The following is a list of the biggest upsets that occurred in college football on Day One of the 2014 season. There were an incredible number of big upsets that occurred on Thursday, August 28, 2014, the first day of the 2014 college football season, considering how few games were actually played on day one.
There will likely be weeks this college football season that will not see as many high point favorites lose as the number that lost on the first day of the season. Typically, though, you do get plenty of upsets the first week in college football, just not necessarily on the first day.
Again, I’m only listing four upsets here, but there were only eight games played involving at least one team from one of the big five conferences on day one of the college football season. So half those games saw the underdog win.
Biggest upsets in college football on Day One of the 2014 season
1. Temple upset Vanderbilt on the road as a 13.5 point underdog
The Temple Owls, coming off a 2-10 season last year, showed up at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee to play Vanderbilt as a 13.5 point underdog. Temple crushed Vanderbilt by a score of 37-7, scoring a huge upset win.
Vanderbilt committed seven turnovers in the game, but Temple has a legit quarterback in sophomore P.J. Walker, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Looks like Vanderbilt is really going to miss head coach James Franklin, who left for Penn State.
2. Texas A&M upset South Carolina on the road as a 10.5 point underdog
Who needs Johnny Manziel? In his first start as Manziel’s successor at Texas A&M, quarterback Kenny Hill threw for a school record 511 yards, and three touchdowns, leading Texas A&M to a huge, 52-28, upset over #9 ranked South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.
The win snapped a 18 game home winning streak by South Carolina. The win also vaults Kenny Hill into the Heisman Trophy picture.
3. Rutgers upset Washington State on the road as a 8 point underdog
Rutgers, playing its first game as a brand new member of the Big Ten, went into CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington as a 8 point underdog to Washington State and came away with a thrilling 41-38 win.
I don’t know how Rutgers is going to do this season in the Big Ten, but the team has legitimate offensive talents in running back Paul James (173 rushing yards and three TDs), wide receiver Leonte Carroo (151 receiving yards including a 78 yard TD on the first play of the game from scrimmage), and specialist Janarion Grant (48 receiving yards and 138 return yards).
Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 532 yards and five TDs in Mike Leach’s pass-happy offense. Both teams looked pretty bad defensively, but Rutgers red-shirt freshmen Kemoko Turay looks like he will be a pass-rushing force as he sacked Halliday twice in the game including a critical sack on the final drive of the game.
4. Louisiana-Monroe upset Wake Forest on the road as a 1.5 point underdog
How bad is Wake Forest going to be in the ACC in 2014? Not only were the Deamon Deacons upset by Louisiana-Monroe, 17-10, at home, but Wake Forest was only a 1.5 point favorite in the game.
Wake Forest had opened the week as something like a 4 point favorite, but the smart money poured in on Louisiana-Monroe knocking the spread down to 1.5 points. Not a good sign for this season for Wake.