. Anthony Russo will also want to step it up agianst the Bearcats. In his last three games, the veteran quarterback has thrown just four touchdowns with the same amount of interceptions. He will want to limit his mistakes against Cincinnati this week.
Washington State Cougars (-10.5)
When: Saturday, November 23 | 9:00 PM EST
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Washington State is currently 5-5. A lot of people did not expect this, as the Cougars seemed to have a shot at winning the Pac-12 this season. They started out 3-0 before blowing a huge lead and losing to UCLA 67-63. They then lost two more games to be 3-3 before bouncing back against Colorado with a 41-10 win. Mike Leach and his team has to win one of their last two games to become bowl eligible. They should have a better shot this week at home against Oregon State as opposed to at Washington to end their regular season.
Oregon State is also currently 5-5. A lot of people did not not expect this either, except it is the other way around from Washington State. The Beavers being one win away from bowl eligibility is crazy after their 1-3 start to the season. They have beaten some conference opponents by double-digits in UCLA and Arizona. Like Washington State, the Beavers will likely have a better shot this week to reach that sixth win compared to their last game of the regular season when they visit the Oregon Ducks.
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