College Football 2012: Potential Week 2 Upsets
The first week of the 2012 college football season is in the books and already we've seen some upsets.
The most notable has to be the Ohio Bobcats of the MAC going into Beaver Stadium and knocking off the Penn State Nittany Lions.
While Ohio pulled off their upset, many of their lower-tier peers made a game of it, but ultimately failed. Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Stanford, Wisconsin and Oklahoma all avoided the fate of the Nittany Lions.
The second week of college football offers more potential upsets ranging from "likely" to "only if the stars align correctly."
No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA
The Huskers, fresh off an offensive explosion, head to the Rose Bowl and hope to be going back in January. UCLA has other ideas, however. Also, the Husker defense has had trouble with dual-threat quarterbacks.
No. 13 Wisconsin at Oregon State
The Badgers almost blew it at home against Northern Iowa. Now they must go on the road to play the Beavers. Wisconsin doesn't look near as tough without Russell Wilson at the helm.
East Carolina vs No. 9 South Carolina
South Carolina managed to avoid the upset last week against Vandy. It came at a price, however. Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw got hurt and may not play against East Carolina. It will be up to running back Marcus Lattimore and the Gamecock defense to get the win, should Shaw sit out.
Miami (FL) at No. 21 Kansas State
Kansas State looked pretty bad in the first three quarters of its opener against Missouri State. then it put up 35 in the fourth. Miami is not Missouri State and should the Wildcats decide to sleep walk through the first three quarters again, they could be looking at a loss.
Air Force at No. 19 Michigan
Fresh off a beatdown at the hands of Alabama, Michigan returns to the Big House to play Air Force. Triple-option teams are hard to prepare for, especially in only a week. Michigan could go from preseason top 10 to unranked in two weeks.
No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M
Florida heads to College Station to welcome the Aggies to the SEC. College Gameday will be there and the atmosphere will be electric. The Gators may head out of Kyle Field with their tails between their legs.
No. 7 Georgia at Missouri
Another showdown of SEC power versus SEC newcomer. Missouri has shown they can knock off high-tier opponents at Faurot Field (just ask Oklahoma). Georgia may have troubles with Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
Duke at No. 25 Stanford
Duke beat a ranked team on the road? I know you're thinking I've gone mad or something. But if a team the likes of San Jose State can almost knock off the Cardinal in Palo Alto, then why not Duke? This game could have Stanford fans wishing Andrew Luck was back under center.
Which underdog is most likely to win?
Purdue at No. 22 Notre Dame
This is Danny Hope's best team in his years at Purdue. The Boilermakers could be considered a dark horse for the Big Ten Leaders division and a win in South Bend could provide the momentum to make it possible. As for Notre Dame, they may be a bit overrated after blowing out a mediocre Navy team in Dublin. Also, don't discount any jet lag the Irish players may still have.
Washington at No. 3 LSU
Last time LSU and Washington met, the game was closer than anticipated. But that was at Washington. Death Valley has a slightly different atmosphere. This upset would only be possible if the stars align correctly, but the chance is still there.
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