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Of course there were a few upsets in this first week of the season. But for the most part, week 1 saw the top 25 remain relatively in tact. Fans at Texas A&M, Michigan, Clemson and Virginia Tech will be searching for answers this week as these teams took the brunt of the damage. Missouri won the big game in the midwest, defeating Illinois 52-42 in a shoot-out.
Michigan fans have been waiting all summer to see what new head coach Rich Rodriguez had in store for them. What they got in his Ann Arbor debut was a loss. Utah, who will most-likely crack the AP top 25 this week, was only a three-point underdog. But the Michigan name, the 108,000 folks in the Big House, and thr Rodriguez mania made this win seem like more of a shocker. Utah threw for over 300 yards, and kicker Louie Sakoda kicked four field goals. Michigan cut the score to to two points in the 4th quarter, but the Utes held on to go 1-0.
Missouri will stay in the top 10 after out-gunning Illinois 52-42 in St. Louis. Mizzou was leading 31-10 at halftime, but could not put Illinois away until late. The two teams combined for nearly 1,100 yards and the two qbs passed for a combined 774 yards. Chase Daniel of Missouri will stay a Heisman contender after going 26 for 45 for 323 yards and three scores with one pick.
Southern Cal is one of the top teams in the country again in 2008. The Trojans journeyed to Virginia and slaughtered the Cavaliers 52-7, scoring 21 in the first half. Mark Sanchez, who threw three scores and for over 300 yards, has stepped forward to be the clear USC signal caller.
* LSU was having no upset from Appalachain State. The Mountaineers, the 3-time defending 1-AA champs who upset Michigan in the Big House last season in their opener, saw a more difficult time in Baton Rouge, losing 41-13. It was over early, 34 zip at the half.
* Florida sent Hawaii back to the islands with a 56-10 throttling. All of Hawaii's points came when the game was way over. This is the second straight blowout loss to an SEC team for the Warriors.
* The Big-12 blew up opponents on Saturday as Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas Tech won by a combined 181 points. Texas A&M, however, lost to Arkansas State. Ouch!!
* The state of Washington had it rough as Washington State lost at home to Oklahoma State 39-13, and the Washington Huskies were beaten at Oregon 44-10.
* East Carolina made an impact by upsetting Virginia Tech in "Beamerball" fashion. TJ Lee blocked a punt and took it the house late in the 4th quarter for the 27-22 win.
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