3 CFB Teams on Upset Alert in Week 12
Week 11 may go down as one of the biggest upset weeks in the history of college football. For the first time since 1985, the AP #2, #3, and #4 all lost in one week.
In order to properly follow what will happen in the following weeks, the average fan must know who lost and how badly. Just in case you (unfortunately) missed any of the action, here is a quick breakdown.
- The upsets got started on Thursday night when Duke knocked off #17 North Carolina by a final score of 28-27.
- A game winning field goal lifted Pittsburgh over #2 Clemson as the Tigers fell, 43-42.
- Iowa beat #3 Michigan in similar fashion by nailing a last second field goal as the Hawkeyes pulled off a 14-13 win.
- A rough start to the season has long since been forgotten as USC knocked off #4 Washington, 26-13.
- For the second week in a row, #8 Texas A&M fell to a team from Mississippi. The Aggies could not handle Ole Miss true freshman quarterback Shea Patterson as the Rebels won 29-28.
- #9 Auburn's high powered offense could not even muster a first down in the second half of their game with Georgia. The Tigers no longer control their own destiny as they lost, 13-7.
We feel confident in saying that this week will not match the excitement of last week in terms of upsets. Then again, it may be a very long time before there is a week of college football that matches last week.
There are still plenty of potential upsets lurking this week that could impact the rankings as we round out the 2016 college football season.
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#16 LSU got a breath of new life when Ed Orgeron took over as head coach. Now the Tigers not only get a chance to ruin Florida's chances of winning the SEC East, they go into the game as favorites. We feel safe in assuming that the Gators will not go down without a fight.
Florida ranks third in the nation in total defense. In other words, they have the talent to stop the LSU running back duo of Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Shutting down Fournette and Guice will force the Tigers to rely on quarterback Danny Etling, who has one touchdown pass and two interceptions in his last three games.
Florida has issues of their own because LSU also has an excellent defense. The Gators have to look to quarterback Austin Appleby to have a solid game who is coming off a game where he completed a season high 81 percent of his passes.
The job Mike MacIntyre has done at Colorado is Coach of the Year worthy. Prior to this year, the Buffaloes had not won six games in a single season since 2007. Now, MacIntrye has his team in the top-10. That kind of recognition will put a target on their back that they may not be able to handle.
Washington State is certainly a team that is capable of beating the red hot Buffaloes. The Cougars are, of course, leading the PAC-12 passing yards. The only difference between this year and previous years is the fact that Washington State has already rushed for more yards than season than they have in other season under Mike Leach. In fact, the Cougars have as many rushing touchdowns this season as they have had in the past three seasons combined.
It seems silly to predict that Washington State's offense may be the deciding factor in this game when Colorado has the best defense in the PAC-12. However, defense is not usually something that makes a big difference in games on the west coast.
It is quite amazing that Stanford managed to squeak its way back into the top-25. The Cardinal lost three games in four weeks in the middle of the season, but they managed to bounce back with three consecutive wins. That still doesn't mean they don't have flaws that California can take advantage of.
The Golden Bears biggest advantage in this game is their ability to pass the ball. Quarterback Davis Webb has thrown for over 3,000 yards this season, and he has 33 passing touchdowns. Scoring in front of their home crowd should be no issue despite Stanford having a stingy secondary.
Stanford does benefit from having Christian McCaffrey on its team. Even with him, the Cardinal have struggled to score this season. They will have to score often in order to keep with this California offense that lights up the scoreboard.