College Football Upset Watch: Stanford on Alert?


All things considered, today’s slate of college football games is pretty boring compared to what was served up last week with “The Game of the Century.” There are a couple of match-ups to focus on in regard to possible upsets. Days like this are often when big things happen that shake things up on the national stage, right when we least expect it. Let’s look at three games where the favorites are on upset watch.

Tennessee at No. 19 Florida — We still don’t know much about either team, but I know that a certain element of pride is on the line in the Tennessee lockerroom. After getting housed by Oregon, the Vols arrive in Gainesville as a wounded animal, playing with nothing to lose. If they can take the hostile crowd out of the game early, Tennessee has a real shot in this one.

Michigan State at Notre Dame — Michigan State offense got some practice last week against Youngstown State and the timing was perfect. While they were fine-tuning, Notre Dame found themselves in a dog fight with Purdue. Now, Michigan State brings it’s elite defense into South Bend with the hope that the offense can punch the Irish in the mouth early. If the Spartans can surprise and get the first two scores, whether it be by offense, defense or special teams, they can carry this one home on the shoulders of the D.

Arizona State State at Stanford — I’ve seen Stanford struggle with San Jose State and Army. I’ve seen Arizona State go blow for blow with Wisconsin and pull out a controversial win. I don’t know if Stanford is nearly as good as we were led to believe and we are going to find that out this week. Look for the Sun Devils to make the most of their good fortune and knock of the Cardinal in Palo Alto on the back of their defensive line play.


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