Top 10 College Football Upsets of 2008

L.C. MayCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2009

These are what I believe were the top upsets of 2008.


10. Vanderbilt upsets Auburn

I believe this deserves to be the No. 10 upset in the nation in 2008, simply because just like every year in college football no one expects Vanderbilt to do anything.

But can you really blame those people? I mean, before this year, the last time the Commodores went to a bowl was, what, like 1988.

After this game, they proved themselves by upsetting Auburn en route to winning the Music City Bowl. In this game, Mackenzi Adams threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Auburn, 14-13.


9. Texas upsets Oklahoma

I know some people believe this game should be higher in the Top 10, but I believe it only deserves to be No. 9. It was a great game, and it proved that Texas deserved to be a top team in the country.

But the reason I do not think it was that big of a upset is because people predicted Texas to win, and the Longhorns completely dominated on offense, with starting quarterback Colt McCoy leading them to 308 yards of total offense and a 45-35 victory over the No. 1 team in the land at that time.


8. Alabama upsets Clemson

I think this game deserves to be No. 8 because Clemson was completely overrated in the preseason polls, and they were predicted to beat Alabama by 10 points.

Alabama went into the Georgia Dome prepared and beat them until they could not take it anymore. I think this deserves to be No. 8 because this game started Alabama's great season.


7. Arkansas upsets LSU

I know what you're thinking: How could this be No. 7 out of the Top 10 upsets of 2008? Well, the reason I think this deserves to be No. 7 is because Arkansas started out with a rough season, especially after the 49-14 loss to Alabama at home.

I still had faith in them after they beat Auburn, but I don't believe anybody else did. Well, they proved themselves after beating the defending national champion for the second year in a row, after a final score of 31-30.


6. Utah upsets Alabama

As much as I hate to admit it, as an Alabama fan, I must admit that Utah beating Alabama deserves to be No. 6. The reasons why are simply because Utah was completely underestimated and went in that game more prepared.

I mean, I basically stopped watching the game after Brian Johnson helped rack up three touchdowns in the first quarter. Johnson also threw for 336 yards, leading Utah to upset Alabama, 31-17.


5. Ole Miss upsets Texas Tech

I think this deserves to be No. 5 for one main reason: Ole Miss was an underdog who was predicted to get beat by 14 and 92 percent of the nation predicted Texas Tech to win.

The main reason Ole Miss won is because they were able to rack up over 500 yards of offense. Jevan Snead helped with 292 passing yards as Ole Miss beat Texas Tech, with a final score of 47-34.


4. Texas Tech upsets Texas

I think that this deserves to be No. 4 because before the game, Texas was predicted to win the Big 12 and go to the National Title Game. Texas Tech ruined all chances of that when they upset the Longhorns.

I believe a big part of the reason they won was the home-field advantage. But I also believe Graham Harrell's 474 passing yards helped, along with Michael Crabtree's touchdown reception with the clock winding down. This was the best victory Texas Tech had as they went on to beat Texas 39-33.


3. Iowa upsets Penn State

I believe this game deserves to be No. 3 because if Iowa would not have beaten Penn Sate, then Penn State would have gone to the National Championship. I think it was a very special game that Penn State just wasn't prepared to play.

What boosted Iowa to a victory mainly is because a backup kicker named Daniel Murray booted a 31-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game to win 24-23 over what was at that time the No. 3 team in the nation.


2. Ole Miss upsets Florida

This game definitely deserves to be No. 2 because Ole Miss came in unranked and was playing the No. 4 Florida Gators in the Swamp.

With players such as Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, and Brandon Spikes, you would think this is going to be a blowout. Florida was predicted to win by a whopping 17 points.

After a back-and-forth game, Ole Miss blocked an extra point and stopped Tim Tebow on 4th-and-short to make a huge upset in college football.

Yes, Florida still won the National Championship, but Ole Miss still played one heck of a game. I believe this was one of those games that only happens every few years. So this my No. 2 upset of the year after Ole Miss beat Florida 31-30.


1. Oregon State upsets USC

This game is my No. 1 because after this game, this left the BCS wide open. Oregon State made the biggest upset of 2008 by beating the No. 1 team in the nation, USC.

USC had more total offensive yards and passing yards, but it wasn't enough, as Oregon State was more prepared and was able to force turnovers and have the ball for a total of 33:11.

As a result, they were boosted up to beat the No. 1 team in the land and everyone's pick for national champion, USC, 33-31.