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College Football Upset Watch for Week 5: Putting a Pair of Big Ten Teams on Notice

Pac-12 favorites could fall on Saturday as well.

Welcome to Week 5 of the college football "Upset Watch" here at Athlon Sports!

We're on to something, as we've had at least one team from each of the first four weeks of "upset watch" go down to underdogs. Last week, it was Appalachian State going down to FBS newcomer James Madison. Who will it be this week?

Related: College Football Predictions for Every Game in Week 5

Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 5.

Note: All games are on Saturday, Oct. 1 and times are ET.

Coastal Carolina (vs. Georgia Southern)

4 p.m. ET on ESPN+

Georgia Southern already has an "upset watch" victory under its belt by way of a win over Nebraska in Week 2. Now, Clay Helton leads his Eagles into battle against the new darling of the Group of 5 ranks, Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers have been in some dogfights every week, arguably against teams that aren't as good as Georgia Southern. We could see video game-like numbers on offense in this potential upset.

No. 21 Minnesota (vs. Purdue)

12 p.m. on ESPN2, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

A lot of people are starting to hop on the Minnesota bandwagon, as they appear to be the most complete team in the Big Ten West. The Golden Gophers y have looked terrific, but their strength of schedule thus far has come into question. The same cannot be said for Purdue, whose two losses have come by a combined seven points to Penn State and Syracuse  a pair of undefeated teams. Look for Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell and an underrated group of skill position players to give the Minnesota defense its toughest challenge so far this season.

No. 13 Oregon (vs. Stanford)

11 p.m. on FS1, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

Stanford comes into the game off of back-to-back losses to what might be the two best teams in the Pac 12. The Cardinal looked competitive in both games, and if nothing else, are going to be battle-tested and ready for whatever Oregon throws at them. On the other side, the Ducks are coming off an emotional barn-burner of a victory against Washington State. This has "trap game" written all over it.

No. 12 Utah (vs. Oregon State)

2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)

The Utes have looked pretty decent over the last three weeks against inferior competition, but there's a chance we got to see the real Utah team in that opening loss at Florida. Now Kyle Whittingham and Co. welcome in an Oregon State team that nearly took down USC a week ago. The Beavers will be full of confidence and motivated to get themselves in a position for a rematch with the Trojans, regardless of the fact that they are double-digit underdogs heading into this one.

No. 4 Michigan (at Iowa)

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

We had the Wolverines on the list last week, and it was close. Despite being favored over Maryland by three scores, Jim Harbaugh's team defeated the Terrapins in the Big House by just seven points. Regardless of Iowa's struggles on offense this year, a trip to Iowa City is a tall order any year for any team. The Hawkeyes' defense is nothing short of elite. The Wolverines' defense also has performed well to this point. Despite being a punchline early in the season, the Iowa offense is starting to show signs of life. If the Hawkeyes can be just average on that side of the ball, this is going to be an old-fashioned Big Ten slugfest. And that's just how head coach Kirk Ferentz likes it.

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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.