Predicting the biggest upset of the 2013 season

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday June 25, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday June 25, 2013

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On Monday, I asked you on twitter to predict the biggest upset of the 2013 season in college football.

One follower replied, "Colorado State over Alabama!!!! #RollTearsRoll #CSURAMS."

Chris (@CoachingBuzz) and I don't see Jim McElwain shocking the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, but we each have our eyes on three possible major upsets during the 2013 season.

Plenty of Tennessee fans believe the Vols will upset Oregon at Autzen Stadium.  UL-Lafayette fans believe the Ragin' Cajuns will beat Arkansas in the season-opener.

These aren't exactly locks, but I caution you to keep an eye on Cal-Ohio State, Indiana-Michigan, and Kentucky-Louisville.

Chris warns you to keep an eye on Ohio-Louisville, Pitt-FSU, and Purdue-Ohio State.

Here we go:

Cal over Ohio State - September 14 in Berkeley
Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh was the linebackers coach at Wisconsin last season, so he is more familiar with the Buckeyes' offensive scheme than one may think.  Remember, Tony Franklin is the second fastest play-caller in all of college football over the last few years.  At LA Tech, Franklin dialed an average of 79 plays per game, something the Buckeyes don't see in the Big Ten.  A trip to the West Coast means the Buckeyes will be out of their usual element.  A year ago, the Buckeyes won 35-28, but this could be Sonny Dykes' early signature win as the new head coach at Cal.

Indiana over Michigan - October 19 in Ann Arbor
Kevin Wilson needs a signature win.  The Hoosiers came close last season, but fell short of beating Ohio State 52-49.  Indiana plays 5 straight home games, and then travels to East Lansing.  The road trip to Ann Arbor will be the second road game of the year.  Wilson recently said, "This team, if you paid any attention last year, they will fight. We need to play some better defense.  We are committed to do it and we're going to do it, guaranteed.  But we're going to be really good on offense, not pretty good.  You've seen okay and fair, in my opinion.  We're going to be really strong on offense.  We're not going to be a stat team; we're going to do what it takes to win."

Kentucky over Louisville - September 14 in Lexington
Neal Brown, the fastest play-caller in the nation, will try to spread out the Cardinals' defense, so they become soft.  Kentucky's DJ Eliot is one of several coordinators in college football that will call plays for the first time this season.  Indications lead me to believe that this one will be a high scoring game.  Kentucky must find a ways to get a couple of big stops.  An early takeaway would help.  Remember that Mark Stoops has nothing to lose early in his head coaching tenure, so the Wildcats will be ready to steal a possession and gain momentum.

Ohio over Louisville - September 1 in Louisville
A year ago, the Bobcats won at Penn State in the opener, so they know how to start fast. While Ohio won nine games last year, Louisville has been tabbed by Tim Brando to win the national championship in 2013. But they've lost some questionable games in recent years. Charlie Strong wants his team to focus on one game at a time, and they'll need to, because you shouldn't sleep on the Bobcats and senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton

Pitt over Florida State - September 2 in Pittsburgh
Another opening game upset pick. The Seminoles lost 11 players to the NFL, including quarterback E.J. Manuel, but this also will be Jimbo Fisher's first game with six new assistant coaches. On the other side, Paul Chryst begins his second year at a program where head coaches were coming and leaving quickly. Pitt has been known to have some bad losses and stunning upsets in recent years. With a senior quarterback and one of the ACC's best defenses, don't be surprised to see them take down the Seminoles.

Purdue over Ohio State - November 2 in West Lafayette
For some reason, the Boilermakers have had Ohio State's number a bit. Purdue has won the past two home games against the Buckeyes, and Ohio State needed a touchdown and two-point conversion with three seconds left to send last year's game in Columbus to overtime, where OSU won. A win over Ohio State would be a marquee victory for first-year coach Darrell Hazell, a former OSU assistant.

Let us know what you think. Tweet to @CoachingSearch

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