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College Football Upset Watch for Week 3

Oklahoma better be wary of a Nebraska team that's eager to show out for their interim head coach and the home crowd.

Welcome to Week 3 of the college football "Upset Watch" here at Athlon Sports!

We've had at least one team from each of the first two weeks of "upset watch" go down to underdogs. Last week, it was Nebraska losing to Georgia Southern. Who will it be this week?

Related: College Football Predictions for Every Game in Week 3

Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 3.

Virginia (vs. Old Dominion)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. ET on ACC Network; live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Can the Monarchs make it two upsets in three weeks over their in-state big brothers from the ACC? Old Dominion took a loss last week against a tough East Carolina team that nearly upset NC State. Now the Monarchs will regroup and head up Interstate 64 to Charlotteville to face a Virginia team that has been less than impressive so far this season. The Cavaliers beat FCS Richmond in a game that was a bit closer than most fans would have liked and followed that up with an embarrassing 24-3 loss at Illinois. Look for Old Dominion head coach Ricky Rahne to throw everything his team has at a Virginia team still licking its wounds from last weekend.

No. 19 Wake Forest (vs. Liberty)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. ET on ACC Network; live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Something doesn't smell right about an unbeaten and ranked Power 5 team only being favored by a little more than two touchdowns against an FBS Independent on the cusp of joining the Group of 5. It's tough to tell how good this Wake Forest team is, as the Demon Deacons come into the game with wins over FCS VMI and Vanderbilt. Liberty also is undefeated, and this is a program that has risen as fast as any in the country in terms of moving to FBS, competing and winning bowl games. The Flames have former Tennessee commit Kaidon Salter under center, and he's starting to look like one of the best-dual threat quarterbacks in the country. Liberty has two gritty wins under its belt over soon-to-be Conference USA foes Southern Miss and UAB, and head coach Hugh Freeze will be playing with house money on the road against Wake Forest, hoping to log yet another program-boosting win.

Houston (vs. Kansas)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Houston just lost an overtime heartbreaker to Texas Tech after starting the year dreaming of ending the season in the College Football Playoff. Those dreams are now dashed, and the Cougars will need to regroup against an undefeated Kansas team (that's not a typo!) that has scored 111 points in its first two games – including 55 in last Saturday's victory over West Virginia. It looks like head coach Lance Leipold has changed the culture in Lawrence fairly quickly, and his team now expects to be competitive in these types of games. A win could vault Kansas into the Top 25 for the first time since 2009.

No. 20 Ole Miss (at Georgia Tech)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC; live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Rebels had a bit of a slap fight with Troy to kick off their season, and then they essentially had a bye week by way of a matchup with FCS Central Arkansas. Now Ole Miss travels to Atlanta to take on a Georgia Tech team that had Clemson looking for the door in the season opener. We'll find out in a hurry whether or not Lane Kiffin's Rebels are going to be serious contenders in the always-competitive SEC West.

No. 6 Oklahoma (at Nebraska)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. ET on FOX; live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Cornhuskers were the "upset watch" victim last week, but it's a new day in Lincoln. Scott Frost was fired the next day, and receivers coach Mickey Joseph – a former Husker and one of the best recruiters in the country – was named interim head coach. Joseph promised to make some tweaks to the way Nebraska has been operating. Will those tweaks by the difference that pushes Nebraska over the top in terms of winning the one-score games that were losses in recent years? We'll find out Saturday when the Sooners are greeted by a hopeful and reenergized Sea of Red looking to celebrate like it's 1995.

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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.