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College FB Upsets: The Rise of the Underdog

Ryan BlanchfieldAnalyst IOctober 9, 2007

IconThis year has been one of the wildest college football has seen in recent memory.

Top 10 teams are falling left and right, allowing lower ranked teams to climb higher than expected at this point in the season.

#4 Boston College Eagles (6-0)
Matt Ryan and the Eagles were supposed to be good, but not this good. Not only are they No. 4, but Ryan is getting Heisman consideration.
Week 1: Wake Forest W 38-28
Week 2: NCST W 37-17
Week 3: @ Georgia Tech W 24-10
Week 4: Army W 39-17
Week 5: Massachusetts W 24-14
Week 6: Bowling Green W 55-24

#5 USF Bulls (5-0)
Jim Leavitt's team was selected by many to be a sleeper pick in the Big East, but I don't think anyone saw them beating Auburn and West Virginia.
Week 2: Elon W 28-13
Week 3: @ Auburn W 26-23
Week 4: North Carolina W 37-10
Week 5: West Virginia W 21-13
Week 6: @ Florida Atlantic W 35-23

#7 South Carolina Gamecocks (5-1)
This surely wasn't expected, but I don't think many people are too surprised. It was a safe bet that Steve Spurrier would have SC in the top tier of the SEC after a few years.
Week 1: La.-Lafayette W 28-14
Week 2: @ Georgia W 16-12
Week 3: South Carolina St. W 38-3
Week 4: @ LSU L 16-28 but they led LSU for the first time all year.
Week 5: MSU W 38-21
Week 6: Kentucky W 38-23

#11 Missouri Tigers (5-0)
The Tigers' win over Illinois keeps looking better as they continue to win even more games. Chase Daniel has been great in leading the Tigers for the first five games.
Week 1: @ Illinois W 30-24
Week 2: @ Mississippi W 38-25
Week 3: Western Michigan W 52-24
Week 4: Illinois St. W 38-17
Week 6: Nebraska W 41-6

#18 Illinois Fighting Illini (5-1)
Ron Zook has this team looking better than ever. Their wins over Penn State and Wisconsin have really solidified their top 20 spot.
Week 1: Missouri L 34-40; Missouri is #11 and 5-0.
Week 2: Western Illinois W 21-0
Week 3: @ Syracuse W 41-20
Week 4: @ Indiana W 27-14
Week 5: Penn St. W 27-20
Week 6: Wisconsin W 31-26

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