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Much of a team's place in the college football landscape isn't determined by what a team does on its own. The performance of a team's opponents is a huge factor as well.

BYU lost to Virginia, and Utah defeated Utah State, but there were many, many other games that took place all over the country, and more than 30 of them had bearing on BYU, Utah and USU's standing. Why? Because these teams will face off against the Cougars, Utes and Aggies later this year.

Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams who will face off against BYU, Utah and USU fared in week one.

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BYU: How the Cougars' opponents fared



Suffice it to say that BYU's opener was less than impressive.

BYU fans have a lot to anticipate, though — most of the other marquee matchups on the Cougars' schedule were victorious in week one. This presents the Cougars with what they used to build their national brand in decades past: beating high-profile opponents and coming up with unlikely wins.

Here's a closer look at how each of BYU's 12 opponents fared in the first week of college football.

Virginia Cavaliers
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Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat BYU (0-1), 19-16

This week: vs. No. 3 Oregon (1-0), Saturday

While Virginia's offense struggled to move the ball, the Cavaliers took advantage of a handful of BYU mistakes deep in Cougar territory to score enough points to earn the week one victory.

Virginia's defense disrupted the new BYU offense, producing three sacks, a safety and a late interception that led to the game-winning touchdown — a 13-yard Kevin Parks touchdown run with 2:36 remaining.

“We wanted to make them make mistakes with their passing game and we could sense the frustration of their linemen and their quarterback because they were always looking down at the ground after pass plays,” Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban told The Daily Progress.

Up next for Virginia is a home tilt with the Ducks, who rolled up 772 yards of total offense in a 66-3 victory over Nicholls State.

No. 15 Texas Longhorns

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat New Mexico State (0-1), 56-7

This week: at BYU (0-1), Saturday

The Longhorns — who put up a school-record 715 yards of total offense — exploded on offense after a slow quarter and a half to blow out the Aggies. Quarterback David Ash led the attack, throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns and adding 91 yards and a score on the ground.

Texas led just 14-7 at halftime, due in part to three first-half turnovers. But the Longhorns quickly found their groove in the second half to pull away.

"We started off obviously slow," Ash told the Associated Press. "(But) you feel that momentum shift when things start rolling. We're a good team when that starts happening."

Up next for Texas is a trip to Provo this Saturday.

Utah Utes

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Utah State (0-1), 30-26

This week: vs. Weber State (1-0), Saturday

Utah overcame a nine-point second-half deficit to earn revenge for a loss to the Aggies last season. Two third-quarter plays — a 56-yard pass and an onside kick recovery — helped Utah score 10 points to put the Utes ahead and shift the momentum in the game.

“We’ve been practicing it all week and when he did that, it kind of turned the momentum,’’ tight end Jake Murphy said of the onside kick. “That got our blood flowing. It was an awesome play, probably the biggest play of the game.’’

The Utes stiffened on defense late in the game and the Utah offense picked up as well, finishing with 450 total yards and keeping the ball away from USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies' offense down the stretch.

Up next for Utah is a home game against Weber State, which is coming off a 50-40 victory over Stephen F. Austin.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Western Carolina (0-1), 45-24

This week: at North Carolina (0-1), Saturday

The Blue Raiders cruised to a season-opening victory over Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee's first win in a season opener since 2006. The Blue Raiders put up 270 rushing yards, led by Jordan Parker (156 yards, one touchdown) and William Pratcher (71, 2).

But Middle Tennessee was dealt a big blow when three-year starting quarterback Logan Kilgore went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.

“We all know how important and valuable Logan is to this team. Hopefully he isn’t going to miss many games,” coach Rick Stockstill told The Tennessean. “It’s his AC joint. We’ll just see how he responds over the next couple of days to treatment.”

Up next for MTSU is a road contest at ACC foe North Carolina.

Utah State Aggies

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to Utah (1-0), 30-26

This week: at Air Force (1-0), Saturday

Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton totaled 396 yards of total offense (314 passing, 85 rushing), but it wasn't enough as the Aggies allowed Utah to rally for the win.

“The offense did a lot of good things, but at the same time we had too many three-and-outs,” Keeton said after the game in which he threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another. “I put a lot of that on myself. I need to be smarter in this offense.

Utah State finished the game with 10-of-17 conversions on third downs — compared to 7-of-16 for Utah — but was just 2-for-6 down the stretch.

