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• Pittsburgh. The Panthers’ first game under Paul Chryst (their sixth coach, either full-time or interim, since December 2010) was a thorough dud, a 31-17 thrashing at the hands of Youngstown State. Considered a dark horse preseason Big East pick, Pittsburgh instead absorbed one of the week’s most humbling losses.

• Houston. Just nine months ago, the Cougars held hopes of earning a BCS bid. Then they lost in the Conference USA title game, lost their head coach (Kevin Sumlin to Texas A&M) and lost their quarterback (Case Keenum’s eligibility finally expired). Saturday, they lost at home to major college football newcomer Texas State 30-13.

• Savannah State’s pride. The Tigers received $385,000 to open the season at Oklahoma State. The price of doing so? An 84-0 loss to the Cowboys. To make matters worse, Savannah State heads next week to Florida State, which pummeled Murray State 69-3 in its opener.