Week 8 Upset Alert: Cardinals, Tigers, and Raiders....Oh My!
Let's take a look at three Top 25 teams that might not want to overlook the opposition on Saturday.
#16 Texas Tech Red Raiders (at West Virginia)
The last time we saw West Virginia on the field, they were busy giving up 73 points to Baylor. Normally that would be rather astonishing, but pretty much everyone aside from Kansas State has given up 70 or so to the Bears. However, the week before that, the Mountaineers were busy knocking off a Top 15 Oklahoma State team. So they've proved that they have what it takes to beat a top Big 12 team already.
That's where the still undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders come into play. Cliff Kingsbury's team is doing what you'd expect of a typical Texas Tech team: throwing the ball a lot and scoring a ton of points. After seeing what Baylor did to the Mountaineers, there's no doubt that they are salivating at the chance to put up ridiculous numbers. But this is the type of game that West Virginia seems to play well in. They've been up and down all season, and after going way down against Baylor, they're due for an up. It wouldn't shock me to see them outscore the Red Raiders in a shootout on Saturday.
#8 Louisville Cardinals (vs. Central Florida)
It's hard to believe that an unranked Central Florida team is the toughest game on the schedule thus far for Louisville. But that is undoubtedly the case here. Everyone keeps waiting for the Cardinals to have that one game where they slip up and let a team sneak in and beat them. This could very well be that game. The Knights already have a win over Penn State on their resume, and they were extremely close to beating South Carolina a few weeks ago.
Of course, the key for UCF is stopping Teddy Bridgewater and this high-powered offense. Louisville had its lowest point total of the season last week against Rutgers, so perhaps that's something UCF can take advantage of. George O'Leary has had two weeks to prepare his team for this challenge, so expect the Knights to make this one interesting.
#6 LSU Tigers (at Ole Miss)
Heading into their game with Alabama three weeks ago, some people (myself included) thought that Ole Miss had enough talent to knock off the Crimson Tide. But after being shut out in Tuscaloosa, the Rebels haven't been the same team, losing three straight. However, we must keep in mind that Ole Miss hasn't been playing a Louisville-esque schedule. Losing to Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M is nothing to hang your head over. Following their game with LSU this week, there's no doubt in my mind that they will have endured the toughest four week stretch in college football this season.
The question is whether or not this stretch of games has completely exhausted the Rebels, or if it's prepared them for an upset moment on Saturday against the Tigers. Statistically, all signs point to LSU winning this game. But there have been so many memorable moments in this series over the years that we should expect this to be a wild game. Les Miles's team better not find themselves looking ahead a few weeks to their showdown with Alabama, or else Ole Miss might just pull off the upset.
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