College Football Week 3 Predictions: Underdogs Sure to Score Stunning Upsets

Thomas AttalCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2012

Everett Golson firing a pass upfield
Everett Golson firing a pass upfieldJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

College football remains so exciting on a weekly basis because any game can change the landscape of the entire season. Each dominant performance and stunning upset completely changes what we thought we knew about the championship picture.

This ever-changing nature of the game is what keeps us hooked. Each week there are games that viewers simply must tune into because they're so up in the air or an upset is looming.

So, who will it be this week? Who will step up and change their season? Which team will have everyone desperately searching for their clicker?


Stony Brook Seawolves

Stony Brook has long been a team outside of the mainstream college football program, and that sometimes leaves them unappreciated. This week, though, that all changes.

Facing Syracuse, the Seawolves will attempt to get their third win of the season while pushing the Orange to the brink of a lost season. Syracuse is favored, but their offense will have its hands full keeping up with the prolific running game of Stony Brook.

Ryan Nassib has been solid with the passing game, but against Northwestern the team committed too many mistakes and the defense couldn't find any form on consistency.

If that happens again this week, Syracuse will be overrun by the Seawolves and lose any momentum they gained with a solid performance against USC. 


Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Michigan State has been repeatedly pegged as a potential dark horse for the national title. Unfortunately for Spartans fans, those hopes will vanish with a defeat at the hands of Notre Dame this week.

Against Boise State, Andrew Maxwell made far too many mistakes and forced the offense to rely too heavily on Le'Veon Bell. The team can't expect to see 50 productive touches out of Bell every week, so Maxwell's mistakes will be even more costly this time around.

MSU has a fantastic defense, but the disappointing sum of their parts will be their downfall. The inconsistent offense won't be able to keep up with Notre Dame's varied attack. 


Kansas Jayhawks

TCU has become virtually synonymous with success in recent years. Even when they weren't busting the BCS picture, the Horned Frogs were taking down Boise State. Now in the Big 12, there's no more being unchallenged before the bowl games.

TCU returns just 10 of 22 starters from last season and has had very little opposition thus far this season. The Jayhawks, on the other hand, are attempting to rebound from a tough loss at the hands of Rice.

Charlie Weis will get his troops together and sound the revolt. Look for TCU to rely on Casey Pachall too much and fall at the hands of Kansas.