The Aggies will head to Air Force on Saturday trying to pick up a win in their first game in the Mountain West Conference.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Elon (0-1), 70-0

This week: Bye

Georgia Tech eased into the season with a blowout victory over Elon, leading 63-0 through three quarters.

The 70-point win was the widest margin of victory in ACC history, beating out a 69-point Florida State win over Western Carolina in 2008.

“What I learned from my team (Saturday) is we’re pretty deep,” B-back David Sims told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sims ran for one of the team's six rushing touchdowns and added a 59-yard touchdown grab. “We had a lot of guys make a lot of plays.”

The Yellow Jackets take a week off before playing at Duke (1-0) on Sept. 14.

Houston Cougars

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Southern (0-1), 62-13

This week: at Temple (0-1), Saturday

Like several other BYU opponents this year, Houston opened the season with a big offensive output in an easy win over an FCS opponent.

Houston may have a quarterback controversy on its hands after starter David Piland was 15-of-23 for 148 yards and a touchdown and backup John O'Korn went 11-of-15 for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

"I was happy with both of their play," Houston coach Tony Levine told the Houston Chronicle. "I thought they both operated the offense well. Both were poised out there."

Boise State Broncos

Record: 0-1



Last week: Lost to Washington (1-0), 38-6

This week: vs. Tennessee-Martin (1-0), Saturday

The Broncos suffered the worst loss in the Chris Petersen era in falling at Washington. It was the fifth straight season Boise State had opened the year against a BCS-conference opponent, and Petersen said it was a matter of time before playing high-profile foes would lead to a big defeat.

“You open up every year like we open up, you’re going to get your nose-bloodied,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman on Monday. “It’s just a matter of time. I know that. Nobody else seems to, but I know that. … But the kids, we’re proud of them. They fought hard. We practiced this morning — good focus. They went back to work."

The loss knocked Boise State out of the polls, while Washington climbed to No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Broncos will open their home slate on Saturday against Tennessee-Martin.

No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Massachusetts (0-1), 45-0

This week: vs. Tennessee Tech (1-0), Saturday

The Gary Andersen era in Wisconsin began without a hitch as the Badgers cruised to victory over Massachusetts. The running game was hitting on all cylinders, led by Melvin Gordon (144 yards, one touchdown) and James White (143, 1). Both players averaged more than 11 yards per carry.

Andersen soaked in the environment at tradition-rich Camp Randall Stadium.

"Today was the first game," he told the Milwuakee Journal Sentinel. "It was special to me and will be forever."

Another easy contest awaits Wisconsin as it hosts FCS opponent Tennessee Tech next.

Idaho State Bengals

Record: 0-0

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Dixie State (0-0), Saturday

The Bengals will be trying to shake off the nightmares from a 1-10 2012 season when they host Dixie State this weekend.

"We need to score more points, not just field goals but more touchdowns once we cross the 50," Idaho State coach Mike Kramer told isubengals.com.

The Bengals gave up 40 or more points in every game but one last season and scored 30 or more points just three times.

No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat Temple (0-1), 28-6

This week: at Michigan (1-0), Saturday

Senior quarterback Tommy Rees looked strong in leading Notre Dame to the win over Temple, completing 16-of-23 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition to the win, the other big Irish news of the weekend was that coach Brian Kelly had signed a new five-year contract.

Notre Dame will now head to the Big House next for a matchup with the Wolverines.

"They're one of our rivals," linebacker Dan Fox told the South Bend Tribune. "When you play Michigan, it's a special game for a Notre Dame player."

Nevada Wolf Pack

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to UCLA (1-0), 58-20

This week: Home vs. UC Davis (0-1), Saturday

Nevada was no match for the No. 18 Bruins, falling at the Rose Bowl to open the season. It was the first game as Nevada's head coach for Brian Polian, who replaced longtime coach Chris Ault.

While the Wolf Pack trailed 17-13 at halftime, UCLA blew it open in the second half, outscoring Nevada 41-7. Quarterback Cody Fajardo scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Wolf Pack.

“That was thorough,” Polian told the Reno Gazette Journal. “UCLA is a very good team, and I give them a lot of credit. Clearly, we didn’t do a good enough job defensively of getting off the field."

Nevada will try to pick up its first win against FCS opponent UC Davis.

Utah: How the Utes' opponents fared



After their week one win against USU, the ride's nowhere near finished for the Utes. The Aggies were simply step one on a very long, arduous schedule. Rated among the best in the nation, Utah's upcoming opponents are all highly respected in the world of college football.

