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The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:56 pm

Notre Dame, 8 times
Oklahoma, 8
Miami (Fla.) 7
Purdue, 7
USC, 7
Texas, 5
Alabama, 4
Arkansas, 4
Michigan, 4
Ohio State, 4
Penn State, 4
Auburn, 3
Florida, 3
Illinois, 3
Minnesota, 3
Wisconsin, 3
Arizona, 2
Georgia Tech, 2
Kentucky, 2
LSU, 2
Maryland, 2
Michigan State, 2
Oregon State, 2
Tennessee, 2
Arizona State, 1
Army, 1
Boston College, 1
BYU, 1
Florida State, 1
Georgia, 1
Kansas, 1
Kansas State, 1
Mississippi State, 1
Nebraska, 1
Northwestern, 1
Rice, 1
South Carolina, 1
Stanford, 1
Syracuse, 1
Texas A&M, 1
TCU, 1
Texas Tech, 1
Washington, 1
Washington State, 1

Earliest: Northwester 6, Minnesota 0, Oct. 31, 1936
Latest: South Carolina 35, Alabama 21, Oct. 9, 2010

Schools with wins over No. 1 no longer in existence or no longer in Division I-A: Carnegie Mellon (1938), Duquesne (1939), Holy Cross (1942), Great Lakes Naval Training Station (1943).

Source: NCAA

Category: NCAAF

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:48 am

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Fot the record, Kentucky has beaten the #1 team 3 times, LSu in 2007, Ole Miss in 1964 and OKlahoma (in the Sugar Bowl) in 1950.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:03 pm

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

You must have missed what I said.  I talked about ranked 'one-loss' teams.  Oregon State is not a one-loss team.  I agree that Oregon State is a pretty good two-loss team, as they beat Arizona who beat Iowa.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:41 pm

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

It seems like your facts are consistently off and your opinions are more wishful thinking. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:19 pm

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Michigan State indeed as 3.

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:00 pm

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

I believe Michigan State has 3 wins vs. #1 ranked teams:

1.  1974 vs. #1 Ohio State 16-13
2.  1990 vs. #1 Michigan 28-27
3.  1998 vs. #1 Ohio State 28-24

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:59 am

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Ok, I see the 4 that are not currently I-A are on the list, but not counted in the 45.  That's better, but doesn't explain why some of the total wins are off.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:55 am

This list isn't close to being right.

First of all, Miami has 9 wins over AP #1 teams:

Penn State in 81
Nebraska in 83 (Jan 84)
Auburn in 84
Oklahoma in 86
Oklahoma in 87 (Jan 88)
Florida State in 88
Notre Dame in 89
Florida State in 91
Florida State in 2000

All games were against the #1 team in the coaches' poll as well except Florida State in 2000.

There have been 49 teams that have beaten a #1 team.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:25 am

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

TCU and BSU are in that pattern, you just ignored it: that two loss #24 Oregon State team lost their games against TCU and BSU. And Oregon State beat Arizona, who beat Iowa. And Va Tech is better than you give them credit for, they could easily run the table in a weak ACC.
Certainly the SEC and the other big conferences are better top to bottom than the WAC or the MWC (and is the SEC not clearly the strongest conference top to bottom: even lowly Kentucky put a scare into undefeated Auburn). BSU has proven they can beat major conference teams (your Oklahoma Sooners for example). If they're the only undefeated team left at the end of the year they deserve consideration for the national title game (if there are 3 or 4 undefeated programs and BSU and/or TCU are in that mix the other two teams are going to be in national title game, any reason to keep the mid-majors from taking the big boys money). I certainly don't care about seeing Ohio State give us another snoozer of a national title game.
Also, if these other great teams are so good and so worried about BSU and TCU getting to the national title game then why don't more teams schedule them as non-conference opponents? If they suck as much as everyone thinks then any big conference school should be able to wipe the floor with them right? Florida is notorious for weak non-conference games and too many people use "well the SEC is so tough they need easy games". That's a crock. If you are the best team in the nation you should be able to beat anyone.

Also, the article is a list of teams that have beaten #1 ranked teams in their entire program's history NOT wins against undefeated teams (this season? I'm not really clear what you thought this was?). Notre Dame has that many wins against #1 ranked opponents because they've been playing football for forever.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:35 am

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Intersting fact: the Holy Cross team that beat the No. 1 Boston College Eagles 55–12 in 1942 may have saved many lives; Boston College was scheduled to have a victory party that night at the Cocoanut Grove, a trendy Boston nightspot. The loss changed the plans of the Boston College team, and they skipped out on their plans at the Cocoanut Grove. That night an raging fire broke out at the Cocoanut Grove, killing 492 people.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 12:47 am

The 45 D-I A teams that have beaten a No. 1

Don't you see a pattern here and BSU, not even TCU, are in that pattern.

Haha, oh man, that gave me a few chuckles. Here's the scoop there bud...the reason BSU and TCU aren't in the pattern of 1-loss teams is because THEY HAVEN'T LOST.

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