3 College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 7
There are probably more than a few people around the country that had to replace the batteries in their TV remote due to all of the channel flipping that took place last weekend.
Going into last Saturday, many considered week six a "slow weekend." It turned out to be much more competitive than many expected. If you missed any of these near upsets, here is what you missed:
- Maryland gave Ohio State all they could handle for two and a half quarters, but the Buckeyes pulled away with a 49-28 win.
- Kansas State had an 18-point lead over TCU at halftime. The Horned Frogs managed to retake a late lead and seal a 52-45 win.
- Michigan State also needed a big second half in order to avoid being upset. The Spartans defeated Rutgers, 31-24.
- The only team that capitalized on their early lead was Texas. The Longhorns knocked off their arch rival Oklahoma by a final score of 24-17.
"Almost" beating a team does not count for a whole lot. However, week seven is setting up to be more interesting that its predecessor.
It is hard to predict where an upset will happen, but here are the three teams that we think should be on the lookout:
**Note: All stats, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of cfbstats.com**
It is not often that an SEC team gets put on upset alert when they are playing a team from the AAC. Circumstances change once an AAC team starts the year 5-0 and gets the opportunity to play an SEC team in front of its home crowd.
Memphis is on the verge of something special. Head coach Justin Fuente is already being named in many coaching vacancies and rightfully so. The Tigers are on a 12-game win streak dating back to last season. The offense scores quickly and often, which will give any team troubles. There are, however, certain problems that need to be addressed. Memphis is dead last in the AAC in pass defense and penalties. Mistake-free football will be the key to pulling off the potential upset.
Ole Miss has a few problems to address as well if they want to avoid being upset. Turnovers have been a growing issue for the Rebels as they've turned the ball over nine times in their last three games alone. There has also been a noticeable difference in the secondary over that same span, and Ole Miss is now ranked 10th in pass defense in the SEC. On a brighter note, the Rebels produce a lot of big plays from scrimmage, and they light up the scoreboard because of it.
Memphis had a bye week to help prepare for its biggest home game of the season. It will be up to Ole Miss to gain the momentum early and silence the rowdy crowd. Just keep in mind that the Tigers are very capable of pulling off this monumental upset.
November 24, 2012. That is the last time Florida State lost a regular season game. The Seminoles have had plenty of close calls, but they have always found a way to win. Will Saturday be the day that we see the hot streak end?
Louisville got off to an extremely slow start by losing their first three games of the season. However, they lost those games by a combined 13 points. The Cardinals have won their last two games and could sneak up on Florida State. Freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson is statistically the best running quarterback in the ACC, and he has shown signs of potential in the passing game. The key to a potential upset will rest on Jackson's shoulders.
Florida State is easily one of the most resilient teams in the nation. Their last two games have been decided by eight points or less, and the Seminoles have not scored over 30 points in a game since week two. The offense has relied on the play of running back Dalvin Cook, who leads the ACC in rushing. However, his health has been a concern as of late. There is going to come a time when Florida State will not be able to make a comeback, and it could happen this weekend.
Louisville had an extra week to prepare for what they would face in Tallahassee on Saturday. Bobby Petrino's team has seen its fair share of struggles this season but his offensive scheme allows him to jump in front early. This will be a game to keep an eye on.
Penn State lost to Temple in its first game of the season. James Franklin and the team then took the game film and literally buried it. It was a way of putting the loss to behind them, and the Nittany Lions have not lost since.
There are a lot of reasons to believe that Penn State will pull off the upset over Ohio State. The defense leads the country in sacks (25.0), and they do a great job of defending the run and the pass. Slowing down the Buckeyes' offense is the number one key to victory. However, their own offensive struggles could cost them a shot at victory. The Nittany Lions have allowed 19 sacks this season, which could be a problem when facing guys like Joey Bosa.
Ohio State has already had a few close games this season. That is to be expected when you are the number one team in the country. What was not expected was inconsistency from Cardale Jones. The Buckeyes are just fortunate to have JT Barrett at backup and having Ezekiel Elliot at running back is not a bad thing either.
Beating the number one team in the country is no easy feat and doing it on the road makes it even more difficult. Expect Penn State to come out in full force in an attempt to pull off the major upset. This will be a game worth tuning into.