Potential FCS Upsets – Week 3

by | Sep 11, 2019 | Analysis, Fifth Quarter, Football, Previews, Sports

When we think of FCS upsets over FBS teams, we always look at the 2007 Michigan-Appalachian State game. While they have popped up more recently, FCS upsets over FBS teams are still rare – especially over P5 teams. In the past two seasons, we have had two FCS teams defeat P5 teams (all from the Big 12). This weekend we have two potential FCS upsets over P5 teams. If these two upsets happen, they would definitely shake up the college football landscape.

Tennessee vs Chattanooga

After an 0-2 start with losses to BYU and Georgia State, the Volunteers look to rebound against in-state FCS program Chattanooga. The Volunteers have to get a win, and Chattanooga would love nothing more than to ascend Rocky Top. Right now, the Volunteers are a 28-point favorite over the Mocs, but let’s not forget they were a 24.5 point favorite over Georgia State.

Tennessee is paying the Mocs $500,000 for what is supposed to be an easy win. The name to watch out for this game is Chattanooga senior QB Nick Tiano. Tiano started his career at Mississippi State, and has been slinging the ball so far. This game needs to be on upset alert, as the Tennessee program looks to be in major disarray.

Georgia Tech vs. The Citadel

Coach Collins will have the Yellow Jackets heading in the right direction soon, but not this week. Bobby Dodd Stadium will see the previous offensive scheme make a return this weekend. The Citadel is a ball control team, and can easily shorten a game with their triple option.

We can’t forget that The Citadel isn’t a stranger to competing with the big boys. Last year, they were tied with Alabama at the half, and a few years ago they defeated South Carolina. With Georgia Tech transitioning with a new coach, new scheme, players out of place, this game is ripe for a FCS upset.

Other FCS vs FBS Games

Furman @ Virginia Tech
Norfolk State @ Coastal Carolina
Bethune Cookman @ Miami
SE LA @ Ole Miss
Idaho State @ Utah
Cal Poly @ Oregon State
Idaho @ Wyoming
SC State @ USF
Weber State @ Nevada
Lamar @ Texas A&M
SE Missouri @ Missouri
Northwestern State @ LSU
Missouri State @ Tulane
Portland State @ Boise State
Montana @ Oregon

 

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