WEEK 4 | Upsets in the making

upsets

As a certain former Jets coach so eloquently said “That’s why they play the games.” Now, Herm Edwards meant you play to win and for these two ASN teams, playing to win in an upset is the name of the game this weekend.

Because at any time, on any field, an upset is just waiting to happen….

1FSU v. South Florida

Noon ET Saturday

FSU is coming off one of the worst losses in school history to Louisville this past weekend and South Florida is fully aware of the opportunity presented. USF is already off to a strong 3-0 start and are coming off a 45-20 victory at Syracuse last weekend.

The big question here is how the FSU defense will respond after giving up 63 points to Louisville a week ago. But what is really scary for the Seminoles is that Quinton Flowers (similarly to Lamar Jackson) is a dual threat quarterback who is going to be ready to expose this FSU defense.

If FSU can get it together tomorrow they should win, but there are a lot of factors that play into that. USF is no easy task and their offense is going to test the Seminoles in similar ways to Louisville. But after a loss like that, it’s probably safe to say that FSU is going to come back Saturday with a chip on its shoulder. This should be an interesting one to watch!

2Marshall v. Louisville

8 p.m. ET Saturday

We know that our very own college football analyst, former Marshall and NFL running back Doug Chapman, will be happy with this one…

Obviously Louisville is coming off of a high from their throttling of FSU last weekend but this week it is a new ballgame with Marshall on hand. The last time these teams met was in 2011 and the Thundering Herd took home the 17-13 victory. Obviously, that was a different time and a different team all-together than this Cardinal squad they will be up against tomorrow.

But there is a mental aspect to this game as well. The Herd are playing at home and their home crowd takes no prisoners. The last win that the Cardinals had against Marshall was in 1981, so I don’t think that the Herd is going to give up that record very easily.

The key for Marshall will be to slow down Jackson as much as possible. After the debacle last week against Akron, the Herd will have to prove themselves and stay in this game because if it comes down to a shootout, who’s to say that Marshall won’t hang with them?


Above: Louisville’s Lamar Jackson celebrates with Jamari Staples during the rout of Florida State last weekend.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kenzie Stanford

Kenzie Stanford is social media producer for Americansportsnet.com