Every BCS Conference Team's Greatest Win & Most Devastating Loss of the BCS Era

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJune 30, 2013

Every BCS Conference Team's Greatest Win & Most Devastating Loss of the BCS Era

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    The BCS era has been a part of college football for 15 years now. Over that time span there have been some of the greatest games in the history of college football.

    Teams have endured some devastating losses, while others have had outstanding wins over that period.

    A lot has happened since 1998, including the declaration of the six BCS conferences.

    But, what is the most memorable victory for each BCS team since 1998? What about the losses those fans would soon like to forget?

    Read on to find which games stand out for each BCS team over the past decade-and-a-half.

     

    *Notre Dame is included with the BCS teams

    *New BCS members Central Florida, Houston, Memphis and SMU are not included since they have not been in a BCS conference

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Greatest Win (January 9, 2012)

    There have been a lot of great wins over the past 15 years for the Crimson Tide, but the game at the top of the list is the 2012 BCS National Championship victory against LSU.

    The 21-0 victory avenged a defeat earlier in the season and gave the Crimson Tide some bragging rights on their conference rival.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 26, 2010)

    There have not been a lot of terrible losses in recent years for Alabama, but the worst loss came at the hands of Cam Newton.

    Alabama jumped out to a 24-0 win with a chance to knock off the undefeated Auburn Tigers in the final game of the season.

    Auburn came back for a dramatic 28-27 victory on its way to a national championship.

Arizona Wildcats

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    Greatest Win (November 15, 2007)

    Arizona has not been a football power over the past 15 years, but it did play spoiler toward the end of the 2007 season, knocking Oregon out of the national title conversation.

    Star Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with a torn ACL, and Arizona rolled to a 34-24 victory over the Ducks.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 21, 2009)

    Two years later, Arizona had another shot to knock off a talented Oregon team, but came up a little short this time. The Wildcats were in this one from start to finish but fell 44-41 in double overtime.

    Clearly, this is a loss that was hard to swallow for Arizona.

Arizona State Sun Devils

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    Greatest Win (December 31, 2007)

    The 2007 season was a very good one for Arizona State, and the biggest win of the year came in the Sun Bowl against Purdue.

    The game was close throughout and came down to the wire. Kyle Orton put Purdue in front 23-20, but Sam Keller's final touchdown pass to Rudy Burgess was all it took as the Sun Devils came out on top 27-23. 

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 3, 2007)

    This showdown featured two of the top teams in the country, and both teams came into the game ranked in the Top Five in the country.

    The game came just a week after the greatest BCS-era win in school history.

    Oregon just had a little too much for Arizona State, winning 35-23—ruining the national title hopes and perfect season of the Sun Devils.

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Greatest Win (November 23, 2007)

    Not a lot of teams knock off the top team in the nation, but that was the case for Arkansas when it played LSU. There was some talent on the Razorbacks, including running back Darren McFadden. He totaled four touchdowns, as did fellow running back Peyton Hillis. 

    Arkansas beat the top-ranked LSU Tigers, 50-48, in triple overtime. The win was made that much more sweet because it was in Baton Rouge.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 25, 2010)

    While the loss last season to Louisiana-Monroe was certainly embarrassing, it was not quite as devastating as losing a tough conference game.

    Arkansas had a very talented team in 2010 and even had national title aspirations.

    Those were all but dashed with a 24-20 loss at the hands of Alabama. Blowing a 13-point lead is something the Arkansas fans are not soon going to forget.

Auburn Tigers

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    Greatest Win (January 10, 2011)

    The Auburn victory a few weeks earlier against Alabama certainly deserves some consideration, but it is hard to argue against a national championship.

    Led by Cam Newton, the Tigers held Oregon in check en route to a 22-19 victory and a national championship. 

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 27, 2009)

    Naturally, the most devastating loss would come against rival Alabama. Auburn led the game 14-0 after one quarter and 21-14 in the second half.

    But, the Crimson Tide made a run and came out on top with a 26-21 victory. That capped off an undefeated season for the Crimson Tide and sent Auburn to a 7-5 campaign.

Baylor Bears

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    Greatest Win (November 17, 2012)

    Baylor was in a similar situation to Iowa State two years ago as the Bears knocked off the Kansas State Wildcats 52-24 in dominating fashion.

    The win knocked then-No. 1 Kansas State out of the national title picture and allowed Baylor to get back into the bowl conversation.

    No question, this was the biggest win of the BCS era for the Bears.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 1, 2011)

    The best win certainly came against Kansas State, but the worst loss also came at the hands of the Wildcats.

    Baylor came into the game ranked No. 15 in the country and undefeated heading into the early season battle.

    This was a hard-fought game, but Kansas State pulled off the huge upset over Robert Griffin III and the Bears, winning the game 36-35 and putting a damper on the season.

Boston College Eagles

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    Greatest Win (October 25, 2007)

    The BCS era for Boston College was certainly highlighted by the play of quarterback Matt Ryan.

    He helped lead the Eagles to their biggest win of the BCS era, coming back from a 10-0 deficit with six minutes to go to knock off Virginia Tech 14-10 in dramatic fashion on a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining. 

    There's no question this was the greatest win of the BCS era for Boston College.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 1, 2007)

    The worst loss of the BCS era came just over a month later at the hands of Virginia Tech in a rematch.

    Both teams came into the game very highly ranked, with the winner moving on to a BCS bowl game.

    This was without question the best Boston College team of the BCS era, but Virginia Tech got revenge with a 30-16 victory in a game that was tied entering the fourth quarter.

California Golden Bears

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    Greatest Win (September 27, 2003)

    There have not been a lot of memorable wins for Cal over the past 15 years, but one of them was a triple-overtime victory over the mighty USC Trojans.

    The Golden Bears won the game 34-31 in what was considered one of the biggest upsets of the entire season. The USC squad was split national champions that year, as Cal was the only team to beat it.

    Led by Aaron Rodgers, the Golden Bears knocked off USC, something that would not be accomplished again for quite some time.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 9, 2004)

    A year later USC got some revenge against Cal on its way to a national championship that was eventually vacated.

    Once again, Aaron Rodgers was leading the way for the Golden Bears in a game that USC eventually won 23-17.

    That was the only regular-season loss of the season for Cal and was the worst of the BCS era for the Golden Bears.

