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College Football Upset Alert: 10 Teams Who Should Be Worried in Week 7

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Week 7 College Football Upset Alert

Upset Alert
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Week 7 of the NCAA Football season is gearing up to be one for the ages. What would usually seem like just another predictable college football Saturday, thanks to the scheduling gods we actually have some solid matchups that may not bode so well for those teams that usually find themselves in the driver's seat.

There have been a number of games this season that would have went down in the history books as unbelievable upsets, but the favorite ended up pulling through just enough to almost fully avoid the embarrassment (i.e. Akron at Michigan). Week 7 is one where an underdog may not really exist even though it appears to. These so called underdogs really do have a chance to shock the world this weekend.

We're not talking about any Kentucky over Alabama type of upset. We are speaking of those teams that have shown at least a little bit of vulnerability along their paths to victory and had to scratch and claw their way to victory, some how, some way.

Stranger things have happened throughout even recent college football history. A series of upsets is the least of the NCAA's worries. Expect those behind the BCS Standings to have their work cut out for them on Sunday. Here are 10 teams that could find themselves wondering what went wrong, for real this time.

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10. Northern Illinois

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Expect No. 23 Northern Illinois to help Akron put that nasty 0-29 streak on the road to rest when the Zips visit DeKalb, Ill. later today. The Huskies have become accustomed to playing on the road so some of that home cooking may be hard to come by.

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9. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
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Without fifth-year senior corner back Antone Exum, No. 24 Virginia Tech may give up a "W" at home when they host Pittsburgh. With close calls against both East Carolina and Marshall, Virginia Tech is bound to break.

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8. Michigan

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With No. 18 Michigan's struggles against the likes of Akron and then Connecticut only a week later, anything can happen when they visit Penn State inside a loud and proud Beaver Stadium.

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7. Northwestern

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No. 19 Northwestern is going to be in tough against a hungry Wisconsin Badgers team that believes they can beat anyone and everyone in the BIG TEN despite wearing a disappointing 3-2 record.

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6. LSU

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When No. 10 LSU hosts No. 17 Florida in Baton Rouge later this afternoon we may not witness a good ol' fashioned shootout, but we will have the pleasure of watching a down to the last second type of football that sees the Gators come out on top on the road.

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5. South Carolina

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A close call against UCF is enough for me to think that No. 14 South Carolina may let one get away from them when they visit Arkansas inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

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4. Georgia

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After barely beating Tennessee last week, No. 7 Georgia won't find it easy beating an undefeated No. 25 Missouri whether they are at home or not.

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3. Stanford

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Last week No. 5 Stanford showed that they really were human as they showed some vulnerability in their game against No. 16 Washington. Although they won that game, don't expect them to be able to do the same thing two weeks in a row and this time on the road against Utah.

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2. Oklahoma

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No. 12 Oklahoma can sometimes randomly find it hard to put points up on the board but still has the ability to come out with the victory. Expect that trend to be put to a halt by a Texas team that seems to be trying to play as if they have nothing to lose.

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1. Oregon

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Although they still look like they may boast the Nation's best offense, No. 2 Oregon hasn't been challenged whatsoever this season and could be thrown off of their tracks by a solid team in No. 16 Washington. The Huskies have hung in with the likes of Stanford and playing at home could give them the advantage if this game stays close.