Here are three teams on upset alert in week 7 of the 2020 college football season.
*Spreads are according to TeamRankings as of Tuesday night.*
18 Tennessee Volunteers (-6)
18 Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (1-2)
When: Saturday, October 17 | Noon EST
Watch: SEC Network
Kentucky will head to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers this weekend. The Wildcats are 1-2 this far into the season. However, they had a very close 42-41 loss to Ole Miss after a missed extra point in overtime. They rebounded the next week against Mississippi State with a 24-2 win. If Kentucky can combine last weeks defense with the offense against Ole Miss, they can drastically turn their season around in a tough SEC conference.
After an 8-5 2019 season that included a 23-22 bowl win over Indiana, the Volunteers are 2-1 and ranked to start their 2020 campaign. They started the 2020 season with a 31-27 win over South Carolina. The week after, they had a solid 35-12 victory over Missouri before losing to Georgia in their third game. Getting a win against Kentucky will be big for this team, as they have Alabama on the schedule the week after.
Army Black Knights (-7)
UTSA Roadrunners (3-2) vs. Army Black Knights (4-1)
When: Saturday, October 17 | 1:30 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
The Roadrunners haven’t had a winning season since 2017 when they went 6-5. They started this season 3-0 before losing back-to-back games. The two losses were only by eight and seven points. However, two of their three wins were by three points or less, with the other being by 14, so they’ve been in multiple one possession games. A win this week can really help the Roadrunners finish over .500 on the year, and get back to a bowl game for the first time since 2016.
Army is coming off of a 14-9 win over the Citadel to improve to 4-1 on the year. The team’s only loss came to Cincinnati by a score of 24-10. Unlike the Roadrunners, three of Army’s wins have been by over 30 points, which could be a factor in this game. Also, UTSA is currently ranked 40 in rushing defense in the FBS, which is just 10 spots behind 30 place Cincy. Of course Army’s run game is much different than a lot of teams, so it could be tough to measure how a defense will do against an offense like this.
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (-6)
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) vs. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0)
When: Saturday, October 17 | 8:00 PM EST
Georgia is coming off some impressive wins to start the season. Their closest game was a 27-6 win over Georgia, with Arkansas and Tennessee being the other two teams they’ve beaten. Quarterback Stetson Bennett has gotten off to a huge start in replacing Jake Fromm, being ranked highly in the Heisman rankings through just three games. The Junior has thrown for 689 yards and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 3-0 start.
Speaking of the Heisman rankings, Alabama has multiple members in the running. Quarterback Mac Jones and running back Najee Harris are both ranked highly, and when the offense averages 51 PPG in the SEC, it makes sense. That includes scoring 63 points against Ole Miss in their third game. However, the defense will want to step things up after giving up 48 points to Ole Miss.
This will be a big test for both teams, and it certainly has some College Football Playoff implications.
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