Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another? 12 College Football Surprise Whippings
To paraphrase Chip from 1978's Animal House, let's look at 12 powerhouse teams who received unexpected whippings from 1965 to 2000, and, rather than protest, just took more of it that day.
12. Going into the 1995 season's Fiesta Bowl undefeated, Florida and coach Steve Spurrier thought they had a shot at winning the national title. The Gators took a lickin' from Nebraska and left town losers, 62-24.
11. Entering the 1971 season Orange Bowl undefeated, Alabama and coach Bear Bryant thought they had a shot at winning the national title. The Crimson Tide took a whippin' from Nebraska and left town losers, 38-6.
10. In the 1995 season, Tennessee and Peyton Manning waltzed into Florida ready to stake their claim as the No. 1 team. Trailing early, the Gators came back with a fury to bury the Vols and hand them their only loss of the season, 62-37.
9. The final game of the 1971 regular season featured two undefeated rivals in Auburn and Alabama. The Tigers had the Heisman Trophy winner in Pat Sullivan, but the Crimson Tide cleaned their clock, 31-7.
8. The SC Trojans of John McKay believed they had a shot to defeat No. 1 Notre Dame and solidify a Rose Bowl bid in the final game of the 1966 season. The Irish had other ideas, going on the road to crush McKay's Trojans , 51-0.
7. In the 1977 season's Orange Bowl, coach Barry Switzer's No. 2 ranked Oklahoma believed they'd win the National Championship by handling Lou Holtz's double-digit underdog Arkansas. The Hogs ran wild and annihilated Oklahoma, 31-6.
6. During the 1981 season, the No. 2 ranked UNC team felt they would have little trouble at home with .500 South Carolina. The Gamecocks destroyed the Tar Heels, 31-13, and knocked them out of the National Championship chase.
5. In the final regular-season game of 1989, Lou Holtz took his top-ranked, defending National Champion Irish and their 23-game winning streak into Miami. They absorbed a 27-10 bashing from Dennis Erickson's Hurricanes in a game never really that close.
4. In the final game of the 1974 season, Ara Parseghian took his defending National Champion Irish into Los Angeles to solidify an Orange Bowl bid by beating Southern Cal. By the second quarter, the Irish led, 24-0, but then the Trojans scored a dizzying 55 straight points and won going away, 55-24.
3. Michigan State had not lost a regular season game in two years going into the 1967 campaign. Lightly regarded Houston went to East Lansing and battered coach Duffy Daugherty and his Spartans, 37-7.
2. In the 1996 season's Sugar Bowl, Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden believed the National Title was his for the taking in a rematch with Florida. After all, his unbeaten Seminoles had defeated Florida in the final regular season game. Florida creamed its state rival, 52-20.
1. Going into the final game of 1981 against Penn State, coach Jackie Sherrill's No. 1 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers had mowed down every foe behind the quarterbacking of Dan Marino. Pitt, playing at home, bolted ahead, 14-0, and the taunting began. They should have waited. Joe Paterno's Lions scored 48 straight points to win in a laugher, 48-14.
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