Shakiest Top-25 College Football Teams From Saturday's Week 1 Slate

Zach Brunner
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College football's 2019 full opening weekend did not disappoint, giving us some terrific individual performances, close games and even upsets. Some of the nation's AP Top-25 Poll teams managed to escape upset, but the scares have brought some more attention. These are the three of the shakiest AP Top-25 Poll teams from what we saw in their Week 1 performances this Saturday.

3. No. 7 Michigan Wolverines

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With no more Urban Meyer in Columbus this season, many thought the only thing that could get in Michigan's way was, well, Michigan. It appears that is a big hurdle to clear, as they got off to a slow start in their home opener against Middle Tennessee State on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Wolverines gave up 16 first downs and allowed more than 300 yards against a scoring offense that ranked No. 82 in the country last season. Offensively, Shea Patterson protected the football and threw for three touchdowns, but completed just 58.6 percent of his passes and finished with a 53.3 QBR. The game was closer than the 40-21 final score indicated, and Michigan will need to be much sharper if they want to win in the Big Ten. While the Wolverines did come away with a double-digit win, trailing a 34.5-point underdog from Conference USA, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, until 21 seconds remained in the first quarter is rarely a good sign for a top-10 program playing at home.

2. No. 24 Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Led by Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Adrian Martinez, Nebraska was been touted as a sleeper in the Big Ten this season. It looks like both of those projections are already in trouble after the Cornhuskers saw quite a scare from 36-point underdog South Alabama. Nebraska was able to come away with the 35-21 home win, but it was no thanks to the offense. The defense put up two touchdowns from five South Alabama turnovers to lift the Cornhuskers to a victory, while Martinez threw an interception and failed to score. He was also not able to get anything going on the ground, finishing with only six rushing yards to go with his 178 passing yards and QBR of 30.9.

1. No. 21 Iowa State Cyclones

Northern Iowa v Iowa State
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Iowa State has been one of those sneakier teams that fewer people talk about on the national stage for the past two seasons out of the Big 12 now. Well, the Cyclones were finally given some preseason respect, and they were also quick to nearly throw it away in their home opener against Northern Iowa. The Cyclones went into the fourth quarter trailing and did just about all they could to throw the game away, including a late fumble scare. Ultimately, they kicked a game-tying field goal with four seconds remaining in regulation that sent them into three overtimes before escaping with a three-point win over an FCS opponent. While the final score of this triple-overtime thriller proved 29-26, Iowa State's offense scored only 13 points in regulation against UNI.


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