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Defining upsets and mid-majors

Updated: December 4, 2006, 8:15 PM ET
The changes in the college game over the last 20 years have forced us to redefine our terms, or at least the use of those terms.

We use the term "mid-major" and some perceive a slight, as if the team being described is in some way inferior or deficient to any "major." We use the term "upset" to describe any win by a lower-ranked team or any win by a smaller conference team over any bigger conference team.

In doing so, we are doing the game and its teams a disservice. Not all major teams are good. Not all mid-major teams are second rate compared to major teams.

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