Countdown to College Football Kickoff 2015, Days 24 and 23: The Biggest Upset


The 2015 college football kickoff is only 23 days away, and we’ll mash days 24 and 23 together tying into a score that ended up being the biggest upset (against the spread) in college football history.

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Upsets are a part of sports, and they are particularly fun when they happen in college football. Appalachian State beating Michigan, NDSU upsetting Kansas State, and of course, Carnegie Tech beating the mighty Notre Dame Fighting Irish back in 1926.

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But some upsets are even bigger than just the score of the game, and in 2007, the Stanford Cardinal pulled off not only an incredible upset by beating heavily favored No. 2 USC, but they made history in doing so.

Stanford came into the game a 41-point underdog to the home team USC Trojans, who were in the middle of the Pete Carroll era and were defending Pac-10 (before more teams were added) champions. There was no way little Stanford, under first year coach Jim Harbaugh, would be able to pull off a victory.

The Trojans had won five straight games against Stanford, 35 games in a row at home, and 24 home conference games in a row. The odds were significantly stacked against the Cardinal.

But with just 49 seconds left, and USC leading the game by six points, Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on fourth-and-goal, then adding the extra point to give Stanford a 24-23 win, and the largest point spread upset in the history of college football.

Anything is possible in this game, and contests like this one are exactly why teams play until the final whistle.

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