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Greatest Win (December 5, 2009)

    There is no doubt what the top win during the BCS era is for Cincinnati. The Bearcats came into the season finale against Pittsburgh undefeated and ranked in the Top Five in the country.

    Pittsburgh was also very talented, coming in ranked No. 15.

    Cincinnati came back in dramatic fashion in the snow, after trailing 31-10. Quarterback Tony Pike hit wide receiver Armon Binns for a diving touchdown in the final minutes to give Cincinnati a 45-44 victory and help the Bearcats earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 2010)

    Followed closely by the greatest win comes the most devastating loss.

    Cincinnati had just lost its head coach, Brian Kelly, to Notre Dame and was very overmatched against an angry Florida team in the Sugar Bowl.

    The Gators completely dominated the Bearcats, winning 51-24 in a game Cincinnati fans would soon like to forget.

Clemson Tigers

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    Greatest Win (December 31, 2012)

    Clemson has progressively gotten better over the past few seasons, and it culminated last year with a berth in the Chick-fil-A bowl against LSU. 

    This was one of the more entertaining games of the entire bowl slate last year and featured a 4th-and-16 conversion by the Tigers on their final drive to keep the game alive.

    A field goal on the final play of the game gave Clemson a 25-24 win over an LSU team that was favored coming in.

     

    Most Devastating Loss: (January 4, 2012)

    The worst loss came less than a year earlier in the Orange Bowl against West Virginia. This game was one of the most lopsided in bowl history and is one that will not soon be forgotten by the Clemson faithful.

    This was not only devastating but also embarrassing, as the Tigers fell 70-33 in a game that was completely dominated by the Mountaineers. 

    The Tigers have only reached one BCS game, and it was a huge disappointment against West Virginia.

Colorado Buffaloes

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    Greatest Win (November 23, 2001)

    Colorado has been awful in recent years, but a decade ago, the Buffaloes were very talented.

    One of the biggest wins in the history of the school came against a Nebraska team that was ranked No. 2 in the country coming into the game.

    This game was not even close, as Colorado dominated 62-36 in a shocking victory. Colorado would go on to the Big 12 championship game and the Fiesta Bowl, while Nebraska reached the BCS national title game.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 2002)

    The previously mentioned Fiesta Bowl is the worst loss of the BCS era for Colorado. The Buffaloes came into the game against Oregon as one of the top teams in the country.

    The Ducks proved to be the much better team in this encounter, dominating the game en route to a 38-16 victory.

    Colorado was a Top Five team coming into the game, but the Ducks pulled off the upset in this one.

Connecticut Huskies

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    Greatest Win (December 4, 2010)

    It was hard to imagine a decade ago that Connecticut would ever qualify for a BCS bowl game, but in 2010 that was exactly the case.

    The Huskies started off the season slow, but won the final game of the year to finish in a three-way tie for the Big East title.

    It took a dramatic 19-16 victory over South Florida on the road in the final game of the season to get them there, but it was one of the most memorable in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 2011)

    While not a lot of people expected Connecticut to beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, nobody figured it would be as bad as the 48-20 final score.

    The Sooners proved to be just too much for the Huskies, and Connecticut certainly did not make a big name for itself or the Big East in this one.

Duke Blue Devils

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    Greatest Win (October 20, 2012)

    It is not often that Duke reaches a bowl game, but that was the case in 2012, thanks to a dramatic victory against rival North Carolina.

    The Blue Devils came into the game 5-2, needing one more win to qualify for a bowl game. With a challenging schedule to finish out the season, this was the one Duke had to get.

    This was an extremely close game, but a late Duke touchdown was the difference in a 33-30 victory that will not soon be forgotten.

    The long bowl drought was officially over after nearly 20 years.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 28, 2009)

    The final game of the 2009 season was a chance for Duke to pick up its sixth win of the season and qualify for a bowl game.

    Wake Forest came calling, and Duke simply did not have enough talent to come out with a victory, falling 45-34 at the hands of the Demon Deacons.

    At this point, the bowl drought had reached 15 years.

Florda Gators

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    Greatest Win (January 8, 2007)

    Florida has had its fair share of marquee wins during the BCS era, winning a pair of national championships and going to plenty of BCS bowl games.

    The biggest win, however, came in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State.

    Florida came into the game as huge underdogs but put on a show, dominating the favorite and top team in the country, Ohio State.

    The Gators came out on top 41-14 in completely dominating fashion.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 5, 2009)

    The 2009 version of the SEC title game featured the two best teams in the country with No. 1 Florida taking on No. 2 Alabama.

    The winner of the game would go on to the national championship and become SEC champs, while the loser would have to settle for the Sugar Bowl. 

    Both teams were 12-0, but Florida was thought to be the better team, led by quarterback Tim Tebow.

    That proved not to be the case, as Alabama dominated the Gators, 32-13, leading to Tim Tebow famously crying on the sideline.

Florida State Seminoles

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    Greatest Win (January 4, 2000)

    Toward the beginning of the BCS era, Florida State was still at the top of the national landscape. It played in the first two BCS National Championship Games, and after losing the first to Tennessee, Florida State was back once again against Virginia Tech a year later.

    The Hokies came into the game with the most explosive player in the country in Michael Vick, but Florida State proved to be the much more talented team.

    A huge 46-29 victory was the greatest win of the BCS era for the Seminoles.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 3, 2001)

    A year later, Florida State was back in the national championship game—this time against Oklahoma.

    The Seminoles came into the game with one of the best offenses in the country but could do absolutely nothing against a very talented Sooners defense, losing 13-2. 

    This was the last season that Florida State has finished in the top four in the past 12, and was for all intents and purposes the end of the Bobby Bowden era.

Georgia Bulldogs

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    Greatest Win (October 27, 2007)

    Georgia has been solid for quite some time, and a victory in 2007 over Florida, the defending national champions, was the biggest win of the BCS era for the school.

    The Bulldogs came out fired up for this one, and an early touchdown led to the entire team famously rushing the field. This made huge news and got the Bulldogs jacked up for a huge victory.

    Florida was no match for Georgia, as the Bulldogs came out on top, 42-30, in what was the biggest win of the BCS era for Georgia.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 2, 2012)

    Georgia has been so close to playing for the national title but has always fallen just short. That was the case once again in 2012.

    The Bulldogs were ranked third in the country and taking on an Alabama team ranked No. 2. The winner of the SEC title game was going to the national championship to take on Notre Dame.

