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18 for ’18: No. 15 Group Of Five Games Power Five Teams Need To Worry About
LSU was good enough to beat Auburn. It was good enough to give Alabama a hard time, and come within one pass against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl of finishing with ten wins.
But it was also shocked by Troy 24-21 at home.
Group of Five teams don’t beat Power Five teams all that often, and yeah, UCF beating Maryland last season, and San Diego State taking down both Arizona State and Stanford, and Middle Tennessee getting past Syracuse, and Northern Illinois shocking Nebraska, and … it does happen.
So, taking out some of the Group of Five big boys vs. the relatively weaker-looking Power Five matchups – like USF vs. Illinois – what are the five most dangerous looking games vs. the GOFers the P5ers have to be on upset alert for?
These are all a bit far-fetched, but … just be careful.
5. South Alabama at Oklahoma State, Sept. 8
Oklahoma State is breaking in a slew of new players for the passing game, and South Alabama is breaking in a new head coach – Steve Campbell – but with Boise State to follow – another one of those matchups that isn’t on this list because it wouldn’t be a shocker either way – the Cowboys have to be worried.
They’ll get a tune-up against Missouri State before dealing with the Jaguars, who get back ten starters on offense and four back in the secondary to deal with those new OSU main men.
Last year? USA got Oklahoma State at home, and it wasn’t pretty in a 44-7 Cowboy win. But this is the program that beat Mississippi State in 2016, and took down San Diego State in both 2015 and 2016.
It’s going to be a long, long shot – especially after last year’s game – but Mississippi State was a 28-point favorite vs. the Jaguars to kickoff the 2016 season.
Rough guess, the line will be … Oklahoma State -30.5