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What's your Week 1 upset pick? The FootballScoop staff weighs in

Zach: Rice over Notre Dame

 

It's going to be a weird opener for Notre Dame. The grass is out, and Field Turf is in. Adidas uniforms are gone, and Under Armour is in. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and his perfect hair are gone, replaced by Brian VanGorder and his 3-4 scheme. Tommy Rees is finally gone, and Everett Golson is somehow back. Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock is still out at the moment recovering from surgery, his return still to be determined. And none of this is counting the four players now gone and the cloud of uncertainty and speculation that replaced them.

Rice quarterback Taylor McHaurge is gone, replaced by the electrifying Driphus Jackson. The dual-threat junior is more of a threat on the ground than through the air, but thankfully the bulk of the Owls' wide receiving corps is back to speed the progression along. Admittedly, Rice's combined 96 points allowed to Texas A&M and Mississippi State last season don't inspire a lot of confidence in the Owls' ability to defend major conference spread attacks, but this wouldn't be an upset prediction if the paper favored Rice.  

Doug: Utah State over Tennessee

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I'm going big with my upset pick going with a Mountain West program over an SEC school. When was the last time that actually happened?

One of the major reasons behind my pick is my confidence in Matt Wells and his staff entering year two in charge. Coach Wells' first season at the helm in Logan saw him pick up where Gary Andersen left off, guiding the Aggies to their third straight bowl game for the first time in school history, and picking up 9 wins while going 7-2 in conference play. That included quality wins over Air Force (a 32 point blowout) and Northern Illinois, and narrow losses at USC (14-17), and Fresno State (17-24) in the Mountain West title game.

With do-everything quarterback Chuckie Keeton back in the fold after missing eight games of the 2013 season with a knee injury I think Utah State is primed for a few upsets this year, starting with Tennessee. Inspiring even more confidence in this pick is the fact that the Aggies have ranked in the top seven in scoring defense for the past two seasons, and if you want to go into Neyland Stadium and knock off the Vols, it's going to start with a solid defense.

Scott: Cal over Northwestern

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Reminder for next week...don't volunteer to go third when picking upsets. Truth be told, I agree with Zach's choice of Rice as the best possible major update ,and love Rice plus 21 points against the spread. (I disagree with Doug, though. Give me the Vols over Utah State.) After that, I just don't have much faith in many other straight up "upset" winners. With the points, I really like North Texas (plus 24 over Texas) and would probably take Southern Miss (plus 30.5 over Mississippi State as well); but we're pickin'em straight up here...so I'm going with Cal over Northwestern. The players have another year under their belt in Tony Franklin's offense and I'm anxious to see what Art Kaufman does with the guys on the defensive side of the ball. I see this as an important game in getting the players to believe in the system. Northwestern is an 11 point favorite for a reason; but I can see Cal pulling the upset. 

 

The CFL provided us with the first fat guy touchdown of 2014

There are countless things to love about football season, but fat guy touchdowns should be near the top of everyone's list.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, and back up offensive lineman Dan Clark, provided us with the first fat guy touchdown of the 2014 season last night, and it was quite impressive. Have a look...this one is going to be tough to top.

(H/T Father Darryl Millette)

Video: Mizzou started every practice of fall camp with a dance by a position group

You've probably seen the video of defensive coordinator Dave Steckel doing the Dougie by now, but until now the reason behind it was somewhat of a mystery.

To begin every practice of fall camp on a light, fun note, Gary Pinkel and the staff decided to have each position group and their coach show off their dance moves. The strength staff, equipment staff, and even sports medicine guys got in on the action as well. 

I'll leave you to decide the winner of the camp dance competition for yourself, but the equipment guys are getting my vote, narrowly edging out the offensive line.

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An minimalist artist portrayed Spurrier, Ditka, Bear Bryant, and Harbaugh perfectly, using just one item

Instagram user LessonsInSports has a knack for portraying coaches and well known athletes using an artist's minimalist perspective. But what he came up with for Jim Harbaugh, Steve Spurrier, Mike Ditka and Bear Bryant is so fitting it's comical.

Take a look, and see all of his work here.

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