Upsets never fail to curb our appetites for more in college football. We saw it last week with Mississippi State’s big win over No. 4 Texas A&M and also with No. 11 Florida’s loss to Arkansas.
We are getting down to the wire with the regular season ending in three short weeks, so we can expect to see some teams that have nothing to lose sweep the rug out from underneath top ranked opponents.
Here are a couple games to watch out for in Week 11:
Southern Cal at Washington
7 p.m. ET Saturday
Southern Cal has a chance here to completely ruin the hopes and dreams of Washington, the only team Doug Chapman said that can play with No. 1 Alabama (watch above).
Things have clicked for the Trojans recently after winning five in a row and they look like serious contenders against this unbeaten Huskies squad, who ranked ranked No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The quarterback matchup will be top-shelf with Jake Browning and Sam Darnold under center, so this will come down to what the defenses can do under pressure.
Another threat that the Huskies will have to watch out for is Ronald Jones II who has stepped up to be a weapon for the Trojans on the ground. But let’s not forget the weapons that Browning has in John Ross and Dante Pettis. An upset certainly will not be easy for USC to achieve.
Overall, this will be the game of the week to watch and will likely come down to the wire. Washington also has home-field advantage, but USC will be out to keep their winning streak alive and ruin some playoff hopes.
Penn State at Indiana
Noon ET Saturday
Indiana is that defensive team that could give Penn State’s read option a tough time. And not to mention, a bowl berth is on the line for the Hoosiers if they are able to bring this one home. But that will be easier said than done against a Nittany Lion team that has been on a roll lately.
Penn State earned their No. 10 ranking after a big-time win over Ohio State and also a win over Iowa by a sturdy 27-point margin last week. But if quarterback Trace McSorley falters, the Hoosiers are ready to pounce.
If the Indiana defense can step up and take care of threats like Saquon Barkley, they might have a fighting chance on their home turf.
Above: Washington's John Ross (1) celebrates with Dante Pettis (8) and Lavon Coleman (22) during a 66-27 victory against California last Saturday at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo by Doug Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)