    Georgia was a play away from winning the game, but an Alabama touchdown in the final seconds gave the Crimson Tide a 32-28 victory.

    It also gave head coach Mark Richt and Georgia fans something to have nightmares about all winter long.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Greatest Win (December 5, 2009)

    Reaching an ACC title game is not something Georgia Tech is accustomed to, but that was the case during the 2009 season, and the Yellow Jackets came out on top with a 39-34 victory over Clemson.

    The game propelled Georgia Tech into the Orange Bowl and proved that this was the best Georgia Tech team of the BCS era.

    A touchdown run by Jonathan Dwyer with a little over a minute remaining put the Yellow Jackets in front for good, 39-34.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 2, 2006)

    While it was definitely tough to suffer a loss in the Orange Bowl to Iowa in 2010, there is no question that the worst loss over the past 15 years came at the hands of Wake Forest in the 2006 ACC title game. 

    What made it even worse was the fact that the game was 9-6.

    This team was led by wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He and the Yellow Jackets could not figure out a way to get into the end zone in this very devastating loss.


Ilinois Fighting Illini

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    Greatest Win (November 10, 2007)

    Illinois came into this battle against Ohio State not exactly playing high-level football.

    The Fighting Illini had lost three games on the season, and Ohio State was undefeated. Throw in the fact that the game was on the road, and nobody really gave Illinois much of a chance.

    Quarterback Juice Williams threw four touchdown passes, leading Illinois to a 28-21 victory and propelling the Fighting Illini into the Rose Bowl.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 2002)

    Illinois came into its Sugar Bowl contest against LSU with only one loss on its resume.

    The Fighting Illini were ranked in the top 10 in every major poll and proved to be no match for LSU.

    A 27-point second quarter propelled LSU to a 47-34 victory.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    Greatest Win (November 17, 2007)

    Indiana has not had a lot of successful seasons in recent years, but one year that did stand out was the 2007 campaign.

    The final game of the season was a dramatic 27-24 victory over Purdue in which the Hoosiers hit a field goal in the final minute to come away with the victory.

    That capped off a 7-5 campaign—the best of the BCS era for the Hoosiers.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 6, 2010)

    Indiana was once again knocking on the door of a bowl game in 2010, but a 18-13 Iowa victory, featuring a touchdown in the final three minutes, dashed those hopes.

    The Hoosiers would finish the season with only five wins, falling just short of a bowl bid.

    Tough one to lose for Hoosiers fans.

Iowa Hawkeyes

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    Greatest Win (January 5, 2010)

    Iowa had a few solid years in the past and even reached a BCS bowl during the 2009 season. That game was a memorable victory over Georgia Tech.

    The Hawkeyes defeated Georgia Tech, 24-14, capping off an excellent season with an Orange Bowl victory.

    The 2009 season was certainly one that will never be forgotten by Iowa fans.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 14, 2009)

    Iowa had a chance to go to a Rose Bowl with a victory over Ohio State toward the end of the 2009 season.

    The Hawkeyes came into the game ranked No. 10 in the country with Ohio State coming in at No. 11.

    The game was very close throughout, with Ohio State eventually prevailing 27-24 in overtime.

    The two-loss Hawkeyes still ended up in the Orange Bowl that year.

Iowa State Cyclones

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    Greatest Win (November 18, 2011)

    Not a lot of teams have the opportunity to ruin a team's national title hopes so late in the season, but that was the case for Iowa State.

    The Cyclones knocked off No. 3 Oklahoma State in double overtime in what most would consider to be one of the best games of the 2011 college football season.

    This game not only ruined the season for Oklahoma State but also helped propel Iowa State into a bowl game.

    No doubt that this was one of the biggest upsets in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (August 24, 2002)

    While losing to one of the best teams in the country is not exactly devastating, the way it happened for Iowa State puts it on the list.

    The Cyclones were starting off the season against a Florida State team that was one of the top five in the country.

    Down 38-31, the Cyclones were stopped on the 1-yard line on the final play of the game—suffering a defeat that was hard to swallow.

Kansas Jayhawks

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    Greatest Win (January 3, 2008)

    Kansas has not been talked about much over the past few years, but there is no question what the biggest win and most devastating loss are for the Jayhawks.

    After reaching the Orange Bowl in 2008, the Jayhawks shocked a lot of people by knocking off Virginia Tech 24-21.

    The victory over a Top Five team helped take the sting out from a devastating loss to end the regular season a few weeks earlier.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 24, 2007)

    The final game of the regular season was a chance for Kansas to pick up a victory and play for the national championship.

    Both teams came into the game in the Top Five and a win would have had Kansas right in the national title conversation.

    This is one of the truly great rivalries in college sports, but the Tigers ruined the perfect Kansas season, winning 36-28.

Kansas State Wildcats

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    Greatest Win (December 6, 2003)

    Kansas State was a huge underdog coming into the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma.

    The Wildcats played what most would consider the perfect game on their way to a dominating 35-7 victory over the Sooners.

    That win was another in a long line of excellent victories for head coach Bill Snyder and put the Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 17, 2012)

    The greatest win for Baylor is also the most devastating loss for Kansas State.

    There were certainly national title aspirations for the Wildcats, as they were coming into the game with an undefeated record.

    The Baylor running backs had different ideas, running all over Kansas State on their way to a 52-24 victory.

Kentucky Wildcats

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    Greatest Win (October 13, 2007)

    Kentucky is another team on the list that had a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the country and took full advantage of it.

    This was one of the greatest SEC games of the BCS era, as it featured some back-and-forth action throughout.

    The game eventually was decided in triple-overtime, with Kentucky coming out on top, 53-47.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 9, 2002)

    This was the day that Kentucky was finally a football school—or so it seemed. The Wildcats seemingly had the game won against a very talented LSU team after taking a 30-27 lead in the closing seconds.

    LSU had one last Hail Mary attempt. The ball was thrown 60 yards, tipped off a defender and landed in the arms of wide receiver Devery Henderson, who ran it into the end zone for a touchdown.

    The game was known as the "Bluegrass Miracle" and is one of the most amazing endings in college football history.

Louisville Cardinals

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    Greatest Win (January 2, 2013)

    Louisville has turned the corner in recent years, and that was on full display against a heavily favored Florida team in the Sugar Bowl.

    The Cardinals came out guns blazing, dominating the game from the outset.

