(RNN) – It's no surprise that when No. 8 Clemson beat No. 5 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night, the Death Valley faithful stormed the field and began chanting, "ACC! ACC! ACC!"
Clemson (1-0) started the season where it left off – defeating an SEC team with offensive firepower before a raucous crowd.
The Tigers have a long road ahead before they can claim the opportunity to knock off an SEC team where it matters most – in the national championship game.
Clemson is not the only team that wants the opportunity.
Clemson – The Tigers' defense was better than Georgia's - er, slightly - and they took advantage of Georgia QB Aaron Murray's blind side, hitting him early and often, never allowing him to get comfortable.
Their defense did allow 35 points, which shows the Tigers' weakness going forward.
Clemson capitalized on Georgia's mistakes, and were out front throughout the shootout. Their favorable schedule permits them to be a national favorite, pending any hiccups. NEXT UP: vs. South Carolina State.
Ohio State – The No. 2 Buckeyes took their first step toward an undefeated season that unlike last year's, can mean something with a 20 point win over Buffalo. Heisman candidate and QB Braxton Miller went 15-for-22 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The special teams unit also showed up - it was the first time a Buckeyes team had multiple 2-point conversions in one game in 10 seasons, according to ESPN. NEXT UP: vs. San Diego State.
Oregon – The No. 3-ranked Ducks aren't suffering from a Chip Kelly hangover; already retooled under new head coach Mark Helfrich, Oregon beat Nicholls State 66-3 in Eugene, OR. NEXT UP: @Virginia.
Oklahoma State – A solid offensive performance gave the Cowboys a victory against Mississippi State at a neutral site. NEXT UP: @ UT-San Antonio.
Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish victory – a 28-6 win over Temple – was led by quarterback Tommy Rees in his return to the starting position. The win got head coach Brian Kelly a five-year contract extension and his 200th career coaching win.
Their embarrassing loss to Alabama in last year's National Championship game seems like a distant memory. Almost. NEXT UP: @ Michigan.
Honorable mention winners: No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Nebraska, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Northwestern.
Oregon State – The No. 25-ranked Cowboys allowed the Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Vernon Adams to look like Peyton Manning from 2004. He was 23-for-40 for 411 yards passing and four touchdowns.
The 49-46 defeat in Corvallis, OR, was the upset of the weekend. NEXT UP: vs. Hawaii.
TCU – No. 20 TCU looked formidable on Saturday, falling 37-27 to No. 12 LSU. The loss gave LSU its 42nd straight nonconference regular-season win.
If other conferences want to stop the SEC, statistics like that have to end. NEXT UP: Southeastern Louisiana.
Boise State –The No. 19-ranked Mustangs were on the road against the unranked Washington Huskies and were soundly defeated 38-6. It was the worst loss under Mustangs head coach Chris Petersen. NEXT UP: vs. University of Tennessee-Martin.
Week 2 game of the week: No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 17 Michigan Wolverines.
The last edition of this classic rivalry was a last-minute 35-31 win for the Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in 2011. The 2013 version will also be in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 7.
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