Upset Watch Week 4
Florida State at Clemson, 3:30 PM on ESPN/ESPN 3
This week Clemson is coming off of a HUGE comeback win against Auburn. Florida State is coming off of a tough loss at home against the number one ranked Oklahoma. The Noles played a sloppy game with their quarterbacks combining for three interceptions.
Florida State now heads in to Death Valley, a place where they haven’t beaten the Tigers since 2001. Clemson’s defense stepped up big time versus Auburn. As long as the Tigers can put pressure on Florida State and force them to make mistakes, they have a real shot. Especially with the sea of orange supporting them.
LSU at West Virginia, 8 PM on ABC
In what could be a potential SEC audition for the Mountaineers to be the SEC’s 14th player, they get to host the LSU tigers on Sunday. How the Mountaineers fair against one of the SEC’s best teams could definitely affect their chances of joining the league. It’s not often that such a prestigious team makes their way into Morgantown (hence the desire to leave the Big East), so you know the fans will be there in droves, and probably setting couches on fire in their wake.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7 PM on ESPN 2/ESPN 3
This game will come down to defense and the ability to capitalize on the other teams’ weaknesses. Vanderbilt has statistically one of the better defenses in the country (20th in Points Against), whereas South Carolina doesn’t fair as well (100th in Points Against). While the Commodores have to travel to Columbia, they’re coming in with high spirits. Currently Vandy is sporting a shiny 3-0 record, which is more wins than they had in all of 2010, and one less then they’ve had in 2010 and 2009 combined.
South Carolina also has a 3-0 record, but given the strength of Vanderbilt’s offense in both total points and rushing, the Gamecocks will have to sure up their line to secure a win.
Granted, I recognize that it’s a long shot that Vanderbilt can actually win this game, but when you look at the stats it’s much closer then most give Vandy credit for. Vandy has the potential to be the spoiler for some major SEC programs this year.
Arkansas at Alabama, 3:30 PM on CBS
RAZORBACKS ALL THE WAY BABY! We are so ready for this game and we are going to storm into Tuscaloosa and roll over the tide. And when someone can answer for me what an elephant has to do with a crimson tide, I MIGHT have more respect for them.
Other Games Worth Watching
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 12 PM on ABC
This is definitely a game worth watching. As was said last week, Notre Dame could easily have been a 2-0 (now 3-0) team instead of 1-2. Given their dominant performance over Michigan State, ND proved they are a force to be reckoned with. This year, all of the Notre Dame fans who try to pretend the team is as good as they once were might have a point. I would venture to say that Notre Dame is better then most people give them credit for this year.
Pitt lost a heartbreaker to Iowa last week after having lead 27-10 with 12 minutes left in the game.
Notre Dame is definitely favored in this game. However, Pittsburgh can game some home field advantage (although Notre Dame fans are harder to get rid of then fleas on dogs.
San Diego State at Michigan, 12 PM on Big 10 Network
This game is worth watching if only for the sports politics angle. Brady Hoke, the Michigan Head Coach, is in his first year with the Wolverines. Previously he was the head coach of San Diego State, until he left to take over for Rich Rodriguez. Needless to say, the San Diego State team has more of his recruits in uniform then Michigan. In 2010, Hoke led the Aztecs to a 9-4 season and a win at the Poinsettia Bowl over Navy. That bowl win was their first bowl appearance since 1998 at the Las Vegas Bowl.