5 Possible Week 14 College Football Upsets
College Football: 5 Possible Week 14 Upsets
Turkey and football are about the best combination there is. In the case of college football, though, the day after Thanksgiving Day is all about turkey sandwiches because the holiday itself usually is a pro football day, and the leftovers are usually the gameday meal. Then again, said leftovers are easier to digest considering college football is more entertaining to watch.
This week, in addition to the big-time games like Oregon State at Oregon, there are some second-tier games that might offer a return on investment for those so inclined. Miami (Ohio) getting 34 points at Ball State is particularly intriguing in that the Ohio school held high-scoring Cincinnati to just 15 points earlier in the season, and has at least a defense capable of keeping that one close. We’ll stay away from that one because we feel that Pete Lembo of Ball State is one of the best unheralded coaches in the country and if he doesn’t land a Power 5 job after the season is over, he certainly has strong appeal for a team at a level between the MAC and the Power 5 like the AAC .
We went 4-1 against the spread last week, thanks to Michigan covering the six points in a 24-21 loss at Iowa and the improving Memphis covering an unreasonably-high 24.5-point spread in a 24-17 loss at Louisville. The other two games we won were Navy getting two points at San Jose State (the Middies won outright) and Vanderbilt winning outright as a 2.5 underdog at Tennessee. The lone loss was SMU finally playing defense in a 16-6 win over South Florida.
We’ll try to go 5-0 this Turkey Day weekend, but being 4-1 again would be as tasty as pumpkin pie:
5. Iowa Over Nebraska
It's hard to believe one of the best coaches in America, Kirk Ferentz of the Hawkeyes, was on the hot seat earlier this season. He is not longer in that position and is taking an improving team into Nebraska as a three-point underdog, and should come away with an outright win.
4. Syracuse Over Boston College
This is the season for not only turkey, but also for conspiracy theories given the JFK coverage. A win here for the Orange makes them bowl-eligible. Since BC already is bowl-eligible, any close call probably will go to Syracuse in this one from the ACC refs, who might even subconsciously try to get another team from the league into postseason play. With that in mind, the Orange will win this one as a two-point underdog. Plus, 'Cuse is very good in the Carrier Dome.
3. East Carolina Over Marshall
The Thundering Herd have one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, Chuck Heater (ask fans of both Florida and Temple if they miss him), who has his team ranked No. 25 in the nation in scoring defense. However, Marshall has not faced the kind of edge speed that East Carolina has, and that is why the visiting Pirates will not only cover the 2.5 spread, but come away with an outright win.
2. Purdue Over Indiana
Darrell Hazell has yet to leave his mark on Purdue like he did for lowly Kent State last year, but he will in due time. The Boilermakers have had some interesting moments, like when they took Notre Dame down to the wire, and the common denominator between that game and this one is the in-state rivalry aspect. That's why the 20.5 points that the Boilermakers are getting here against the Hoosiers is just way too high. This could be a one-touchdown game either way.
1. Tulane Over Rice
One of the best coaching jobs in America is being done by Curtis Johnson of Tulane, who has his team eligible for a bowl game after going 2-10 a year ago. Even though the Green Wave will travel to Houston to play Rice, 13.5 points is way too high in this one and Johnson will scheme just enough to pull off the upset.