A wild and chaotic offseason could lead to more college football upsets than usual during the 2020 season, but don’t look for too many this week.
The time for talk is over. The debate of “should they play” or “shouldn’t they play” has officially become “wow, they’re actually playing.”
Big time college football (sans the Big Ten and Pac-12) kicks off this weekend. If the offseason is any indication of how things will go in 2020, we’re in for the wildest ride we’ve had since 2007.
Week two, however, doesn’t look like an upset special weekend. Most of the Big 12 faces a cupcake non-conference schedule while the ACC starts with a few games that will pave the way for how 2020 will go.
If an upset is going to happen, these are the games to keep an eye on.
Please note: a game considered an “upset alert” is just that, an alert. It is in no way a prediction.
Louisiana at Iowa State
Note earlier when it said “most” of the Big 12 played cupcakes. Realistically this should be a Cyclone blowout, but if this game turns into a shootout, don’t be surprised of the Ragin’ Cajuns come away with a victory.
Iowa State was a seven-win team last season that could have been a 10 win team if not for some close losses. This year, the youth and inexperience of the Cyclones has matured and a few of those losses will become wins.
Louisiana was an 11-game winner last season that returns quarterback Levi Lewis, who passed for over 3,000 yards and running back Elijah Mitchell who ran for over 1,100. There’s plenty of offensive firepower here.
If Louisiana is to win, they have to rely heavily on their offense. They’ll likely need to score 30-plus points, but this offense is more than capable.
Coastal Carolina at Kansas
This wouldn’t be Coastal Carolina’s first win over Kansas.
Last year, the Chanticleers upset the Jayhawks 12-7 for their first Power Five victory in what sounds more like a baseball game. The game was just as ugly as the score indicates. Neither team had 300 yards of offense, and it wasn’t really a case of strong defense.
Kansas has already said
It’s a “possibility” they will be play two quarterbacks in the game, something head coach Les Miles is no stranger to doing. Miles took the duel quarterback approach quite a bit at LSU. Sometimes it was extremely effective, other times it was pretty ugly.
Coastal Carolina was the only program to get all 15 spring practices in before the pandemic hit and shut everything down. Kansas didn’t get a single spring practice.
If you want to see what happens when a team doesn’t practice to it’s full ability, watch what happened to Navy this past Monday against BYU.