College Football: Teams on Upset Alert in Week 1

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIAugust 29, 2012

College Football: Teams on Upset Alert in Week 1

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    On Thursday night, the college football season will finally begin. The headline of Thursday's slate of games is the much-anticipated matchup between South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

    South Carolina is favored, but Vanderbilt could certainly pull off the upset.

    Besides the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game, there are several other games that could result in upsets.

    Here are a few teams that are on upset alert. 

South Carolina

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    The South Carolina Gamecocks have aspirations of winning the SEC East this season, but that dream could be seriously damaged by a possible loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday night.

    The game is in Nashville, giving Vanderbilt the home field advantage. To add to that, Vanderbilt is a much improved team with quarterback Jordan Rodgers leading the way. Rodgers is an underrated quarterback who could put himself on the national stage Thursday night.

    If South Carolina's star running back Marcus Lattimore's knee isn't at full strength on Thursday, the Gamecocks could get upset. 

Clemson

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    The Clemson Tigers face the Auburn Tigers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday night, and Clemson could be on upset alert.

    The team's star do-it-all receiver/return man Sammy Watkins will not play due to suspension, which will greatly affect the outcome of the game.

    Auburn, a team that went 8-5 last season, will look much different on offense with sophomore Kiehl Frazier entering the game as the starting quarterback. This is Frazier's first career start, but come Saturday night, it won't look like it.

    Frazier is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback who could ultimately lead Auburn to victory.

Penn State

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    Penn State's football roster looks much different compared to 2011, which isn't a good thing. Due to penalties handed to the school, many players decided to transfer, including their best player, Silas Redd.

    The losses for the team will be too big to overcome for the Nittany Lions this season and they will struggle to win many games. Their first loss of the season could come on Saturday as they face the Ohio Bobcats in Happy Valley.

    The Bobcats may play in the Mid-American Conference, but they are a talented football, led by quarterback Tyler Tettleton.

    Tettleton is an underrated quarterback who had a stellar 2011 campaign. Last season, Tettleton threw for 3,306 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading the Bobcats to the MAC championship game.

    Tettleton and the Bobcats have showed that there's no reason to think they can't pull off the upset.