Because so much of the college football landscape depends upon how well your opponents play in addition to your own team, we take a closer look at how each of Utah's 2013 opponents fared in week one.

Utah State Aggies

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Utah (1-0)

This week: at Air Force, Saturday

The Aggies made one thing very, very clear in their visit to Rice-Eccles in week one: Chuckie Keeton is everything he's billed to be. Utah's defense struggled to contain him, and Keeton did a good job taking advantage of it.

Despite his 300-plus yards of passing and more than 80 yards rushing, Keeton took responsibility for the loss.

“The offense did a lot of good things, but at the same time we had too many three-and-outs,” Keeton said after the game. “I put a lot of that on myself. I need to be smarter in this offense. It’s my team. It’s Jake Doughty’s team. It’s Zach Vigil’s team. We all need to step up, including myself. I put a lot of the loss on myself.”

Although certainly a disappointing loss for the Aggies, they have no time to rest. USU will stay on the road this week to take on Air Force in its Mountain West opener.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won vs. Stephen F. Austin (0-1)

This week: at Utah, Saturday

Weber State got off to a flying start in 2013 with a 50-40 home win against Stephen F. Austin, scoring on its first drive and returning a first-quarter interception 70 yards for a touchdown, the third-longest in school history.

Wildcat running back Bo Bolen had a big night as well, rushing for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Head coach Jody Sears was very complimentary of his performance.

"It's absolutely huge to have a guy like Bo back. I mean, he hit that kickoff and rushed for 85 yards. Our rushing was the key to tonight's win — that and turnovers," Sears said.

The Wildcats now face one of their most difficult tests of the season, Pac-12 foe Utah.

Oregon State Beavers

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost vs. Eastern Washington

This week: Home vs. Hawaii, Saturday

Without a doubt, Oregon State's opening week loss to FCS power Eastern Washington was one of the major story lines in the college football universe. The Beavers dropped their opener at home, 49-46.

“Eastern Washington outplayed us,” Oregon State quarterback Pace Mannion told the Corvallis Gazette-Times. “We knew that they were a good team coming into it and it is something that we saw on film and have been saying all week. I think that our team fought until the bitter end so if there are any positives, it is that we didn’t fold when we could have and we continued to play as hard as we could.”

While definitely one of the more painful losses in recent memory for the Beavers, the phenomenon of losing to FCS programs is not a stranger to Corvallis. The Beavers lost to FCS Sacramento State in 2011 as well.

They'll doubtlessly be looking to right the ship against Hawaii this week, now as an unranked team.

BYU Cougars
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Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Virginia (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Texas, Saturday

BYU entered the "go fast, go hard" era with a whimper. Starting quarterback Taysom Hill, returning after a knee injury derailed his 2012 season, went 13-for-40 with one touchdown and one interception.

That lone interception proved to be very, very costly to BYU. It led to Virginia's game-winning touchdown. Recently returned offensive coordinator Robert Anae took responsibility for the play call that resulted in the turnover.

“I should not have stressed out the offense at that juncture,” confessed Anae. “It was a real-time decision. It was not how you draw it up. If it wasn’t there, you throw it in the dirt.”

On the positive, Jamaal Williams had a good day rushing the ball, and the Cougar defense did a great job of keeping the game in reach throughout the contest. There's no time to rest, however. The Cougars will play No. 15 Texas this weekend.

No. 18 UCLA Bruins

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won vs. Nevada (0-1)

This week: at No. 22 Nebraska, Saturday

The Bruins turned a 4-point halftime lead and their fans' concerns into a 38-point romp and jubilation on Saturday, defeating Nevada 58-20 at the Rose Bowl.

Talk about speed, quickness and tempo — the Bruins seem to have all of it. Every one of their six touchdown drives took less than four minutes, prompting local media to begin comparisons with Oregon.

“It’s a trip when you do all this work in the off-season, then you get a chance to come here and see how that work helped you,” quarterback Brett Hundley told the L.A. Times. ‘“We’re going to do big things this year.”

The Bruins next face Nebraska, who barely managed to squeak by Wyoming in week one. Perhaps that No. 22 ranking isn't all it's cracked up to be.

No. 5 Stanford Cardinal

Record: 0-0

Last week: Bye

This week: Home vs. San Jose St., Saturday

The Cardinal took a bye in week one, and they'll play Mountain West contender San Jose State in week two.

