The College Football season is already about halfway through. Some teams are playing as expected with others surprising people, whether they’re playing better or worse than expected. Some teams who are underdogs could use a win to increase their bowl chances, or even just add to their resume. Here are three teams that could be on upset alert in week 8 of the 2019 college football season:
All spreads are according to Team Rankings as of Wednesday evening EST.
Iowa State Cyclones (-7)
When: Saturday, October 19 | 12:00 PM EST
Iowa State (4-2) will head to Texas to take on the Red Raiders (3-3) in an early noon game which is 11:00 AM local time. The Cyclones can be upset in this one for multiple reasons. One is that Texas Tech is 3-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 128-48. The Red Raiders also have been scoring about 31 points per game, and this could be the most talented offense the Cyclones have on the schedule so far this season. However, Iowa State has been playing well this season. The put up 72 points in a game this season, showing that they have an offense too.
Iowa State will still have to show up to play in this one if they want to avoid an upset.
Washington State Cougars (-12)
When: Saturday, October 19 | 7:00 PM EST
Washington State (3-3) will be taking on Colorado (3-3) this Saturday evening.
The Cougars jumped out to a hot 3-0 start before losing their last three games, including a 67-63 loss to UCLA in which they had a 32-point lead. The very interesting Mike Leach called his team “soft” following that loss, and the team is 0-2 since. If they don’t figure some things out, they could fall under .500 by losing to a struggling Colorado Buffaloes team.
Colorado has dropped their last two games, including a 45-3 blowout against Oregon. They did start the season 2-0 including a 34-31 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Both of these teams can win, but whoever can rebound from their recent struggles may come out on top.
Texas A&M Aggies (-6.5)
When: Saturday, October 17 | 7:30 PM EST
The Texas A&M Aggies (3-3) have had one of the toughest schedules at this point in the season. They’ve played Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. It could be very reasonable to see why Texas A&M is .500 through six games. After their tough start, they will be taking on Ole Miss this week. If they aren’t careful, they could find themselves taking them too lightly. In the SEC, getting wins can be tough against just about any team. In fact, a slacking Arkansas team competed with A&M before losing 31-27. The Aggies should still prepare for this one and play hard.
Ole Miss (3-4) is coming off a 38-27 loss to a Missouri team that has now won five games in a row by double-digits. The Rebels may need to win this game if they want to make a bowl game considering they still have Auburn and LSU on the schedule. Should they lose those games, it will give them at least six losses on the season. Ole Miss should be hyped for this one that can get them back to .500 on the year.
Feature Image Courtesy of Iowa State Daily.