With Week 1 of college football in the books, fan have a bit of a taste of what their team is capable of. Week 2 now provides a number of intriguing storylines.
Upsets are some of the best moments in the game, especially when they’re happening to teams that appear to be on top of the world. That said, here are four upsets that will happen this week.
The Bulldogs traveling to Williams-Brice Stadium is never a good time for Georgia. The Gamecocks have beaten the Dawgs three out of the last four times in Columbia. With an increased focus on their defensive line to combat Georgia’s strong run game, this will be a tight contest. Getting to QB Jake Fromm will also be key for the Gamecocks and guys like DT Javon Kinlaw can get the job done. After losing last season, the Gamecocks are not going to fold over to the Dawgs easily.
After struggling against Utah State in their opening game, the Spartans are not off to a hot start. Michigan State loves the run the ball, but the Sun Devils held UTSA to only two rushing yards last week. On top of that, Arizona State has beaten the last three non-conference opponents they’ve faced, and don’t forget about their big win over No. 5 Washington last year. Arizona State is led by QB Manny Wilkins, WR N’Keal Harry, and halfback Eno Benjamin. The triple threat will have the Spartans defense fighting to keep up, especially after what Utah State managed to accomplish.
The Panthers opened the season with dominant win over Albany State and showed the team is better than ever before. The Panthers out-gained the Nittany Lions 342-312 in last season’s game and had a bit advantage in time of possession. Pitt’s sophomore QB Kenny Pickett is the “it” factor of the team as he went 16-of-22 for 154 yards and two TDs in their win over Albany. The Panthers run game is back with RB Qadree Ollison helping lead the team to a 238-yard performance on the ground last week. Penn State’s defense struggled in the fourth quarter this past week and the Panthers will use that to their advantage this time around.
Under the new leadership of head coach Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies have become a revitalized team. They showed no mercy in their dominant Week 1 victory, a 55-7 drubbing of Northwestern State. Dual-threat QB Kellen Mond should give Clemson’s defense problems, whereas Clemson won’t have a steady offensive game because Dabo Swinney plans to play both Trevor Lawrence and Kelly Bryant. Let’s not forget that the Aggies’ front seven is among the best in the nation, and being home at College Station will only fire up this unit even more. The last time the Tigers and Aggies faced off, the Tigers were demolished 27-6 in 2004, so Jimbo Fisher will look to continue that trend and get his first monumental win as head coach of the program.