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Best Win/Worst Loss For a Tulane Opponent in Week 1

While the Green Wave got drilled by Duke, UCF took one on the chin even worse. At the same time, Temple seems like it won't be a pushover again.

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Let's get this out of the way first: Tulane is going to lose some games. As are a lot of other teams in the nation — but they probably won't lose as ugly as the Green Wave did against Duke. Or will they?

Tulane has 12 opponents this year. Maybe even a 13th if the Green Wave play the cards right. This series will check in each week with those regular-season foes and pick out the best win and worst loss of the group.

Best win: Temple over Penn State

The streak is over!

It's OK, Undertaker fans. I'm not talking about that one, so don't get flashbacks.

Temple finally beat Penn State. It had been 74 years (1941) since the Owls topped the Nittany Lions. I don't want to say World War II started because of it, but I'm also not saying it didn't.

It would have been easy for Temple to fold when it went down 10-0 early and its old teams would have — but not these Owls. Temple locked down and held Penn State without a point the rest of the way, while scoring 27 itself.

Can the Owls parlay this win into a big season? We'll find out soon enough.

Worst loss: Florida International over Central Florida

At first, this category was a tie between UCF losing to FIU and Army falling to Fordham. Both weren't great.

Then I took a deeper look and how does a team like the Knights go from a 9-4 record in 2014 (7-1 in the American Athletic Conference) to losing to the Golden Panthers, who haven't been relevant in four years? It blows my mind.

FIU lost to an FCS opponent (Bethune-Cookman) is the season opener last year. At least Army fell to a team that went to the FCS Championship Game in 2014.

Heck, the Golden Panthers head coach Ron Turner got a Gatorade bath. Party on, FIU.