Top 10 Upsets in College Football History

Top 10 Upsets in College Football History

Embark on a journey through the annals of college football as we uncover the top 10 upsets in history, providing intriguing insights for bettors exploring the betting lines for College Football.

The buzz regarding the 2024-2025 College Football Season has already begun to build. With that in mind, we thought it was a suitable time to check out the top ten upsets, in our opinion, in college football history.

Keep reading for the most memorable ten college football games that ended badly for the favorites.

 

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2024 NCAA Division I FBS football season | 155th season of college football in the United States
Season: August 24th, 2024 – January 20th, 2025

 

Top 10 Upsets in College Football History

 

Ohio State Beats Miami in 2003 | Fiesta Bowl

The 2002 Buckeyes were an awful 7-5. But in 2003, Ohio State went undefeated. Still, the Buckeyes faced Ken Dorsey and mighty Miami in the National Championship game. OSU beat the Hurricanes 31-24 in a two overtime National Championship classic.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Miami Hurricanes

Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on January 3, 2003

Teams 1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Navy 0 14 3 0 7 7 31
Notre Dame 7 0 7 3 7 0 24

 

Navy Over Notre Dame in 2007

Since 1927, the first Notre Dame versus Navy game, the Midshipmen were a horrendous 12-71-1. On November 3, 2007, the Irish fell to Navy after triple overtime in a 46-44 game.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Miami Hurricanes

Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on January 3, 2003

Teams 1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Navy 0 14 6 8 7 3 8 46
Notre Dame 7 14 0 7 7 3 6 44

 

Temple Beats Virginia Tech in 1998

VA Tech was a 28 points favorite heading into their 1998 showdown versus winless Temple. All Temple did was play a perfect game to shock the fifth ranked team in the nation 28-24.

Temple Owls vs Virginia Tech Hokies

Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia on October 17, 1998

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Temple 0 7 14 7 28
Virginia Tech 10 7 0 7 24

 

Carnegie Tech Takes Down Mighty Notre Dame in 1926

Knute Rockne thought the Irish were such a lock that he watched the Army versus Navy game in Chicago before coaching and playing in this one. Carnegie Tech upset Rockne’s Irish 19-0, ending Notre Dame’s title dreams.

Carnegie Tech vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Carnegie Mellon University on September 11, 2010

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Carnegie Tech         19
Notre Dame         0

 

VA Tech Falls to James Madison in 2010

Anytime a squad like James Madison beats a Power 5 Conference team, we must take notice. In this case, the massive underdog caught Virginia Tech bouncing after a tough loss to Kellen Moore and Boise State. Madison bested VA Tech 21-16.

James Madison Dukes vs Virginia Tech Hokies

Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia on September 11, 2010

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
James Madison 0 7 7 7 21
Virginia Tech 7 6 3 0 16

 

Oregon State Blows Up Washington’s National Championship Dreams in 1985

Heading into the annual Pac matchup, the Huskies were an amazing -37 chalk. Oregon State had no shot according to oddsmakers and sports bettors. But the Beavers stood tall in an incredible 21-20 victory.

Oregon State Beavers vs Washington Huskies

Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington on October 19, 1985

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon State 7 7 0 7 21
Washington 3 7 7 3 20

 

Stanford Upsets USC in 2007

The number one ranked Trojans were as good as it gets. But versus Stanford, things didn’t work out well. The Cardinal was down to backup quarterback Tavita Prichard and it didn’t matter. Pritchard led Cardinal to a 34-23 victory.

Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California on October 6, 2007

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 0 0 7 17 24
USC 3 6 7 7 23

 

Centre College Beats Harvard in 1921

Back in 2021, Harvard was one of the top teams in the country. Maybe, the best. Who was Centre College? Nobody really knew. But Harvard couldn’t get by Centre College’s defense in a 6-0 upset loss.

Centre Praying Colonels vs Harvard Crimson

Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts on October 29, 1921

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Centre Praying 0 0 6 0 6
Harvard 0 0 0 0 0

 

Cal Beats Stanford in 1982 | “The Play”

Cal was down 20-19. Stanford fans thought the game for sure was over. So as Cal produced lateral after lateral, and the refs didn’t throw a flag, Stanford’s band began to go out onto the field. The Golden Bears weaved through the band and made it all the way to the end zone for an improbable, some say the most improbable, college football touchdown in history to beat the Cardinal.  

Stanford Cardinal vs California Golden Bears

California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California on November 20, 1982

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 0 0 14 6 20
California 0 10 0 15 25

 

Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007

Michigan wanted a nice blowout victory on the resume. Yep. That didn’t work out so well. The game happened in Ann Arbor in front of their fans, which made App State’s improbable 34-32 upset victory even more amazing.

Appalachian State Mountaineers Michigan Wolverines

Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on September 1, 2007

Teams 1 2 3 4 Total
Appalachian State 7 21 3 3 34
Michigan 14 3 9 6 32

 

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Who Will Reign Supreme? 2024 College Football National Championship Odds Revealed!

Team Odds
Georgia Bulldogs +320
Ohio State Buckeyes +450
Texas Longhorns +800
Oregon Ducks +1000
Alabama Crimson Tide +1100
LSU Tigers +1200
Michigan Wolverines +1400
Ole Miss Rebels +1400
Florida State Seminoles +1800
Penn State Nittany Lions +2200
Clemson Tigers +2500
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +2500
USC Trojans +3300
Texas A&M Aggies +3300
Missouri Tigers +4000
Tennessee Volunteers +4000
Oklahoma Sooners +4000
Washington Huskies +5000
Miami (FL) Hurricanes +6600
Kansas State Wildcats +6600
Utah Utes +6600
Arizona Wildcats +7500

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