Every week, I’ll make a crazy but somewhat legitimate prediction for an upset in the college football world.
After weeks of trying, the Insane and Bold Prediction finally nailed it last week. It was not without a meltdown in the 2nd half from South Carolina, though. An injury to Marcus Lattimore also hindered South Carolina’s progress on offense and revealed how out of sync the Gamecocks are without him in the backfield. Then there was some questionable playcalling from Steve Spurrier at the end of the game… Ugly second half for South Carolina, but quite the opposite for Kentucky.
There were quite a few upsets last week, actually — but the point of this section is to find an off the radar upset. I’m not going for a Wisconsin over Ohio State kind of call in this blog. Let’s get right to it.
This week’s upset special:
Northwestern upends the Spartans in Evanston.
The Line: Michigan State -6.5
The Spartans got off to a slow start last week against Illinois and trailed 6-3 going into the half. Michigan State blanked Illinois in the second half behind 3 turnovers, outscoring them 23-0 en route to their 7th win of the year.
A slow start is not advised for the Spartans this week. Northwestern brings a solid offense to the table and are led by Dan Persa at quarterback. He can hurt defenses with his legs and he has been extremely efficient passing the ball so far this season, but the Spartans will be the toughest defense he’s seen thus far. If Persa continues to play mistake free football, the Wildcats will be in this game.
Michigan State will be able to move the ball against an average Northwestern defense, but they will need to play a better game this week if they hope to survive on the road. The Spartans might be feeling a little bit of pressure now that they are the frontrunner in the Big Ten and ranked #7 nationally. Northwestern is sitting in a prime position to knock them off.
Northwestern wins 38-35.