Maybe its just me, but it seems like more and more higher profile teams are unexpectedly finding themselves listed in the loss columns when they play smaller schools that aren't nearly as good in terms of talent or coaching.
In week 2 #8 Arkansas lost in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe, a team that has never beat a ranked team in school history. Today, Ball State defeats South Florida by four points, Central Michigan upsets Iowa on a last second field goal, and #20 Louisville hardly beats Florida International with a final score of 28-21.
What is going on in the world? It seems like in almost all upsets that take place, the losing team is always negative in the turnover margin. Arkansas was -1, South Florida was -2, and iowa was -1.
The other stat that is usually always present in upsets, is the loosing team committing too many penalties. Arkansas had 9 penalties for 70 yards, South Florida had 11 penalties for 112 yards, and Iowa had 9 penalties for 106 yards.
What I am wondering is what is it that makes teams just come out flat and fail to execute when they play these smaller schools? It's not like they do not already know that if they come out flat, turn the ball over and commit too many penalties it is easy for any team in the country to lose to the worst team in the country.
*All stats were found on espn.com