What Was the Biggest Upset in College Football?

With the BCS Championship Game set to be played on the same day this list will be published, we decided it would be best to recap the 2007 season with this question: Of the many upsets in college football, which one was the biggest?

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor |  December 30, 2007; 8:00 PM ET College Football
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1. Appalachian Sate beats Michigan
2. Stanford beats USC
3. Syracuse beats Louisville

Posted by: Jim from LA | January 1, 2008 10:32 AM

Pitt beating West Virginia had the clearest impact, since one could say concretely what happened as a result, but not necessarily the biggest impact. App State has the most potential for a long-term effect on the way college football is conducted.

Posted by: Phil, Ohio | January 1, 2008 5:21 PM

Appalachian State beating Michigan State

Posted by: buttonz | January 1, 2008 6:02 PM

No reason for a debate. Appalachian State by a mile. That one will reverberate for years.

Posted by: Kemp | January 2, 2008 8:31 AM

Stanford has beaten USC before...do Louisville and Syracuse even play football?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 2, 2008 9:47 AM

Phil..........the Pitt victory set wva back a decade...whereas michigan redirects to greatness..appalachian surprised the first week of the season...pitt surprised last week...Pitt victory was the season's stunner as upset of year

Posted by: John | January 2, 2008 10:35 AM

"Stanford has beaten USC before...do Louisville and Syracuse even play football?"

What a stupid comment. Syracuse has won national championships in football and sent many people to pro football and the hall of fame. Meanwhile Louisville won a BCS bowl game within the last 2 years.

Posted by: grw | January 2, 2008 10:35 AM

Pitt win over Mountaineers!

Posted by: Jethro | January 2, 2008 10:36 AM

have to ponder why Syracuse Louisville is on this docet...no point???

Posted by: Roger | January 2, 2008 10:38 AM

one only has to look at the social economic impacts...an entire state of this country is still wounded by the Pitt loss and subsequent fallout (rodriquez melt down)

Posted by: Lane | January 2, 2008 10:41 AM

While nobody saw App St over Michigan or Stanford over USC, Pitt beating West Va with the stakes being that high is clearly number one. That loss will eventually turn West Va from a team who would be playing in the BCS Championship to an also-ran in the Big East.

Posted by: Pete | January 2, 2008 10:50 AM

1. Appy State over Michigan -- Appy is good but not D1 and it was at the Big House.

2. Pitt over WVU -- all WVU had to do was beat a bad Pitt team...

3. Kentucky over LSU -- UK, historically in the basement of the SEC, beats the #1 team in the nation in an incredible 3 OT win

406. Syracuse over Louisville -- the both suck

Posted by: reddoggirl | January 2, 2008 1:00 PM

Pitt over WVA.......even none wvu fans gasped!

Posted by: Joey | January 2, 2008 1:09 PM

Appalachian State rocked college football with their season opening upset of UM and then rolled to the National Championship in a PLAYOFF.

Like their stunning loss to UCLA a year ago, the stunning loss to Stanford kept USC out of the National Championship picure and I would rank that as the second biggest upset of the year.

Posted by: John | January 2, 2008 1:18 PM

Appalachian State over Michigan; when a very good regional university becomes a national household name overnight, that's a good indication of a significant upset and without question the greatest of 2007.

Posted by: Mike | January 2, 2008 2:15 PM

The Boys from Boone - App St. over
Michigan in the Big House! I-AA
over a I-A with the most wins in
football history.
Our Happy Appies behind Armanti Edwards
did what Heisman winner Tebow and
Florida couldn't manage - beat the
Go Apps!!

Posted by: Big Dog | January 2, 2008 5:35 PM

App. State. I remember watching that at the same time watching my Miami Hurricanes at the Greene Turtle in Ocean City. Obviously, App State had a much better year.

Posted by: henry44cal | January 2, 2008 6:12 PM

Maryland over Boston College

Posted by: Eric McDonald | January 2, 2008 6:50 PM

Pitt over WVU - we will NEVER forget that game and all the fallout.

Posted by: Silver | January 3, 2008 6:19 AM

People on the east coast don't realize how bad Stanford football has been in recent years. They also may not realize how good USC is. In 2006, USC beat Stanford 42-0 at Stanford. This year, the game was in LA and the point spread was 41, which is larger than any of the other big upsets, including App State over Michigan. Also, just like WV losing to Pitt, the Stanford loss cost USC the title game and, likely, the National Championship. The biggest upset of the last ten years was Stanford over USC. Easily.

