This past week’s slate of college football games featured a handful of ranked matchups which led to a shakeup in the weekly top 25 polls. While this week doesn’t make for as exciting of a Saturday as week 5 was, there are still a couple interesting games to watch for and some teams who will be on upset watch:
1.) #14 Northwestern @ #20 Michigan
Michigan hosting the top game of the week? This can’t be. Jim Harbaugh has brought a breath of fresh air to Ann Arbor and the Wolverines have been playing lights out since losing in week 1 and have posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since the late ’80s. On the other hand, Northwestern has been one the biggest surprises thus far and look for another ranked win, this time in conference play. With the way teams like Ohio State and Michigan State have played, this game carries a lot in that conference. Harbaugh against Pat Fitzgerald makes for a tremendous coaching matchup. Michigan enters their biggest home game since the last time the Buckeyes came to town.
2.) #23 California @ #10 Utah
ESPN’s College Gameday will travel to Salt Lake City to host the Pac-12 matchup of the week. Utah has surprised a lot so far this year and have an impressive resume to this point with an opening win against Michigan and a demolision of a ranked Oregon team, in Eugene. With this past week off, they will be well prepared for their home game against Cal. The Golden Bears stand at 5-0 and look to become bowl eligible with an upset win on the road. Jared Goff has carried Cal to an undefeated record, but can he keep that going?
3.) Miami (FL) @ # 11 Florida State
While not the rivalry that it once was, the heat is still there between the Hurricanes and Seminoles. This game doesn’t mean more to anyone than it does to Al Golden. Despite starting 3-0, many Miami fans were calling to fire the head coach, a loss against Cincinnati didn’t help his cause. Golden will be coaching for his coaching career against the Seminoles, perhaps a win could at least neutralize the negative attention from the fans. For Florida State, they look for their first signature win of the season
4.) #22 Oklahoma State @ West Virginia
With another late win on a field goal from Ben Grogan, the Oklahoma State Cowboys remain at the tail end of my top 25 rankings. The Mountaineers are coming off a big loss against the Sooners and look to bounce back against another ranked conference opponent. The Cowboys need a win to solidify their case as a top 25 team.
5.) #12 Florida @ Missouri
After a huge victory over #3 Ole Miss, the Gators propelled up the rankings and landed at #12. They look to improve their conference record to 4-0 and 6-0 on the season. Missouri will try to play spoiler of Florida’s rise up. After a win with freshman Drew Lock under center, there may be a QB controversy brewing in Columbia as the fans clearly aren’t a fan of Maty Mauk’s inconsistencies; he sat out with a suspension against the Gamecocks. Let’s see how the Gators respond now that they are back in the limelight.
Navy @ #16 Notre Dame
It’ll be interesting to see how the Fighting Irish respond after a heartbreaking loss against Clemson. In their past two meetings, Notre Dame has won by an average of 7 points, this game will be closer than you think. The Midshipmen have won two of the last six meetings, including their matchup in South Bend back in 2009. While Notre Dame has a tough defense, Navy has a top 5 running offense led by Keenan Reynolds, a perfect fit for the triple option. Notre Dame should come out with a win, but Reynolds and the Midshipmen won’t go down easy.