SEC Upset Watch: Week 4


Heading into week four, there are a few teams that should be on upset watch. While any team can be viewed as being on possible upset watch any given week, there are three teams that could produce upsets this weekend.

Will they happen? Who knows, but you can bet I’ll be tuned in to check them out.

1. No. 14 Arkansas vs. No. 2 Alabama:

Arkansas could have the best chance of the three games to upset a higher ranked opponent this weekend in Tuscaloosa in the Alabama Crimson Tide. Quarterback Tyler Wilson will be bringing his high-powered offense for his first start on the road, while Alabama will try to hit the Hogs in the mouth the first play of the game. I think Alabama will run the football to keep the Hogs off the field, but if the game is close, Arkansas could pull off just enough plays to win this one. Alabama is on upset watch this week.

2. No. 2 LSU vs. No. 16 West Virginia:

LSU on the road in front of every rabid WVU fan sounds like a very hostile environment. ESPN College GameDay will be there, and you can bet every Mountaineer fan this side of Montana will be there hammered and wanting to fight all LSU fans. The LSU fan base might have found a formidable opponent because they burn couches up there, people! Nonetheless, this will be a tough game on the road for the Tigers, but I hope this defense absolutely shuts down the WVU offense.

3. Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 South Carolina:

Yeah, I did it. I put the Gamecocks on upset watch. The Commodores are ranked fourth in the SEC in running defense, and obviously, South Carolina will try to run the football against them. This year, Vanderbilt’s defensive specialty has been taking the ball away from the opponent, most notably through interceptions, and I fully expect the Ole Ball Coach to keep the ball on the ground because the passing game is not very good right now. The Commodores could shock the world in this one, as the Gamecocks have not played up to their hype for the first three weeks into the season.

While I’m not sure if any of these will actually happen, you can make a case for all three games this weekend…even Vanderbilt. Let me hear you, Commodore fans!



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  • If Vanderbilt beats South Carolina, then James Franklin takes first place in the running for SEC Coach of the Year. Maybe even for the entire NCAA.

  • I am drinking the Black and Gold kool-aid!

  • Guys, Vandy is 1-0 in the SEC. Let’s see if the ‘Dores can finish 3-5 or 4-4 in conference play before we give Frankin Coach of the Year.

    For goodness sakes, they beat Ole Miss.

    Jon, good assertion of upset picks this week. I agree 100 percent.

    • Nobody said he should be named COTY right now, but that IF Vanderbilt beats SC, THEN he becomes front runner.

      • Actually your buddy Zack up there said he’s COTY…

        I totally agree that South Carolina is on “upset” alert, even though i don’t think it would be that much of an upset. Vandy has played Carolina close for a while now and Vanderbilt actually has a team that could possibly contend in the SEC East. USC has played down to their opponents so far this year and if they don’t come out with some better football this Saturday night they WILL get beat.

        That being said, go Cocks!

  • I am a huge Razorbacks fan and I can tell you our fanbase is pumped up for this one! Expect Joe Adams to give us good feild postion, if we can stop them on 3rd down. It is going to be a verticle game with the Hogs recievers to contending with Alabama’s secondary every down. If we can get a at least steady running game, we will get some big plays on play action passes. Hogs will pull it out and we get the national atention as a real contender for the National Championship! My prediction: Hogs 34; Tide 27

    • No way the Bama defense gives up 37 points. Alabama has given up 37 points only once since Saban has been the coach and it was in his first year there. Also, have you seen the spread? Alabama in Ttown -11.

  • The hogs have a beast offensive attack but theyre gonna have to run a good bit more than just passing to beat the stingy BAMA defense. Prediction : UA 31 ARK 21

  • does anybody play picems on sds ,and if so where did the tab go to click on

  • Commodore fan here. Lattimore is a beast, and South Carolina’s defensive line will be the best we have seen by far this season so far. Other than those two obvious spots, though, the talent gap is not as great as one would think between these two teams. Vanderbilt has played well against South Carolina every year since Spurrier got there, and we always seem to play better on national TV. On paper, South Carolina SHOULD win this one easily, but I think the Commodores can pull off the upset. GO ‘DORES!

  • Protect Tyler Wilson and the Razorbacks win. Hogs 31 – Bama 24

  • South Carolina’s defense is almost as bad as Auburn’s. Upset brewing in Columbia?

  • I’m a ‘bama fan and a vandy fan as well in the northwest. Yes, that’s right. I think that Arkansas’s lack of D will cost them. On Vandy/USC, I don’t think Vandy will pull off the upset, but they will be fired up and ready to go. If they can slow down Lattimore enough that Garcia will be forced to throw, then they should win on int’s. That’s my opinion, and I’m sure smarter people will tell me otherwise.