    Louisville shocked most of the college football world with a 33-23 victory over the Gators in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicates.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 9, 2006)

    Louisville had national title aspirations heading into a showdown against Rutgers in November of 2009.

    Both teams came into the game undefeated, but the Cardinals were ranked No. 3 in the country.

    This was a game that Louisville led 25-7 in the second quarter but somehow let it slip away, thanks in part to Rutgers running back Ray Rice, losing 28-25.

LSU Tigers

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    Greatest Win (January 7, 2008)

    For LSU, the greatest win and the most devastating defeat are very simple to figure out.

    The Tigers came into the 2008 BCS National Championship Game against No. 1 Ohio State as slight underdogs. 

    LSU, however, proved to be the much better team, as the Tigers dominated the Buckeyes from start to finish, winning the national championship 38-24 and bringing home another title for the SEC.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 9, 2012)

    The infamous rematch for the national championship took place in 2012 when Alabama met LSU in a game that had already happened just two months earlier.

    LSU did not even get over midfield until the fourth quarter and was held under 100 yards of total offense for the game.

    Needless to say, this one was not very fun to watch, and not even close, as Alabama dominated the Tigers 21-0, on its way to the national championship.

Maryland Terrapins

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    Greatest Win (November 17, 2001)

    The 2001 Maryland team was clearly the best of the BCS era, as the team finished the regular season 10-1.

    It culminated with a 23-19 victory at North Carolina State in the season finale.

    There was a lot of pressure on Maryland coming into the game, but the win propelled the Terrapins into the Orange Bowl and capped off one of the best regular seasons in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 2, 2002)

    The worst loss for Maryland came less than two months later in the Orange Bowl at the hands of the Florida Gators. 

    Maryland was dominated from start to finish by a Gator team that proved to have too much talent.

    The 56-23 blowout was a game that was certainly a hard pill to swallow for Maryland fans.

Miami Hurricanes

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    Greatest Win (January 3, 2002)

    When a team wins its only BCS National Championship over the past 15 years, that is certainly going to top the list.

    The 2001 Miami team was one of the best in the history of college football, and it culminated with a dominating 37-14 victory over Nebraska in the BCS National Championship Game.

    The amount of talent on that team was quite possibly the best in the history of college football and something that has not been duplicated since.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 3, 2003)

    Just a year later, the Hurricanes suffered the most devastating loss in the history of the program.

    Miami was once again in the national championship game and seemingly had it won, but a pass interference call kept Ohio State in the game and allowed the Buckeyes to come out on top, 31-24, in a double-overtime game that was the best national championship contest of the BCS era.

    The Hurricanes have not reached the national championship game since.

Michigan Wolverines

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2000)

    Michigan has had some marquee wins over the years, but the one that stands out is an Orange Bowl victory over Alabama.

    This was an excellent game from start to finish and was one of the best games in the history of the bowl.

    It went into overtime and appeared set for double overtime until a missed extra point by the Crimson Tide ended the game with Michigan winning 35-34.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 18, 2006)

    While the Appalachian State debacle is certainly the most embarrassing, the game that tops the list is the 2006 season finale against longtime rival Ohio State, which had a berth in the national championship game on the line.

    The game featured the top two teams in the country and was one of the best in the history of the rivalry.

    Both teams came in 11-0, but Ohio State came out with a 42-39 victory that ruined Michigan's season in more ways than one.

Michigan State Spartans

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    Greatest Win (October 23, 2011)

    Michigan State was likely headed to overtime with Wisconsin as the game was tied at 31 in the final seconds.

    Quarterback Kirk Cousins dropped back to pass and found wide receiver Keith Nicol in the end zone for a 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass.

    The win was one of the most memorable in the history of the program, as the Spartans came out on top, 37-31, in dramatic fashion.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 3, 2011)

    Just a little over a month later, the Spartans and Badgers were at it once again, this time playing for the Big Ten title game and a spot in the Rose Bowl.

    This was a very close game throughout, but four touchdown runs from Montee Ball proved to be too much in the end, as Wisconsin came from behind to win, 42-39.

    A late roughing-the-punter call cost Michigan State a chance to tie or win the game.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Greatest Win (November 6, 1999)

    Minnesota has not had a lot of excellent seasons during the BCS era, but perhaps the most complete game the Golden Gophers played was against No. 2 Penn State in 1999.

    The Nittany Lions had national title aspirations, and the Golden Gophers came into the game not nearly as hyped.

    This game came down to the wire, but a 24-23 Minnesota victory stands out as the greatest win of the BCS era.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 28, 2000)

    Nothing is harder to swallow than a Hail Mary loss, but that is exactly what happened to Minnesota when nationally ranked Northwestern came calling.

    The game was tied at 35 in the final seconds and appeared headed to overtime until a Hail Mary pass gave Northwestern the improbable 41-35 victory.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2011)

    There are not a lot of times where a team is dominated in a bowl game quite like Michigan was against Mississippi State in 2011.  

    In what was supposed to be a close game, Mississippi State turned it into a huge blowout, knocking off the Wolverines 52-14.

    The annual SEC-Big Ten bowl game went to the SEC once again in this one.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 28, 2008)

    In what was the final game of an awful season, the Bulldogs were dominated in the Egg Bowl by rival Ole Miss, losing 45-0.

    It capped off a 4-8 season that Mississippi State fans would soon like to forget.

    No doubt, this blowout is the worst loss of the BCS era for the Bulldogs.

Missouri Tigers

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    Greatest Win (November 24, 2007)

    Kansas and Missouri have been bitter rivals for some time, and the greatest win in the history of the rivalry, at least for Missouri, came back in 2007.

    Both teams came into the game ranked in the Top Five in the country. The winner would take on Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

    Missouri came out with a 36-28 victory and advanced to an even more important game.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 1, 2007)

    Naturally, the most devastating loss came just a week later at the hands of Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

    The Sooners were dominant throughout the game, ruining the national title hopes of the Tigers and beating them rather easily, 38-17.

    That loss also dropped the Tigers out of BCS contention and into the Cotton Bowl.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Greatest Win (October 27, 2001)

    The 2001 season was a magical year for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers ended up playing for the national championship thanks in part to a play known as "Black 41 Flash Reverse Pass."

    That play orchestrated by quarterback Eric Crouch allowed No. 3 Nebraska to knock off No. 2 Oklahoma on its way to a berth in the national championship game.

