There were a ton of big upsets in college football's first week of action, which ended on September 1, 2013. No less than seven FCS teams beat FBS teams during the first week of college football this season.
In theory, FCS teams should not be able to beat FBS teams because FCS teams are allowed many fewer scholarship players. So when a FCS team beats a FBS team, it's almost always a big upset.
In total, the seven FCS teams were paid $2.3 million by the teams they collectively beat this week. All seven FCS wins came on the road. These are the biggest upsets in college football in Week 1 of the 2013 season.
College football's biggest upsets in Week 1 in 2013
- Eastern Washington upset #25 Oregon State as a 27 point underdog
The Oregon State Beavers were ranked #25 in the country and were playing at home vs East Washington as 27 point favorites, but lost to the FCS team, 49-46. This was just the third time a FCS team beat a ranked FBS team. A huge embarrassment for both Oregon State and the Pac 12.
- McNeese State upset South Florida as a 21 point underdog
The South Florida Bulls were favored at home vs McNeese State, an FCS team, but lost badly, 53-21. If South Florida wants to get into a major college football conference at some point, getting clobbered at home by an FCS team is not the way to do it.
- Towson upset UConn as a 20 point underdog
The UConn Huskies were playing at home and opened the week as 20 point favorites over FCS team Towson, but lost the game badly, 33-18. When the Big East imploded, UConn was left on the outside of college football's major conferences, and the Huskies loss to an FCS team in Towson reinforces that fact.
- Southern Utah upset South Alabama as a 19.5 point underdog
South Alabama moved up to the FBS level this year joining the Sun Belt conference, and promptly lost at home in their first game to FCS team Southern Utah as 19.5 point favorites by a score of 22-21.
Defending Big 12 champion Kansas State lost at home to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State as 14.5 point favorites by a score of 24-21. North Dakota State is the two-time defending FCS champion, and they did not look at all over matched playing against Kansas State, as they rallied from two touchdowns down to win this game.
- Eastern Illinois upset San Diego State as a 14.5 point underdog
San Diego State was favored at home by 14.5 points vs Eastern Illinois, but lost the game, 40-19. This was another win for a FCS team over a FBS team. Tony Romo went to Eastern Illinois.
- Northern Iowa upset Iowa State as a 9.5 point underdog
Another Big 12 team lost to an FCS team, as Iowa State was upset by Northern Iowa at home by a score of 28-20 as a 9.5 favorite. The Big 12 almost had three teams lose to FCS teams, as West Virginia had to rally late to beat William and Mary.
- Texas State upset Southern Miss as a 8 point underdog
Southern Miss was playing at home vs Texas State, which just joined the Sun Belt conference, and lost by a score of 22-15 as an eight point favorite.
- Northern Illinois upset Iowa as a 6.5 point underdog
Behind Jordan Lynch's 331 total yards of offense and three touchdown passes, the Northern Illinois Huskies upset the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road in Week 1. Iowa opened the week as a 6.5 favorite but by game time the spread was three points.
Jordan Lynch needed to beat Iowa to have any shot at the Heisman Trophy this year. So the win keeps him in the hunt.
- Western Kentucky upset Kentucky as a 5 point underdog
Western Kentucky went to Kentucky and upset the SEC team by a score of 35-26, as a five point underdog. Bobby Petrino, who got fired at Arkansas a couple years ago, made his head coaching debut at Western Kentucky a big success.