Upset Alert (Week 1): Elite College Football Teams That May Go Down

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Upset Alert (Week 1): Elite College Football Teams That May Go Down

In the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, every game is huge. Most programs have only 12 opportunities to woo the BCS into giving them a Top 25 ranking and berth to a high-profile bowl game.

Keep in mind, though, the amateur players aren't being compensated for their production (and those naive enough to accept rewards here in Miami are bringing shame to my beloved university). Winning in college doesn't necessarily change their circumstances. I'm sure some of them think, "I don't need to kill myself out there! A 4.4 40-time is all I need to make bank in the NFL." There's not much of a rebuttal to that.

Still—and maybe naivety is a Hurricane thing—I believe the majority of the guys on the gridiron feel the need to compete. Don't we all operate under that assumption? It allows us to judge teams solely on what matters (talent, coaching, experience and eligible players) and conclude which ones are best.

This begins prior to the season; we already believe we know who'll win and who won't. Of course, nobody actually knows. There will be upsets. There always are. Here are some Week 1 games with the potential to shake up the Top 25.

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