    It was clearly the biggest win of the BCS era for the Cornhuskers.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 3, 2002)

    The toughest loss of the BCS era certainly comes in the only BCS National Championship Game the Cornhuskers have ever played in.

    On this day, Nebraska ran into a buzz saw known at the Miami Hurricanes.

    Miami was one of the greatest college football teams in the history of the sport and it showed on this occasion, as the Hurricanes were victorious, 37-14.

North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Greatest Win (September 2, 2001)

    North Carolina has never been a football power, but one team that has is Florida State. The Seminoles dominated the early part of the BCS era, but that was not the case during an early season game in September. 

    The Seminoles came into the contest ranked near the Top Five in the country, and the Tar Heels were 0-3.

    Julius Peppers made a name for himself in this one, helping the North Carolina defense dominate Florida State en route to a 41-9 victory.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 27, 2008)

    Maybe the best season of the BCS era for North Carolina came in 2008, when the Tar Heels won eight regular-season games and appeared ready to pick up a victory over West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

    North Carolina was ahead 30-24 midway through the fourth quarter when a West Virginia touchdown pass from Pat White to Alric Arnett proved to be the difference in a hard-to-handle 31-30 victory for West Virgina.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2003)

    North Carolina State has had some solid teams during the BCS era but has never had a player quite like Philip Rivers.

    Perhaps the best season for the team came in 2002 when the Wolfpack won 10 regular-season games and dominated Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.

    The 28-6 victory was the culmination of an excellent season that saw the team finish near the Top 10 in the country.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 20, 2010)

    In 2010, North Carolina State was a win away from playing in the ACC title game. All the Wolfpack needed to do was knock off Maryland.

    This game was back and forth all day long and a furious comeback toward the end of the game led by quarterback Russell Wilson was not enough, as North Carolina State fell, 38-31.

    That left the Wolfpack 8-4 and just outside of the ACC title game.

Northwestern Wildcats

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    Greatest Win (November 4, 2000)

    There have been some excellent wins over the years for Northwestern, but none larger than a 54-51 victory over Michigan.

    Both teams were in the Top 25 coming into the game, but Michigan was near the Top 10. This was a back-and-forth encounter and certainly one of the more entertaining games of the BCS era.

    There's no question that this was one of the more memorable games in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 2009)

    Northwestern had a successful season in 2008, reaching the Outback Bowl against Auburn.

    This was another hard-fought battle between two very talented teams. An Auburn field goal allowed the Tigers to come out on top, 38-35, in overtime.

    While a loss was not the end of the world, to come so close certainly has to hurt.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Greatest Win (September 5, 2005)

    Believe it or not, Charlie Weis did win some big games during his tenure at Notre Dame, including one victory over No. 3 Michigan.

    The Fighting Irish were also ranked but not nearly as high coming into the huge rivalry game. This was one of the most complete games Notre Dame played during the Weis era, winning 17-10 over its rival.

    This victory came just a few weeks before the infamous "Bush Push" game against USC.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 7, 2013)

    The "Bush Push" would have made the list up until a few months ago, when Notre Dame was embarrassed by Alabama in the national championship game.

    Alabama dominated the game from start to finish and showed just how overmatched the Fighting Irish really were.

    While it was over quickly, this was the only national title appearance for Notre Dame during the BCS era and was a huge disappointment.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Greatest Win (January 3, 2003)

    The 31-24 double-overtime upset victory over the undefeated Miami Hurricanes in the 2003 BCS National Championship Game tops the list for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Nobody gave Ohio State a chance to do much of anything, but the Buckeyes hung in there just long enough to steal a victory from the Hurricanes.

    Miami's 34-game winning streak was snapped.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 8, 2007)

    The roles were reversed for Ohio State in 2007, as the Buckeyes came into their national championship game against Florida undefeated and the favorite.

    Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith could not do much, and after a Ted Ginn kickoff return for a touchdown to start off the game, the Buckeyes were completely dominated.

    Florida handled the Buckeyes to the tune of 41-14.

Oklahoma Sooners

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    Greatest Win (January 3, 2001)

    The lone Oklahoma national championship of the BCS era tops the list. The 2000 Sooner squad was nothing short of spectacular and it showed with a 13-2 victory over Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game.

    While this might not have been the most interesting game to watch, there is no doubt that it is the greatest win over the past 15 seasons for the Sooners.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 8, 2009)

    Oklahoma was back in the national championship game in 2009, taking on the Florida Gators.

    The Sooners came into the game as the favorite and No. 1 team in the country. That did not seem to mater to a Gators squad that proved to have to much talent for the Sooners.

    Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford could do nothing against the talented Florida defense, as the Sooners fell, 24-14.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Greatest Win (January 2, 2012)

    Oklahoma State had an excellent season in 2012. It was capped off with a 41-38 victory in the Fiesta Bowl over Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

    The win allowed the Cowboys to finish No. 3 in the country.

    While the team was very close to making the national championship game, this was a good consolation prize for the Cowboys.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 18, 2011)

    Oklahoma State was on the road to playing in the national championship game against LSU but inexplicably stumbled against Iowa State, losing in double-overtime to the Cyclones.

    That loss virtually ruined the national title aspirations for the Cowboys and helped vault Iowa State into a bowl game.

    The 37-31 double-overtime game will not soon be forgotten by Oklahoma State fans.

Ole Miss Rebels

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    Greatest Win (September 27, 2008)

    In perhaps the greatest upset in the history of the program, Ole Miss took out the eventual national champion Florida Gators 31-30 in the Swamp.

    Florida came into the game No. 4 in the country and undefeated at the time. The Rebels held on by a point after a blocked extra point with just over three minutes remaining.

    From that point on, the Gators would go undefeated, thanks in part to a Tim Tebow speech and win the national championship, making the victory that much more special for Ole Miss fans.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 4, 2010)

    The 2009 season was a huge success for Ole Miss, but the 2010 year was a complete disaster. It all started very early in the year, as the Rebels took on Jacksonville State.

    Nobody expected the game to go into double overtime, but even less people expected Jacksonville State to win the game 49-48.

    That was the worst loss during a 4-8 campaign.

Oregon Ducks

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2012)

    Oregon had not won a BCS bowl game under Chip Kelly until a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin changed all of that.

    Oregon gave Wisconsin a taste of its own medicine, running the ball down its throats, led by the trio of LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas.

