Last week, there were plenty of upsets in college football. I called the Mississippi State-Texas A&M upset, but there were other shockers like UCLA over Washington, TCU over Oklahoma, and Georgia Tech over Pitt. What are some games that are worth watching for upsets this week?
NC State is coming off a letdown at Clemson, and to be honest, I’m not sure they were ever a top ten team. Besides their outstanding defense, the Wolfpack might have a hard time keeping up with a potent offense. Florida State, fueled by a career season from Jordan Travis, look to be a solid squad this year. After years of struggling, FSU might have found their guy in Mike Norvell. This year, Travis has done an excellent job of keeping the ball safe, only throwing one pick all year. Couple that with a potent rushing game led by Treshaun Ward, and the Seminoles have an offense that can keep up with any offense in the ACC.
FSU’s main issue is their defense and special teams, but I think that they could easily be in position to upset NC State late in the game.
Kansas State-Iowa State
Each of the past two weeks, Iowa State has narrowly lost to some quality teams. Last week, it was a missed field goal that gave Kansas the win, and the week before they kept the score with Baylor relatively close. The matchup to watch here will be electric K-State running back Deuce Vaughn facing Iowa State’s run defense, which has only surrendered 83 rushing yards per game. If the Cyclones neutralize Vaughn and put the game in the hands of Wildcats QB Adrian Martinez, they could win this one in a landslide. Look for Iowa State to finally get that elusive conference win this week.
Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams, and the rest of the USC Trojans are definitely a quality team. However, Washington State is an underrated team. They’re 4-1 on the season, with their only loss being a late collapse against Oregon. If Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward improves on turnover issues, look for this to be a close game. Although I think that USC will pull it out in the end, this could very well be a trap game for the Trojans. Washington State has the playmakers on both sides of the ball to put a scare into USC, and WSU should be able to cover the 13 point spread.