Although the Spartans finished as a ranked team last season, won a bowl game and beat up their week one FCS opponent, it's highly anticipated that the No. 5 Cardinal will soundly beat them in Stanford's first contest of the 2013 season.

Arizona Wildcats

Record: 1-0

Last week: Win vs. Northern Arizona (0-1)

This week: at UNLV, Saturday

It was business as usual for the Wildcats in their week one 35-0 victory against FCS Northern Arizona.

“We got the victory, so that’s what I was looking for,” Arizona starting quarterback B.J. Denker told the Tucson Citizen. “Obviously, the stats weren’t off the charts, but we got the win and I’m happy about that.”

Interestingly, the Wildcats, who averaged more than 83 snaps last season under Rich Rodriguez, only ran 47 plays. Some of that may have had to do with Northern Arizona, who held the ball for 40 minutes and 16 seconds of the game.

No. 25 USC Trojans

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won at Hawaii

This week: Home vs. Washington State, Saturday

The Trojans began the season on a positive note in Hawaii, but USC obviously still has plenty of things to work on after its week one game.

Reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Marquise Lee dropped key passes from both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler and fumbled a punt return. Lee wasn't alone; both Wittek and Kessler had issues delivering the ball.

"We didn't help them very much," USC head coach Lane Kiffin told the L.A. Times of his quarterbacks' performances. "You start dropping balls like we were, that changes the rhythm."

Hopefully for Trojan fans, the glaring deficiencies in USC's offense won't persist. UCS faces Washington State, a team that looked fairly impressive despite dropping its opener on the road vs. Auburn.

Arizona State Sun Devils

Record: 0-0

Last week: Bye

This week: Home vs. Sacramento State (0-1), Thursday

Arizona State is also delaying its opener — the Sun Devils will begin their 2013 campaign this weekend against Sacramento State.

Given the fact Sacramento State took a beating from San Jose State in week one, it's not very likely that this game will be very close.

No. 2 Oregon Ducks

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won vs. Nicholls State

This week: at Virginia, Saturday

The Ducks lived up to their offensive reputation Saturday. They piled up more than 700 yards of offense in their 66-3 pounding of FCS featherweight Nicholls State a team that has only managed to win two games over its last two seasons.

Even more remarkable, perhaps, than those 700 yards of offense was the fact that three Ducks ran for more than 100 yards each: De'Anthony Thomas (128), Byron Marshall (124) and Marcus Mariota (113).

"We are starting legacies now," Marshall told the Oregonian. "I guess this is the first of many."

Oregon will look to continue its high-powered offensive output this week against Virginia on the road. Considering Virginia is coming off a win vs. BYU, the Cavaliers will be eager to see where they measure up against the Ducks.

Washington State Cougars

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Auburn (1-0)

This week: at USC, Saturday

The Cougars lost to an SEC team in week one, but there are a lot of things for Wazzou fans to be happy about coming away from week one, namely the running game.

Cougar backs Marcus Mason and Teondray Caldwell ran for a combined 120 yards against Auburn in a 31-24 loss, certainly much more respectable than the previous season's 108 vs. Eastern Washington.

“Marcus and Teondray played great,” WSU quarterback Connor Halliday told the Seattle Times. "The O-line played real good. To be able to run the ball, that’s great.”

The Cougars will look to continue their offensive production this week against USC, a team that is coming off a somewhat shaky win against Hawaii.

Colorado Buffaloes

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won vs. Colorado State (0-1)

This week: Home vs. Central Arkansas, Saturday

The Buffaloes found themselves in a similar situation to the Utes in week one. Having lost to an in-state rival in 2012, Colorado was looking to avenge itself and get 2013 off on the right foot.

Colorado's victory over the Rams was far more complete than Utah's win over USU. Junior quarterback Connor Wood threw for 400 yards, receiver Paul Richardson hauled in 10 catches for 208 yards, and the Buffs outgained CSU 513-295.

CSU was favored in this game. What a reversal from a year ago.

"It's just one game," Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre told the media following the game. "Now we've got to keep doing it."

The Buffs will take something of a break in Week 2, hosting FCS opponent Central Arkansas in Boulder.

Utah State: How the Aggies' opponents fared



The Aggies may have failed against the Utes in Salt Lake City in Week 1, but by no means is this a reason to think that their season is totally off track.

