In the spirit of our blog name, a friday question for all of you: What was the biggest upset in college football during the last decade? I submit two candidates: Stanford over USC in 2007, or Appalachian State over Michigan from 2007.
Stanford 24 - (3)USC 23 - October 6, 2007
The Cardinal were 41 point underdogs. USC had won two of the last three national championships, and been to a third championship game. The Trojans had a 35 game home winning streak, a 24 game Pac-10 winning streak, and had five consecutive Top 5 finishes. Amazingly, Stanford converted two 4th Downs on the final drive, including a TD pass with just 49 seconds remaining. It was a sign that the Cardinal were ready to compete under Jim Harbaugh. The Trojans finished with 10 wins, yet another Pac-10 Title, Top 3 finish, and Rose Bowl victory.
Touchdown USC! Errrrrr Stanford!
Appalachian State 34 - (5)Michigan 32 - September 1, 2007
Perhaps the most recognized upset in college football history. Appalachian State, multiple FCS champion, shocked the world, defeating the pre-Rich Rodriguez Michigan Wolverines at the Big House. Armanti Edwards made play after play, leading the Mountaineers to a 28-14 lead with 2:15 left in the second quarter. They continued to lead by double digits midway through the third quarter. Trailing by one-point, Edwards and Co. went on a drive for the ages, capped by a go-ahead FG with just 26 seconds left. It seemed that the impossible would happen. Then, somehow, Mario Manningham got behind the ASU secondary and put the Wolverines in a position to win the game with a last second field goal. We all know what happened next. BLOCKED!
So, which one was more shocking? Sure, Stanford is a BCS school with BCS talent, but can you really argue that the Cardinal were more talented than the Mountaineers? That being said, Stanford beat a better team in USC. Michigan would go on to beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl, winning nine games in 2007. USC, as mentioned finished in the Top 5.