And as every week happens in the college football season, the landscape is littered with more and more upsets. On my Upset Watch last week, I finally got on the right side of the ledger with Wake Forest upsetting North Carolina. Other than that, I was 1-5 last week, so, right now it’s good news if your team is put on Upset Watch. However, despite not being able to call, there was a stunner as the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks lost to UL-Monroe 34-31 in OT. The loss took Arkansas all the way out of the polls, and the Razorbacks now have the No. 1 team in the land, Alabama, to deal with. It was also a bad week for teams in Colorado as Colorado St. lost to FCS North Dakota St. 22-7 and Colorado was beat on a last second FG by FCS Sacramento St. 30-28. I look at any more possible craziness at Week 3 of the College Football Upset Watch.
Big Ten. Upsets (Week Two): Iowa St. 9, Iowa 6. Oregon St. 10, (13) Wisconsin 7. Upset Call: Western Michigan over Minnesota. The Broncos have already let me down once, but I went with Western Michigan over Navy playing Penn St. because I think the Nittany Lions will get back on track. Western Michigan rebounded from a 24-7 loss to Illinois to put away Eastern Illinois 52-21. With their offense looking better, I think they will be a handful for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota received some confidence last week by smashing New Hampshire 44-7, but they need to three OTs to survive UNLV in the opening week 30-27. I think they will get an equally daunting task from Western Michigan, a MAC front runner.
ACC. Upsets (Week Two): Wake Forest 28, North Carolina 27. Upset Call: Virginia over Georgia Tech. On the surface, it may seem like a daunting task for the Cavaliers in Atlanta. Virginia is coming off escaping by the skin of their teeth on missed FGs to beat Penn State 17-16. But, a win is a win, and Virginia defeated Georgia Tech last season 24-21 to start a stretch in ACC play where they won five of six. The Yellow Jackets will have their backs up against the wall. With a loss, they would be in a deep 0-2 hole in the ACC Coastal division.
Big 12. Upsets (Week Two): Rice 25, Kansas 24. Arizona 59, Oklahoma St. 38. Upset Call: Kansas over (16) TCU. The Big 12 had no upsets in Week One, and they have a good chance to go the same course in Week 3. But, I’m going to go with the Jayhawks against TCU in the Horned Frog’s first Big 12 game. After falling to Rice, Charlie Weis should have his team’s full attention. And, if Kansas is going to improve on their 0-9 Big 12 slate, getting a jump on TCU in the first Big 12 road game is a huge step. TCU is completely untested so far this season. They are 1-0 having beat Grambling State 56-0. They only return 10 of 22 starters; this might be a tougher game than TCU is expecting.
Big East. Upsets (Week Two): None. Upset Call: Rutgers over South Florida. With Pittsburgh looking like they are out of the mix, it looks like a four team race for the Big East title: Louisville, South Florida, Rutgers, and Cincinnati. Two of the teams meet here on short rest in the ESPN Thursday night game. I really think the short rest harms the Bulls more. They played a close game Saturday night in Reno edging Nevada 32-31. Now, a team that struggled in the Big East last season, 1-6, has to face Rutgers on short rest. Rutgers hasn’t played anyone overly impressive (Tulane, Howard), but they are probably in better shape notching a relatively easy win at home over Howard last Saturday (26-0).
Pac 12. Upsets (Week Two): Utah St. 27, Utah 20. Sacramento St. 30, Colorado 28. Upset Call: Arizona State over Missouri. This is a re-match from last year that the Sun Devils won 37-30 in OT. This year, though, the game will be at Missouri. Arizona State is implementing first year coach Todd Graham’s new system, and they are doing it well scoring 54 points a game including a blowout win over Illinois 45-14. Missouri had their first game in the SEC last Saturday, and they couldn’t hold off a late Georgia charge losing 41-20. The Tigers are trying to get back on track before next week’s trip to No. 8 South Carolina.
SEC. Upsets (Week Two): UL Monroe 34, Arkansas 31. Upset Call: (18) Florida over (23) Tennessee. Although the Gators are ranked higher, since the game is in Tennessee, the Volunteers are favored. Are we ready to crown Tennessee as being back? Without a doubt, this is Derek Dooley’s best squad since he’s been down in Knoxville. They returned 18 starters, and they have come out of the gate on fire with convincing wins over N.C St. and Georgia St. But, Tennessee is still 0-0 in the SEC, and they went 1-7 last season including 33-23 loss to Florida. For the Gators, they’ve already survived one SEC road test, defeating Texas A&M in the Aggies’ first SEC game 20-17.