Favorites must always beware

Miami, Florida State and Texas A&M all lost to underdog opponents last weekend. How do such big upsets occur?

Originally Published: November 3, 2004
By Rod Gilmore | ESPN Insider
Miami, Florida State and Texas A&M suffered big upsets last weekend, and we heard the usual cliché that the three favorites "weren't ready to play." How can a Top 25 team not be ready to play? How do such big upsets occur?

There are actually a few common factors to big upsets, shedding some light on how a favorite might fall.


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Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.