College Football: 3 teams on upset alert this weekend
While we may only be two games into the 2017-18 College Football season, we’ve already seen one of the top four teams lose and fall out of the playoff picture. This past weekend we saw Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners upset the Ohio State Buckeyes on their home turf. That got me thinking who is in danger this week of being upset and possibly losing a chance to play for a national championship.
1) LSU Tigers
The Tigers come into this week ranked number 12 in the nation and are set to take on a tough Mississippi State squad. Both teams come into this game 2-0 but neither has faced tough competition yet. This SEC west matchup could game one of the best games all weekend and for good reason. Mississippi State has only allowed 21 points over their first two games only to be topped by LSU who’s only given up 10 points so far. The game changer this week will be junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who proved to be a dual threat last week with 235 yards combined through the air and on the ground, and five touchdowns. The LSU defense will need to be able to contain Fitzgerald if they want to come out on top.
2) Clemson Tigers
Personally I think Clemson will be able to beat Louisville Saturday night, however, the Cardinals offense could give Clemson fits. Obviously, Lamar Jackson is the talk of the college football world with his ability to not only throw the Ball but run it. The stats he puts up represent those of a videogame and ultimately makes him favorite for the Heisman Trophy once again. He’ll have to battle this tough Tigers defense who has been stingy, this year giving up three points against Akron and six points against the then sixth ranked Auburn Tigers. Clemson may have the toughest defense in college football and may have the toughest stadium to play in. Luckily for Jackson and company, however, they’ll be hosting Clemson and won’t have to deal with Death Valley crowd.
3) TCU Horned Frogs
TCU comes into this game 2-0 same as their opponent SMU. The two Texas schools renew their rivalry this weekend in what should be a back and forth affair. The two schools separated by about 40 miles will play for the annual Iron Skillet. The same Iron Skillet that has been sitting in TCU’s trophy case since 2012. The Mustangs have something to prove this weekend, and very well could play spoiler. Sophomore quarterback Ben Hicks will have to continue to be efficient with his passes for SMU to have a shot. Along with Hicks running back Xavier Jones will need to run the ball efficiently and find holes in the TCU defense for the Iron Skillet to return home with the SMU Mustangs.