Published September 15, 2011 - 7:17am
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Let’s face it, any underdog in the SEC can beat the favorite on any given day. We know this.
Here are three possible upsets for week three – from the most to the least likely:
1. No. 21 Auburn vs. Clemson
I have seen Clemson favored by anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 points heading into this game, even though Auburn is ranked in the top 25 and Clemson is not. I get the feeling Auburn loves the underdog role right now, and they will be an underdog for the majority of their games this season. Clemson has a lot of young, talented playmakers like Mike Bellamy and Sammy Watkins, and their offense should score points against this Auburn defense. We do know, however, this Auburn team will score points. They have hit into the 40s two weeks in a row, and they are getting ready to take on an ACC defense. I’ll take Gus Malzahn any day of the week in a shootout, and I think this one has the potential to be a shootout.
2. Tennessee vs. No. 16 Florida
While the Gators are the favorite heading into this showdown in Gainesville, Florida shouldn’t feel too confident just yet. The offense had its red zone struggles a week ago against UAB and arguably looks one dimensional with the running game at times. This Tennessee offense will test this virtually untested Gator defense. Right now, Florida is an 8.5-point favorite, and this will be a real test for Will Muschamp and the Gators. An upset here is a great possibility for Tennessee, and Florida’s six straight victories over the Vols are in jeopardy – as with every season. Florida fans better be loud on Saturday…I’ll be there.
3. No. 3 LSU vs. No. 25 Mississippi State
This game would have been much more sexy had State taken care of business down on the Plains; however, that did not happen, but this is still a real upset possibility for the Bulldogs. LSU is heading into Starkville on a Thursday night and bringing its very good defense, and State will be featuring their sick running game. LSU will be the favorites, but I have a feeling this one will be closer than what the experts claim. State does have a real shot to win this game, but I’m not sure how good of a shot. Nonetheless, LSU is still on upset watch this week in StarkVegas.
Do you think any of these will happen? Let me hear you.