James Madison University and 10 Craziest College Football Upsets Ever

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2010

James Madison University and 10 Craziest College Football Upsets Ever

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Running back Darren Evans #32 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs past linebacker Tommy Smith #33 of the Boise State Broncos at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Congratulations to Virginia Tech for winning the "disappointment of the year" award after just two games.

    After dropping the season opener to Boise State, they lost their home opener against...James Madison? Here I thought the Hokies were going to take their frustrations out on JMU but apparently Virginia Tech forgot they actually had to play the game.

    They were embarrassed 21-16 and look like the most overrated team of this young college football season.

    Here are the 10 most crazy upsets of all time in the college football world, in no particular order.

November 28, 1942: Holy Cross 55 Boston College 12

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    A lot of us don't remember this game and even more of us weren't alive for this game. However, it was still one of the biggest shockers of all time.

    Boston College came into this game with an 8-0 record and were favorites to make it to the national championship game while Holy Cross was an unimpressive 4-4-1.

    On this day, the Eagles were shell shocked by a 55-12 score.

September 1, 2007: Appalachian St 34 Michigan 32

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    In what still remains one of the most shocking upsets in college football history, Appalachian State came into the Big House in Ann Arbor and shocked Michigan 34-32 in the 2007 season opener.

October 6, 2007: Stanford 24 USC 23

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    LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 6:  Nick Sanchez #2 (C) of the Stanford University Cardinal celebrates with his teammates during the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum October 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Stanford defeated USC
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    USC was favored by 41 points. Yes, you read that right. Apparently Stanford didn't bother to read the betting lines, the newspaper, or listen to all the radio talk about USC rolling over the Cardinal.

    They came to the Los Angeles Coliseum and walked away with a 24-23 win.

Oct. 25, 1947: Columbia 21 Army 20

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    Army came into this game with a 32-game winning streak and were the two-time defending national champions.

    Columbia was apparently unimpressed and ended that winning streak 21-20

January 3, 2003: Ohio State 31, Miami, Fla. 24 in Double-OT

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    TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 3:  Free Safety Donnie Nickey #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Miami Hurricanes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Ohio State won the game 31-24 in doubl
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    The Miami Hurricanes came into the national championship game with a 34-game unbeaten streak. However, Ohio State used a controversial call to win its first national championship since 1968.

December 6, 2003: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7

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    The Oklahoma Sooners were unbeaten, 12-0, coming into their late season game with the Kansas State Wildcats.

    Oklahoma went up 7-0 early but that's as much as it would get on this day. Kansas State, led by 235 rushing yards from current Chargers' running back Darren Sproles, scored 35 unanswered points and ran over the Sooners.

October 19, 1985: Oregon State 21, Washington 20

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    Oregon State had no chance in this game, no chance. The Washington Huskies were 37-point favorites in this game and it should have been a walk in the park.

    It didn't go the way they thought it would.

    The Beavers blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and took the Huskies by surprise. A 21-20 victory.

November 22, 1969: Michigan 24, Ohio State 12

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    Ohio State was riding a 22-game winning streak and had beaten Michigan 50-14 the year before, so this was supposed to be easy.

    The Wolverines grabbed six interceptions that day and rode those to a shocking 24-12 win over the Buckeyes.

October 17, 1998: Temple 28, Virginia Tech 24

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    17 Oct 1998:  Defensive tackle Carl Bradley #77 of the Virginia Tech Hokies in action during the game against the Temple Owls at the Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Owls defeated the Hokies 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Erik Perel  /Allsport
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    Virginia Tech just can't get away from being on the other end of the upsets. They were shocked by James Madison today and they were even more shocked back in 1998 at the hands of the Temple Owls.

    After getting out to a quick 17-0 lead, the Owls came racing back and ended the game with a 28-7 run to upset the 35-point favored Hokies 28-24.

September 12, 1998: North Carolina State 24, Florida State 7

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    12 Sep 1998:  Quarterback Jamie Barnette #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack runs back and looks to throw during the game against the  Florida State University Seminals at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State defeated
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    Appropriate to close a slideshow with a game that took place three years prior to the date that changed our country forever.

    On September 12, 1998, the North Carolina State Wolfpack were tired of getting kicked around by the Seminoles. They had been blown out on several different occasions including a 62-3 and 77-17 drubbing at the hands of Florida State.

    The Seminoles were 25-point favorites coming into the game but the Wolfpack picked up Chris Weinke six times and shocked the boys from Tallahassee 24-7.


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