With two weeks already gone in the college football season, two top 10 teams have fallen victims to early on upsets. In week one we saw the ACC’s top team, No. 9 Clemson, fall to No. 23 Alabama in a 34-10 onslaught of the tigers in the Georgia Dome.
Week two featured No. 8 Pat White and West Virginia falling victim to Skip Holtz and East Carolina’s rise to a legitimate No. 13 ranking after back to back upsets.
With a loss to each team, only by a miracle will either team see the National Title Game. With week three on the way we can only wonder who could possible fall and work there way out of the top 10?
Here is a list of the top contenders who hold their respective rankings but could possible stumble this week.
No. 2 Georgia at South Carolina 9/13/08 3:30 PM ET
Last season, the Gamecocks went into Athens unranked and left knocking off the Bulldogs in their SEC opener. This season the Bulldogs are improved and anything less than a shot at the BCS title game would be a disappointment.
The Gamecocks should have their hands full as All-SEC wide receiver Kenny McKinley is doubtful due to a hamstring injury sustained in the loss to Vanderbilt.
If South Carolina were to pull off the upset they will have to contain Knowshon Moreno and load eight men in the box.
Spurrier said Smelley, Beecher, and Garcia are all taking snaps, but he won’t announce his starting QB until he has to.
Despite injuries and suspensions to Georgia they haven’t shown any signs of taking steps backwards and after the 56-17 beating they put to Central Michigan many question why they were removed from their number one spot.
No. 5 Ohio State at No. 1 Southern Cal 9/13/08 8:00 PM ET
This is definitely a game not to miss; it’s the first top ten showdown this season which features two teams with high hopes to be in the final game in Miami.
With word that “Beanie” Wells being doubtful many think that it is a for sure win for the Trojans, but that isn’t the case.
Ohio State will most likely work in freshman phenomenon Terrell Pryor to bring in more athleticism and to keep the Trojan defense guessing. This will be only the second game for the Trojan since their 52-7 win over Virginia on August 30th.
Since both teams are pretty secure top five teams the only way one would slip out of the top ten is if there is a lopsided victory. The fact still remains Ohio State hasn’t defeated Southern Cal since the 1974 Rose Bowl.
No. 9 Auburn at Mississippi State 9/13/08 7:00 PM ET
After bouncing back from an embarrassing loss at Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State looks to spoil things for Auburn as they host them on Saturday. It will be both team’s SEC opener and the first road game of the season for Auburn.
Auburn goes into the game with a clear starter in Chris Todd; a junior college transfer who will face the loudest crowd of his career so far.
State, who is led by junior tailback Anthony Dixon, will have to dig out yards against an Auburn defense who only allowed 37 rushing yards.
If State wants to stay in the game they must apply pressure to Todd by sending various blitz packages to confuse the new starter. They can’t let Todd get comfortable in the pocket and must force him to make quick decisions.
No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 23 Fresno State 9/13/08 7:30 PM ET
Wisconsin was fortunate enough to crack the top 10 by winning two easy games and Clemson and West Virginia losses in the first two weeks.
Now they head to Fresno for their first test of the season and a BCS elimination game for both teams. Wisconsin can’t afford a slow start like they had against Marshall in which they were down 14-0 before getting their offense going.
This game is their toughest road game of the season as they get Ohio State, Penn State, and Illinois at home.
For Fresno, they have to go undefeated if they want their shot at a BCS game and Wisconsin is the only ranked team they have in their path for the time being.
Both teams have thus far used their running game featuring P.J. Hill and Ryan Mathews; Hill has four touchdowns in two games for the Badgers while Mathews has three in one game.
The winner of the game will be the team that forces more crucial stops on defense.