SEC's worst upset losses of the last five years
Some upsets hurt worse than others. Especially those that hurt not only the losing team, but the SEC as a whole.
For example, Missouri’s loss to Indiana last year, or Ole Miss’ loss to Memphis.
Here’s a list of the conference’s most embarrassing losses in the last five years:
10. Texas Tech 35, Arkansas 24 (2015): OK, Texas Tech isn’t that bad. The Red Raiders are 7-5 and playing LSU in a bowl game. But there’s no way an Arkansas team that won five conference games should lose at home to one of the worst teams in the country in rushing defense. A bad loss to a mediocre Big 12 team.
9. Western Kentucky 35, Kentucky 26 (2013): Granted, Mark Stoops was still beginning his rebuilding project and the Hilltoppers are used to winning, albeit at a small level. But this Kentucky loss gave Western Kentucky back-to-back victories over the Wildcats.
8. Western Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 12 (2015): Not a shocker — especially in a season opener. Western is a strong mid-level program with an excellent quarterback. The Commodores struggled on offense all season. But Vanderbilt won a pair of SEC games, making the loss to Western Kentucky somewhat embarrassing.
7. Louisiana-Monroe 34, Arkansas 31 (2012): Losing to Louisiana-Monroe is never good. Then again, the Warhawks beat Alabama in Nick Saban’s first season. Arkansas won only two games all season. ULM followed its victory over the Razorbacks with close losses to Auburn and Baylor.
6. Louisiana Tech 27, Ole Miss 7 (2011): The Rebels won only two games and went 0-8 in the SEC. But Hugh Freeze and some of the nation’s most highly sought after recruits would soon change the Rebels’ fortunes.
5. Toledo 16, Arkansas 12 (2015): The Rockets have a good team — they cracked the top 25 during the season. But the Hogs squandered several chances in the red zone. It’s hard to believe Toledo could stop the Hogs’ running team.
4. Georgia Southern 26, Florida 20 (2013): Though it didn’t cost Will Muschamp his job at the end of the season, it set him up to be fired the next season. The sixth loss of a seven-game losing streak, this defeat embarrassed the home crowd at The Swamp.
3. Memphis 37, Ole Miss 24 (2015): What if the Rebels had won the SEC West? Take away Arkansas’ miracle blind lateral and Ole Miss wins the division and the College Football Playoff committee has to decide whether or not to choose Alabama, a non-division winner, for the final four. Ole Miss’ loss to a good Memphis team could have cost the SEC a Playoff slot.
2. The Citadel 23, South Carolina 22 (2015): The Gamecocks were in disarray and the FCS Bulldogs came into Williams-Brice Stadium with their option offense and took it to the home team on the 25th anniversary of Citadel’s last victory in Columbia.
1. Indiana 31, Missouri 27 (2014): Mizzou’s loss to a Big Ten bottom feeder was the source of constant SEC ridicule from the rest of the country. The Tigers rebounded to win the SEC East, though the rest of the SEC probably would have preferred the Tigers to go away quietly. The Tigers’ victory in the Citrus Bowl over Minnesota of the Big Ten helped ease the sting, but the damage to the SEC East’s reputation had already been done.