Judging by the amount of wins from their 2013 opponents, the Aggies without a doubt should still be considered favored. Some of the losses were very close, such as Wyoming's near-miss against now-ranked Nebraska. Others were quite ugly.

We'll let you be the judge as to which one was the worst.

Here's a closer look at Utah State's opponents' week one results.

Utah Utes
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Record: 1-0

Last week: Win vs. Utah State (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Weber State, Saturday

After leading for much of the game, the Aggies lost a heartbreaking game against Utah as they fell 30-26.

“There is always going to be adversity in every game and I guess that was it,” Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton told the Deseret News. “It’s all about how we respond to adversity and we didn’t exactly respond in the right way. That’s something we, as captains, need to pick up. Hopefully we will and will come out of this next game with a W.”

Keeton will look to top last week's performance as the junior finished the game throwing 31-40 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 15 carriers for 85 yards.

Air Force Falcons

Record: 1-0

Last week: Won vs. Colgate (0-1)

This week: Home vs. Utah State (0-1)

The Falcons had the luxury of opening the season against an FCS team from New England, but they hardly came away unscathed. Quarterback Kale Pearson was hit in the knee near the end of the second quarter, and initial MRI results aren't looking good.

That means the team is now in the hands of Jaleel Awini, a sophomore who will lead a very young and inexperienced squad against what some are beginning to consider to be the class of the Mountain West.

"Don't get me wrong, we aren't exactly advancing the sales of Pampers here," head coach Troy Calhoun told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "We have guys who have played. They've had a ton of reps on the practice part of it. It's just that that's not always exactly the same thing."

As a senior in high school, Awini threw 23 touchdowns and one interception for 1,266 passing yards. He also tallied more than 1,000 yards on the ground. In short, he's no pushover. The Aggies will be a very good measuring stick for him.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-0

Last Week: Win vs. Stephen F. Austin Utah (0-1)

This week: at Utah, Saturday

Weber State opened up the football season with an impressive 50-40 victory over Stephen F. Austin last Saturday in Ogden. Bo Bolen returned a kickoff for a touchdown and D.J Bush returned an interception for a touchdown to propel the Wildcats.

Weber State will look to continue its winning ways when it goes against Utah on Saturday. If Weber State wants to pull off an upset it will need to continue making big plays on both sides of the ball, including its special teams.

"It's absolutely huge to have a guy like Bo back. I mean, he hit that kickoff and rushed for 85 yards. Our rushing was the key to tonight's win — that and turnovers, head coach Jody Sears told the Deseret News.”

No. 25 USC Trojans

Record: 1-0

Last Week: Win vs. Hawaii (0-1)

This week: Home vs. Washington State, Saturday

USC kicked off the season in Honolulu as it went on the road and beat Hawaii 30-13. USC went into the season without a set quarterback and left the islands with more questions than answers.

Cody Kessler and Max Wittek both competing for the starting spot did not impress USC head coach Lane Kiffen. Kiffen talked about the situation to the L.A. Times, saying, “There was not an obvious No. 1 out there today.”

It looks as though USC will have to rely on the defense to carry the team until someone can emerge as the leader at the quarterback position.

San Jose State Spartans

Record: 1-0

Last week: Win vs. Sacramento State (0-1)

This week: at Stanford, Saturday

San Jose State (SJSU) opened the football season defeating Sacramento State 24-0. The win marked the eighth win in a row for the Spartans, dating back to the end of the 2012 season.

SJSU was led by quarterback David Fales as he threw for 225 yards, completing 50 percent of his passes and threw for two touchdowns. SJSU for good reason was picked by the media to be one of the top teams in the Mountain West Conference. David Fales, who holds several records at SJSU, will need to continue his record-setting pace if the Spartans want to win the Mountain West Conference.

BYU Cougars
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Record: 0-1

Last Week: Loss at Virginia (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Texas, Saturday

BYU stumbled out of the gates as it blew a late lead against Virginia in a 19-16 loss. Even though BYU was leading for much of the game, Virginia capitalized on the Cougars' mistakes down the stretch to get the win.

”We were right there. We had it,” linebacker Spencer Hadley told the Deseret News. “We just didn’t finish as a team. It’s frustrating right now.”

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall praised his defense saying, “There was a blocked punt, a short field and a safety and a turnover. I don’t think Virginia ever found any rhythm whatsoever nor really posed any threat other than we had some unique circumstances. But when those happen, then we need to respond at a different level.”

