What does someone think of when you say the word, upset? Instantly images of Appalachian State and Michigan pop into my head along with LSU and Kentucky and the "Blue Grass Miracle." Point being, we as fans love the underdog, the unheralded and underrated bunch of guys sticking head to head with the so-called "Favorite."
This parody that was love as college football fans should be in full swing in Week 4 of the college football season. So if you thought Mark Dantonio and his Michigan State Spartans going for the fake field goal and the win against Notre Dame was crazy, then this week should provide just as many highlights.
One last thing question? What's better than college football in september? college football in September with SEC conference play starting. What a beautiful thing.
This may not be seen as an "upset" by some, but Miami is a four-point favorite on the road to a solid Pittsburgh Panthers team that isn't shy of talent with Dion Lewis and James Baldwin who are both future NFL players.
Not to give any discredit to Miami as a team either, I just think Pittsburgh is primed for an upset as ESPN will be there and that crowd will be rowdy as ever. Mark May approves of this prediction as well.
This is more a product of the improvement they showed against Tennessee last weekend. Brantley is the right guy, and he will develop as a passer, and this fans is the game we're going to see the good side of Brantley.
Kentucky has seen nothing close to an offense such as Florida's this season. Western Kentucky and Akron are just atrocious, and Louisville is sub-par... at best.
When Deonte Thompson lines up and doesn't have Trevard Lindley opposing him at corner (All-SEC CB for Kentucky who graduated last season) he will have a big smile on his face.
Florida will have a great day, and this will only set the hype machine even higher for Alabama-Florida on October 2nd.
Now before I get bombarded with "You're just spewing out random upsets!". I looked into this, and this could easily happen.
The running game has killed the Irish this season (i.e. Michigan State and Michigan games). However, their pass defense has been decent, and could contain Andrew Luck.
In games like these, a running game will be needed to physically set up the pass, and Stanford doesn't have one of those after the departure of Toby Gerhart to the NFL.
One more thing that rides in the Irish's favor is the classic "Overlook" game, that this is. Stanford goes to No. 5 Oregon next week in what will probably be the featured "College Gameday" site.
Tell me that isn't enough to get you looking over your shoulder a tad to the Ducks next week?
Case closed. Be weary Cardinal. You're on upset alert.
This call is more in the stance that Jordan Jefferson has looked nothing short of awful this season. In what supposed to be his "breakout" season for the Tigers.
Jefferson has been more of a liability for the Jungle Cats, and against a team that has as many athletes as the Mountaineers, this could lead to a huge turnover affair if he tries to force in passes that aren't there.
Not to mention Geno Smith who has been leading an onslaught from the Quarterback position, and Noel Devine is a constant game planning nightmare for any Defensive Coordinator in the country.
Keep an eye on this one folks, should be a great game.
As hard as it is to not beat the dead horse, how can I not take opportunity to take a shot at Ole Miss? The Rebels have no suffered losses to Jacksonville State and Vandy at Home... Let me repeat: Lost to Jacksonville State AND Vandy at HOME?!
It's tough being a Rebel fan these days, as you can tell from the fellow pictured above.
Drawing a steady Fresno State team that always competes is even worse luck for these Rebels who are just looking for a break at this point.
Overall, Pat Hill and his Bulldogs is just too much and Ole Miss falls to 1-3... That's rough.
Now, the disclaimer is the fact that the Michigan State Spartans are playing Northern Colorado... So temper your expectations, but I did set the bar pretty high, and I think they'll meet that!
I also picked this so I could sorta give a shout-out to Mark Dantonio on the fine job he has done at Michigan State.
Upon their gutsy come-from-behind win against Notre Dame, Dantonio went into cardiac arrest with "heart attack-like" symptoms. He has been hospitalized and is said to be in great condition and should have a full recovery.
I just felt it was important to take a moment to reflect on what Dantonio has done and to pray for a speedy and healthy recovery for him. It's never good for anyone to suffer something like this.
The Fightin' June Joneses of SMU are ready for a fight, need proof? They're playing the the Iron Skillet!
SMU hasn't had said 'Skillet' since 2005 and June Jones' fellas are ready to bring it home.
Do I think SMU has the talent to beat TCU? No, not at all.
Do I think behind an energized stadium and an ESPN game can they scare the Frogs and take then to OT? I believe they can.
Prepare for lots of points. Dick LeBeau, beware... There's not gonna be any defense in this one.
I really want Auburn to win, I really do... I just don't know if they are going to have enough 'Umph' to get past the Gamecocks.
I understand it's a home game for the Tigers, and I understand they have Bo Jackson, erm, Cameron Newton at quarterback. I just think the 'Cocks have a little too much.
A steady dose of Marcus Lattimore mixed with Stephen Garcia play-action to Alshon Jeffery could spell disaster for Auburn.
This could very well make me look like an idiot or the smartest guy in the room. I'm leaning with the latter. When you look at Boise you see an outstanding passing attack mixed with a stellar running game and a ball-hawking defense.
When I look at Oregon State I see an offense that has sputtered and done absolutely nothing for the first three games.
Advantage: Boise State
Do I believe in the Smurf Turf? You betcha.
Here it is folks, the pick of the week, however... I'm not going with the general population on the upset train for Arkansas.
Let's look at a few statistics: Broderick Green, Arkansas' Running Back has had 32 Carries for 109 Yards and 1 TD in THREE games for the 'Hogs.
Point being, they have no running game, at all.
Another statistic is the Alabama offense, which rolls up hot off of a beat-down of Duke, is averaging a whopping 250 Yards on the ground.
Point being, the Tide have a running game, and they will use it, a lot.
One last statistic is Greg McElroy. Now I know he's not a statistic, but his 200.5 Passer Rating is one of the best in the nation.
Point being, if the game has to fall into McElroy's hands to produce, he can do it.
An upset is possible, but the Tide is gonna roll along and head into their matchup with Florida undefeated.