    The 45-38 victory was one of the most dramatic of the entire bowl season and got head coach Chip Kelly over the BCS hump.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 10, 2011)

    A year earlier, Oregon reached its first BCS National Championship Game against Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.

    The Ducks were held in check on the offensive side of the ball, only scoring 19 points the entire game.

    Their defense kept them in the game but Auburn was too much in the end, as the Ducks fell, 22-19.

Oregon State Beavers

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    Greatest Win (September 28, 2008)

    Not a lot of Pac-12 fans will forget this epic Thursday night battle between Oregon State and USC.

    The Trojans came into the game as a heavy favorite and looked like one of the best teams in the country once again.

    This was one of the more entertaining games of the entire season, as the top team in the country went down in defeat.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 3, 2009)

    Oregon and Oregon State is one of the best rivalries in all of college football, and the 2009 version of the game stands out from a lot of the others. That is not necessarily a good thing for the Beavers.

    Both teams came into this game very highly ranked, and it was a chance for the Beavers to pick up a huge road victory over the Ducks.

    The game was close throughout, but in the end the Ducks proved to be too much, winning 37-33 in a well-played game.

Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Greatest Win (January 3, 2006)

    The 2006 Orange Bowl might have been the best in the history of the game, with Penn State coming out on top, 26-23, over Florida State in triple overtime.

    While the Nittany Lions have played a lot of memorable Big Ten games, none have been more memorable in recent years than this Orange Bowl victory.

    The win is the last Penn State has had in a BCS Bowl.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 15, 2005)

    While the Orange Bowl victory was certainly a great win, the Nittany Lions had national title aspirations that same season.

    Those hopes were dashed at the hands of Michigan.

    A 10-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Mario Manningham on the final play of the game gave Michigan a 27-25 victory.

    There's no question that this is one of the most devastating losses in school history.

Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Greatest Win (November 14, 2009)

    Beating Notre Dame is something that is not always easy to do, but the Pittsburgh Panthers had the opportunity to do just that in 2009.

    The Panthers came into the game undefeated and nationally ranked.

    They came out with a huge 27-22 victory and finished the regular season with only two losses. There is no question that it was one of the best years in recent memory for the Panthers.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 5, 2009)

    The greatest win for Cincinnati is also the most devastating loss for Pittsburgh.

    Blowing a 21-point lead against a Top Five team is something that is hard to swallow. Throw in the fact that the win would have given the Panthers the Big East title and a possible BCS bowl berth, and it makes it that much harder to handle.

    There's no doubt that this loss is still in the minds of Panthers fans.

Purdue Boilermakers

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    Greatest Win (October 7, 2000)

    There have not been a lot of huge bowl wins for Purdue over the BCS span, but one regular-season game that stood out was a victory over Michigan.

    Both teams were ranked coming into the game, but the Wolverines were No. 6 in the country.

    This was a thriller, with Purdue eventually coming out on top, 32-31, making it the most memorable game of the BCS era in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 16, 2000)

    The 2000 Purdue team was one of the best in school history, but the Boilermakers suffered a tough 22-20 loss during the season at the hands of Notre Dame.

    What makes this so hard to deal with is the fact that the Fighting Irish made a field goal as time expired .

    Purdue still went on to have a very successful season, but that loss will not soon be forgotten.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Greatest Win (November 9, 2006)

    Rutgers has had some excellent teams over the years, but perhaps the best was the 2006 squad, led by running back Ray Rice.

    The group finished the year 11-2, but the biggest win of the season came against No. 3 Louisville.

    Rutgers trailed 25-7 in the second quarter and came back in dramatic fashion, winning 28-25.

    It is still considered the greatest win in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 29, 2012)

    While the greatest win came at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals, so did the most devastating loss.

    It was the final game of the season and the winner would earn a BCS bowl berth. Rutgers had a chance to win the Big East title outright. 

    The Scarlet Knights led 13-3 in the third quarter but choked away the game, falling 20-17 on a field goal in the final minutes.

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Greatest Win (October 9, 2010)

    It is not often that a team knocks off Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide, but that was the case a few years ago for South Carolina. 

    Alabama came into the game as the No. 1 team in the country and undefeated.

    South Carolina was ranked in the Top 20, but nobody expected the Gamecocks to come away with a 35-21 victory in one of the biggest wins in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 31, 2010)

    Thanks to a very successful 2010 campaign, South Carolina qualified for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Florida State.

    This was a game that most people figured South Carolina would be able to win, but the Gamecocks were handled rather easily by the Seminoles, falling 26-17.

    The game was a chance for South Carolina to finish the season strong, but instead it was a loss that ended the year on a sour note.

South Florida Bulls

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    Greatest Win (September 26, 2009)

    South Florida is never afraid to go up against the big boys from the state of Florida, and in 2009, it finally pulled off an upset against No. 15 Florida State.

    What made the 17-7 victory even more dramatic was the fact that it was on the road in Tallahassee.

    While Florida State was not what it once was at the time, the game was still a huge upset and the most memorable of the BCS era.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 18, 2007)

    Believe it or not, South Florida was 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country heading into a road game against Rutgers.

    This was a very close game but one that South Florida was not able to pull out, as it fell 30-27.

    While the loss hurt, it was the aftermath that was especially devastating, as the Bulls lost three in a row and plummeted from that point on.

    The end-of-the-season struggles have continued ever since.

Stanford Cardinal

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    Greatest Win (October 6, 2007)

    Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh made a name for himself during an improbable victory over USC in a game where Stanford was a 41-point underdog.

    The difference in this one was turnovers, as the Cardinal forced five of them. Despite being outgained big-time, Stanford found the end zone with less than a minute to go and won the game, 24-23.

    There is no question that this was one of the biggest upsets in college football history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 12, 2011)

    Led by quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford had aspirations to play in the BCS national title game, but Oregon had other ideas.

    Oregon dominated the game from start to finish, winning 53-30 in convincing fashion and ending any national title hopes Stanford might have had.

    This was certainly one of the toughest losses during the career of Andrew Luck.

Syracuse Orange

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    Greatest Win (October 21, 2011)

    Syracuse has been a solid program over the past 15 years, but one win that stands out among all of them is a dominating victory over West Virginia.

    The Mountaineers came into the game ranked in the Top 15 in the country, and Syracuse was sitting at 4-2.

    This game was not even a contest, as Syracuse scored 14 points in each of the final three quarters on its way to an impressive 49-23 victory.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 2, 1999)

    Getting to an Orange Bowl is a huge accomplishment, but winning one is a completely different story.

