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College Football Upset Watch for Week 13: Rivalry Games Could Produce Some Late-Season Surprises

College Football Playoff hopefuls can't let their guards down in the final full week of the regular season.

Welcome to Week 13 of the college football "upset watch" here at Athlon Sports!

Last week, all five teams on "upset watch" survived, although Michigan and Boise State certainly made things interesting.

This week is "rivalry week" in college football, and rivalry games mean open season on potential upsets. The records get thrown out the window. The pressure is on the favorites to win and stay in contention for division, conference, and in some cases national titles.

Related: College Football Predictions for Every Game in Week 13

If your team is on this list, you should be nervous.

Which teams could be in danger this week? Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 13.

Note: All games are on Sat., Nov. 26 unless otherwise noted. The rankings listed are per the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

No. 18 UCLA ( at California)

4:30 p.m. ET on FOX (Fri.), live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Bruins are coming off a huge game with USC where it looked like they left everything they had on the field., only to come up agonizingly short. Do they have anything left in the tank? Are they ready to deal with a Cal team's best effort to get their seniors a win on the last day most of them will ever wear a football uniform? Cal tasted victory in their rivalry game against Stanford last week. The Golden Bears will be on the other end of the emotional scale in this one. Keep an eye on the body language of both teams early on.

No. 10 Tennessee (at Vanderbilt)

7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Tennessee quarterback and Heisman hopeful Hendon Hooker tore his ACL in last week's loss to South Carolina. Now, without their star, the Volunteers limp into Nashville, still licking their wounds from that game. They'll take on a Vanderbilt team with back-to-back wins over Kentucky and Florida. And don't look now, but the Commodores are playing for bowl eligibility. That's an awful lot of chips stacked against a Tennessee team that is a two-touchdown favorite.

No. 8 Clemson ( vs. South Carolina)

12 p.m. ET on ABC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Whether or not the Gamecocks want to admit it, this game is their Super Bowl every year. They're going to throw everything they have at Clemson, and they've got all the confidence in the world behind them after taking down Tennessee last Saturday. Clemson, meanwhile, needs to win on Saturday and again next week to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. That's a tall order, especially given that the Tigers may not have the best quarterback on the field in either of their final two games. Will the Tigers crack under pressure?

No. 6 USC (vs. No. 15 Notre Dame)

7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Trojans are very much alive in the College Football Playoff race. To stay alive, they need to win out. They'll host Notre Dame on Saturday night, and the Irish look like they've found an identity on both sides of the ball. Marcus Freeman's Notre Dame club is looking to squeeze its way into a New Year's Six bowl bid, so the Irish have got a lot to play for. That said, all the pressure is on USC this weekend, and that's how the visitors want it.

No. 5 LSU (at Texas A&M)

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

By most accounts, the Tigers control their own destiny in their quest to become the first two-loss team to qualify for the College Football Playoff. Brian Kelly's club appears to be playing as well as anyone in the country, and has one last hurdle to clear before playing Georgina in the SEC Championship Game. Texas A&M has not had the season anyone had hoped for. That said, athletically and to a man, the Aggies match up pretty well with LSU. Texas A&M should be motivated to send the seniors – both in uniform and in the stands – out with one last win to remember at Kyle Field.

Podcast: Week 13 Preview, Predictions, Picks Against the Spread, Breakdown of the Latest CFB Playoff Rankings, and Coaching News and Rumors

— 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.