The 2017 college football season heads into Week 4 with a number of tough matchups on the schedule, but which teams should be on upset alert?
While it wasn’t a monster week for upsets, Week 3 of the 2017 college football season did crank up the heat in that regard. The USC Trojans can surely attest to this after the way the Texas Longhorns pushed them to the edge. Sam Darnold an Co. were able to outlast Tom Herman’s group in the end, but needed overtime to do so in a highly contested affair.
However, other teams weren’t so lucky a week ago. The Mississippi State Bulldogs took on the LSU Tigers and, well, did far more than just take them on. Dan Mullen and his group were able to dismantle the Tigers en route to a 30-point upset victory. In a different vein, the Vanderbilt Commodores were also able to pull off an upset as they ground out a gritty 14-7 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats.
Interestingly enough, both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt come off of their big upset wins into another big matchup in Week 4. What’s more, Week 4 will also feature both the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles getting back in the saddle. Thus, there are plenty of balls in the air that could get knocked down with a well placed upset bid.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five teams that should be on upset alert in Week 4 of the 2017 college football season.
5. Florida Gators
Rank: 20, Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats
The Florida Gators pulled off one of the most electrifying wins that we might see for the entire 2017 college football season in Week 3. Throwing the Hail Mary for the game-winning touchdown as time expired was incredible as they beat rival Tennessee. That moved them to 1-1 on the season after they were manhandled by Michigan in their opener. However, there’s one question that it seems like not enough people are asking: What about Florida to this point is supposed to be impressive?
To this point, they’ve lost 33-17 to the Wolverines in a game where they were completely inept. Their scoring came because Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight made horrible throws that went for pick-sixes on back-to-back drives. Outside of that, the Gators were outmatched. And what great feat is beating a Tennessee team that needed overtime to beat Georgia Tech in Week 1? It seems like Florid might just be pedestrian still.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky Wildcats could very well be on the same level as that Tennessee team. They sit at 3-0 heading into this contest against the Gators and seem to have a balanced offense and solid defense, most recently knocking off the South Carolina Gamecocks on the road. Given all that we know about both of these teams, this is an even matchup that Kentucky could very feasibly win.