The non-conference slate provides several marquee games in the first three weeks. But most schools play inferior opponents, at least once, in the first three weeks. Plenty of teams schedule non-Power 5 or FCS schools for an easy challenge.
The major programs are typically always favored by a large margin in these games. But as we all saw just two weeks ago when Georgia State beat Tennessee, major upsets happen.
Another major possible upset is brewing on Saturday. The Furman Paladins are up 14-3 at halftime versus Virginia Tech. Yes, you read that right — Furman is beating Virginia Tech. What an upset this would be if the Paladins can hang on. Not to mention the absolute embarrassment for the ACC conference and Virginia Tech if they can’t come back.
— Furman Football (@PaladinFootball) September 14, 2019
So how is Furman currently pulling off the impossible? They’re turning turnovers into points. Late in the first quarter, the Paladins capitalized with a touchdown drive after a Hokies fumble.
A few minutes later in the second quarter, a Virginia Tech interception proved costly. Furman once again turned it into points, scoring another touchdown.
The Paladins have just 107 of total offense. But they’re making Virginia Tech pay for any and all mistakes.
Can the Hokies come back and avoid an embarrassing loss?