College Football Upset Picks: Miss. State Over LSU!
UPSET #1: Akron (+10) vs. Marshall – The Herd probably aren’t going to be tripped up this year, but this is a really dangerous game in Akron. The Zips aren’t bad at all, and Head Coach Terry Bowden has them playing their butts off. They didn’t end up getting outplayed badly by Penn State a few weeks ago as most though, and they are going to have to play the defensive game of their lives in this one. That said, Marshall was sloppy last year on the road, losing to Rice, Middle Tennessee State, Virginia Tech, and Ohio, and Florida Atlantic nearly got the job done as well.
The Zips feel like they could be poised for an upset to us in this one, especially if the defense can’t keep up nearly as well as we know that QB Rakeem Cato will manage to on the other side of the field.
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UPSET #2: Army (opened +3, now -2) @ Wake Forest – Again, it’s not the prettiest play in the world, but when we get the chance to fade Wake Forest as a favorite, we’re going to do it. The Demon Deacons are just really, really bad. They were killed by Utah State last week, and they never really got their act together against Weber State the week before. Louisiana Monroe destroyed this club on the opening night of the season to boot.
Are the Black Knights good? No, they aren’t. They’ve only thrown the ball 12 times the whole season, and though some of the base runners like RB Larry Dixon are having good years, there just isn’t enough offense to go around to beat most good teams. However, there’s a big difference between playing Stanford last week and Wake Forest this week. We’ll take our shot on the Cadets.
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UPSET #3: Mississippi State (+10) @ LSU Tigers – Here’s a much sexier game, but it isn’t going to be a popular big. This would be the upset of the year in the SEC, and that’s saying something considering the two South Carolina games we’ve already seen. QB Dak Prescott might be the best player on the field when he is out there, and when you’ve got the best player, and that player happens to be a quarterback, you’ve got a fighting chance.
We’ve seen Mississippi State come so close to winning so many of these games against SEC West teams, and it never seems to finally get the job done. This might be the team’s lucky day. It’s tough to go into the Bayou at night and win at Tiger Stadium, but if there’s a team that can get the job done, the Bulldogs might be just that team.