BYU has a tough task ahead of it as it face the No. 15 ranked Texas Longhorns at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday on ESPN2.

Boise State Broncos

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Washington (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Tennessee-Martin (1-0)

Wow.

That's about all you can say after witnessing Bronco head coach Chris Petersen's worst loss ever. The Broncos were completely handled by the Huskies, 38-6, in the christening of Washington's new stadium.

Given the teams the Broncos routinely face in openers, Petersen said the loss had to come eventually.

“You open up every year like we open up, you’re going to get your nose bloodied,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. “It’s just a matter of time. I know that. Nobody else seems to, but I know that. … Did I think the game was going to be closer and we were going to be right there battling? Absolutely."

The Broncos will get their chance to right the ship this weekend as they host the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks.

New Mexico Lobos

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost vs. UTSA (0-1)

This week: at UTEP (0-0)

Things seemed to be on track for the Lobos. They held a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. Then the wheels came off.

UTSA scored its first touchdown of the game with three minutes remaining in the first half, and scored its last touchdown with three minutes remaining of the second. In all, UTSA rallied off 21 unanswered points on the road in the season opener to get the win.

But the worst sign for Lobo Nation might be what head coach Bob Davie told the Albuquerque Journal following the game.

“We’re disappointed, but this isn’t totally unexpected to me,” Davie said. “I knew this would be like it’s gonna be every week. We’re gonna have to scratch and claw. We’re gonna have to get better."

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost vs. USC (1-0)

Next week: at Oregon State

The Warrior defense stepped up big time against USC early on. It sacked Max Wittek in the end zone for a safety and held the Trojans to a field goal through a quarter and a half. The Trojan faithful were so displeased with the USC offense, in fact, that Lane Kiffin became a trending topic on Twitter.

If it weren't for a pair of big second-quarter plays — a 19-yard touchdown catch and a 35-yard pick six — things might have continued for the Warriors.

Despite the loss, Hawaii has to be feeling optimistic about its week two opponent. The No. 25 Oregon State Beavers dropped a loss to FCS school Eastern Washington.

Suffice it to say, the Beavers are no longer ranked.

UNLV Rebels

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Minnesota (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Arizona

It's a new year for the Rebels, a new year that so far has borne the same mistakes and results.

By the end of UNLV's 51-23 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, the Rebels had outgained the Golden Gophers by nearly 200 yards, yet they were more than 20 points deficient in the only stat that matters.

Suffice it to say that UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck was less than pleased.

“All that stuff we did pretty well,” Hauck told the Las Vegas Sun, “it doesn’t matter.”

The sufficiently depressed Rebels will return home to host the Arizona Wildcats, fresh off a victory of FCS opponent Northern Arizona.

Colorado State Rams

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Colorado (1-0)

This week: at Tulsa (0-1)

The Rams were favored in their week one matchup against in-state foe Colorado.

Mark that one down as one that Vegas definitely got wrong.

Despite surrendering 41 points to the Buffs and two Paul Richardson touchdown catches of 82 and 75 yards, CSU head coach Jim McElwain said he was not displeased with his defense in the blowout loss.

"Our communication (in the secondary) was outstanding 98 percent of the time," McElwain told the Denver Post. "We were exposed on the two times it wasn't. There lies the lesson."

The Rams will now face a Tulsa squad reeling in the wake of a 34-7 loss to Bowling Green. One of those two teams will emerge from week two with something in the win column.

Wyoming Cowboys

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost at Nebraska (1-0)

This week: Home vs. Idaho (0-1)

The Cowboys were almost the talk of the college football world over the weekend. Had they beaten the Cornhuskers, and had all those FCS teams not beaten ranked opponents, they probably would have been.

The Cowboys drew within three with 1:32 remaining. They failed to retrieve the onside kick, but held Nebraska to turn the ball over on downs.

With the ball and just more than a minute to score a game-winning touchdown, consecutive holding penalties put the game out of reach. It ended with an incomplete pass at midfield.

"I think the offense did an outstanding job executing, but more importantly we didn’t lose that fight,” Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith told WyoSports.com. “There was screaming on the sideline at the end telling everyone not to lose their edge. Everyone really believed we were going to win that game.”

If the Cowboys are still frustrated, they'll have their chance to unleash their anger on a woeful Idaho Vandals team that lost 40-6 in week one against North Texas.