Of the three games ranked on the upset watch last week, the top two came to fruition, as Clemson knocked off No. 5 Georgia and Virginia found a way to beat BYU.
Sorry, Hoos, but that’s still not enough to put Oregon on upset alert this week. And if Syracuse couldn’t find enough offense to beat Penn State last weekend, we’re not going to give the Orange much credit against a ranked Northwestern team. There weren’t a lot of likely upset scenarios this week, with so many unheralded nonconference opponents on the ACC schedule, but we do have two for you:
1. No. 10 Florida at Miami: Both teams are coming off warm-up wins and now have to elevate their games significantly, as the stakes and competition are both higher this weekend. The Gators’ defense lost eight starters and its coordinator from last season, but it played well in a 24-6 win over Toledo. Florida had five players suspended for that game -- linebacker Antonio Morrison, cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, defensive tackle Darious Cummings, receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams. All except Pittman will be eligible to play against Miami. The question is whether or not the Gators will have an answer for standout running back Duke Johnson, who had career highs of 186 yards and 19 carries before taking a seat in the third quarter of a 34-6 win over FAU. Expectations are much higher for Miami this fall, and this game will be a good measuring stick to see how far the Hurricanes have come under Al Golden.
2. Wake Forest at Boston College. The Eagles will have home-field advantage and are coming off a 24-14 win over Villanova, but the Deacs had a strong defensive performance after a slow start in last week’s 31-7 win over Presbyterian. Wake Forest forced six turnovers in that game, including three fumbles and three interceptions. It marks the Atlantic Division opener for both teams, so there will be conference race implications. Will it truly be an upset if the Deacs win? Meh, but it’s the closest thing to it this week.