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Week 11 Upset Alerts

Welcome to another edition of the Rooks Report. No preview of the Virginia Tech game since it was on Thursday night. However, we will look into which underdogs have a shot to win outright and disrupt the college football playoff picture.

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Last week's article was short and brief. I went over who I believe are the favorites to be the next head coach in Blacksburg and also picked two guaranteed upsets. Both games were in the American Athletic Conference.

Navy came though and beat Memphis 45-20 in Memphis. The Tigers are still a very good team, but preparing for the triple option when you're not use to seeing it can be troublesome. I just missed on Cincinnati defeating Houston. The Bearcats were battling back and forth with the Cougars and couldn't finish the job.

Also, I still have not seen any odds on the next head coach at Virginia Tech. So this week I will get back to predicting my upsets.

Comment below or contact me on Twitter @RooksReport if there is a game you want me to preview or break down. Thanks again for always reading. Now let's get down to business.

Upset Alerts

No.3 Ohio State @ Illinois +15: Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but I think Illinois keeps this game within one score for most of the game. The Buckeyes have too many outside distractions surrounding them. J.T. Barrett was in the news again this week after video of his arrest was released. Barrett will be expected to come in and play well right away, but I don't see it. I think Bill Cubit is exactly what the Fighting Illini needed this year and he has his team one win away from bowl eligibility. Illinois might not complete the upset on Saturday, but I think this game is much closer than expected. Ohio State squeaks by on a late defensive stop or touchdown.

Arkansas +7.5 @ No.9 LSU: It seems like every time Arkansas is listed as an underdog, they end up keeping the game close. The Razorbacks are coming off an exciting victory against Ole Miss and will be playing their second straight road game in one of the toughest venues. It is very hard to beat LSU at home and that's why I can't pick Arkansas to complete the upset. However I do think they keep it close. LSU is very one dimensional and their defense has some holes. If anything this game has to be entertaining. Bret Bielema vs Les Miles. I wonder how many trick plays we will see. I think LSU wins by a field goal.

Week 11 Guaranteed Upsets to Happen (4-10 YTD)

Minnesota +10 @ No.5 Iowa: If you would of told me that the Iowa Hawkeyes would have a shot at the college football playoff in the beginning of the year, I probably would of laughed in your face. Kirk Ferentz has done an amazing job this season with all the injuries that have taken place. With that being said, I think Iowa's cinderella story ends this weekend. Minnesota has had the complete opposite of a fairy tail year. The Golden Gophers had to replace their leader in Jerry Kill after he was forced to retire due to medical issues. The team has rallied around Tracy Claeys and because of that, his interim tag was removed earlier in the week after he signed a three year extension. He is a favorite amongst the fans and players and he has gotten his team very close to a couple of major upsets recently. Outside of a few analysts, nobody will be expecting them to beat Iowa. However, I think Minnesota will be the first team to shake up the playoff picture. Iowa hasn't played anyone worth mentioning all year and they are very overrated in my opinion This game will be close and I say Minnesota wins by a field goal.

Washington +3 @ Arizona State: I like Washington to upset Arizona State on the road simply because of the coaching advantage. Chris Petersen is building something special in Seattle and his team has played hard in every game this year. On the other side, Todd Graham is so overrated and his Sun Devils have failed to live up to the offseason hype. Both teams need to win two of their last three games to be bowl eligible and I am going to go with Washington in this game. The Huskies will win by a touchdown on the road.