Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/19/12

After the first two bowl games of the 2012-2013 were played, the experts picked the right teams in both games but were off on the spread in the New Mexico Bowl. Arizona went into the game favored by nine points and if not for a rally in the final 46 seconds Nevada would have pulled off an upset.In the Potato Bowl the odds makers had the team right but played it safe by making Utah St. a ten point favorite over Toledo. Toledo proved why the underdog is called the underdog losing by 26 points.Northern Illinois is a 13.5 point underdog against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.  The Huskies could make a strong statement with a win why they should have been considered for a national championship opportunity with a 12-1 record.With all the unusually large spreads in this years bowl games; there are years where the underdogs were taken less serious. Here are ten of the biggest underdogs in bowl history.No. 1 - 1978 Orange Bowl The No.6 Arkansas Razorbacks were 24 point underdogs going into the game against the No.2 Oklahoma Sooners. The Razorbacks won 31-6 behind the amazing running of back-up Roland Sales. Sales carried the ball 22 times for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 4 passes for another 52 yards. No. 2 - 2002 Holiday Bowl The Arizona St. Sun Devils were seventeen and a half point underdogs to No.8 Kansas St. Wildcats. The Sun Devils would have won the game 20-14 if the game ended after the third quarter. Instead the Wildcats won 34-27 behind a 20 point fourth quarter performance.No. 3 - 2011 Fiesta Bowl The Connecticut Huskies were 17 point underdogs in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. Losing 48-20 to the No.7 Oklahoma Sooners proved why an un-ranked 8-4 team had no business playing in a game the size of the Fiesta Bowl.No. 4 - 2010 Las Vegas Bowl The Utah Utes were sixteen and a half point underdogs against the No.10 Boise St. Broncos. The Broncos ran the Utes in a stampede 26-3. The Utes were definitely missing former head coach Urban Myer after that game.No. 5 - 2011 Insight Bowl The Iowa Hawkeyes were fifteen point underdogs against a No.14 Oklahoma Sooners. Considering they only lost by 17; the game was a lot worse. The Hawkeyes were down 21-0 in the fourth quarter before even getting on the board.No. 6 - 2008 Rose Bowl The No.13 Iowa Hawkeyes were thirteen and a half point underdogs against the No.7 USC Trojans. The Trojans could have given the Hawkeyes 27 points and it would not have mattered. Iowa lost 49-17 in one of the worst showings by a Big 10 team in years.No. 7 - 2008 Alamo Bowl In the 2008 Alamo Bowl, the No.23 Northwestern Wildcats were twelve and a half point underdogs against the No.21 Missouri Tigers. I have no idea how the odds makers came up with the spread in this game between two equally balanced teams. The Tigers only won the game by 7 points 30-23.No. 8 - 2009 Sugar BowlThe No.6 Utah Utes were ten point underdogs to SEC powerhouse No.4 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Utes proved to Alabama and the world that being from the SEC and playing basically a home game in New Orleans does not make you the best team in college football. Utah beat the brakes off Alabama 31-17.No. 9 - 2011 MAACO BowlThe Arizona St. Sun Devils were thirteen point underdogs to No.7 Boise St. Broncos in the 2011 MAACO Bowl. The Sun Devils lost by a whopping 32 points 24-56, proving why a .500 team is a waste of time placing in a bowl game.No. 10 - 2007 Music City BowlThe Florida St. Seminoles were nine point underdogs to of all teams Kentucky. Even though they were the underdog; the Seminoles proved to be the safe bet losing the game by 7 points 35-28.I actually did not put the Music City Bowl in my top ten based on the spread. It made my top ten based on the fact that I was amazed that Kentucky was favored in a college football game - a bowl game! Who saw that one coming?

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