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Doc 25, Week 3: Are more upsets on the horizon?

Graham Watson
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Welcome to this week's edition of the Doc 25, which chronicles the 25 most interesting teams — in no particular order — every week.

So who should you be watching this week? Well, if you want to see a trainwreck, tune in to Alabama-Arkansas, but if you want to see a game, check out ULM-Auburn. Could the Warhawks become the first Sun Belt team to beat two SEC programs in the same year?

And what about UCLA? Is Johnathan Franklin going to keep up his streak of 200-yard games?

Here are the Doc's most interesting teams as we head into Week 3:

West Virginia
In the Mountaineers past two games, they have combined for 139 points. No, that's not a typo and they could score in the 60s again this week against FCS opponent James Madison.
Arkansas
This was supposed to be a statement week for the Razorbacks against Alabama, but after last week's upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe and quarterback Tyler Wilson ailing, the only statement that might be released is the one on coach John L. Smith's job status.
UCLA
The Bruins have come out of nowhere to make the nation sit up and take notice, especially after a 36-30 win against Nebraska last week. Playing a struggling Houston team this week should make the Bruins 3-0.
Stanford
The Cardinal are ranked No. 21 nationally, but do they deserve to be? They struggled against San Jose State and torched a beaten up Duke team. The real test of Stanford's worth will come this week against USC.
Utah State
The Aggies got a big upset win against rival Utah last week, and that win will be validated with an upset of Wisconsin. It would be Utah State's first win against the Big Ten since 1968.
Tennessee
Tennessee's game against Florida got exponentially bigger after Arkansas' loss. Is this truly a improved Vols team? While Florida isn't blowing the doors off anyone, a Tennessee win against the Gators would be its first since 2004 and return Tennessee to SEC prominence.
Nebraska
The first week the Huskers were being championed for quarterback Taylor Martinez's improvement, but after last week's loss to UCLA, concerns from a year ago have reared their ugly heads. The Huskers better focus so they don't fall prey to an upstart Sun Belt Conference team this weekend.
Oklahoma State
Coach Mike Gundy blamed the Cowboys' season-opening blowout against Savannah State for his team's lack of focus in last week's loss to Arizona. They might get back on track this week against ULL, but will we know anything more about the Cowboys?
Baylor
Not sure anyone expected the Bears' 59-point outburst against SMU in the opening weekend, but they could put up a similar number against Sam Houston State. RG-who?
Louisiana-Monroe
The Warhawks couldn't have asked for a better way to start the season than with an upset of Arkansas. And now they have a chance to make more SEC waves against an Auburn team that was dominated by Mississippi State. Are the Warhawks a potential BCS buster?
Arizona State
After taking a lot of media hits in the offseason for leaving Pitt for ASU, coach Todd Graham is proving it was the right decision with a 2-0 start. Traveling to Missouri will be tough this weekend, but the Tigers are a little beaten up and ripe for the pickin'.
Utah
It's like last year all over again with quarterback Jordan Wynn out and the Utes struggling to fill the gap. Last week's loss to Utah State was tough. If they lose to BYU this weekend, which is probable, it could get ugly in Salt Lake City.
Auburn
The Tigers were incredibly inefficient against Mississippi State last week and that's probably because the Bulldogs were stealing the Tigers' signs. Confidence is low at Auburn, which isn't good with an excited ULM team coming to town.
Arizona
Arizona hasn't had a big win over a ranked foe in quite some time, so it will be interesting to see how it reacts this week against FCS foe South Carolina State. Is a letdown in the cards?
Georgia
Georgia fans didn't want to get too giddy after last week's win against Missouri, but this is definitely a better Georgia team than a year ago. Just can't let its guard down this week against FAU.
Boise State
Not since 2005 has Boise State started a season 0-1 and that year the Broncos still managed to go 9-4. Things should get better this week against Miami-Ohio, but could be tough against BYU next week.
Wisconsin
Few teams are in as much disarray Wisconsin. It fired its O-line coach this week and is hoping to get more consistent production out of the running game and keep quarterback Danny O'Brien out of trouble. Won't be easy against a pretty good Utah State team.
Wake Forest
Raise your hand if you thought Wake would be 2-0. Anyone? Anyone? Well, the Demon Deacons are in for a wake-up call this week against Florida State unless of course Florida State suffers the same lapse Oklahoma State did after its win over Savannah State.
Louisville
How fun has it been watching quarterback Teddy Bridgewater? So far he's completing 81.6 percent of his passes for 576 yards and two touchdowns. This weekend's game against North Carolina should provide his first real challenge.
Minnesota
The last time Minnesota started the season 3-0 was 2008, but it's possible the Gophers could be halfway to bowl eligibility with a win over Western Michigan. Even though the competition hasn't been great, Minnesota has looked improved in its first two games.
Notre Dame
Notre Dame says it doesn't have a quarterback controversy, but if it has to turn to the experience of Tommy Rees again this week against Michigan State, things could get pretty interesting in South Bend.
Ohio
If there's any team that could stop Ohio from going undefeated (before the Bobcats see Bowling Green in November), it's Marshall. This is a Marshall team that scored 34 points against West Virginia.
TCU
Quarterback Casey Pachall was 9 of 9 for 201 yards and three touchdowns against Grambling last week, making him the nation's most efficient quarterback with a 396.7 QB rating. With a woeful Kansas team on deck, can he keep the streak alive?
Colorado
Those who thought Colorado was going to be better than it was a year ago, well, shame on you. With a slew of young players, the Buffs have started 0-2 and there aren't many more winnable games on the schedule. Seems like the Buffs ditched Dan Hawkins and got worse.
Kent State
The Golden Flashes are only interesting because in each of the past two games they've had some sort of entertaining mishap. First it was the wrong-way punt return and last week it was the quarterback tripping the running back for a safety. What hilarity will ensue Sept. 19 against Buffalo?

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