    Syracuse had the opportunity to take on Florida in the 1999 version of the Orange Bowl. Syracuse came into the game as champions of the Big East but was no match for Florida, falling 31-10.

    That was the only BCS appearance for the Orange, making it that much more devastating.

TCU Horned Frogs

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2011)

    Even though TCU has only been a BCS team for one season, the Horned Frogs had an excellent win in the 2011 Rose Bowl.

    TCU came into the game an underdog against Wisconsin, but that did not matter to a Horned Frog team that proved just how talented it was by knocking off the Badgers 21-19 to complete an undefeated 12-0 season.

    This win was program-changing, showing TCU had no problem playing with the big boys.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 4, 2010)

    Just a year earlier, TCU reached the Fiesta Bowl and was matched up against Boise State.

    TCU was the favorite coming into this one, but those pesky Broncos found a way to knock off the Horned Frogs 17-10.

    The good thing for TCU is the Horned Frogs had an opportunity to get the bad taste out of their mouth with a Rose Bowl victory the following year.

Temple Owls

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    Greatest Win (December 17, 2011)

    The Temple Owls do not have much tradition when it comes to football, but in 2011, they broke the winless bowl streak dating back to 1979.

    Even though it was just the New Mexico Bowl, a dominant performance over Wyoming still tops the list.

    The Owls came out on top 38-16, completing an excellent season.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 16, 2010)

    Temple was in a position to play for the MAC title late in the season, but to do so, the Owls would need a victory over Ohio.

    Even though the game was at home and very hard fought, the Owls just did not have enough to take down those pesky Bobcats.

    The Owls fell 31-23, ruining any hopes of playing in the MAC championship game.

Tennessee Volunteers

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    Greatest Win (January 4, 1999)

    The inaugural BCS National Championship Game featured No. 1 Tennessee taking on No. 2 Florida State.

    The Vols were a year removed from the Peyton Manning era but had plenty of talent and came into the game as the slight favorites over the Seminoles.

    This was a very close contest, but a huge turnover proved costly for the Seminoles, as the Volunteers held to win the first ever BCS national championship, 23-16.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 1, 2007)

    For the worst moment over the past 15 years, we once again venture to the SEC title game.

    The Volunteers were taking on the LSU Tigers. Even though LSU came into the game with two losses, the Tigers would end up winning the game and moving on to the national championship game against Ohio State.

    Tennessee led 14-13 in the final quarter, but a late LSU touchdown and a two-point conversion gave the Tigers a 21-14 victory and propelled them to the national championship game.

Texas Longhorns

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    Greatest Win (January 4, 2006)

    There is no doubt what the greatest win of the BCS era is for the Texas Longhorns.

    A 41-38 victory over USC in the 2006 national championship game definitely stands out. Who can forget Vince Young scampering into the end zone on 4th-and-goal with time running out?

    The win was certainly the most memorable in the history of the school.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 7, 2010)

    Texas was back in the national championship game a few years later—this time taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    While the loss was not a huge surprise, what was most devastating about it is the fact that Texas did not have much of a chance, considering quarterback Colt McCoy went down with an injury very early on.

    Alabama cruised to a 37-21 victory, but who knows what might have happened.

Texas A&M Aggies

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    Greatest Win (November 10, 2012)

    Joining a new conference is never an easy thing to do, but moving to the SEC is an even bigger challenge.

    Don't tell that to Texas A&M. The Aggies rolled to an 11-2 campaign in 2012, thanks in large part to a road victory over the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

    Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel stole the show, and the undefeated Crimson Tide went down to Texas A&M, 29-24, in one of the most memorable games of the season.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 27, 1998)

    The most devastating loss dates all the way back to the first BCS season. Texas A&M was playing Texas and still had a chance to play for the national championship with a win.

    Leading 24-23 in the closing seconds, Texas nailed a field goal and came out with the 26-24 win, ruining any national title hopes the Aggies had.

    They have not been able to get back to that level since.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Greatest Win (November 1, 2008)

    This game was one of the most memorable in the history of Texas Tech football. The Red Raiders were battling a Texas team that was No. 1 in the country and undefeated.

    The Red Raiders were also undefeated and had a lot of talented players.

    A touchdown catch and run by wide receiver Michael Crabtree gave Texas Tech a come-from-behind 39-33 victory.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 15, 2008)

    The worst loss in the history of the BCS era came just a few weeks later against Oklahoma.

    Both teams came into the game ranked in the Top Five in the country. The Red Raiders had national title aspirations and were ranked No. 2.

    The final score was 65-21—certainly a game the Red Raiders would like to forget.

UCLA Bruins

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    Greatest Win (December 2, 2006)

    UCLA is one of a few teams on the list to pull off an upset against USC. This particular one came in 2006 with the Trojans coming into the game a win away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game.

    The Bruins were a huge underdog coming into this one and somehow found a way to give USC its second loss of the season, forcing the Buins to settle for the Rose Bowl.

    The UCLA defense shut out USC in the second half, winning 13-9.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 1, 1999)

    UCLA came into the 1999 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin undefeated and one of the Top Five teams in the country.

    The Bruins fell victim to Wisconsin, 38-31, ruining the perfect season.

    UCLA has not been back to a BCS game since.

USC Trojans

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    Greatest Win (January 4, 2005)

    Even though this national championship victory over Oklahoma was eventually vacated, that does not take away from the fact that the Trojans still won it.

    The 2004 USC squad was one of the most dominating of the BCS era, blowing the Sooners out of the water, 55-19, in the championship game.

    That squad was led by some very talented players—particularly on the offensive side of the ball—and dominated the national championship game like few others have.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 4, 2006)

    There's no question that the worst loss of the BCS era came the following year in the national championship game against Texas.

    USC had a second consecutive national championship in its grasp, but Vince Young had other plans, scoring on a short touchdown scamper to give the Longhorns a dramatic 41-38 victory.

    There's no question that this was one of the best BCS championship games to date, but was one USC would soon like to forget.

Utah Utes

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    Greatest Win (January 2, 2009)

    There's no question what the biggest win of the BCS era for Utah was. The Utes reached the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season and came into a showdown with Alabama as a huge underdog.

    This game was not even close, as the Utes dominated all night long, knocking off the vaunted SEC opponent.

