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    One of the biggest upsets?

    Iowa State covered the spread by 50 points!!! How does that rank in the list of biggest surprises? There have been lots of teams that won when they were bigger underdogs but those are usually close games. And there have been blow-outs by favored teams but how often has a team beat the spread by 50 points?



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyLawyer View Post
    Iowa State covered the spread by 50 points!!! How does that rank in the list of biggest surprises? There have been lots of teams that won when they were bigger underdogs but those are usually close games. And there have been blow-outs by favored teams but how often has a team beat the spread by 50 points?
    Stanford beating USC a couple years ago while being 41 pt underdogs......



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    I believe USC-Stanford at the coliseum in '07 is the biggest. Stanford was 41 or 42 point underdogs and won outright.



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostrem00 View Post
    Stanford beating USC a couple years ago while being 41 pt underdogs......
    Beat me to it.



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostrem00 View Post
    Stanford beating USC a couple years ago while being 41 pt underdogs......
    Didn't they only win by 1 point?

    50 > 42



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyLawyer View Post
    Didn't they only win by 1 point?

    50 > 42
    Still denying the fact ISU was only a 17.5 pt underdog at the beginning of last week....A 1 point upset win still covers the spread the same as a 34 point upset win....


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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    From checking Google, I cannot find any upset against the spread greater than 42 points. Next closest was 41 points.

    We blew that mother out of the water.


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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by Die4Cy View Post
    From checking Google, I cannot find any upset against the spread greater than 42 points. Next closest was 41 points.

    We blew that mother out of the water.
    Bat signal for khall53, find this out! If this is the case, we gotta get this out. Largest upset of a ranked team by an unranked team, ever?!?!?



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    It might cover the spread the same as far as winning or losing a bet, but beating the odds makers by over 50 points is NOT the same as beating them by 1 point anymore than winning by a field goal is the same as winning by 5 touchdowns.
    I'd like to know how often it has happened.



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    How big of a dog to Iowa were we in '98 when we won 27-9?



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    I don't have much info involving spreads, but I can tell you in 1998 ISU was a 28 point underdog to Iowa and beat them by 18 (27-9).




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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostrem00 View Post
    Still denying the fact ISU was only a 17.5 pt underdog at the beginning of last week....A 1 point upset win still covers the spread the same as a 34 point upset win....
    You aren't answering the question! He didn't ask when was the last time someone covered a big spread, it was, pretty obviously, when has the spread been beaten by that much?

    17.5 + 34 = 51.5.

    I think Miami of Ohio was a 4 touchdown 'dog to #8 LSU in '86, and won by 9, so that's 37 points.

    I don't know what the point spread was when KU beat Oklahoma in 1975, but they won by 20, and have to guess that the spread could have been in the 30s (but I doubt it).

    UTEP was a 36 point dog once to BYU and beat them by 9, but, still not a 50 pt swing.

    K-State, of course, was a big underdog when they destroyed OU in the B12 Championship game, but I doubt they were more than 21 in the hole before the game started.

    I don't think there was a line in 1942, but Holy Cross had to be at least an 8 point dog when they beat Boston College by 43.

    Those are the big ones I can think of, but I can't think of a for-sure 50 pt. swing off the top of my head.

    Its rare, that's for sure!



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    Thanks for the info. If anyone can stand listening to T&T, maybe a good question for Scott Spreitzer on Thursday.



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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    ISU's win over Tech was bigger against the spread than all of these mentioned by a sports book columnist, except HC at BC:

    Online Gambling | General Interest | Turkey Day Football: History, Rivalries and Upsets.


    College football is littered with surprising finishes and colossal upsets. Here is a list of some of the biggest upsets in history, compiled from the Gold Sheet or available outlaw lines:

    1985 Oregon State (+36) tops Washington, 21-20

    1985 UTEP (+36) over BYU, 23-16

    1972 Missouri (+35) beat Notre Dame, 30-26

    1974 Purdue (+34) at Notre Dame, 31-20

    1992 Iowa State (+29) over Nebraska, 19-10

    1969 San Jose State (+29) at Oregon, 36-34

    1995 Northwestern (+28) over Notre Dame, 17-15

    1942 Holy Cross (+28) beats Boston College, 55-12

    One thing that stands out from this list is the number of “public teams” like Notre Dame, Nebraska and Washington that got upset. This is an example of how odds makers have to add points to public teams, as well as how smaller schools will get fired up to face big-name schools. The other thing is the final game on the list, one that took place Thanksgiving weekend. Back in 1942, Boston College had a powerhouse team utilizing the new “T-Formation,” which the NFL Bears had used two years earlier to destroy the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship game. Yes, essentially the “Super Bowl” of 1940 was a 73-0 blowout!



    In late November of 1942, BC was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation in college football, closing in on the school’s first national championship. The Eagles had beaten powerhouses Clemson and the North Carolina Naval Flight School, and had outscored opponents 249-19, posting shutouts in five of its eight games. In the final tune-up before the bowls, BC played a 4-4-1 Holy Cross team and was a 4-TD favorite. Yet, fired-up Holy Cross flattened the No. 1 ranked Eagles 55-12 in one of the biggest upsets in college football history.


    That’s a good example of how rivalries can force bettors to ignore point spreads, or take a closer look at the dog, not to mention high-profile games this time of year. For history buffs, a sidelight to that 1942 game was what happened afterward. Many of the Boston College players and coaches had scheduled a party at Boston’s Cocoanut Grove restaurant that evening to celebrate their 9-0 season. With the stunning defeat, the party was cancelled. That night, the Grove caught fire in one of the worst tragedies in American history, with 492 people dying. The Eagles equipment manager died, along with the starting fullback for the 1941 Crusaders. While sports is an enjoyable distraction, filled with upsets and rivalries, let’s not forget to keep things in perspective and give special thanks on Turkey Day for all we’ve been blessed with.


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    Re: One of the biggest upsets?

    This game needs its own wiki page to plant the flag on this victory.

    I cannot find even one win anywhere that was a bigger win against the oddsmakers than this one. I have been looking all lunch hour. Not even 1-AA Appalachian State over Michigan a few years ago was that big a miss by the oddsmakers.


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