Here are three teams on upset alert in week 11 of the 2020 college football season.
*Spreads are according to TeamRankings as of Tuesday night.*
Florida Atlantic Owls (-8.5)
Florida International Panthers (0-3) vs. Florida Atlantic Owls (3-1)
When: Friday, November 13 | 7:00 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Florida International may not have a win yet this season, but they certainly have a chance to get one on Friday night. The Panthers lost all three of their games by a combined 14 points. This includes a 36-34 loss to Liberty, who is 7-0 and in the AP top 25. The Panthers allowed just 19 points to Jacksonville State last week, but only scored 10. If they click on all three aspects of the game Friday night, they could get into the win column in their eight-game schedule.
Florida Atlantic has gotten off to a solid 3-1 start. Like the Panthers, FAU has been in some close games. The Owls are averaging just 16 PPG while giving up only 11.5 PPG. The defense has also averaged 3.5 sacks-per-game so far this season. That’s a tough pace for a defense to keep, so the Owls are going to want to start scoring more points and taking some pressure off of their defense.
Tulane Green Wave (-5.5)
Tulane Green Wave (4-4) vs. Army Black Knights (6-1)
When: Saturday, November 14 | Noon EST
Army is 6-1 on the season, but they haven’t had the toughest schedule. The Black Knights’ strength of schedule at the time of writing is 112. Three of their wins came against FCS opponents, including a 14-9 win over The Citadel. The only loss they have came against top 10 ranked Cincinnati by a score of 24-10, and they trailed just 10-7 at halftime. Tulane and Army both run the option often, so that will be a focus in this game.
Tulane is currently 4-4, so this is a huge game for them. The Green Wave still have Memphis on the schedule, so that is another reason this game could be huge in their bowl chances (although every team is eligible, having a better resume can still help with bowl invitations). Tulane turned things around, as they were 2-4 a few weeks ago. They had convincing wins over Temple and East Carolina, outscoring opponents 76-24 in those two games.
Stanford Cardinal (-7)
Stanford Cardinal (0-1) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (1-0)
When: Saturday, November 14 | 3:30 PM EST
Colorado got off to a 1-0 start this season by defeating UCLA 48-42. Running back Jarek Broussard had a huge game, getting 31 carries for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Noyer went 20-31 passing with 257 yards and a touchdown. Noyer also had a rushing touchdown and 64 yards on the ground. However, the 42 points they allowed is something they will want to lower moving forward.
Stanford had the tough task of playing Oregon to open their season. They lost 35-14. The Cardinal allowed at least seven points in each quarter, with the Ducks scoring 14 in the third. Stanford’s two touchdowns came in the first and fourth quarter of the game. The Cardinal had two running backs (Austin Jones and Nathaniel Peat) rush for over 90 yards. Although Stanford may have gotten their toughest game out of the way, they aren’t guaranteed to win this one on Saturday afternoon.
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