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College Football Upsets – Remarkable Facts!


Sports betting expert RJ Bell, the only sports bettor on Forbes’ recent list of Gambling Gurus, provides the true numbers behind the recent trend of big college football upsets.

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 7, 2007) – College football is abuzz with talk of upsets, but few in the mainstream media have the correct information concerning the significance of these upsets.

(All data from 1980 onward)

* Stanford’s win over USC is the biggest upset ever – USC was favored by 40 points.
* The second biggest upset also happened this season: Syracuse +37.5 over Louisville.
* The third biggest upset was UTEP +36 over BYU in 1985
* Before this season, the last upset of +30 or more happened way back in 2000 (C. Michigan +34 over W. Michigan)
* Before this season, there had been only 9 upsets out of the 703 games with an underdog of +30 or more
* There was no Las Vegas line on Appalachian State’s win over Michigan, but the outlaw bookmakers had Michigan favored by 28 points.

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Special thanks to Marc Lawrence’s Playbook for assistance with this research.

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