DOUGstradamus on upset alert: Three surprises to watch for in Week 2
But there’s always that chance that on the right day, at the right time, the underdog could have the recipe needed for an upset.
ASN’s Doug Chapman — aka “DOUGstradamus” — also weighs in on the top three games with the potential to be on Week 2 upset alert.
WASHINGTON STATE AT BOISE STATE
10:15 p.m. Saturday
Fun fact: The last time Boise State lost a home opener was to none other than Washington State in 2001. Now the Broncos open up at home this week with the potential of that thought lingering in the backs of their minds.
Sure, it’s a little harder to believe after watching the Cougars last week against Eastern Washington, but they had the same struggle a year ago during their season opener against Portland State. Let us add that they only lost two of the next 10 games after that.
» DOUGstradamus says: “Yes, Washington State lost to FCS’ Eastern Washington last week, but they can score 40+ points a game and Luke Falk will likely throw 45+ times for 400 yards. When you have an offense like that there’s always a chance. Lucky for Boise, they’re at home.”
VIRGINIA TECH VS. TENNESSEE
8 p.m. Saturday
Tennessee managed to slip away with a win last week over Appalachian State, but that doesn’t mean that all is well in Knoxville. The Virginia Tech defense is sure to test the Vols this week and Josh Dobbs will have to consistently perform despite their pressure.
Dobbs completed 16 of 29 passes last week for 192 yards — not the type of offensive performance that he will need to put on this week. But let’s also assume that Appalachian State was a reality check that will get this Tennessee team into gear.
» DOUGstradamus says: “Tennessee struggled against App State, and Virginia Tech took a while to wake up against Liberty, but has a great chance in this neutral site game that will have 150,000 in attendance … anything can happen.”
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT LSU
7:30 p.m. Saturday
Need we bring up Jacksonville State’s shocking performance against Auburn last year? Or should we bring up that LSU is still looking for its first win of 2016? Both are relevant in this Week 2 matchup.
JSU always stirs up some questions when they face SEC opponents. The Gamecocks almost knocked off the Tigers last year, losing 27-20 in overtime. In 2010, they nearly upset Ole Miss. The Gamecocks are not a team to look past on the schedule.
JSU reached the FCS championship game last season and aims to return. Meanwhile, LSU's hopes of reaching the College Football Playoffs took a blow with a loss to Wisconsin last Saturday.
» DOUGstradamus says: “Yes it sounds crazy but why not? Jacksonville State will be fired up and FCS teams have given SEC West teams all they can handle as of late (hello Mississippi State). Plus, Leonard Fournette isn’t 100% and Brandon Harris’ play is unpredictable.”
(All times Eastern)
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Above: Brett Rypien completed 22 of 33 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-10 victory against Louisiana last Saturday on ASN. (Courtesy Boise State Athletics)