For some reason, college sports just seem to carry more drama and suspense than pro sports. This could be due to the fact players are vying to get a shot at the pros or because they do it for the love of the game and not for cash. And there is nothing more dramatic than an upset, and here are three of the best in college sports.
1. Duke vs. UNLV
Heading into this National Semi-Final Game in 1991, UNLV was a confident bunch as they were the defending National Champions and were riding a massive 45 game win streak. They destroyed their opponents all season and most people thought they would continue the trend in this game. However, the “looked over” Blue Devils ended up winning the game in dramatic fashion pulling off a huge upset and ruining the back to back titled for UNLV.
2. Appalachian State vs. Michigan
In 2007, this was the first game of the season for both teams. Michigan was the number 5 ranked team in the nation (FBS) heading in, and Appalachian wasn’t even ranked as they played in a weaker subdivision (FCS). These games as usually giant blowouts with the FBS team killing the FCS team. The teams went back and forth and Appalachian was up by one, but Michigan had a short field goal to win it. Unbelievably, the kick was blocked and recovered by Appalachian, which means they completed perhaps the biggest upset in college football history.
3. Villanova vs. Georgetown
Out of all the college sports upsets, this one has to top the list. On paper, Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoya’s were a vastly superior team and was the defending champions and heading into the 1985 National Championship game, they were predicted to win it once again. However, the 8th seed Villanova had other ideas as they took home the win by two points. What is crazy about this is that Nova shot over 75% from the field (and over 90% in the second half) and still only won by two, showing just how amazing they had to be to beat the Georgetown Juggernaut.