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It was a crazy opening week of college football with many wild games and a few upsets. Let’s take a look at which team’s stock went up and which team’s went down.
Maryland: The Terps pulled off a huge win over No. 23 ranked Texas in Austin. The Terps went into the game as 19 point underdogs and ending up winning the game by 10. Dealing with many injuries, the Terps were still able to hang onto their lead and prevail in the end. One of those injuries was to starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, who played great up until getting injured. He scored 3 total touchdowns and brought in over 200 total yards. Arguably Maryland’s best player, Ty Johnson had a great game, rushing for 132 yards and a touchdown. If the Terps can string together one or two wins before Big Ten play starts, they might find themselves in the Top 25 rankings for the first time since joining the Big Ten.
Clemson: The defending champs saw themselves come in at No. 5 in the preseason rankings, a little low for last season’s best team. So they came into their game against Kent State hoping to prove that they were still the best team. And they certainly made their case. Quarterback Kelly Bryant impressed, trying to make Clemson fans forget about Desean Watson. He threw for 236 yards and scored two touchdowns, one rushing, one passing. The Tigers will face a big test this week as Auburn comes to visit them in a top 15 matchup. This week will show whether the Tigers are a fluke, or have a chance of repeating.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are a little bit of a surprise here, as their game flew by pretty unnoticed. They defeated Josh Allen and his Wyoming Cowboys pretty handily, 24-3. Some expected Wyoming to win this game, in part to having Josh Allen, a projected top-10 pick this year. Instead of Josh Allen standing out, Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley looked like the better of the two QB’s in this game. He threw for 125 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Hawkeyes to a convincing win. They are probably in the same spot as Maryland regarding the top 25 rankings, so a few more wins should get them into the top 25.
Florida State: The Seminoles aren’t on here because of their loss to Alabama. Losing to the No. 1 team on a neutral field is nothing to ashamed of. Although Florida State’s offense was mostly shut down by Alabama’s defense, the biggest loss of the day was when quarterback Deondre Francois went down with an injury. About a day later, it was announced that Francois had torn his patella tendon, and would be out for the season. This is a HUGE blow for Florida State, one that will likely drop them out of the top 5, and ruin their chances at winning the ACC.
Baylor: It’s been a rough year for Baylor. Between accusations against the program, to their head coach being fired, they were finally excited to start playing football with new head coach Matt Rhule. Losing to Liberty 48-45 in their first game under a new coach is not exactly what Baylor was hoping for in their return to play. Not only that, it was Liberty’s first game as an FBS team, and their first ever win over an FBS team. This was a bad start for Baylor and the last place you want to be with a new coach entering week 2.
Texas A&M: Texas A&M has the worst loss of the short college football season so far. They were up 44-10 early in third before they started to collapse. UCLA, under star quarterback Josh Rosen, came all the way back from 34 down to pull off the amazing comeback win over Texas A&M. Not only did Texas A&M suffer a devastating loss, their starting QB went down with an injury that doesn’t look good. Now, after this loss, a lot of Texas A&M fans are calling for head coach Kevin Sumlin to be fired. Overall, a terrible week one for the Aggies.