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College Football Upset Watch for Week 12: Another Undefeated Team Put on Alert

Michigan better not be caught looking ahead to next week's showdown with Ohio State.

Welcome to Week 12 of the college football "upset watch" here at Athlon Sports!

We've had at least one team on our list fall victim to an upset during every week of the season except one. Last week, we saw Oregon lose to Washington, which in all likelihood eliminated the Ducks from College Football Playoff contention.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: if your team is on this list, you should be nervous.

Related: College Football Predictions for Every Game in Week 12

Which teams could be in danger this week? Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 12.

Boise State (at Wyoming)

7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

This is not your daddy's Boise State team. Gone are the days of the Broncos being a Power 5 program masquerading as a Group of 5 team. They've fallen back to the pack while others have made strides to catch up. Wyoming is a two-touchdown underdog despite winning four in a row. The Cowboy fans will have all day to get lubed up for this late-season night game against a rival. Saddle up.

Auburn (vs. WKU)

4 p.m. ET on SEC Network, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Ah, yes. It's the annual week where SEC teams schedule non-conference cupcakes as a de facto bye week in order to get healthy for rivalry week and bowl season. Auburn, however, might have made a critical error in scheduling the Hilltoppers. While the Tigers have fired their coach and the program is reeling, WKU is bowl-bound and has outscored its last two opponents by a combined score of 104-17. This is not a bye week for Auburn.

Texas (at Kansas)

3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Things haven't gone the way Longhorn fans wanted them to this season. That said, they are still nearly a double-digit favorite on the road against a decent Kansas team this weekend. Texas is always going to get everyone's best shot. When that shot is coming from a team that looks a lot like the Longhorns on both sides of the ball, things have the potential to get interesting. And you know the Jayhawks would love to have consecutive wins over Texas.

No. 18 Notre Dame (vs. Boston College)

2:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Peacock

Once again, we don't know what Notre Dame team is going to show up from week to week. Will we get the team that dominated Clemson, or the team that snuck out of Baltimore last week with a three-point win over Navy? What we do know is that Boston College is headed to South Bend with a freshman quarterback in Emmett Morehead who has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his first two starts, including an upset of NC State last Saturday. It'll be Senior Day at Notre Dame, and the Eagles would love to spoil the party for their fellow Catholics.

No. 3 Michigan (vs. Illinois)

7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

How "Bret Bielema" would it be for Illinois to roll into Ann Arbor and run the ball down Michigan's throat all day while playing stingy defense en route to derailing the College Football Playoff dreams for the Wolverines? Would it be an upset that shakes things up? Sure. Would anyone who follows college football closely be shocked if it went down just like that? Probably not.

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— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.