Welcome to Week 7 of the college football "Upset Watch" here at Athlon Sports!
Our streak is alive and well in 2022. We've had at least one team from each of the first five weeks of "upset watch" go down to underdogs. Last week, it was Kentucky losing at home to South Carolina. Which team will it be this week?
Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 7.
Purdue (vs. Nebraska)
7:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
Purdue has looked solid so far this season, losing only to undefeated Penn State and Syracuse and emerging as a sexy pick to win the Big Ten West. Don't look now, but Nebraska is figuring out how to win close games under interim head coach Mickey Joseph. The Cornhuskers travel to West Lafayette with a solid defense, a quarterback that can make every throw, and a running back and receiver that are starting to generate some NFL draft buzz. Purdue is currently favored by nearly two touchdowns, which feels like an awful lot given the momentum Nebraska comes into the game with.
Notre Dame (vs. Stanford)
7:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Peacock, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
After three straight wins, including last week's (technically) neutral-site win over BYU, the bad taste of the 0-2 start has almost been washed out of the mouths of the Irish faithful. Now Notre Dame will host what appears to be a struggling Stanford squad. On the surface, the Irish should win handily. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll find a Stanford team that has played one of the toughest schedules in the country over the last month. The Cardinal lost four in a row — three to ranked teams and an excruciating one-point loss to Oregon State. Stanford has competed in all four of its losses, and they are the kind of pesky team that can give this year's Notre Dame team some problems if the Irish don't bring their A-game.
Oklahoma (vs. No. 19 Kansas)
12 p.m. ET on ESPN2, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
Somehow the 3-3 and unranked Sooners are almost a double-digit favorite over the 19th-ranked Jayhawks. I get it, Kansas will be without star quarterback Jalon Daniels, but the Jayhawks showed resilience last week against TCU and played a competitive game long after Daniels was knocked out of that game. Oklahoma — on the other hand — has now lost three in a row and is still licking its wounds after suffering a 49-0 beatdown to Texas last week. There's little, if any, motivation for this Sooner team to put up with the shenanigans that this Kansas team brings to the table on offense — with or without Daniels.
No. 25 James Madison (at Georgia Southern)
4 p.m. ET on ESPN+, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The undefeated Dukes landed on the right side of "upset watch" a couple of weeks ago after they took down Appalachian State in Boone. Now, James Madison finds itself in the Top 25 with a giant bullseye on its back — just like it had for years at the FCS level. They'll head south this weekend to take on a Georgia Southern squad that already has one upset on the resume (at Nebraska, Week 2). The Eagles might have the advantage in terms of pure talent. They'll be happy to be back home after consecutive road losses, and ready to toss the ball all over the yard.
No. 22 Texas (vs. Iowa State)
12 p.m. ET on ABC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The Longhorns are flying high after delivering a historic beatdown of rival Oklahoma. For that reason — and a track record of not being able to trust Texas as seasons progress — I believe they are still celebrating and ripe to be upset. Enter an Iowa State team having a frustrating year. The Cyclones have three losses by a combined 12 points — all to teams that are or were ranked at the time the games took place. This one will be about focus, and ISU head coach Matt Campbell will have his team locked in.
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— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.