Terps Alum living in San Francisco

Posted by: MCorrallo | January 3, 2008 9:14 AM

Hey wait a minute! Please don't forget about University of Lousiana - Monroe (formally known as Northeast Lousiana) beating Alabama @ Alabama.

Posted by: trans4mer | January 3, 2008 9:34 AM

By the way, they pronounced it as NE Lousiana (Louisiana) when I attended another university in that area back in '87.

Posted by: trans4mer | January 3, 2008 9:42 AM

"Syracuse has won national championships in football and sent many people to pro football and the hall of fame. Meanwhile Louisville won a BCS bowl game within the last 2 years."

lol...did Jim Brown and Ernie Davis play in the Louisville game?

it's difficult to imagine an 'upset' of a 6-6 team...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 10:25 AM

App State over Michigan.

A lower division powerhouse over a higher division powerhouse is easily the biggest upset of the year. Ever other "upset" pits teams of equal size, strength, money, recruiting, etc.

Posted by: Graham | January 3, 2008 1:18 PM

There should be some mention of the upset win of Florida Atlantic Univ. over Minnesota.

Posted by: Don | January 3, 2008 3:14 PM

For those saying the Pitt game will set WVU back you are probobly nothing more than bitter terp fans. 2 BCS wins in 3 years. When is the last time the ACC won a BCS game? How about the Terps? Yea, that Pitt loss sure set us back alright.

Posted by: Rex | January 4, 2008 5:15 AM

As a Terps fan, I would have to say that WVU losing to Pitt did nothing but disappoint the Mountaineers at the time, and obviously developed a hell of a lot of resolve. Thumping Oklahoma is not something a team set back a decade does. WVU will continue to be a beast in the East!
Stanford/USC, upset for sure; however, Stanford is in the same conference and division, if they are that bad then send them down to the next level.
Appalachain St. over Michigan, WOW! That will always be the upset of this year and quite frankly for some time to come unless sub division teams start winning against D-1 on a regular basis. BTW, Michigan was not a bad football team, just ask Florida!

Posted by: jkrockone | January 4, 2008 7:41 AM

This is a terrible question. It's not even a debate.

Posted by: Kenny | January 4, 2008 8:16 AM

App State over Michigan was impressive, but when you factor that they had won the past 2 I-AA championships coming into the game, they clearly know how to win when the stakes are high. That was further confirmed when they won their 3rd championship this year.

That being said, I'd take Stanford over USC as the biggest upset. However, the App State win should be recognized as a statement win for all of I-AA colleges out there who have programs who produce winners and scholars, not just draft picks.

Posted by: Mark | January 4, 2008 10:20 AM

Without a doubt...App State over Michigan at the Big House was the biggest upset of the year! Just look at the number of scholarship players between these two teams and there should be no debate over teh magnitude of this win. Stanford over USC...yeah, they were a 41-point underdog but these schools play in the same conference and have the same number of scholarships.

Posted by: Sultan | January 4, 2008 1:42 PM

How about Navy over Notre Dame in South Bend?! Although a very down year for ND, we are talking 43 years. You can't tell me that there's anyone on Navy's roster that ND even sent a letter to...

Posted by: tommy | January 4, 2008 7:00 PM

Stanford with its back-up QB beat USC at home with so much on the line.

Posted by: M | January 4, 2008 9:58 PM

a complete underdog beating a top 10 team happens pretty much every season but how many times does a Division 1 AA team beat a preseason top 5 team??

App State over Michigan

Posted by: Sean | January 5, 2008 12:14 PM

Notre Dame's loss to Ozark High School.

Posted by: CaptainJohn | January 5, 2008 12:52 PM

duke over northwestern

Posted by: Anonymous | January 5, 2008 8:03 PM

The Sun Belt Conference had a winning record against Conference USA this season.

Posted by: James | January 7, 2008 7:48 AM

Seriously, Lets all just stop the hooplah and the never-ending praise over Appalation State defeating Michigan. Where has true, authentic college football analysis seriously gone to? Okay, yeah this has been the most crazy, upsetting, unpredictable season in recent memory (or ever in that matter), but people cannot continue to marvel at a victory that happened over 4 months ago, to an unidentified team in it's first game of the season.

Posted by: Taylor | January 7, 2008 8:44 AM

Michigan Sucks

Posted by: anonomus | February 11, 2008 12:08 PM

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