By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on August 28, 2014
With the 2014 college football season finally here, it’s time for teams to stop talking about being good and prove it on the field. Several major teams have to prove themselves this season, but play weak opponents in their opening games. Here are the five teams with the most to prove during Week 1.
There is almost no scenario in which I see the Buckeyes losing to Navy. However, Ohio State needs to make a statement with Braxton Miller out for the season. The Buckeyes are favored by over three touchdowns, but they need to beat even that if they are to prove to themselves that they will be fine without their star player.
LSU has talent all over the field, but lacks an identity. The 2014 NFL Draft depleted its offense; someone must step up. The biggest obstacle in LSU’s path is that the next team on this list is its first opponent.
Wisconsin should be favored to win the Big Ten overall during the regular season and go to the Big Ten Championship game for the West. If the Badgers win against LSU, they could have the easiest schedule of any team from the Power 5 when it comes to having an undefeated season.
The Vols face Utah State on Sunday in their first true step towards rebuilding since the arrival of Butch Jones. Tennessee has questions all over the field, but must win if it is to even have the slightest hope of going to a bowl game.
The Tigers lost their stars on offense in Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, and very few people expect them to be able to unseat Florida State at the top of the ACC. However, a big win against Georgia in their opening game could prove otherwise.
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