3 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 3
That is how long it took for the college football world to be shaken up by upsets. The AP top 25 saw significant changes over the weekend due to the large amount of upsets and close calls. If you missed any of the action, here is what you missed:
- Toledo knocked off #18 Arkansas 16-12 on the road.
- Kentucky upset South Carolina for the second year in a row by a final score of 26-22.
- BYU won on a Hail Mary for the second week in a row only this time it was against #20 Boise State.
- #6 Auburn needed a few extra minutes to take down Jacksonville State, an FCS team. The Tigers won 27-20 in overtime.
- #21 Missouri needed a big second half to put away Arkansas State, 27-20.
This is just the beginning of an epidemic of chaos that you can expect throughout the entire season.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly where an upset will happen, but we will give you an idea of where to look.
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
Ole Miss pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 season when they knocked off Alabama in Oxford. According to Saban law, his teams are not allowed to lose to the same opponent in consecutive seasons. But what if the opponent is better than they were last year?
Question marks continue to surround Alabama and the quarterback battle. Jake Coker appears to be the front runner, but it can also be said that neither Coker or Cooper Bateman has taken "the bull by the horns." There are also concerns regarding how the Tide's offensive line will hold up against a Rebel's front seven that includes Robert Nkemdiche and Marquis Haynes.
Ole Miss is not too shabby on offense either. They are averaging an eye popping 74.5 points per game. The spike in offensive production can be attributed to the accuracy and strong arm of Chad Kelly, who is averaging over 278 passing yards per game. These numbers are impressive, but let's see how they perform against a tough defense, which they will see on Saturday.
It is an extremely tough task to take down Alabama in consecutive seasons, especially on the road. The Rebels have improved from last season. The same thing can at least be said about the Tide's defense. We will find out which team is the real deal this weekend.
South Carolina's hopes of winning the SEC East may have gone down the drain last week. The same thing can be said about any team that loses to Kentucky. The good news for the Gamecocks is that a win over Georgia would make that loss a distant memory.
Steve Spurrier has to figure out a way to take down the Bulldogs in Athens without his starting quarterback Conner Mitch. Former walk-on Perry Orth will take over the reins, and he may prove to be a viable option. Orth completed 65 percent of his passes in place of the injured Mitch. It also helps that Pharoh Cooper, one of the best athletes in the entire country, is there to help out the first time starter.
Slowing down the running game is the key to beating Georgia and that maybe where the Gamecocks falter. Nick Chubb is already averaging over eight yards per carry, while his backup, Sony Michel, is averaging five yards per carry. Last week, South Carolina allowed Kentucky running back Stanley Williams to rush for 107 yards on just 14 carries.
South Carolina will obviously need to figure out a way to stop Chubb and Michel if they want to win on Saturday. This is the SEC, so we should all know by now that any team is capable of losing on any given week. Spurrier has aged a little bit, but he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
One 'Hail Mary' win in a season is improbable. Two 'Hail Mary' wins in a season is unthinkable. Having two 'Hail Mary' wins in your first two games? That is just BYU football. The question now is whether or not the Cougars can keep the magic streak going against UCLA?
BYU's season looked like it had taken a major hit when they lost quarterback Taysom Hill to a season ending injury. However, freshman Tanner Magnum has already stepped up big time. The Cougars' offense is not perfect, but they take advantage of every opportunity which is evident by their red zone scoring percentage of 100%.
Now BYU is not the only team that has operated smoothly behind a freshman quarterback. Josh Rosen is averaging 287 passing yards per game and has 64 completion percentage. This will, however, be one of the better defenses he has faced all season. Paul Perkins can get the job done on the ground, but it could still be bad news if BYU rattles Rosen.
Northwestern is the only other AP top 25 team with a freshman starting quarterback. These freshmen quarterbacks will play an important role in the outcome of the game. Will we see another 'Hail Mary' victory on Saturday?