The definition of upset is to disturb or overturn the natural order. Using the term in sports signifies that a popularly expected favorite has lost.
Each week of the college football season provides the public with several games that conclude with the favorite losing to a perceived underdog.
The history of who the underdogs are and how they defeat favored teams varies depending on other developments in the season.
An example would the 2008 battle in Athens between highly touted Georgia and the rebuilding Crimson Tide of Alabama. The game, won by Alabama, was seen as a monumental upset.
However, as the season continued the truth became clear: Alabama was a better team with a better record. There was in fact no real upset if viewed from the end of the season.
The 2007 season LSU and Arkansas game is a more conventional example of a traditional upset.
The Tigers, headed for the BCS title, were almost derailed by losing the final regular season game to the Razorbacks in Baton Rouge.
Circumstances later obliged for Les Miles and company, allowing LSU to win the national championship, becoming the first team with two losses to do so in 47 years.
No question about it—a true underdog Arkansas team had pulled a stunning upset over the eventual BCS champion.
With the 2010 season on the horizon, the situation begs the question: When will the next teardrop fall? Or, to define it in more succinct terms: Who are the most likely candidates to be upset in their quest for championship glory?