Quick Predictions: These 3 Top-Ten Teams Will Fall Tomorrow
Week four is here, folks – marquee games are finally coming your way. There are numerous match-ups involving Top 25 teams that will shake you from those first few weeks of games involving FCS teams.
But which highly ranked squads should be on upset alert?
Missouri vs No. 7 South Carolina
Mizzou takes on the Gamecocks in its first ever road SEC game. The Tigers didn’t fare well against the Georgia Bulldogs back on Sept. 8, but they look to prove to the nation that they belong in the upper echelon of college football with a win against Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina team.
James Franklin will return to lead the offense after sitting out in last week’s 24-20 win over Arizona State, but Spurrier will be without D.J Swearinger after he was suspended for the Mizzou game by the SEC for a vicious hit he laid on a UAB player last week.
Swearinger has totaled 9 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery through the first three weeks, according to Yahoo Sports. Quarterback Connor Shaw is back, but Dylan Thompson is able to sling it if Shaw goes down. Take Mizzou in this game. James Franklin will be welcomed back and the Tigers’ defense will contain the legs of Shaw. It will be close, but Franklin leads the Tigers over the Gamecocks.
Mizzou 21, South Carolina 20
No. 10 Clemson vs No. 4 Florida State
Sammy Watkins has returned after serving a two game suspension and it seems like he hasn’t missed a beat, finishing with 119 all-purpose yards last week against Furman, according to Sports Illustrated.
On the other hand, Florida State has blown out every opponent it’s played – but who has it played? Should we really measure the Seminoles based on the outing versus Savannah State? It’s defense is solid, but E.J. Manuel is certainly not a great signal caller and Clemson and Dabo Swinney want to get that Orange Bowl monkey off their back. Beating Florida State is a great start.
Clemson 34, Florida State 21
No. 22 Arizona vs No. 3 Oregon
This one is out there.
The Ducks are fast. Well, that’s an understatement. They are really fast. Arizona has a new coaching staff, a new playbook and a new scheme. So, why are the Wildcats going to beat the Ducks? Their defensive coordinator, Jeff Casteel.
Casteel brings a 3-5-5 stack defense – a scheme that defends space really well, and what do Oregon players really love? Open space. De’Anthony Thomas will get his touches and his yards, but don’t be so quick to jump on the Ducks’ freshman quarterback’s bandwagon.
Marcus Mariota has put up some great numbers against mediocre defenses, but the Wildcats’ odd formation will cause a little confusion for the young man. Arizona shocks the nation and the Ducks with a win.
Arizona 27, Oregon 23