    Utah came out on top, 31-17, capping off a perfect season and finishing No. 2 in the final poll.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 10, 2011)

    Utah just recently joined the Pac-12, and the first game in the league was a very winnable one against a talented USC team.

    The Trojans were in danger, as the Utes trailed 16-14, but had a chance for the game-winning field goal as time ran out.

    Instead, it was blocked and returned for a touchdown, capping off a 23-14 USC victory.

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Greatest Win (December 31, 2012)

    There is not a lot of signature wins for Vanderbilt, but topping the list is a 38-24 victory this past season in the Music City Bowl.

    It capped a 9-4 year that saw the Commodores win their final seven games of the season.

    There's no question that this win could have a lot of significance in coming years.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 29, 2011)

    Vanderbilt was knocking on the door of a victory over a Top 10 Arkansas team, leading by eight and poised to go up 35-20.

    Running back Zac Stacy fumbled. It was scooped up and taken 94 yards. That proved costly, but a missed field goal to send the game into overtime was the final straw.

    It was the school's toughest loss of the past 15 years, as the Commodores fell 31-28.

Virginia Cavaliers

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    Greatest Win (November 10, 2007)

    This was the final game ever at the Orange Bowl and was a game Virginia fans will not soon forget.

    The Cavaliers completely dominated the Hurricanes on their way to a 48-0 victory. This was one of the most complete games in school history, and the Cavaliers proved to have too much talent for the Hurricanes. 

    Not a good way for Miami to end its 70-year stay at the Orange Bowl.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (October 16, 2004)

    The 2004 season was one of the best Virginia teams of the BCS era. The No. 6 Cavaliers came into a road contest against No. 7 Florida State in one of the most anticipated ACC games of the season.

    It was a chance for Virginia to make a name for itself on the national scene.

    The exact opposite happened, as the Cavaliers were dominated from start to finish, losing 38-3.

Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Greatest Win (November 26, 1999)

    There's no question that 1999 was the greatest year of the BCS era for Virginia Tech. That season featured the greatest win and the most devastating loss over the last 15 years.

    Coming into the season finale against a nationally ranked Boston College team, the Hokies were 10-0 and were a win away from playing in the national championship game.

    They dominated the game from start to finish and went on to a 38-14 victory, earning an appearance in the national championship game.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 4, 2000)

    The worst loss came just over a month later in the BCS National Championship Game against Florida State.

    Even though the Hokies were a significant underdog coming into the game, few expected Florida State to dominate like it did.

    The Hokies did not stand much of a chance, losing 46-29 in one of the biggest games in the history of the program.

    A freshman by the name of Michael Vick was the star that year for Virginia Tech.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    Greatest Win (December 1, 2006)

    Wake Forest had an excellent season in 2006, and it culminated with a 9-6 victory over Georgia Tech in an uneventful ACC title game.

    It might have been uneventful, but it allowed Wake Forest to reach an Orange Bowl.

    A pair of Wake Forest field goals in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in one of the biggest victories in school history.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (January 2, 2007)

    The next game for Wake Forest was the Orange Bowl against Louisville. It was definitely not a game the Demon Deacons were expected to win, but it was a chance for the team to make a name for itself on the biggest national stage in school history.

    It was a very close game throughout, but the Cardinals proved to have too much in the end on their way to a 24-13 victory.

Washington Huskies

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    Greatest Win (January 1, 2001)

    Any time a team wins the Rose Bowl, it is certainly worthy of some recognition.

    That was the case for Washington, as the Huskies defeated Purdue 34-24 in their only appearance in a BCS bowl game over the last 15 years.

    The Huskies finished the year 11-1 and No. 3 in the final rankings after knocking off Big Ten champion Purdue, which was led by quarterback Drew Brees.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 30, 2000)

    The worst loss for the Huskies came earlier in the year against the Oregon Ducks. Washington was still in the national title conversation, taking on a Top 25 team in Oregon.

    It was an upset for the Ducks as they came out on top, 23-16.

    A victory there would have put Washington in the national title game a few months later.

    That was not the case, as the Ducks came out on top.

Washington State Cougars

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    Greatest Win (December 30, 2003)

    Washington State had some excellent teams in the late '90s, but that has not been the case in recent years.

    The Cougars had a solid season in 2003, qualifying for the Holiday Bowl. They came into the game against Texas not expected to come away with a victory.

    Washington State pulled off a huge upset, winning 28-20 over a Texas team most thought would win easily.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (November 23, 2002)

    There is no question that the most devastating loss of the BCS era for the Cougars came at the hands of rival Washington.

    The 2002 version was a triple-overtime thriller. Washington State came into the game with an outside shot to still play for the BCS National Championship, until a 29-26 loss ruined that. 

    This loss quickly dashed those hopes and was the only defeat of the season until the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Greatest Win (January 4, 2012)

    While a victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in 2006 was certainly impressive, it is hard to argue with a 70-33 victory in the Orange Bowl.

    The Mountaineers absolutely dominated this game from the second quarter on, scoring 49 points in the first half and 35 in the second quarter.

    No team has been dominated in a BCS bowl like Clemson was against West Virginia.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (December 1, 2007)

    When it comes to ruining a team's national title hopes, Pittsburgh is near the top of the list. The Panthers knocked off West Virginia during the final game of the 2007 season, preventing the Mountaineers from playing in the national championship game.

    Pittsburgh was only 3-7 coming into the contest and knocked off West Virginia 13-9.

    Head coach Rich Rodriguez and all the West Virginia faithful certainly had some trouble getting over this one.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    Greatest Win (October 16, 2010)

    There is nothing like beating the top team in the nation on your home field.

    That was exactly the case for Wisconsin in 2010 when Ohio State came to town.

    The Buckeyes brought an undefeated record and the No. 1 ranking in the country for this night game, but J.J. Watt proved to be too much, as Wisconsin came out with a 31-18 win dominating fashion.

    That win ruined the perfect Ohio State season.

     

    Most Devastating Loss (September 23, 2006)

    Wisconsin has suffered some tough losses over the past 15 years, but the one that stands out happened back in 2006. 

    Even though it happened very early in the year, it proved costly, as Wisconsin won the rest of its games, including its bowl game, finishing the year 12-1.

    The 27-13 Michigan victory not only cost Wisconsin a potential shot at a national championship, but the Badgers were also unable to even qualify for a BCS bowl.

    It might not have seemed like it at the time, but this loss hurt Wisconsin big time in the end.