Oct 9

Week Six Upset Alert

Posted By:Damian Thorpe - Aiken, SC  Tags:

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As I look at all the games scheduled for tomorrow I can't help but think of one word:  UPSETS... I think you will see them tomorrow, and you will see a lot of them. Let's go down the list of my potential upsets:

The first possible upset of the day kicks off bright and early at 12:00. I think Boston College has a chance to upset Virginia Tech tomorrow. Now Boston College has only beaten sub-par teams this year and they did get wacked by Clemson a couple of weeks back but I like the momentum they have coming off the victory over Florida State last week. Boston College has to get better on defense, especially against the pass. They have given up more than 300 yards passing the last two weeks to Wake Forest and Florida State. Tyrod Taylor is coming off his first 300 yard passing game. Look for Frank Spaziani's crew to give Tech everything they can handle. I think Tech ends up winning this game but it's a lot closer than people think. Predicted Score: Virginia Tech 24 Boston College 20

Another possible upset will kick off from Fayetteville, Arkansas at 12:00. I think Arkansas has the chance to knock off Auburn this week. I don't know if you can really call this an upset yet, because it's hard to tell how good Auburn really is. They are the #17 team in the country and they are (5-0), but they haven't really proven anything to me yet. They did just come off a huge victory in Tennessee last week but Tennessee is not very good. I think tomorrow we will find out if this Auburn team is for real. Auburn's offense is getting the job done thus far, but their defense is far behind. If they are not prepared on defense tomorrow, Ryan Mallet and the Arkansas offense will exploit them. Look for this game to be a shoot-out. Predicted Score: Auburn 31 Arkansas 34

Kentucky and South Carolina will kick off from Columbia at 12:30. I think Kentucky is going to come ready to play and South Carolina will have to be ready. Kentucky is without All-American conerback Trevard Lindley which should help out South Carolina's passing game. This game reminds me a lot of the Vanderbilt game that Carolina lost two years ago. Carolina was (6-1) and everyting seemed to be just great in Columbia until Vandy came to town. It seems like everyone is thinking that this is a "shoe-in" victory. Derrick Locke leads the SEC in all-purpose yardage and will give the Gamecocks defense a little trouble tomorrow. Carolina will have to get some offense going in order to win this game. I think Carolina's defense gives them the advantage in this one, but if Kentucky is somehow able to get going early offensively, Carolina will be in trouble. Predicted Score: South Carolina 27 Kentucky 17

I haven't heard a whole lot about the Alabama/Ole Miss game at 3:30 tomorrow, but I can promise you it will be a heck of a game. The game's in Oxford, Mississippi and the fans will be wild and ready. Alabama is going to struggle offensively tomorrow and it will show that Alabama is not as great as everyone thinks they are. If Jevan Snead and the Rebel offense is able to get going early and get points on the scoreboard, Bama' is in trouble. I think the key for Ole Miss is to get up early. If they can somehow get up by a touchdown or maybe 10 points and force Alabama to have to fight there way back, the game will be Ole Miss's. Predicted Score: Ole Miss 24 Alabama 17

Dear Jim Tressel, If you don't have your boys ready to play football at 3:30 tomorrow, Wisconsin is going to bust you in the mouth. In each of the last two years, Wisconsin has let second-half leads slip away. Wisconsin is (5-0) and ranked first in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is a physical football team and if they are up in the second half this year, I don't see them losing the lead again. Ohio State will have to score and score often to win this football game. The Badger offense has scored atleast four touchdowns in every game this year. Quarterback Scott Tolzien has a 154.65 QB Rating. Sometimes even though a team is not actually better than the team they are playing, they are full of momentum and enthusiasm which can make them believe they are better and help them play better. I think with Wisconsin being (5-0) and ranked first in the Big Ten, that's the case here. Wisconsin will be riding high with enthusiasm and passion tomorrow. They are going to give Ohio State everything it can handle tomorrow and I think Wisconsin will prevail. Predicted Score: Wisconsin 28 Ohio State 21 (And the streak of four offensive touchdowns a game for Wisconsin will continue)...

At 3:30 live from Pasadena, California, Oregon and UCLA will kick-off. Jeremiah Masoli may not play... What?!... It doesn't matter. After losing to Boise State in the first game of the year, Oregon has been able to bounce back nicely. They even seem to have a little swagger back to their game. LaMichael Jame's (LeGarrette Blount's replacement) will be giving UCLA's defense fit's tomorrow. Kevin Prince may return at quarterback for the Bruin's and that may provide a little spark to their offense but I don't know if it will be enough. Last week against Stanford, the Bruin's only had one play longer than 16 yards with the back-up Kevin Craft in. So I think it's obvious their best chance to win is with Prince in. I think Oregon continues playing at a high level even if Masoli can't go. Predicted Score: Oregon 34 UCLA 17

The game I think most of us will be watching at 8:00 will be Florida and LSU live from Baton Rouge. I like to think Florida is just way to talented, but we all know how LSU likes to play in prime-time games at home and at night. Tim Tebow may or may not play. (I'll give you a hint, he will play.) But if for some reason he doesn't (He will), John Brantley will be ready. Even though Brantley is young and unexperienced, it's not like there is not an abundance of talent everywhere else on Florida's offense to help him out. The Tiger's offense is ranked last in the league in total offense. Even though they put up 368 yards against Georgia, Georgia's defense is not tremendously great either. I think this is one of those game's that has a lot of hype surrounding it and just doesn't turn out to be a very good game. Predicted Score: Florida 38 LSU 21 (And when I say LSU score's 21 points, that's best case scenario)

Michigan tries to get back on track against #12 Iowa at 8:00. This game being in Iowa really helps the Hawkeyes out. I haven't seen Michigan play an away game on television since 1983. It seems like every game they have is at home. I have been extremely impressed with the play of freshman quarterback Tate Forcier. The kid lays it all on the line every game. It should be an interesting game because Iowa is great defensively this year, and Michigan is going to bring their spread attack to town. I think everyone ends up turning their televisions tomorrow night from the Florida/LSU game to this one. Iowa's defense will be tested. Arkansas State was able to give Michigan a little help last week and let them know that spreading the offense out is the key to beating Iowa's defense. I hope Iowa was able to work the kink's out this week during practice because if not, they could be in for a long night. In order for Iowa to win this football game, they are going to have to put points on the board offensively, something they have not done a lot this year. Iowa is ranked tenth in the league in scoring. If they can't score offensively tomorrow night, Michigan win's this football game. Predicted Score: Michigan 24 Iowa 13

Last but not least, #22 Georgia Tech travels to Doak Campbell Stadium at 8:00 to take on Florida State. I almost don't know how to look at this game... I mean, the ACC has been so lop-sided and back and fourth this year that's it's tough to predict ACC Conference games. But, I'll give it a shot... The thing I think that gives Florida State an advantage is the whole Bobby Bowden situation. Either two things are going to happen: Either Florida State is going to come out and lay it all on the line for Bowden OR they are going to look like a disfunctional group of players. If they lay it all on the line, Tech could be in trouble. This could be a shoot-out as Tech and Florida State rank 2nd and 3rd in offense in the ACC. Tech is (4-1) Overall and is trying to compete for the top spot in the ACC. This game will be critical for their success. Georgia Tech has had trouble stopping the pass in recent weeks and Christian Ponder may exploit that. The key for Florida State is to get up early. If Tech is forced to have to throw the ball to come back, the game is over. The key to beating Georgia Tech is forcing them to throw the football. But that's easier said then done. I think Florida State plays for Bobby Bowden tomorrow night, and they try to regain their composure. Predicted Score: Florida State 27 Georgia Tech 17

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