The NCAA tournament always produces plenty of upsets – it’s what makes the first weekend so exciting – and it was no different this year as a record number of double-digit seeds won, including 15-seed Middle Tennessee State taking down 2-seed Michigan State on Friday.
In lieu of March Madness, we decided to rank the SEC’s top-5 upsets in college football from the past decade.
1. Arkansas 50, No. 1 LSU 48 (2007): It was the regular-season finale. LSU was playing at home. And with a win, it was one step closer to playing in the BCS title game. But Darren McFadden had other ideas. Working out of the Wild Hog formation, McFadden rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another as Arkansas pulled off the dramatic upset in triple overtime. LSU still went on to win the national championship that year.
2. Ole Miss 31, No. 4 Florida 30 (2008): Tim Tebow only lost two games his junior and senior years – one to Alabama in the SEC championship and the other was this one, a stunning defeat to Ole Miss. Florida came in as heavy favorites, playing at home against a team that went 3-9 the year before, but thanks to a blocked extra point and a late fourth-down stop, the Rebels pulled off the unthinkable. The loss moved Tebow to give his tear-filled apology speech after the game, and the Gators didn't lose another game that season.
3. Louisiana-Monroe 34, No. 8 Arkansas 31 (2012): When it comes to point spreads, there has been no bigger upset in the SEC over the past 10 years. Arkansas came in as 30-point favorites after going 11-2 the year before. But ULM quarterback Kolton Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, including the game-winning scramble in overtime to lead the Warhawks to their first-ever win over a ranked team.
4. Georgia Southern 26, Florida 20 (2013): Less than five years removed from winning a national championship, Florida sunk to a new low when it suffered its first loss to an FCS team in school history. The Gators, a 28-point favorite, had won their previous seven games against FCS opponents by an average of 45 points. But they had no answer for Georgia Southern's triple-option offense, which totaled 429 yards on the ground that day.
5. Jacksonville State 49, Ole Miss 48 (2010): The Rebels entered the 2010 season fresh off its second consecutive victory in the Cotton Bowl, which made it all the more surprising to see them blow a 21-point halftime lead to FCS foe Jacksonville State. After rallying to tie it in regulation, the Gamecocks went for two in the second overtime and converted to win the game. For Ole Miss, it was the school’s first loss to an FCS opponent.
Georgia 37, No. 5 Auburn 15 (2006): Anything goes in a rivalry game. The Bulldogs were a double-digit underdog, but thanks to three interceptions (and a touchdown) from Tra Battle, they cruised to an easy win on the road.
Louisiana-Monroe 21, Alabama 14 (2007): The Warhawks make the list again, this time with a shocking victory over Alabama in Nick Saban’s first year as head coach. Since that game, Saban has lost a total of 13 times.
No. 15 Texas A&M 29, No. 1 Alabama 24 (2012): Seeing the No. 1 team fall to another ranked team isn’t all that surprising. But seeing how the Aggies did it -- at Bryant-Denny Stadium with Johnny Manziel making play after play – nobody saw it coming.
Toledo 16, No. 18 Arkansas 12 (2015): The Razorbacks became the first FBS team since 2000 to score 12 or fewer points in a game despite producing 500 yards of offense and fewer than two turnovers.
The Citadel 23, South Carolina 22 (2015): In the latest SEC loss to an FCS opponent, the Gamecocks were embarrassed at home by their little brother.