Three College Football Teams On Upset Alert In Week 8
Year in and year out, college football proves to be a game in which the unexpected can happen at any time. You don't have to look too hard to find an example, just ask Michigan fans about last week.
While it's hard to imagine anything as unbelievable as that happening again this week, there are always surprises and upsets to be seen every Saturday. Last week, the biggest upset came when Memphis took down No. 13 Ole Miss at home.
So, which teams are on upset alert this weekend?
Coming off one of the biggest wins in program history, the undefeated Memphis Tigers (6-0, 2-0 AAC) are now ranked 18th in the nation after knocking off Ole Miss last week.
Unfortunately, the Tigers don't have much time to celebrate, as they travel to take on Tulsa (3-3, 0-2 AAC) on the road this Friday.
Tulsa isn't the strongest team Memphis will face this year by any means, but the Tigers have to be careful. After such a big win, this game probably looks easy to a team that is riding as high as Memphis.
Tulsa's defense is not a very strong unit, but their offense is a different story. Led by quarterback Dane Evans, Tulsa's offense has shown they can put up a lot of points, as they were able to put up 38 on Oklahoma earlier in the season.
Paxton Lynch and the Tigers should look to score early and often on Tulsa's weak defense to put this game out of reach.
The No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) go on the road to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-5, 0-4 ACC) in Atlanta.
Before the season began, most would have predicted this rematch of the 2014 ACC championship game to be a big matchup in terms of 2015 ACC race implications.
However, Georgia Tech has struggled to get anything going all season.
It is hard to imagine that the Jackets won't be hungry for a win this Saturday. They have lost five games in a row after starting off the season with two wins, and Florida State handed them a two point loss the last time they played in 2014.
Florida State's Dalvin Cook has been their most explosive player all year, but his status is questionable after he sustained a hamstring injury against Wake Forest early in the month.
Whether or not Cook plays could prove to be a deciding factor against a Georgia Tech team that has been vulnerable against the run.
The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 SEC) returns home to face the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 1-2 SEC).
Alabama got off to a bumpy start with their loss to Ole Miss early in the season. Since then, however, coach Nick Saban's team has been on a roll and hasn't looked back.
Tennessee has been a disappointing team this season, losing close games to Oklahoma, Florida, and Arkansas. The Volunteers finally gained some momentum two weeks ago when they rallied from behind to upset a No. 19 Georgia team at home.
So what puts this game on upset alert?
Alabama hasn't had a week off yet. They have played week in and week out since their opening Sep. 5th matchup with Wisconsin. After a big win on the road against Texas A&M, the Tide come home for what appears to be an easier game.
Meanwhile, Tennessee had an extra week to prepare for their opponent. Look for the Vols to use Josh Dobbs to try and exploit Alabama's defensive weakness against mobile quarterbacks.
The Tide should look to Derrick Henry to lead them on the ground against a weak Tennessee run defense.