College Football Upset Special: Week Two

Michael SippContributor ISeptember 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the USC Trojans during the college football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

These favorites better watch out on Saturday; the opposing teams are looking to come out victorious. Included are the favorites and players to watch. Short and Sweet. Let's get to it.

Game 1: #3 USC @ #8 Ohio State

Who's looking out: USC

As either fan could argue that their team is the favorite, we will just go by rankings. The major difference in this game is that it is going to be played in Columbus. OSU is looking to silence the critics who have said that they cannot perform at the national stage the past few years.

USC stomped the Buckeyes in Pasadena last year, but the Buckeyes have one advantage, quarterbacks. USC is starting true freshman Matt Barkley, who will have his first real contest of his career on Saturday. Ohio State is bringing sophomore Terrelle Pryor, a dual threat quarterback that is a truly gifted athlete with a cannon strapped to his shoulder and legs like Michael Vick. USC has to contain Pryor, or else it could be a long day.

Game 2: Vanderbilt @ #11 LSU

Who's looking out: LSU

Looking at the rankings, it is hard to figure that this game could be an upset, but LSU won 31-23 to a very lowly Washington who didn't win a game in 2008. The Commodores started 5-0 last season, but faltered late and finished 7-6 in 2008 while going .500 in SEC games.

Vanderbilt's biggest threat is their running game. Zac Stacy and Warren Norman both went over the century mark in rushing while combining for three touchdowns. LSU's strength on offense is quarterback Jordan Jefferson and receiver Terrance Tolliver. Jefferson threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns, with Tolliver accounting for 117 of those yards and two of the touchdowns. If Vandy can stop LSU from airing it out, look for LSU to fall.

Game 3: #18 Notre Dame @ Michigan

Who's looking out: Notre Dame

This is one of the best rivalries in College Football. People can even say that the Irish are underdogs in this one. Everyone who knows College Football thinks that Notre Dame is overrated except Lou Holtz and the leprechaun faithful.

Notre Dame and Michigan are a lot alike; both are storied programs who have not been up to snuff the past few seasons. This is very much a statement game. One big advantage for Michigan is that they are playing in Ann Arbor, at The Big House, not a big house, The Big House.

Nothing will psych your team up more than 107,000 fans screaming for you, and booing at the opponent. The biggest playmakers for Notre Dame and Michigan are both at quarterback and receiver. Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns with Michael Floyd having 189 yards and three of the touchdowns on just four receptions. Michigan's Tate Forcier threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns, with receiver Junior Hemingway having 103 yards and two of those touchdowns.