3 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 4
Week three was everything everyone expected it to be, until it wasn't.
The week was not necessarily full of drama but all it takes is one big time upset to grab everyone's attention. If did not get to see any of the drama unfold, here is what you missed:
- Ohio State narrowly escaped a catastrophe as they managed to fend off Northern Illinois, 20-13.
- BYU's attempt at a third consecutive miracle failed, and UCLA escaped with a 24-23 win.
- Stanford proved that they are still a contender in the PAC-12 by knocking off USC, 41-31.
- The monster upset of the week occurred in Tuscaloosa as Ole Miss took down Alabama, 43-37.
There is no way to know when the next big time upset will happen, but if you want to know where to look then look no further.
Here are the top potential upset specials of the week:
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
TCU, Baylor, and Texas A&M are the three teams that come to mind when one asks, "who is the best team in Texas?" Texas Tech may be in the mix after a solid start, and they have an opportunity on Saturday to prove that they are worthy of consideration.
Confidence is at an all-time high for Texas Tech following an emotional 35-24 win over Arkansas. The Red Raiders are winning by doing what they do best: raid the air. Patrick Mahomes already has over 1,000 passing yards, but Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington is averaging almost eight yards per carry. That type of balance is what will keep Gary Patterson up at night.
Of course, Kliff Kingsbury probably has his fair share of long nights while trying to figure out how to stop Trevone Boykin. Boykin has accounted for over 1,000 offensive yards and 12 total touchdowns so far this season. This type of success means that the Horned Frog's only real concern is on defense after allowing 508 yards of offense and 37 points to SMU last week.
We cannot guarantee that this game will end in upset fashion, but we can guarantee that a lot of points will be scored. TCU will be in a hostile environment with a huge target on their back. Does that mean that they will be the next big team to fall?
Arkansas' recent decline has caused this game to lose its preseason hype. Most believe that Texas A&M will pull away from this game early. The thing to remember is that the Razorbacks are still a talented team that will strike when least expected.
Arkansas' inability to take advantage of scoring opportunities has hurt them the most. The Razorbacks are 13th in the SEC in red zone conversions and have only scored a combined eight points in the second half of their last two games. However, this offense is still dangerous. No one expected Brandon Allen to be leading the SEC in passing yards, and Alex Collins is averaging over five yards per carry.
There is no need to question whether or not Texas A&M can score points. The Aggies are averaging 48 points per game, and this could be the best offense of the Sumlin era. There are very few defensive coordinators that can figure out how to slow down this potent offense, but Arkansas' Robb Smith may be one of them. Expect to see a better defensive performance than the one you saw last year.
This mutual site game should be a fun one to watch even if some of the hype has faded away. Fans should know by now that you can never tell what is going to happen in the SEC.
A road loss to Michigan State in week two hurt Oregon's playoff chances, which means they cannot afford to slip up again. The Duck's remaining games are manageable, but this weekend's matchup with Utah could be the trickiest.
Utah has come a long way from their days of being the first "BCS Buster." The Utes are now consistent contenders in the PAC-12. This could be the year that they break lose, a consistency is what will bring this team to the top if they make it that far. Utah takes advantage of red zone opportunities, and they force a lot of turnovers both of which are critical when playing a team like Oregon.
Now the Ducks are known for two things: offense and uniforms. Both have been pretty flashy so far this season. They are averaging 567 yards of offense and 50 points per game. The achilles heal for this team is exactly what is has always been: defense. Oregon ranks last in total defense within the conference, which is a huge problem when facing a talented quarterback like Travis Wilson.
Utah almost took Oregon last season before they pulled away, so this could be the year they finish the job. With that being said, it is still very difficult to beat the Ducks inside Autzen Stadium. Just make sure to keep a close eye on this one.