Tuesday Question: The Upset Pick Of Week One Is …
In the Tuesday Question, the big upset win of the first week will be …
Your Big Upset Pick of Week 1 is …
@Jeff Feyerer, CFN: South Carolina over North Carolina State
I really do believe that the Ohio State at Indiana game is one of the most intriguing Week One contests in recent memory, as a national title contender faces an up-and-coming conference foe on the road on a weird Thursday night matchup.
But I don’t have the heart to pick it so I’m going with the Gamecocks to upset the Wolfpack.
North Carolina State has been labeled a sleeper contender in the ACC by some, but South Carolina returns 17 starters from a team coming off a bowl appearance that wasn’t really expected to do much in 2016.
If the Gamecocks can keep NC State’s talented defensive line in check, they have the offensive weapons – led by quarterback Jake Bentley, running back Rico Dowdle, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end Hayden Hurst – to threaten a secondary that lost four of its top six performers in the offseason and will be without cornerback Mike Stevens in this game.
North Carolina State still has to establish a reliable replacement for tailback Matt Dayes, who racked up almost two times as many yards from scrimmage as any other Wolfpack player last season.
Take South Carolina. Be happy.
@Pete Fiutak, CFN: California over North Carolina
Of course, I’m not man enough to pick it for real where it counts in the other articles, but I can’t seem to find any other upset pick I’m in love with.
The BYU-over-LSU idea isn’t crazy, and if the Nevada Air Raid O comes out hot, it could beat Northwestern. But Cal-North Carolina is on the radar because there’s a whole lot of uncertainty on both sides – and I’m not sold in any way on the Tar Heels..
I’m supposed to buy into Brandon Harris being the answer at quarterback? I made that mistake last year when he was at LSU. The rest of the Tar Heels have some major retooling to do, too.
Cal is experienced on both sides, has a whale of a coaching staff from new head man Justin Wilcox on down, and if it can tackle, it might just give the Pac-12 a huge moment early in the season.
Hate to sound like a homer, but the Red Wolves have a legit shot at messing up Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers lost 30 seniors from the 2016 team, including their starting and backup QBs. Now they’re rolling with Tulane transfer Tanner Lee, who – despite the hype – has thrown just two more TDs (23) than interceptions (21).
Of course, playing in Lincoln is no easy task – the Red Wolves have visited twice and have been destroyed both times – but this time, Arkansas State is sporting one of the most disruptive defensive lines in football, and boasts a size advantage at wide receiver.
If head coach Blake Anderson can get the offense running smoothly, and if the Red Wolves can overcome the big front seven of the Cornhusker defense, they’ll collect their first win over a Power Five opponent since 2008.