Ten Teams That Could Surpass Appalachian St.'s 2007 Upset Over Michigan
Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you heard that Appalachian State upset Michigan in the Big House on September 1, 2007? This game arguably was the greatest upset in the history of college football.
Michigan was ranked No. 5 in the nation before the game, and was a 27 point favorite according to Las Vegas.
The Wolverines almost pulled it out before Appalachian State blocked a field goal with six seconds left to end the game. It would end up being head coach Lloyd Carr's last season with Michigan, and the Wolverines haven't been the same especially with the arrival of new head coach Rich Rodriguez to start the 2008 season.
Appalachian State was on a 14-game winning streak and coming off their second straight Division 1-AA (now the FCS) gunning for a third championship. However, no one expected the Mountaineers to even compete with Michigan, and to win was simply incomprehensible.
Fast forward to today, the upcoming 2010 college football season and let's take a look at what teams have the opportunity to pull off a bigger upset than that of the 2007 Appalachian State Mountaineers.
No. 10: Troy Trojans
On November 20, 2010, the Troy Trojans will face the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. This is the season that Coach Steve Spurrier is expected to contend for the SEC Eastern Division.
If Troy were to pull of an upset so late in the season, it would surely demotivate the Gamecocks and go down as the greatest upset in South Carolina and SEC history.
Troy, hailing from Alabama, might even receive an offer to join the SEC for beating the OBC. Just kidding.
No. 9: Toledo Rockets
Normally, the Toledo Rockets look forward to facing the Bowling Green State Falcons on an annual basis, but this season they have an opportunity to not only compete against Boise State on October 9, 2010, but pull off an upset that would please the pro-BCS pundits across the nation.
Think about it—if Toledo somehow defeated Boise State, the ramifications would be huge. Not only would it sink Boise State's chances of reaching a BCS game in 2010, but it could cause irreparable damage to the program.
No. 8: Florida Atlantic Owls
Yes, there is another football program from the state of Florida, and those of us who live here affectionately nicknamed FAU "Find Another University".
Florida Atlantic University, FAU, is out of Boca Raton, Fla., and is led by legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger. You do remember Coach Schnellenberger, don't you? You know—the one that brought "The U" to fame and glory back in the 1980s.
FAU will face Texas on November 20, 2010 in Austin. It's doubtful that Las Vegas will publish a betting line on this game, but if somehow Coach Schnellenberger could pull off the unthinkable in Austin, the Longhorn faithful would be in shock for years to come.
No. 7: Ball State Cardinals
The Cardinals travel to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes on September 25, 2010. Iowa is expected to compete with Ohio State for the Big-10 title in 2010, but that idea could be squashed quickly with a loss to Ball State.
Would you feel sorry for Iowa if they lost to Ball State? Seriously, Hawkeye fans all over the country would be placed on a suicide watch if the Cardinals walked in to Kinnick Stadium and walked out the victors.
Could it happen? Highly unlikely, but if it did it would forever shake the foundations of Iowa Hawkeye football.
No. 6: Miami Redhawks
On September 4, 2010, the Miami Redhawks arrive in Gainesville, Fla. to open the season against the Florida Gators. The Redhawks are the first team to face the Tebow-less Gators, and the college football world will be watching to see how the Gators look and survive without Saint Timmy.
Many feel that The Swamp, aka Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, is one of if not the most difficult venues to play a road game at. Therefore, if the Gators fell to the Redhawks on opening day 2010, the repercussions would be staggering.
If Florida were to lose, Coach Urban Meyer may decide to quit once again.
No. 5: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers face the Cornhuskers of Nebraska in Lincoln on the opening weekend of the 2010 college football season. This is the last year that Nebraska will be a member of the Big-12, and some feel they could not only compete for the conference title, but the BCS title as well.
The Cornhuskers will be heavily favored especially since Memorial Stadium is not kind to visitors. Head Coach Bo Pelini has the Cornhuskers well on there way to returning to the top of the college football world, and Western Kentucky is not expected to be much of a threat that day.
But, if the Hilltoppers somehow defeated Nebraska, it would be a much larger upset than the 2007 "Miracle at Michigan". Appalachian State was the defending champions of Division 1-AA; the Hilltoppers are a lowly ranked mid-major.
No. 4: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Then there was the lowly Eastern Michigan Eagles. Ranked last in the FBS, better known as the former Division 1-A, the Eagles went win-less in 2009 after hiring head coach Ron English.
One would think one victory would be a goal for the Eagles, but what if, and it is a big if, the Eagles traveled to Ohio State on September 25, 2010 and pulled off the biggest upset in the history of college football. If the Eagles defeat the Buckeyes, it would do nothing to Ohio State's run for the Big-10 title, but it would destroy any hope for a BCS title.
The question is: how would Jim Tressel react? It happened to arch-rival Michigan and things haven't been right since that season. Granted, many things went into Michigan downward spiral, but you cannot deny that the Miracle at Michigan didn't help.
No. 3: James Madison Dukes
The Dukes of James Madison roll into Lane Stadium on September 11, 2010 to face the Virginia Tech Hokies. This game should be over before it starts, but as they say, the game must be played.
The Dukes will be over-matched in every aspect of the game. The chances that James Madison pull an upset is so far off the charts it's unmeasurable. Head Coach Frank Beamer will have his team ready to play when James Madison makes the two and half hour drive to Blacksburg.
If James Madison somehow finds a way to beat Virginia Tech on that Saturday afternoon, it will definitely be an earth-shattering event to Virginia Tech football. It wouldn't be a surprise if it led to Frank Beamer's retirement.
No. 2: Florida A&M Rattlers
Florida A&M is another team from Tallahassee, Fla. that plays college football, and instead of FSU opening the season in Coral Gables against the Miami Hurricanes, the Rattlers will make the trek down to South Florida.
Florida A&M is famous for their marching band, and if you ever get a chance to see them perform don't pass up on the opportunity. However, if the Rattler's go in and upset the Hurricanes on September 2, 2010, then the Rattlers will have something else to be famous for other than music.
The chances of an upset are zilch, but it sure would be a shocker if somehow the Rattlers won the game.
No. 1: Georgia State Panthers
Yes, Georgia State University in Atlanta has a football team. However, I wouldn't be surprised if you've never heard of them. The 2010 season will be the Panthers first.
Bill Curry was announced as the head coach of the Panthers, and frankly one victory in 2010 would be a huge accomplishment for the Panthers. If somehow they were to defeat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on November 20, 2010, it would by far be the greatest upset in the history of sports, not just college football.
If Alabama loses to Georgia State this season, then the Crimson Tide should renounce football permanently.