Week 14 of the college football season will feature multiple trophy games. Even some teams who had a tough season and will not be in a bowl game can still end their season by beating a rival. In college football, weeks like these have upset potential. Here are three teams who can be upset to end their college football regular season.
Spreads are according to Team Rankings as of Monday.
No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide (-4)
When: Saturday, November 30 | 3:30 PM EST
Alabama will stay in-state to take on the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl. If Alabama wants a shot at the College Football Playoff this season, they’ll want to avoid an upset. With quarterback Mac Jones playing for the injured Tua Tagovailoa against arguably the toughest defense they’ll face this season, this can be a difficult task. In Jones’ first career start, he went 18-of-22 passing for 235 yards, including three touchdowns. Arkansas is clearly not as talented as Auburn, but the redshirt sophomore did get some experience starting an SEC game. Jones will want to play smart and put his team in a position to win this one Saturday afternoon.
No. 15 Auburn (7-3) has easily had one of the hardest schedules of the season. With their three losses coming from Florida, LSU, and Georgia, a 7-3 record is understandable as those three teams are in the top 15 according to the Playoff Rankings in week 12. They do have an early season win over Oregon which does not look as good now that Oregon lost a second game. However, they can get a huge resume booster by winning the Iron Bowl. This could help keep their New Year’s Six chances going.
Iowa State Cyclones (-6)
When: Saturday, November 30 | 7:00 PM EST
Iowa State will make a trip to Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this weekend. Both teams are 7-4, and adding a win to go 8-4 can look much better than 7-5. Iowa State has lost their four games by a total of 11 points, averaging less than a field goal deficit per loss. This includes a 42-41 loss to Oklahoma, a team in which Kansas State beat. These teams could play a close game, as an eighth win could land one of these teams in a solid bowl game against a power 5 opponent. One of the defenses may have to step up, as both of these teams are averaging over 30 points per game this season.
No. 11 Florida Gators (-17.5)
When: Saturday, November 30 | 7:30 PM EST
Watch: SEC Network
This years Sunshine Showdown has the Florida Gators as big favorites. They are at home in The Swamp, and the eye test simply has Florida as the better team this season. The Gators (9-2) have both of their losses coming from teams in the top five for the Playoff Rankings in week 12 in LSU and Georgia. Their defense is having a solid year, and even their offense has shown what they’re capable of by putting up 56 points against Vanderbilt. However, some of these statistics do not play out the same in an in-state game as popular as this one.
The Seminoles (6-5) could secure a winning season by beating the Gators Saturday evening. They are already bowl eligible, but beating a top 10 team to end the regular season could be a big step in turning this program around. They will want to have both sides of the offense working as this Florida defense can figure an offense out quickly. The Seminoles have used multiple quarterbacks this season, two of them being James Blackman and former Wisconsin Badger Alex Hornibrook. Which quarterback will play against the Gators remains a question. However, running back Cam Akers should be ready to go and can be a big factor if the Seminoles want to win in upset fashion.
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