Surprising NCAA Football Odds Conference Champions

Surprising NCAA Football Odds Conference Champions

Written by on April 20, 2015

Prior to the start of every college football season, all college football betting fans make predictions on which teams will win their respective conferences. Most of the time, the team that is expected to win does, and sometimes an unexpected team ends up winning the conference championship. Here is a look at some of the most surprising college football teams to win their conference tournaments.

Let’s Take A Look Back at Some Surprising NCAA Football Odds Conference Champions

#5. 2012 Wisconsin (Big Ten)

The Badgers went into the 2012 Big Ten championship games as unranked underdogs against 14th ranked Nebraska. Wisconsin finished the season 8-5, and wasn’t expected to play in the conference championship game after finishing third in their division. The only reason they got into the championship game was because Ohio State and Penn State, who finished 1st and 2nd respectively, were serving suspensions handed down from the NCAA. Nebraska finished the season 10-2 and was ranked 14th in the country having lost only one conference game, which is why it was such a surprise that they were defeated 70-31 by the Badgers.

#4. 2005 Florida State (ACC)

This was the first ACC championship game. Florida State barely beat out Boston College in the Atlantic division, the Seminoles were a 7-4 team ranked 22nd in the country going up against the 5th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies –who were 11-1 that season– with their only loss coming against 5th ranked Miami. The Seminoles were able to defeat the Hokies 27-22 in the Championship game, giving them the opportunity to play in the Orange Bowl, which they lost to Penn State.

#3. 2013 Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)

This was another surprise because Michigan State was 10th in the country while Ohio State was 2nd and trying to get a spot in the national title game by staying undefeated. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they fell behind quickly against the Spartans, with their second half rally falling short and snapping their 24 game winning streak. Despite the loss, they still got to play in the Orange Bowl –which they lost to Clemson– in what ended up being one of the best bowl games of the year.

#2. 2003 Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12)

Oklahoma was one of the best teams in the country around this time and was the only undefeated team in the country. The Sooners were expected to have their way with the Wildcats, who were 10-3 during the regular season. The Sooners must have bought into the hype and believed it would be an easy game for them, but they got embarrassed instead, losing by 28 points. Despite the humiliating loss in the Big 12 Championship game, Oklahoma was selected to play in the BCS championship game, which stirred up a lot of controversy. They ended up losing the game against LSU while USC won the AP national championship.

#1. 2001 LSU Tigers (SEC)

The Tennessee Volunteers were 9-1 with an opportunity to play in the national championship. All Tennessee had to do was get past LSU, a team that they had defeated once during the regular season. But the Tigers — who had won four straight games heading into the matchup, two of which came against ranked opponents– had other ideas of their own. The Nick-Saban-led LSU Tigers ended up winning the game 31-20, and went on to win the Sugar Bowl that year.