College Football Teams on Upset Alert for Week 2: Roundtable

Michigan could be in trouble when they take on the Washington Huskies Saturday night in Ann Arbor.
Michigan could be in trouble when they take on the Washington Huskies Saturday night in Ann Arbor. / Kirthmon F. Dozier via Imagn Content

To kick off Week 1 of the college football season, the BetSided "brain trust" went 3-0 in our upset picks of the week, not just against the spread, but straight up!

Charlotte (+185) defeated Duke at home for their first win against a Power 5 FBS school, Chip Kelly got his first non-conference win of his UCLA career as +130 underdogs vs. No. 16 LSU at the Rose Bowl, and the Georgia Bulldogs defense dominated the Clemson Tigers at +130 odds in the Duke's Mayo Classic from Charlotte on Saturday night.

Sometimes, you'd rather be lucky than good...

Regardless, our team is back for Week 2 with our favorite straight-up upset picks! After starting 3-0, what could go wrong? Let's find out...

All odds are courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Washington (+215) Upsets Michigan

Hi! I’m the guy that predicted Washington as the Pac 12 winner right here on BetSided, and they proceeded to lose 13-7 in Week 1 at home to Montana.

While their conference dreams aren’t dead just yet, I think it’s a great wake up call heading into Michigan Stadium to take on a Wolverines team that looked great in Week 1, but against a Western Michigan team that also had high expectations, but failed to show up. 

While everyone is fading the Huskies and climbing back on board the Jim Harbaugh train after one win against a MAC team, I’ll double down one last time on the Huskies. Don’t forget, the Wolverines under Harbaugh have not fared well lately vs. Power 5 teams. 

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… and I’ll never bet on the Huskies again all season. -- Ben Heisler

No. 10 Iowa Upsets No. 9 Iowa State (+165)

The Iowa Hawkeyes dominated the Indiana Hoosiers in Week 1 and I think they’re getting disrespected a bit against an Iowa State team that barely skated past Northern Iowa in its opener. 

The Hawkeyes are 6-2-1 against the spread (cover rate of 75.0 percent) dating back to last season and I think they actually upset Iowa State on the road in this one. 

Taking the Hawkeyes on the +165 moneyline is worth a shot in a rivalry game, and when you beat a ranked opponent 34-6, there’s going to be a lot of momentum in your favor. I know the public is probably all over Iowa, but I think it’s justified given how well the Hawkeyes’ defense played in Week 1. -- Peter Dewey

San Diego State (+110) Upsets Arizona

Give me San Diego State to prove once again that the Pac-12 is the worst Power 5 conference in the country. The Aztecs started their season extremely slow against New Mexico State and were down 10-0 at the half. Then they turned on the jets in the second half and won 28-10. 

Greg Bell was a monster all game long, rushing for 161 yards on 22 carries and scoring a touchdown. Arizona gave up exactly 161 yards last week and will pay for it if it happens again this week.

San Diego State leaned heavily on its defense and ability to create turnovers and that is going to be necessary on the road against Arizona. The Aztecs are +110 underdogs on the moneyline and as long as they don’t get shut out in the first half, I like them to start their season 2-0.

-- Donnavan Smoot

Missouri Upsets vs Kentucky (+170)

I can smell some Week 1 bias in these odds, so I’m all over Missouri to pull off the upset against Kentucky. Just because the Wildcats’ defense shutdown a terrible Louisiana-Monroe offense, doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do the same to a Missouri offense that returns most of its starters from last season.

Tigers quarterback Connor Bazelak has a great Week 1 game against Central Michigan, completing 21-of-32 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He led Missouri to a 20-10 win over Kentucky last season, and I expect him to be able to do the same again this week.

Week 2 of football season is all about avoiding recency bias and not putting too much stock into Week 1. That’s what I’m doing here by betting against the team that allowed the fewest offensive yards in Week 1.

Give me the Tigers to win a close one in Kentucky. -- Iain MacMillan


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