College Football Teams On Upset Alert in Week 2
The best upsets are the ones that no one sees coming.
Week one had its fair share of exciting moments and upsets particularly in the SEC where three teams were defeated by underdogs.
A lack of top-25 games means that there will be a lot of heavily-favored teams this week. An upset could happen anywhere especially with there being so much uncertainty this early in the season.
Some may be surprised by the three teams we have chosen to be on upset alert this week. However, if we learned anything from week one it was that big time favorites tend to underestimate the strength of their opponent.
No matter what happens you can still expect to see multiple surprises this weekend, but these are the three games we think you should pay close attention when looking for that next big upset.
Putting an SEC team on upset alert against an FCS team is absolutely unheard of especially when that SEC team is ranked. Not to mention the game is being played at a historically hostile environment.
Despite all of those factors, it is very possible that LSU falls to Jacksonville State this weekend.
The Tigers are not clicking on the offensive side of the ball even though they have one of the best running backs in the country on their side. Quarterback Brandon Harris has not developed like Les Miles hoped he would. It doesn't help that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has not added any creativity to his playbook.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville State is not your average FCS team. They lost one game in the 2015 regular season and that was in an overtime loss to Auburn. They made it all the way to the FCS National Championship and eventually fell to North Dakota State.
This season, the Gamecocks returned duel threat quarterback Eli Jenkins who is very difficult to stop. They also added Roc Thomas, a running back who transferred from Auburn in the offseason. They do lack experienced wide receivers, but that does not mean there is not any talent at the position.
LSU will still be favorites in this game, but if the Tigers somehow lose this game then it will likely mean that we will soon see the end of the Les Miles era in Baton Rouge.
On the surface it seems like a stretch to put Nebraska on upset alert against a team like Wyoming. After all, the Cowboys only won two games last season. Still, there are plenty of reasons why we believe this game will be close.
For starters, Wyoming returned 17 starters from last season including its top three leading rushers, top eight leading receivers and top four leading tacklers from last year. Quarterback Josh Allen also returned from a collarbone injury that sidelined him for a season.
In week one, the Cowboys were seven point underdogs to Northern Illinois, but they managed to pull off an impressive victory in double overtime. If nothing else they have already proven that they will be much more successful this season.
Nebraska has plenty of talent of their own which was evident by their 43-10 win over Fresno State in week one. Dual threat quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is very difficult to slow down, and the defense appears to have improved from last season.
It may be a stretch to believe that Wyoming will knock off Nebraska in Lincoln. However, if nothing else, it is a bit of stretch to think that the Cornhuskers will cover a 24-point spread. Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl (who won multiple national championships as the head coach of North Dakota State) has a very good chance to pull off his first big time win.
Florida has beaten Kentucky an SEC-record 29 times in a row. That alone is one reason why putting the Gators on upset alert makes sense. After all, is there any team that wants to beat Florida more than the Wildcats do?
Florida's week one performance does not help its case either. The Gators only led Massachusetts by three points going into the fourth quarter. Jim McElwain believes Luke Del Rio is the answer to the team's quarterback issues, but it appears the offense still hasn't recovered from the Will Muschamp era.
Kentucky did not have the best week one performance either. The Wildcats were upset by Southern Miss, 44-35. However, Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker throw for 323 yards and four touchdowns and only needed 15 completions to do it. The team also has the returning experience of running back Stanley Williams.
The Gators' defense will be much more difficult to pass on, but a lack of offensive production by McElwain and company make it easy for us to believe that this one will be close.
In 2014, Florida needed three overtimes to put Kentucky away. Last season, the Gators only won by five points. Will this be the year the Wildcats pull off the upset and end the streak?