19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 12. Five of the most dangerous upset alert games for Power Five teams vs. Group of Five programs.
It doesn’t matter how good the Group of Five program is. Fans of Power Five teams are never, ever okay with losing to the perceived little guys.
Like when a Virginia Tech gives up 49 points in a loss to Old Dominion, or when a North Carolina gets hammered 41-19 by East Carolina, or when an Arkansas gets whacked around 44-17 by North Texas, or …
They’re killers for the Power Fivers. It’s bad enough to try getting through a tough conference schedule, but lose a non-conference game against a non-Power Five team can be a season-buster.
Here are five dangerous ones to watch out for.
5. Houston vs. Washington State (in Houston), Sept. 13
Washington State has been able to shake the issues in non-conference play over the last few years, including a fun 47-44 win over Boise State in 2017. But the Cougars lost to the Broncos in 2016 – after starting outage season with a loss to Eastern Washington – and lost the 2015 opener against Portland State.
This year, the Cougars get two tune-up games – New Mexico State, Northern Colorado – to get the pieces in place before having to travel to NRG Stadium to face Dana Holgorsen’s Houston team.
The American Athletic Conference Cougars will have already dealt with a road game at Oklahoma, but they’ll have a nice scrimmage against Prairie View A&M to get ready for what should be a wild and crazy shootout.
Houston has a loaded receiving corps, should be better defensively, and has the ability to compete in any sort of a shootout.
Whatever the over is, take it.