Usually, home teams have the clear advantage in showdowns between fairly evenly matched teams. However, I believe there are four home teams that very well could be in trouble this weekend.
In order to qualify for this list, the home team in jeopardy has to be ranked. After all, if the home team is clearly outgunned, it is not much of a prediction to say they are going to lose.
Distractions, especially at the quarterback position, can quickly cause a football team to unravel. While Jarrett Lee is far from a perfect quarterback, he has led the LSU Tigers to a perfect record so far this season, as well as the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll.
A problem has arisen though, now that incumbent starter Jordan Jefferson has returned from a suspension and stated his desire to reclaim the starting quarterback job. While LSU has been able to put up some points this season, their are signs of major flaws in their offense, as they are 107th nationally in passing yards per game. If the Tigers struggle, how quickly will a controversy spring up?
If the distractions get to LSU this week, their opponent, the Florida Gators, is good enough to give them trouble.
Personally, I believe the Arkansas Razorbacks are better than their opponent this week, the Auburn Tigers. However, the best team on paper doesn't always win the game.
Arkansas is coming off an emotional comeback victory against Texas A&M, and could have a letdown game on the horizon. Furthermore, Auburn has a tendency to win games these last couple of seasons no matter how many holes they appear to have.
Expect this game to be a shootout. Both teams have pretty potent offenses and average at best defenses. That is why Arkansas could be in trouble; anytime teams get into a shootout, it's anyone's ball game.
The Baylor Bears are coming off of a devastating loss to Kansas State, and now they have to host a very tricky Iowa State team. The Cyclones are 3-1 on the season (the same record as Baylor) but seem to be a team with a split-personality.
You never know which Iowa State team is going to show up. Will it be the one that barely beat Northern Iowa and got blown out by Texas? Or will it be the team that rose up and took down Iowa in overtime?
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III should be way too much for the Cyclones to handle, but, if Iowa State comes to play and the Bears are still licking their wounds from last week, we could have an upset on our hands.
There is only one way to describe what happened to Nebraska in Wisconsin last weekend: It was a woodshed beating. Who knows how long it will be before the Huskers can get the image of Russell Wilson shredding their defense all night out of their heads. Getting dominated like that can really stick with a team if they aren't careful.
After getting throttled 48-17 in their first real test of the season, the Huskers return home to host Ohio State in their first Big Ten game in Lincoln. Luckily for the Big Red, the Buckeyes are not their usual selves this season, otherwise, I would bet that this game could get pretty ugly for Nebraska as well.
As it is, Ohio State still is a very real threat to Nebraska on Saturday. Both teams become completely inept on offense against quality defenses (Ohio State is fifth nationally in points allowed, Nebraska is ninth) so this game could very well turn into a grind-it-out type affair. The first team to score more than once might win.