Top 10 Ways To Cope With A Surprise College Football Upset
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Top 10 Ways To Cope With A Surprise College Football Upset

When your team loses to a team you thought was inferior, things suddenly become a little more complicated.

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Top 10 Ways To Cope With A Surprise College Football Upset
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It's Labor Day weekend, and while many will be soaking up the final days of summer before school is back in session, for sports fans it only means one thing. Football is back!

This might be the best first week of football on the calendar in the history of the collegiate game. Of course, with those high profile games (and even some of the smaller ones) comes the risk of an upset victory. Oklahoma, Mississippi State, and LSU are just three of the victims so far this weekend. And many of their fans will be experiencing some level of frustration, anger, or annoyance from it.

Here are ten ways to cope with an unexpected college football upset. (Keep this list close by if your team is ranked in the Top 25)

1. Cry away the pain, because you already know at least 90% of fans are doing that on the inside.

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2. Take your anger out on some inanimate object (without breaking it)

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3. Scream. Simple enough.

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4. Blame the referees. Because they might as well be replacement refs.

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5. Pin it on the coach. Especially if the coach gets angry easily.

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6. Pretend it didn't happen and focus on the next team on the schedule.

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7. Start cheering for the other team to hide your shame.

8. Find someone (or something) to take your mind off football for the next week.

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9. Stare at the wall until the loss finally makes sense.

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10. Remind yourself - it's a long season, and hopefully they won't lose too many more times.


Here's to many more weekends of great football, tailgating, excitement...and heartbreaks. Hey, no one said football was without stress and drama.

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