3 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 2
College football is off and rolling following a very intriguing opening to the season.
There weren't as many upsets in week one as Northwestern taking Stanford down 16-6 was the biggest of the weekend. Fans that love upsets shouldn't worry because there are plenty of surprises in store this season.
Week two appears to be a slow week, but history says that "slow weeks" are the best time for an upset to occur. This week's list features a few teams that will be trying to avoid an upset for the second year in a row, while their opponents try to show who the real underdog is.
Keep in my mind that we do not necessarily think that the teams on this list will lose, just that they should be on the lookout.
With that said, here’s a look at the first set of teams on upset alert:
**All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
Jim Harbaugh did not get off to a very good start as Michigan's new head coach. The week one loss to Utah does not look so bad, but it could look a lot worse if it's followed by another loss.
Gary Anderson grabbed a 26-7 win over Weber State in his first game as Oregon State's head coach. It appears that Anderson will follow the same strategy he used at Wisconsin by relying heavily on the ground game. The Beavers had 281 yards on the ground compared to just 110 through the air. If Oregon State manages to balance those numbers then it could spell trouble for Michigan.
A well balanced offense also could do nothing for the Beavers. Michigan's defense did a nice job of minimizing damage against Utah. The Wolverines just simply could not move the ball down the field to score points. The ground game was non-existent, so they had to rely on an unproven pass game. Inconsistency is not acceptable in a Harbaugh offense that hinges on solid quarterback play.
The Big House is always a tough atmosphere to play in. Both of these head coaches are new to there schools, but it is not there first rodeo. This game should be a nice, old-fashioned defensive battle.
Kentucky's come-from-behind victory over South Carolina ended up being one of the best SEC games of the 2014 season. If the Wildcats want respect in the conference then they will need another big win like that this season.
The Wildcats managed to start the season with 40-33 win over Louisiana-Monroe but not before allowing almost 500 yards of offense. Mark Stoops does not need to stress too much just yet because it looks like South Carolina will not be putting up any big time offensive numbers. Stoops should focus on making Patrick Towles a factor while also adding in Stanley Williams, who rushed for 135 yards last week.
South Carolina's defense will not be easy to move on. The Gamecocks have already shown significant improvement from last season's defense. As we mentioned before, the problem is on offense. Quarterback Connor Mitch completed just 40 percent of his passes in his first start. The ground bailed them out, and that may continue to be the only thing they can rely on for the time being.
Last year's matchup was a high scoring affair that ended with three unanswered touchdowns. It looks like this one will be a low scoring game that will come down to which quarterback plays the best.
It was an upset victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium that helped vault Mississippi State onto the national scene. The Bulldogs entered the 2015 season with the same level of respect they started with in the 2014 season. In other words, they have to prove themselves once again.
There is a reason why confidence is not very high in Mississippi State this year. The Bulldogs lost a majority of last year's talent, and it showed in their first game against Southern Miss. Dak Prescott led the team in rushing and passing while helping lead his team to a 34-16 win. However, Prescott cannot single handedly lead Mississippi State to victory. Or can he?
LSU's scouting report for this game is non-existent after their opening game was cancelled due to inclement weather. This can be viewed as a free bye week for the Tigers, but it should be a viewed as a missed opportunity for Brandon Harris to work out any kinks he may have. LSU still has Leonard Fournette and an always solid defense. Will it be enough to get them the win on the road?
They say that lightning doesn't strike twice, but they believe differently in Starkville. There will be a high level energy on Saturday, and it may be difficult for LSU to escape unscathed.