Week 3 of the 2019 college football season looks kind of boring. There are no games between top 25 teams for the first time in more than a year. College football games aren’t played on paper, though.
If history is any indicator of what’s to come in Week 3, you’re going to want to be on the lookout for some upsets this weekend.
ESPN’s Chris Fallica noted that we could be getting at least a couple of upsets on Saturday.
At least two top 25 teams have lost the last five times a college football weekend featured no games between ranked teams.
Each of the last 5 times there was a weekend without a ranked matchup, at least 2 ranked teams lost to NR teams. 9/25/04 was last weekend without a ranked matchup that every ranked team won. That weekend #1 USC needed a 4th qtr TD to beat Stanford 31-28 as a 22.5 pt favorite.
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) September 11, 2019
What teams should be most nervous on Saturday?
Here are three potential upset picks:
1. No. 6 Ohio State at Indiana
The Hoosiers always seem to give the Buckeyes problems, especially in Bloomington, Ind. Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knows this all too well.
“Indiana’s got very good players in certain positions. They could certainly play at Ohio State. I can tell you Ohio State respects Indiana because of they way they play us, and it’s every year…Indiana gives you fits,” Meyer said of this week’s matchup.
The Hoosiers, though, might be without dual-threat quarterback Michael Penix, who’s a game-time decision.
Michael Penix is a gametime decision for Saturday against Ohio State, per Tom Allen. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) September 12, 2019
Indiana will need him in order to have a chance at pulling off this upset.
2. No. 9 Florida at Kentucky
The Gators are a top 10 team, though the Wildcats have been a trendy upset pick in certain college football circles.
Ralph D. Russo, the national college football writer for the AP, is picking Kentucky over Florida.
“Wildcats snapped a three-decade losing streak to the Gators last year, and try to make it two straight, but without QB Terry Wilson (knee) … KENTUCKY 24-21,” he predicts.
3. No. 1 Clemson at Syracuse
No team – outside of Alabama – has given Clemson more trouble in recent years than Syracuse. The Orange upset the Tigers two years ago and nearly knocked them off last year.
Most people don’t think there’s a chance of this happening again. Syracuse has disappointed this year, getting blown out at Maryland last weekend. Clemson, meanwhile, looked like a national title favorite against Texas A&M last Saturday.
This is a home night game, though, and Syracuse will get up for it in a big way. If the Orange can force a turnover or two early and really get the crowd into it, this could be close all game.
What upsets are you picking on Saturday?