Everyone loves the underdog. It's how it's always been. A team that against all odds, rises up and captures the attention of the common fan.
For just one night, that team is at the top of the world.
Their successes air proudly as we watch the replay over SportsCenter, and read about it in the papers over our morning coffee.
There are many ways to view a team as an underdog. Vegas, for instance, provides us with a specific number line that puts the game on a more level playing field. The team who receives points, is the underdog.
Another way is to simply look at the team rankings if they're in the nation's top 25.
No matter how you stack it up, the underdog always gets the love.
That said, here are four underdogs that will capture our attention and win outright this weekend.
The LSU Tigers silenced all the haters after they man-handled national title hopeful Oregon in the season's opening game.
Since then they've given up nine points in the last two weeks, scoring 68 in the process.
However, Morgantown this Saturday is going to be a different kind of animal because the Mountaineers will be hosting ESPN's College Game Day on campus for the first time in the school's history.
Head coach Dana Holgerson's offense is clicking on all cylinders with quarterback Geno Smith looking like a legitimate Heisman trophy candidate.
I think West Virginia will give their fans a night to remember and knock off the second-ranked Tigers in a shootout.
Prediction: West Virginia 38 LSU 35
There's no question that South Carolina has been extremely unspectacular thus far this season, having looked nothing like the SEC East favorites they entered the season as.
They rely on the running game too much, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because they have Heisman trophy candidate Marcus Lattimore at their disposal. The unsettling stat lies with quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has thrown two touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
The Commodores, however, have impressed so far on defense. They're only allowing 14 points per game and have forced 12 turnovers—returning three for touchdowns.
Vanderbilt is an extremely underrated football team who won't be scared of South Carolina on Saturday.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 24 South Carolina 21
USC has looked rather uninspiring in the early season. This week they travel to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Arizona State's fans will be "blacking out". No, not the alcohol-induced blackout but more of the "whole stadium dress in black to cause intimidation" type.
The last time the ASU fans "blacked out" they defeated Missouri 37-30 in overtime–a game that this writer went to.
It's a night game at Sun Devil stadium, sold out crowd and like I said, they'll be "blacked out".
Arizona State is a very good football team ready to make another statement and not lose a second straight game.
Plus, those fans get rowdy and the stadium gets deafening for night games such as this.
I think USC is in serious trouble and is going to fall to 3-1 after this weekend.
Prediction: Arizona State 31 USC 21
This Saturday's Arkansas-Alabama matchup in Tuscaloosa is easily the most intriguing one of the weekend. It's going to be a classic match between the high-powered offense of the Razorbacks and the suffocating Crimson Tide defense.
Arkansas, however, brings in one of the best defenses they've had in the last five years and will look to get after first-year Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Also, the Razorbacks will be looking to avenge the second half collapse they had in last year's meeting with the Tide.
The Razorbacks are a strong all-around football team and have what it takes to beat anyone in the country.
This week, they'll beat Alabama because as we know, anything can happen in the crapshoot that is the SEC.
Prediction: Arkansas 28 Alabama 24