When looking ahead at a handful of this year's upcoming college football schedules, a few Week 1 losses could have already spelled the unfortunate reality of very long seasons to come for some programs.
Here's a look at three college football teams whose 2019 aspirations likely came came crashing down after suffering a surprising Week 1 upset.
1. South Carolina
For a team with a legitimate claim to the nation's toughest 2019 college football schedule, South Carolina's loss to a program of North Carolina's caliber in Week 1 is nothing short of crippling. The 0-1 Gamecocks are still looking ahead at remaining matchups against each of the top-3 teams in the country, headlined by its brutal in-state rivalry game against No. 1 Clemson to end the season. South Carolina has five preseason AP Top-25 Poll teams on the schedule this year, and all five of them rank in the top 12. That gauntlet also includes road battles with No. 3 Georgia and No. 12 Texas A&M. If there were such a thing as must-win Week 1 games, Saturday's matchup with the Tar Heels was one of them for the Gamecocks.
2. Florida State Seminoles
Florida State has been trending in the wrong direction for the past two seasons, and that pattern only continued Saturday with a 36-31 loss to Boise Sate. Despite heading into this game as 6.5-point home favorites and building a 31-13, second-quarter lead over the Broncos, Florida Sate still found a way to lose this game to a Boise State team led by a true freshman starting quarterback. What makes this loss even more disheartening for the Seminoles is the fact that it was originally scheduled as a neutral-site game in Jacksonville, Florida, before Hurricane Dorian forced the site back to Tallahassee. With road games against the likes of a trending Virginia team, No. 1 Clemson and No. 8 Florida to look forward to on this year's schedule, the Seminoles could make it two straight seasons of missing a bowl game after Florida State snapped its record of 36 consecutive bowl appearances last season.
3. Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee is another program that has been heading in the wrong direction over the past two years, and promising second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt's 2019 season has gotten off to a disastrous start after the Volunteers fell to 5-7 last year. Heading into Saturday's season opener as 26-point home favorites over Georgia State, the Vols were stunned by a 38-30 upset, losing their first game to a Sun Belt opponent in program history. With remaining games against some of the SEC's best, including No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia and No. 8 Florida, it's safe to say the 2019 season could be a long one for this year's Tennessee team.
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