The 2023 College Football season has already been loaded with upsets, most recently highlighted by Pitt’s defeat of undefeated No. 21 Louisville to spurn a four-game losing streak. Heading into Week 8, there’s still so much potential for some major underdogs to shock the college football world. So, here’s three game’s that should definitely be on upset watch for this weekend:
1.) Baylor over Cincinnati
The Bearcats haven’t won a game since early September, and they’re going to continue struggling to do so with a visit from Baylor scheduled for this weekend.
While both program’s sit 2-4 in the early season, the Bears cast of transfers in Dominic Richardson and Byron Vaughns, led by QB Blake Shapen, will be tough to limit.
On the Cincinnati sideline, transfers Emory Jones, Xzavier Henderson, and Braden Smith just haven’t provided the offensive spark Cincinnati’s needed in the program’s first Big 12 campaign.
2.) TCU over Kansas State
Following an injury to TCU quarterback Chandler Morris, backup Josh Hoover was eccentric last weekend in a 44-11 thrashing of BYU in which he threw for 4 TD’s and 439 passing yards.
Alongside his exciting offensive transfer pieces in Trey Sanders, Jaylon Robinson, and Dylan Wright, look for Hoover to continue rolling as the Horned Frogs visit Kansas State this weekend.
If TCU can curb the Wildcats running game between DJ Giddens and Florida State transfer Treshaun Ward, the Horned Frogs can absolutely escape Manhattan with a victory.
3.) Illinois over Wisconsin
On the offensive end, Ole Miss transfer Luke Altmyer has been a revelation for the Fighting Illini and on the defensive end, transfers Nicario Harper, Clayton Bush, and Denzel Daxon were pivotal in the 27-24 win over Maryland last weekend.
Furthermore, with Oklahoma and SMU transfer Tanner Mordecai likely set to miss some time, Wisconsin will be forced to start Mississippi State transfer Braedyn Locke at the quarterback position.
This resilient Illinois defense should have no problem limiting the Badgers banged up offense to secure a win on home soil and continue this Illini momentum.