College Football Teams on Upset Alert in Week 9
Unfortunately, the regular season is slowly coming to a close. It hurts us just as much as it hurts you, but we knew that the day would come. Before you get too sad, just remember that we still have a few weeks left of college football.
We have reached a point in the season where there is little to no room for error, especially if you are vying for a playoff spot. Last week's games ranged from big time upset to unexpected beat down. Let's bring you up to speed just in case you missed any of the excitement:
- Baylor's playoff and BIG 12 title hopes are now in jeopardy after falling to West Virginia 41-27.
- A blocked extra point sealed a Kansas State upset over Oklahoma. The Sooners, pre-season favorites to make the inaugural playoff, no longer control their own destiny.
- Florida State escaped with another narrow victory after a late Notre Dame touchdown was overturned due to a penalty.
With the playoff committee releasing their first top 25 on October 28th, this is a big week for teams to prove how playoff worthy they really are. In other words, watch out for upsets:
#3 Ole Miss at #24 LSULine: Ole Miss -3.5
Hugh Freeze has finally gotten Ole Miss to where they want to be. Now he just has to keep them there. In the past, Bo Wallace was inconsistent from week to week. This season, Wallace is playing like a true veteran. However, there defense will need to be the most consistent. This is only because Wallace performs better knowing he has a solid defense to back him up. There historical season lies in the balance as they travel to Tiger Stadium, where dreams go to die.
It is hard to believe that LSU is going into this game as an underdog. While Bo Wallace is solidifying himself as a legitimate quarterback, the Tigers are just trying to find a quarterback that can complete 50 percent of his passes. It is very easy to see that Les Miles does not have a lot of faith in Anthony Jennings and that is never a good thing. The key to an upset is being two dimensional. Ole Miss will have no issue if the Tigers try to run the ball the entire game.
Last season, an Ole Miss field goal lifted the Rebels over LSU in upset fashion. We may see a similar ending this year except with a flipped result. The Tigers are just in a rebuilding year while the Rebels are soaking up their success as a built program. However, everything Freeze has built this season may come crumbling down with a loss to LSU.
Maryland at WisconsinLine: Wisconsin -11
So far, Wisconsin has had an up and down season. One could make the argument that the Badgers could be 6-0 right now. However, they could also be 2-4. Statistically speaking, Wisconsin ranks as one of the top teams in the BIG Ten in almost every major category. They currently average 343 rushing yards a game behind do-it-all back Melvin Gordon. The only real problem lies at quarterback, where they are at the bottom of the BIG Ten. If they cannot manage to get it together and score, they will have a hard time keeping up with Maryland.
Maryland was projected to have one of the best passing attacks in the BIG Ten, and, so far, they still have not reached the ceiling of their full potential. Receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are two of the best in the conference, but quarterback C.J. Brown has trouble turning the ball over. In the games where Brown has minimized turnovers, the Terrapins have scored quickly and effectively. If Maryland can move the ball and stop Melvin Gordon, then they will find themselves in position to win.
Both teams were capable of competing in the BIG Ten, and did not take advantage of early opportunities. Wisconsin needs a win to stay in the hunt of the West division, but it might not be so easy.
Texas at #11 Kansas StateLine: Kansas State -10
Kansas State is making a surprisingly strong run in the BIG 12. Last week's win over Oklahoma put them in the driver's seat to control their own destiny. Dual threat quarterback Jake Waters leads the way for the Wildcats. With that being said, it must also be pointed out that KSU has a very underrated defense. They should have no issue stopping one of the worst offenses in the country. The struggle may come down to scoring on the Longhorns.
Charlie Strong may run one of the most disciplined teams in all of college football. He has made difficult decisions regarding the dismissal of talented players, and right now it is hurting Texas. It does appear that Strong has his defense heading in the right direction. The Longhorns can win this game outright if they stop Jake Waters and force Kansas State to punt the ball. They just have to figure out how to move the ball on an equally tough defense.
One conference loss could put Kansas State's whole season in jeopardy, and Texas has the capability of doing it. Expect this one to be a low scoring battle in the trenches.