Five Possible Upsets: Week 4 College Football
The 2010 NCAA college football season has had its fair share of upsets early in the year, with James Madison defeating Virginia Tech, Arizona over Iowa, among others.
Week 4 features some top 25 teams facing off against each other, including No. 1 Alabama @ No. 10 Arkansas, No. 12 South Carolina @ No. 17 Auburn, and No. 24 Oregon State @ No. 3 Boise State.
It might be a stretch picking these lower ranked top 25 teams, but don't count them out.
There are also some low ranked top 25 teams that have to battle teams that are trying to find themselves when No. 16 Stanford travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame, and undefeated North Carolina State travels to Georgia Tech.
Here is a list of my possible upsets for Week 4.
North Carolina State @ Georgia Tech: NC State WINS
North Carolina State must travel to Georgia Tech this week in game that can prove how good the Wolfpack can be this season.
NC State, predicted to finish as low as fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Poll, is currently 3-0.
They lost their top two running backs from a year ago, and five of their top six tacklers.
Some experts had them winning just two games this season. Quarterback Russell Wilson is showing why he is one of the top passers in not only the ACC, but the nation. He threw more than 330 yards last week in a win over Cincinnati.
Georgia Tech on other hand, lost to the struggling Kansas Jayhawks, and got all they could handle from a depleted North Carolina team.
No. 16 Stanford @ Notre Dame: Irish WIN
The Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" are 1-2 on the young season, but both losses came in the closing seconds of the game.
Heisman candidate drove the Michigan Wolverines down the field, and scored with just 27 seconds left to defeat the Irish.
Then, the following week Michigan State faked a field goal in overtime, and scored on a pass to defeat the Irish in South Bend.
Now the No. 16 Stanford Cardinal, a bitter rival to the Irish comes into town this weekend.
I truly hope the Irish can find their identity, and they can get back to their winning ways. Stanford has put up some astonishing numbers against weak competition.
They might be overlooking Notre Dame with a showdown against No. 5 Oregon in Eugene the following week.
No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 3 Boise State: The Beavers WIN
No. 24 Oregon State travels to Idaho to take on No. 3 Boise State on Saturday night.
The Beavers played a tough game against No. 4 TCU to open the season only to fall apart late, ending with a 30-21 loss.
They struggled against Louisville, but the Beavers are a solid football team and will play the Broncos tough this weekend.
On the other hand, have dominated their three opponents, but all against some week competition. This is the only team in the top 25 the play the rest of the season.
They beat a Virgina Tech team, which was supposed to be their statement victory, but then the Hokies lost to James Madison.
They beat a Wyoming team, who rank in the bottom 100 in all offensive categories.
Boise State is well-coached, but it is a game to look into.
No. 12 South Carolina @ No. 17 Auburn: The Gamecocks WIN
The No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks are finally living up to the expectations of being a team coached by Steve Spurrier.
Their style of play is something that Spurrier is not used too. The Gamecocks are relying on the running game of freshman Marcus Lattimore, and a sound defense.
This is their first true test of the season as they travel to the No. 17 Auburn Tigers.
It is hard to win on the road in any college football game, but in the SEC it is especially difficult.
Auburn looked sloppy against a Clemson team that is less superior to its speed and athletic ability. But it took Auburn overtime to beat Clemson.
South Carolina's defense will be too strong, and this will be a statement game for what they want they are trying to do in the SEC.
No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 1 Alabama: Razorbacks WIN
The No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks get their best chance to show what they can do this year this weekend when they host No. 1 Alabama.
Heisman candidate Ryan Mallet is third in the nation with 367.7 yards per game, and their defense is only giving up 11 points per game.
They traveled to Georgia last weekend to take on the Bulldogs and defeated them 31-24.
Alabama is clearly the No. 1 team in the nation with wins over San Jose State, Penn State, and Duke.
However, not one of these teams are quality opponents, with Penn State being ranked, but vastly overrated with a freshman quarterback leading the offense.
Arkansas will play Nick Saban's team tough, and give them all they can handle.