Commentary

Upset shots, picks for Week 2

Can the likes of Auburn, Michigan and PSU knock off favorites? We predict the winners.

Updated: September 8, 2011, 11:54 AM ET
By Will Harris | ESPN Insider
Michael DyerAP Photo/Dave MartinMississippi State shouldn't look past Michael Dyer and Auburn this weekend.

Every week during the season, Will Harris will conspire with the computers (using TeamRankings' game predictor) and the wiseguys to evaluate the upset possibilities in college football's most compelling games -- and give his picks for who'll come out on top.

Opening week offered few challenges for the favorites, with most ranked squads winning easily. Upset Watch forewarned of TCU's exposure and managed a 5-3 mark against Vegas' expectations, but missed on the week's biggest upset, South Florida's victory over Notre Dame.

However, heading into Week 2, it's important to remember that it's often best not to overreact to the scoreboard when the production tells a different story. This week we'll explain why we're not jumping off the Irish just yet, plus we'll dissect examples of two common early-season spots: the team that's ready to make a statement this week, and the team that might get caught off guard because its mind is on the statement it's looking to make next week.

Missouri Tigers at Arizona State Sun Devils


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