Welcome to Week 9 of the college football "upset watch" here at Athlon Sports!
The streak continues! We've had at least one team from each of the first eight weeks of "upset watch" go down to underdogs. Last week, Liberty took down BYU in convincing fashion. Bottom line – if your team is on our weekly upset watch, you should be nervous.
Which team will it be this week? Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 9.
Note: All games are on Saturday, Oct. 29 unless otherwise noted.
No. 17 Illinois (at Nebraska)
3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The Illinois bandwagon continues to grow as the Illini keep rolling. Meanwhile, whether they are winning or losing, Nebraska is looking like a team that is continuing to grow more confident under interim head coach Mickey Joseph. Illinois holds the ball for long periods of time. Nebraska wastes no time scoring. If the Cornhuskers jump out early, it could change what Bret Bielema's club wants to do, and change the dynamic of this game.
No. 14 Utah (at Washington State)
Thursday, 10 p.m. ET on FS1; live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The last time we saw the Utes, they were sneaking out a close one over USC in a grueling shootout. They've had an extra week to celebrate, but hopefully they used a good chunk of that time to prepare for an underrated Washington State team. The Cougars are 4-3 but don't have a truly bad loss on their resume. This will be a battle of wills and styles. It's just a matter of whether or not Utah is fully prepared for both.
No. 12 UCLA (vs. Stanford)
10:30 p.m ET on ESPN, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The Bruins suffered a reality check last week against Oregon. Is this a case where one loss turns into two? UCLA needs to rebound and refocus quickly, as Stanford has won back-to-back gut-check games. Are Chip Kelly's Bruins ready, both mentally and physically, to deal with the pesky and scrappy Cardinal? We're going to find out.
No. 3 Tennessee (vs. No. 19 Kentucky)
7 p.m. ET on ESPN, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
The Volunteers are riding high and quickly becoming a sexy favorite to run the table from here on out. Before we get to that point, they need to take on a Kentucky team whose two losses are by a combined 10 points. Additionally, the Wildcats are coming off an impressive rebound win over Mississippi State. Mark Stoops' bunch is game for a fight with anyone, anytime. All the pressure is on Rocky Top in this one.
No. 2 Ohio State (at No. 13 Penn State)
12 p.m. ET on FOX, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
There are times when the Buckeyes look unstoppable. There are other times when the cracks and flaws are visible, it's just a matter of whether or not they can be exploited. Penn State has the talent to do just that, and the Nittany Lions will have more than 106,000 of their closest friends present to back them up and watch it go down. No trip to Beaver Stadium is ever a guaranteed win for any team. Saturday is no different.
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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.