ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)In last week’s “upset alert” column, three of my five picks came true.Florida got a big win against No. 5 LSU in The Swamp, vaulting the Gators up to No. 14 in the AP Poll.No. 8 Auburn went over the Starkville, and got thumped by unranked Mississippi State 23-9. It was a big win for first year head coach Joe Moorhead, whose team has been very up-and-down.Iowa State only had one win entering last weekend’s game, but flashed the offensive ability from last year’s breakout season in a 48-42 win at Oklahoma State, knocking the Pokes from the rankings.Here are the five teams on “upset alert” heading into College Football Week 7.We start with a fun game that kicks off from the Lone Star State tonight.TCU Horned Frogs (-7.5) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)TCU has been one of the Big 12’s more consistent performers since joining the conference, and it is hard to do better than Gary Patterson. The hasn’t looked like one of his better Horned Frogs teams though. Since a hard-fought but decisive loss to Ohio State, the team dropped to Texas 31-16, and edged by Iowa State.On the other side, Texas Tech is as explosive as ever, and may be improved enough on defense to be very dangerous. The team scored big wins over Houston, and dominated Oklahoma State in Stillwater before losing by eight to a Top 10 West Virginia club last week. TCU’s offense isn’t nearly as potent as the Mountaineers’.Utah Utes (-13.5) vs. Arizona Wildcats (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Utah is getting a ton of credit for its win against Stanford based on this line, and that’s not totally unfair. The Cardinal couldn’t move the ball with star running back Bryce Love out, though. Arizona is starting to figure things out, with three wins in the last four weeks after a brutal start.Last week, the Wildcats knocked off a solid Cal team 24-17. Khalil Tate hasn’t been the same dual-threat nightmare that he was last week, but J.J. Taylor has 600 yards on the year, and nearly put up 250 yards a few weeks ago against Oregon State.No. 10 UCF Knights (-4.5) at Memphis Tigers (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)UCF is riding an 18-game winning streak. That very nearly came to an end against the Tigers last season. UCF outlasted Memphis 62-55 in a double-overtime classic in the AAC Championship Game.The Knights look great once again, but Memphis’ resume is a bit deceptive. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly’s metrics gave Memphis a 98-percent chance to beat Navy based on how the Tigers played in that game. The Midshipmen snuck out a 22-21 win. They did have an ugly loss to Tulane a few weeks ago, but Tiger fans should be extremely fired up at home as they look to become the first team to beat UCF since the 2016 Cure Bowl.No. 12 Michigan Wolverines (-9) vs. No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)The biggest knock on Jim Harbaugh at Michigan has been the team’s inability to win huge games. While most of the focus has been on the Ohio State and Michigan State rivalries, this home game with Big Ten West favorite Wisconsin should still qualify.The Badgers suffered a bad home loss to BYU, but the team isn’t going to beat itself, will get plenty of production on the ground, and play some of the best defense in the country. A team with a similar profile, pre-Ian Book Notre Dame, had its way with Michigan in Week 1. The Wolverines definitely shouldn’t be laying nine points against the Badgers, and this is very much a potential upset spot.BYU Cougars (-11.5) vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Hawaii football is famously one of the hardest programs to win at for a number of reasons. Head coach Nick Rolovich has done an excellent job since taking the team over, and this season has been impressive in particular. Hawaii is 6-1, and features one of the most prolific passing games in the country with quarterback Cole McDonald throwing for 2,100 yards and 24 touchdowns in just seven games.Hawaii lost its long, long trip to a very good Army team 28-21, but has won in the Mountain region, beating Colorado State in Week Zero. The Rainbow Warriors have been jumping all over teams this season, and while BYU is pretty steady, the Cougars may not have the offense to recover in Hawaii runs out to a big early lead, even if the Hawaii defense has looked rough down the stretch in some of its wins.
11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? As the “sneakerboot” continues its ascent, more outdoor companies are working with established fashion brands to create the ideal pair of high-tops that can do the dirty work on the trail, then hit the bar right after.Streetwear label Publish and outdoors outfitter The North Face have collaborated on a go-anywhere shoe line they’re calling “Midnight in Antarctica”.According to Publish brand director Alex James, the collaboration takes inspiration from the landscapes of the barren polar cap. The dark blue and black of the shoes definitely pays homage to those glacial colors. The series takes Publish’s minimalist style coupled with The North Face’s reputation and combines it into a lineup that serves just about any purpose.You have three options: A mule slipper, a mid street boot, and a full hiking boot. Each underwent the same rigorous durability testing that all North Face products do, so they’ll stand up to daily use – on the mountain or in the city. They also all share a similar moisture barrier and insulation setup, so your feet stay dry and warm throughout the day.For casual fans, the Traction Mule is the perfect lazy Sunday styler. The slip-on is lightweight and compressible, while being good for the environment. Both its upper and outsole are made from recycled materials rebuilt for durability.Next, Publish dressed up North Face’s old-school Back To Berkeley boot in a handsome black and blue that complements the white Winter Grip rubber outsole, just a step down from its hiking sibling.Lastly, the most aggressive of the three is Publish’s take on The North Face’s Ultra Extreme II GTX. It features extra stability in the heel and construction as well as a special Vibram trek outsole for traction.Overall, the collaboration represents an upgrade in everyday footwear, while showcasing the progressive thinking of two apparel leaders in their respective worlds. “Being able to work with The North Face, we were able to utilize technology like never before,” James says. “The final product is something really special.”The entire series is a limited run, so grab yours here while you can. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations
THE DEPARTMENT OF Education has announced the first meeting of a new working group set up to discuss the planned overhaul of the Junior Certificate is to take place next month.Representatives from teachers unions, school management, the Department of Education and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will meet on 17 January to consider issues raised by teachers about the introduction of a new Junior Cert.The changes will see eight new “short courses” introduced to the curriculum, including computer programming, PE, Chinese and artistic performance. Students will get marks for showing what they can do in practical tasks rather than in the examination hall.The current Junior Cert curriculum has been in place for 24 years with only minor changes to syllabuses.Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said reforming the State examination is necessary but that many teachers have “legitimate concerns” about how it will happen.The Teachers Union of Ireland has raised concerns about the move to a continuous assessment system for some subjects and said that more teachers will be needed.“I am committed to ensuring that we implement the curriculum changes we need as a society,” said Ruairí Quinn. “Reforming the Junior Cycle is key in this regard”.“I have always secured significant resources for this reform. Almost all teachers I speak to are supportive of the need for change”.“But I am also aware that many of our teachers have legitimate concerns about how the new changes will be introduced in schools. The Working Group provides a forum for these concerns to be heard through the relevant representative structures”.“A radical overhaul of the Junior Cycle is essential if it is to be relevant and reflect the social, cultural and technological changes that have taken place in the last quarter of a century,” said Minister Quinn.Read: Chinese, coding and caring for animals: Junior Cycle is getting an overhaul > Read: TUI says more teachers are needed if planned Junior Cert changes are to be made > Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre >