5 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 2

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5 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 2

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Some of the most debated topics of each new college football season are the top candidates to win the Heisman Trophy, the favorites to contend for a national championship and the ways in which the BCS system needs to be improved.

But some of the most memorable moments of each year come from the things we don't expect such as unlikely players emerging to enter the Heisman conversation, surprising teams going on long winning streaks and upsets, upsets, upsets.

Speaking of those upsets, upsets, upsets, there haven't really been any major ones yet in the 2013 season, but there is plenty of potential for some as the season progresses, including in Week 2.

Whether the upsets come this weekend or not, history shows that they will surely happen sooner or later, as the last several seasons in particular have seen some enormous breakout performances by previously overlooked players and squads that have resulted in them knocking off national powerhouses (i.e., Armanti Edwards and the Appalachian State Mountaineers over the Michigan Wolverines in 2007 and Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies over the Alabama Crimson Tide last season).

I'm not going to pretend to be someone who knows when and where this year's upsets will occur, as no one, even the so-called "experts," really have that information.

That's the beauty of sports, especially at the collegiate level. The fact that you must always expect the unexpected but still be able to scream your lungs out when those upsets do happen.

Here are 5 college football teams I'm putting on upset alert in Week 2.

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No. 12 Florida Gators (at Miami Hurricanes)

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most heated rivalries in all of college football over the past seven decades has been the one between the Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes. And with this potentially being the last meeting between the in-state rivals for a very long time due to the SEC possibly moving to a nine-game conference schedule, Miami will want to leave a lasting impression on the squad in orange and blue.

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No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks (at No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs)

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Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a three-point loss to the Clemson Tigers in one of the most anticipated Week 1 games, the Georgia Bulldogs will look to spring the upset of the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are expected to contend for a national title. It wouldn't be a massive upset, just as Georgia's loss to the Tigers wasn't, but it would certainly be a big deal for the Bulldogs, as it could derail South Carolina's hopes for this season.

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North Carolina State Wolfpack (vs. Richmond Spiders)

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James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Call me crazy, but I could see the Richmond Spiders pulling off an upset of the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Both teams are unranked, so it wouldn't be a win that would shake the landscape of college football, but it would definitely be a minor surprise -- although I'm picking the Spiders because they have been a tough out in the past and I see the same happening here.

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No. 15 Texas Longhorns (at Brigham Young Cougars)

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Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

As a supporter of the Texas Longhorns football program, I don't want this happen, but it's acertainly possible given the fact that the Brigham Young Cougars have played the 'Horns tough in recent years, holding a 13-point lead on them in 2011 before allowing them to rally for a 17-16 win. Plus, the Longhorns weren't quite as impressive for the entire 60 minutes as many expected last week, despite the fact that they beat the New Mexico State Aggies 56-7.

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No. 25 USC Trojans (vs. Washington State Cougars)

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans were another ranked team that was less than stellar in Week 1, even though they came out on top of the Hawaii Warriors, defeating them 30-13. And while most people likely favor USC, don't be shocked if the Trojans' Pac-12 woes continue courtesy of the Washington State Cougars.

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