As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for an upset. And, after last Saturday’s miserable schedule, I’m happy to report that the college football gods have granted us some superb match-ups this weekend. Not only will these games be entertaining, but there’s also potential for some massive upsets.
Over in the SEC, in what has now become our rival conference, No. 12 South Carolina takes on the undefeated University of Central Florida Knights, No. 6 LSU plays No. 9 Georgia, and No. 1 Alabama faces another tough test against No. 21 Ole Miss — one of the few teams left on the Crimson Tide’s schedule capable of constructing an upset.
Here on the West Coast there are also a few big games that could have a major impact on the FBS rankings. Arizona travels to Seattle for a contest against No. 16 Washington. Statistically, this match-up is nearly a dead heat. Both teams are 3-0, Arizona averages 43.7 points per game and Washington averages 42.7. The Wildcats allow only 8.7 points against while the Huskies permit 10. And — both squads are rushing for over 300 yards per game. Despite these teams being so evenly matched, I’d still consider it an upset if the now-rolling Huskies lost at home. Moreover, consider the dramatic shift in the polls that would occur if Arizona took home the “W” (pun intended). This is definitely a game that has “big” and “disruptive” written all over it.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Stanford heads to the CLink in Seattle to take on the Washington State Cougars who, to nearly everyone’s surprise, are unbeaten since their opening weekend loss to Auburn, giving them an overall record of 3-1. We always hear about Stanford’s stonewall defense. But, while the Cardinal rank 42nd overall in points against (20.3), the Cougars rank 13th overall, giving up only 12 points. Undoubtedly, this is a dangerous team that has already upset one conference powerhouse (USC), and is hungry to do so again.
It should be a fun and exciting weekend of college football – a weekend that could also produce outcomes seriously affecting our Ducks in a multitude of ways.