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College Football Week 1: 5 Teams That Surprised The Most

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College Football Week 1: 5 Teams That Surprised

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Week 1 of the college football season was filled with plenty of exciting plays and memorable moments. Some teams had surprising season debuts while others were major disappointments. These five teams were the most surprising from this past weekend's action, some even in defeat.

5. Oklahoma State

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5. Oklahoma State

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Facing the No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles in their season debut, the Oklahoma State Cowboys more than held their own in a 37-31 loss. After trailing 17-0 in the second quarter, the Cowboys trailed the Seminoles 17-10 at halftime. The Cowboys defense intercepted Jameis Winston twice and came up with several crucial stops to keep them in the game. Oklahoma State showed that they are a dangerous team this season.

4. LSU Tigers

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4. LSU Tigers

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Down 24-7 in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin, LSU made a statement to the SEC and the entire county by coming back to defeat the Badgers 28-24. Despite completing just 9-of-21 passes, Anthony Jennings finished with 239 yards and two touchdown passes. After being dominated by Wisconsin's offense for much of the game, the Tigers held the Badgers to just 65 yards and no points in the fourth quarter.

3. West Virginia

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3. West Virginia

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The Mountaineers were almost a four-touchdown underdog against No. 2 Alabama and weren't given much of a shot to test the Crimson Tide. But at halftime, West Virginia trailed by just 20-17, and pushed Alabama deep into the fourth quarter before falling 33-23. Clint Trickett played well at quarterback, and the offense was very productive against the Alabama defense. After last season's 4-8 finish, West Virginia is on the right track.

2. USC

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2. USC

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Given the recent distractions that USC was facing with Josh Shaw and Anthony Brown, the Trojans showed no signs of friction and proceeded to dismantle Fresno State 52-13. Steve Sarkisian won his USC debut as QB Cody Kessler threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns. USC led the Bulldogs 21-0 after the first quarter.

1. Georgia

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1. Georgia

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After getting torched last season by Clemson and in the first half on Saturday, Georgia pulled away with an easy victory over the Tigers, 45-21. Georgia RB Todd Gurley scored four touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return, and the Georgia defense shut out Clemson in the second half.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.