McNeese State head football coach Matt Viator. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Monday, July 07, 2014 12:28 PMMcNeese State football coach Matt Viator typically takes the utmost care not to provide opponents with anything resembling bulletin board material.
However, that ability is out of his control during college football’s summer silly season.
National website Bleacher Report has tabbed Nebraska as one of its 10 Football Bowl Subdivision programs on “upset alert" against Championship Subdivision opponents in the upcoming season. The Cornhuskers host McNeese on Sept. 6.
Nebraska will be a heavy favorite when the teams meet, but columnist Brian Leigh cites McNeese’s dominating 53-21 season-opening win at South Florida last season as evidence the Cowboys should not be trifled with.
Leigh also takes Nebraska’s schedule into consideration.
“There is no reason Nebraska should lose to a team it is obviously more talented than, but with Fresno State and Miami looming the following two weeks, there is some look-ahead potential.”
It will be the season opener for McNeese, while the Cornhuskers play host to Florida Atlantic the previous weekend.
Nebraska is coming off a 9-4 season that included a win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. McNeese’s 10-3 season ended with a loss to Jacksonville State in the FCS playoffs.
Jacksonville State, which opens its year at Michigan State, is tabbed as one of the other FCS teams with upset potential.
Defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana also makes the list with its Sept. 13 game at Tulane.
McNeese has opened its seasons with wins over FBS opponents in each of the last two years, knocking off Middle Tennessee State in 2012 to go along with last year’s win at South Florida.