Upsets in the 1990s
1. Unranked N.C. State 24, No. 2 Florida State 7 (1998)—Had it not been for a blocked punt that led to a touchdown, the Wolfpack would have lost its opener to Ohio, a team that was drilled 45-0 by Wisconsin last Saturday. Yet an opportunistic defense helped North Carolina State hand the Seminoles their most embarrassing loss since 1977.
2. No. 16 Brigham Young University 28, No. 1 Miami 21 (1990)—Fresh off their second national title in three years, the arrogant Hurricanes were humbled by a Cougars team hungry for respect.
3. No. 17 Boston College 41, No. 1 Notre Dame 39 (1993)—The Irish had yanked the top ranking from Florida State the week before. No one thought the 14�-point-underdog Eagles had a prayer.
4. Unranked LSU 17, No. 5 Alabama 13 (1993)—The Tigers were floundering at 3-5 when they halted the Crimson Tide's 31-game unbeaten streak—in Tuscaloosa.
5. Unranked Iowa State 19, No. 7 Nebraska 10 (1992)—The Cyclones had lost to the Huskers for 14 consecutive seasons and entered the game 3-6.
6. Unranked Stanford 36, No. 1 Notre Dame 31 (1990)—The Cardinal had dropped three of its first four games but stunned the Irish at South Bend, where Notre Dame hadn't been beaten in four years.
7. No. 17 Arizona State 19, No. 1 Nebraska 0 (1996)—The Sun Devils didn't merely defeat the two-time-defending-national-champion Cornhuskers—they dominated them. It was the beginning of Arizona State's near perfect season.
8. Unranked Northwestern 17, No. 9 Notre Dame 15 (1995)—A week before losing 30-28 to Miami of Ohio, the Wildcats began their Cinderella season with this shocker in South Bend.
9. Unranked Wisconsin 17, No. 6 Penn State 9 (1995)—The mediocre Badgers toppled the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley, snapping a 20-game Penn State winning streak.