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Year of the 'dog

The underdogs had their way from the start (Appalachian State over Michigan), and the upsets just kept coming (Stanford over USC) in the zaniest college football season ever

December 27, 2007|Chris Dufresne

Rapid-fire recap of the craziest college football season on record, typed with flying fingers while listening to Chopin's "Minute Waltz."

* Sept. 1: Appalachian State shocks No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor, 34-32; sets topsy-turvy tone for a Looney Tunes season; world wouldn't see another upset like it for . . . days (See: Stanford boards plane for Los Angeles, Oct. 5).

* Notre Dame botches opener to Georgia Tech, 33-3; don't call it a rebuilding year. "May God strike me dead if I use that word." (See: Irish Coach Charlie Weis, media day, August 2007).

* Sept. 15: Poor 0-2, injury-savaged Utah must face relatively uninjured UCLA, ranked No. 11, in Salt Lake City. Bruins go down, 44-6.

Notre Dame falls to 0-3; God prepares to strike?

* Sept. 22: USC crushes Washington State; Appalachian State, winner over Michigan, loses to . . . Wofford.

* Sept. 28 (Friday). No. 5 West Virginia sets off weekend Rube Goldberg-like chain reaction with a four-turnover loss at South Florida.

* Sept. 29 (Saturday): For the love of Barry Switzer . . . No. 2 Oklahoma loses at Colorado; Auburn upends No. 4 Florida (so much for a sophomore winning the Heisman Trophy); No. 7 Texas tumbles; No. 10 Rutgers falls flat, as does No. 11 Oregon, to California, which looks like the team to beat this year.

USC ekes out win at Washington, looks to extend home winning streak to 36 against Stanford.

* Oct. 6: Western Union wire: 41-Point Underdog Stanford Shocks USC, 24-23. . . . STOP. . . . Winning QB's first name is "Tavita." . . . STOP. . . . Pig seen flying over Coliseum. . . . STOP.

Notre Dame returns to Rose Bowl for first time since 1925; needs seven turnovers to score 20 points in a win over UCLA, which needs a quarterback.

* Oct. 13: Associated Press' No. 1 and No. 2 fall on the same weekend for the first time since 1996, as No. 1 Louisiana State bows in triple overtime at Kentucky and Cal, poised to be No. 1 for first time since 1951, falls to Oregon State when backup quarterback Kevin Riley lets time expire before Bears can win or send the game to overtime with a field goal; Cal Coach Jeff Tedford slams headset to ground.

* Oct. 14 (Sunday): First BCS standings released. Ohio State is No. 1, followed by South Florida, actually located in Tampa.

* Oct. 18: (Thursday). South Florida no longer No. 2 after loss at Rutgers; Scarlet Knights fans storm field; first time anyone storms field after win over South Florida.

* Oct. 20: LSU needs only a field goal to beat Auburn; Coach Les Miles prefers the heart-attack risk; clock ticks toward zero; quarterback Matt Flynn throws a 22-yard scoring pass to Demetrius Byrd with one second left; Tigers win, 30-24.

Temple (yes, Temple) wins third straight game; wonder if Owls Coach Al Golden has ever interviewed with a chancellor in Westwood?

UCLA shocks Cal, 30-21; locker-room hugs for Karl Dorrell; Bruins control Pac-10 destiny.

Rocky plane ride to South Bend for USC; game not rocky, Trojans win, 38-0; pollsters not impressed.

Kansas finally leaves state to play, wins at Colorado, improves to 7-0, moves to No. 12 in AP poll; no one expects it will last.

* Oct. 25 (Thursday) Boston College is two minutes from becoming the fourth straight No. 2 casualty; Matt Ryan rallies Eagles with two late touchdowns to beat Virginia Tech, 14-10; Red Sox poised to sweep Colorado in World Series, read about it on Curt Schilling's blog; Patriots still unbeaten.

* Oct 27: Seven of top 16 BCS schools lose; four out of five dentists think season is "officially nuts"; USC loses at Oregon; is there a better player than Dennis Dixon?

Georgia beats Florida (repeat: no way a sophomore wins the Heisman).

Most misleading scoring summary from weekend: "Riley Curry 44 pass from Blake Barmore. 1 play, 60 yards." Last play between Trinity and Millsaps actually involved 15 laterals.

* Nov. 3: Joy in Mudville (Eugene); No. 4 Oregon beats Arizona State on the same day Florida State upsets No. 2 Boston College; Heisman Trophy appears to be Dixon's to lose; left knee tweak suffered with 13:01 left is deemed not serious; "knee is fine," coach says.

Navy ends 43-game losing streak to Notre Dame; Kansas crushes Nebraska, 76-39; Cornhuskers Coach Bill Callahan starts counting down the days; Hawaii improves to 8-0 but still can't crack the BCS top 15.

* Nov. 10: Illinois shocks No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus; visitors run out the final 8:09 on vaunted Buckeyes defense; LSU headed back to No. 1; things have never looked better for No. 3 Oregon.

Navy beats North Texas, 74-62; it's not a basketball score; teams combined for 63 second-quarter points.

Kansas and Hawaii are the only unbeaten teams left.

* Nov. 11 (Sunday): Ohio State crashes to No. 7 in BCS standings, national title hopes DOA; Kansas rides deplorable schedule to No. 3 BCS ranking; Hawaii rides deplorable schedule to No. 16; what's wrong with this BCS picture?

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