Final Thoughts: WVU On Upset Alert
Posted Oct 12, 2012

Week 7 Final Friday Thoughts - Richard Cirminiello: WVU On Upset Alert

The very last thing Oregon State QB Cody Vaz needs to see in his first career start is a BYU defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown in three games.

West Virginia will need to be on upset alert this weekend. Lubbock won't get the juices flowing the way Austin can.

For those wondering what former Miami coach Larry Coker has been up to, his UTSA squad can move to 6-0 with a win at Rice.

Is Wisconsin inching back to respectability after a rough start to 2012? We'll all have a better idea following this week's trip to Indiana to play Purdue.

What's up with the Michigan State D and specifically William Gholston? The hyped Spartans defense has just five sacks in six games, and one from its star defensive end.

Fans of overachieving, blue-collar programs need to watch Kansas State-Iowa State. Neither team attracts blue-chip talent, yet both are ranked, and are 9-1 combined.

It's about time for the real Oklahoma to show its face. Few know for sure if it's the team that hammered Texas Tech in Lubbock or the one that flopped at home to Kansas State.

Virginia Tech and Duke are reversing roles this Saturday. Hard to believe, but it's the Hokies that are fading at 3-3, and the Blue Devils that are unbeaten in ACC play and a win from bowl eligibility.

North Carolina is becoming the Ohio State of the ACC; ineligible for the postseason, led by a new coach and playing real well of late.

It's going to be very interesting to see how Jim Mora handles genuine adversity for the first time in his UCLA coaching career. The Bruins host Utah a week after looking awful against Cal.

‘Bama is the best team in America right now, but I'd still like to see the Tide finally get tested by an elite opponent. Mizzou isn't going to be that opponent this week.

I'm having a hard time shaking the feeling that this might be the week that Notre Dame goes down. The Irish and Stanford are very similar programs, which means this game could come down to the final series or two.

Mike Gillislee ought to be the poster child for every upperclassmen who perseveres through a lack of playing time in early in his career. Before this year, the senior never carried more than 11 times in a game, but now leads the SEC in rushing.

Louisiana Tech-Texas A&M might be the most underrated game of October. The Bulldogs enter the BCS-buster discussion with an upset, and Johnny Manziel vs. Colby Cameron will be a scintillating duel at quarterback.

You'll have to tune in to Sundays games to witness better defensive ends than the ones in Saturday night's tilt between South Carolina and LSU. Jadeveon Clowney, Barkevious Mingo, Devin Taylor and Sam Montgomery could wind up playing 30 years in the NFL between them.