These college football teams may be favored but it doesn't mean they'll win this week.
by Athlon Sports Welcome to Week 6 of the college football "Upset Watch" here at Athlon Sports!
If your team is on this list, you have every reason to be nervous. We've had at least one team from each of the first five weeks of "upset watch" go down to underdogs. Last week, it was Minnesota losing at home to Purdue. Who will it be this week?
Let's take a look at the five teams on "upset watch" for Week 6.
No. 5 Clemson (at Boston College) 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, live stream on fuboTV (Start your free trial)
Clemson will be nearly a three-touchdown favorite traveling to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. The Eagles are feeling pretty good after winning a barn-burner against Louisville last week — a game that could have changed the trajectory of their season. As good as the Tigers are, we've seen better Dabo Swinney teams lose to similar competition and talent as to what Boston College will field on Saturday. Keep one eye on the score of this one early. If it's close in the first half, it'll probably be close the whole way.
Why wouldn't we be? Even when we had better teams BC always played us tough. They've got a good QB and we are coming off an emotional win. This is EXACTLY the kind of game favored teams lose. I don't expect us to, but to act like the idea of someone even thinking its possible is some kind of slight is absurd.
I genuinely don't see us losing this game unless we go in sleepwalking and half the team is in the dog house. BC is pretty bad this year. Heck, they have lost to Rutgers and Virginia Tech. And we all know how bad Virginia Tech is offensively and where Rutgers stands perennially. Their offensive line is inexperienced and BAD. This should be a lopsided affair just in that aspect alone.
If we can get the run game going early, then we will cruise to an easy victory.
Did some quick researching. And to put into light how bad their offense is against teams with a pulse (Rutgers, VT, Louisville, FSU). They have around an average of 4 sacks allowed a game. And below 30% 3rd down conversion rate. And are allowing nearly 2 turnovers a game on average. Very good matchup for our defense.
And on the defensive side. Those same teams are averaging around 170 yards rushing against them as well.
Clemson opponent that many points this time of the year. It's the perfect time for Dabo to have evaluated exactly what each player can do and switch them in and out of the game to show them what they lack so he can workout the bugs and develop them toward being complete.
Give me BC and the points. Also, we've lost a few games when he does that. Anyone who complains about how Dabo take our players to the finish line just isn't paying attention to the process or the results. He is as good as Danny Ford at getting all they got from his guys.
That statement comes down the whether you think Clemson 2017 was better than Clemson 2022.
The Syracuse team that won 4 games certainly seems to measure up with what BC has been so far this season.
I would argue that Clemson 2017 team definitely had a worse offense for that game when you consider that it played that game with an injured Kelly Bryant. TBD on whether or not the end result of the season will be better or worse than that offense's full body of work.
I say that the 2017 defense was a better side of the ball than this year's version of the defense.
We'll call it a push when comparing the 2 Clemson teams.
The next closest example that this guy may be searching for would be Pitt 2016, but that Pitt team finished 8-5 on the season and at this point in the year it doesn't appear that BC is headed for anything close to that. I don't buy that team being comparable to this season's BC team right now.
None of this means that Clemson can't lose Saturday night, but it does further highlight what I mentioned above in that this writer did a horrible job writing his little paragraph to defend his premise.
Why does everyone on Tnet get worked up about articles written that mention Clemson? Yes, Clemson is on upset watch this week. It doesn’t mean they’re going to lose..it just means it’s a possibility. For one they’re coming off back to back emotional big wins vs ranked division opponents. This is a night game on the road vs a team who has played Clemson tough over the past few years. Clemson also plays vs FSU next weekend so there could be a little looking ahead. BC has an NFL QB, NFL WR, and the defense will likely still be without some key pieces. Do I think they’ll lose, no, but no reason to get so bent out of shape when articles like this come out.
thought it was worth sharing. The way I honestly see it, if we are on "upset" watch or alert, then that's a good thing. Means we are expected to win.
I wasn’t responding to you necessarily…just in general about others that seem to think every article is a hit piece against Clemson. Yes we all know the national media would love nothing more than Clemson to be irrelevant bc they could focus on OSU, Bama, Georgia, or the rest of the SEspnC teams who are mostly over hyped.
These clowns put Clemson on upset alert probably 6 games a year. We are used to it by now. They are playing the odds that it has to happen sooner or later. And they want to be the guy that says “I told you so”. Ain’t happening this week.