Upsets are what gets people on the edge of their seats. The fear of your team going down to an underdog will have you sweating for hours. A glimmer of hope can help you keep cheering on your school, even if you know they’re undermanned. People will say that the bowl season has gotten too long and we have too many games. Bowl games have so much more meaning to individuals and schools than we will truly appreciate.
So far in 2016, underdogs have covered the spread in 19 of 24 games. This sort of chaos has Vegas looking real bad. In the spirit of the season, here are some of the most memorable bowl upsets of all time.
5. 2006 Sugar Bowl
#8 Georgia v #11 West Virginia
West Virginia came out of the Big East and smacked the Bulldogs in the face from the get-go. The Mountaineers dropped 21 points in the first quarter despite coming in as a double digit underdog. This Sugar Bowl was played in Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina.
4. 2003 Fiesta Bowl
#1 Miami v #2 Ohio State
Miami was an 11.5 favorite against Ohio State in this game. The Hurricanes were loaded with some of the best NFL talent in the history of football. Miami was the defending national champion and carried a 34 game win steak into the title game. A controversial pass interference call has had people questioning this game for years. A shocking finish, indeed.
3. 2011 Rose Bowl
#3 TCU v #4 Wisconsin
Okay, so technically TCU was favored by 3 heading into this match-up. However, this was the first time a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference won the Rose Bowl since 1934. TCU was in the Mountain West back then and not a lot of people thought they would win this game.
2. 2009 Sugar Bowl
#7 Utah v #4 Alabama
Remember when Alabama wasn’t always winning titles? Motivation might have been an issue for the Tide. Nevertheless, Utah took it to Nick Saban and the Tide in New Orleans.
1. 2007 Fiesta Bowl
#8 Oklahoma v. #9 Boise St.
Oklahoma was a 7.5 point favorite in this game. The Sooner were loaded with talent. Players like Adrian Peterson were shocked to lose to this former member of the WAC. Who can forget the proposal after the game?