19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 12 Power Five Upset Alerts vs. Group of Five Teams

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 12 Power Five Upset Alerts vs. Group of Five Teams

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 12 Power Five Upset Alerts vs. Group of Five Teams

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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.


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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.

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