Upset Specials: The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall

Upset Specials: The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall


Pity poor Stanford, Oklahoma and Michigan: all three teams were favored to win last Saturday and lost. All three were previously unbeaten too, shaving the ranks of the undefeated from 16 teams to 13 in short order. You can now call it the halfway mark of the season as most teams will now begin their second half this Saturday. The schedule is heating up, so we’ll call a few of the games including some of the upsets we see taking place.

South Carolina at Tennessee — South Carolina punished Arkansas last week, their best performance of the season. Tennessee narrowly lost to No. 6 Georgia in overtime last week for their best performance of the season. With No. 14 Missouri up next, the Vols are a trap game for the No. 11 Gamecocks. This game could produce the first upset of the weekend if the Cocks are not careful.

Florida at Missouri — The Gators are 4-2 and ranked No. 22 while Missouri is 6-0 and ranked No. 14. The Tigers should win this game, but it may come down to just how well Florida holds in place an offense that is averaging 45 points per game. Missouri looked great against Georgia last week, winning 41 to 26. The Tigers are not receiving the respect due them, but that may change if they hand the Gators a beat down in front of the home crowd. If the Gators win, it will be considered a minor upset at best.

Auburn at Texas A&M — Both teams are 5-1, but there are 17 places separating the No. 24 Tigers from the No. 7 Aggies. The Aggies did not look sharp last week against Ole Miss barely escaping with a win as time ran out. That means the Aggies are vulnerable even at home. Manziel may be looking for a second Heisman, but if Auburn finds a way to contain him, then an upset could happen.

UCLA at Stanford — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Saturday’s contest between UCLA and Stanford was supposed to pit two top 10 teams against each other, to produce a winner best suited to challenge the Oregon Ducks for the Pac 12 title. Instead, we have the Cardinal smarting from a surprise loss at Utah and wondering where they’re headed. Unfortunately for the Bruins, pinning a second straight loss on Stanford will be hard to do especially on the road.

Florida State at Clemson — The two top teams in the ACC square off in Death Valley this Saturday. The No. 5 Florida State Seminoles take on the No. 3 Clemson Tigers in “The Game” of the ACC season. The Seminoles come in averaging 53 points per game and are giving up an average of 12. They haven’t played since destroying Maryland 63 to 0 two weeks ago. The Tigers will need their best from QB Tajh Boyd who along with Florida State’s Jameis Winston is in Heisman hunt. If the Seminoles do not control the “D” this game may produce a combined 100 points.

Football Considerations

The first Harris poll of the season made its debut last week, representing one-third of the polling that helps determine BCS placement come bowl season. It is no surprise that Alabama and Oregon are 1-2, a position that both teams would like to maintain for the remainder of the season.

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