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5 College Football Teams With Plenty to Prove Following Week 1 Loss

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Following Week 1 Loss: 5 College Football Teams With Plenty to Prove

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The first week of the college football season was extremely dramatic and filled with upsets.

Eight Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams upset Football Subdivision (FBS) teams during their Week 1 contests. The biggest upset was third-ranked Eastern Washington in the FCS defeating 25th-ranked Oregon State in the FBS on Saturday.

The Eagles became the third FCS team to defeat a ranked FBS team, according to There were other highlights during the first week of the season.

Fifth-ranked Georgia and eighth-ranked Clemson showed the college football experts and the fans why they are national championship contenders on Saturday night. They played an amazing game that the Tigers were able to win 38-35.

Not every Week 1 game was as close as the Bulldogs-Tigers was. There were many games, such as Oregon against Nicholls State and Michigan against Central Michigan where the outcomes were never in doubt after the first quarter.

For the teams that lost their Week 1 contests, there is still hope that they could finish inside the Associated Press Top 25 by the end of the season. Last season, ninth-ranked South Carolina defeated unranked Vanderbilt 17-13 to begin the season.

The Commodores were able to rebound from that loss, finishing 9-4. They defeated North Carolina State 38-24 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 31, which led to the AP listing them as the 23rd-ranked team in their final top 25 poll of the season.

Some of these teams have the potential to end the season still in the AP Top 25 like the Wolverines did last season. Last season, second-ranked Alabama destroyed the eighth-ranked Wolverines 41-14, in their Week 1 contest.

The Wolverines were able to rebound from that terrible loss to the Crimson Tide and finish the season 8-5, 24th-ranked in the final AP Top 25 Poll.

Five teams have plenty to prove following Week 1 losses. The last time a two-loss team reached the National Championship Game was LSU in the 2007-2008 season.

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5. Georgia

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On Saturday night, eighth-ranked Clemson defeated fifth-ranked Georgia 38-35 in an exciting game.

The Bulldogs are hoping to rebound against sixth-ranked South Carolina on Saturday. Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray has a 1-9 record against teams ranked inside the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, according to Nick Bromberg of

Saturday's game is a must-win for the Bulldogs if they want to remain in the national championship picture. They are currently ranked 11th.

They play ninth-ranked LSU and 12th-ranked Florida later on in the year, so Murray needs to show that he can defeat top-10 teams.

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4. TCU

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On Saturday night, 12th-ranked LSU defeated 20th-ranked TCU 37-27. The Horned Frogs showed that their defense is not the same without reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year Devonte Fields.

Fields will be serving the final game of his two-game suspension on Saturday.

They allowed the Tigers a total of 448 yards of offense in the loss. The Horned Frogs are currently ranked 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

They have to win Saturday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana because they play four top-25 teams in the Big 12 later on in the season.

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3. Kansas St.

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North Dakota State pulled off a shocking 24-21 win over Football Subdivision Kansas State on Friday night. This is a terrible start for the reigning Big 12 champion Wildcats.

The Wildcats showed that they are vulnerable by allowing the Bison to overcome a 21-7 deficit.

The Wildcats have to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night because they play five conference games later on in the season against teams ranked inside the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

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2. Oregon St.

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In the biggest upset of Week 1, Eastern Washington pulled off an huge 49-46 upset against 25th-ranked Oregon State on Saturday. The Eagles scored the go-ahead touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the game.

The Beavers defense was non-existent as they allowed the Eagles to gain 625 yards of total offense.

They will play Hawaii on Saturday and they really need to win this game to get back inside the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Four of the final five games that the Beavers play are against teams in the PAC-12 ranked inside the AP 25 Poll.

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1. Boise St.

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Washington pulled off a shocking 38-6 upset against 19th-ranked Boise State on Saturday. This game showed that the Broncos are not as good as last year’s team.

They have to play well every year to earn a Bowl Championship Series game because they play in an underperforming Mountain West Conference. This makes Saturday’s game against Tennessee-Martin extremely important for a BCS game.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his group on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.