3 College Football Teams On Upset Alert In Week 3
Sadly, week two of college football was not filled with very many upsets. Fortunately, upsets are inevitable so you can count on one happening again soon.
Many of the games being played this weekend have close point spreads, which is good news in the sense that there will be plenty of old fashion, hard-nosed football to watch. On the other hand, that makes it harder to spot where and when an upset might happen.
This list will provide insight on where to look for an upset. Just keep in mind that not all upsets occur within the top 25 standings.
This week's preview features game from inside and outside the top 25. If any of these teams fall then it could definitely shake up the future standings.
**All stats are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
Last week, we boldly put LSU on upset alert against an FCS team. The Tigers did struggle with Jacksonville State in the first half before ultimately getting their act together and pulling away late.
It may seem unfair to put the same team on upset alert two weeks in a row. Under normal circumstances there would be no reason to put the same team on upset alert. However, LSU being favored by 13 points may be a stretch even if the game is being played in Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers did take one step in the right direction when they decided to bench Brandon Harris in favor of Danny Etling. If anything, Etling is a new face that may bring some consistency especially with there being uncertainties about the extent of Leonard Fournette's ankle injury.
The reason LSU has found themselves on upset alert again is because of the quick turnaround Mississippi State made last week. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald ran for almost 200 yards and passed 178. Jacksonville State dual threat quarterback Eli Jenkins was a major headache for the Tigers last week, and Fitzgerald will likely be the same way.
On defense, the Bulldogs are only allowing 64 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the SEC. An unhealthy Fournette and an unstable offensive line makes one believe that Mississippi State's defense will continue that trend. Also, while Etling is a fresh face, he still completed less than 50 percent of his passes last week against Jacksonville State.
It will be difficult for the Bulldogs to win in such a hostile environment, but they have a great chance of doing it. Many people have already lost hope of the team's week one loss to South Alabama. All the more reason to believe that they will come into this game with a chip on their shoulder.
Texas exploded back onto the scene in week one when it upset Notre Dame in overtime. The Longhorns seem to finally be back on track after spending the last few years off the radar.
California, meanwhile, may have slightly fallen off the map after losing to San Diego State last weekend. That loss may cause some to believe that Texas should easily win on Saturday, but that might not be the case.
First off, San Diego State is an extremely underrated team. They will compete with Boise State for the Mountain West title, and they also stand a good chance to finish the regular season undefeated.
California's biggest issue is on defense where they are giving up over 470 yards of offense per game. This will be the deciding factor in this weekend's game as Texas has found a diamond in the rough in freshman quarterback Shane Buechele. Buechele has completed 71 percent of his passes and has thrown six touchdowns so far this season.
If the Bears' defense falters then they will have to turn to transfer quarterback Davis Webb, who has already thrown for almost 1,000 yards through two games. As long as he does not force throws, he will end up being a key player in this game regardless of the outcome.
It is going to be tough for California to stop Texas' hot streak. However, overlooked teams who have home advantage are very dangerous.
A controversial call early in the fourth quarter may have been the difference in Troy losing and Troy pulling off an upset against the number two team in the country on the road.
The close loss to Clemson proved that the Trojans are definitely headed in the right direction under head coach Neal Brown. Troy racked up 386 yards of offense and scored 24 points against a team that was suppose to rout them.
This week, the Trojans hit the road again to take on Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles won four games from 2012-2014. Last season, they won nine games, and they are off to a 2-0 start this season. They are averaging 50 points a game and have potential to win 10 games this season.
Troy may be the team that ruins Southern Miss' chance of winning double digit games. The Trojans have a very dangerous backfield in quarterback Brandon Silvers and running back Jordan Chunn. Silvers completes 63 percent of his passes and average 230 passing yards per game while Chunn is averaging over seven yards per carry.
Anytime a favorite to win a conference--no matter what the conference is-- loses then it is considered a pretty major upset. Troy only won four games last year and nearly knocked off the number two team in the country. This week they may be more successful in their efforts to upset a favorite.