The 20 Most Insane Upsets in Sporting History

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11. Appalachian State beat Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines’ opening game of the 2003 season was supposed to be a formality. They were one of college football’s most esteemed programs, while opponents Appalachian State were a lowly Division I-AA team. However, in one of the sport’s biggest ever upsets, it was the latter who made the headlines with an unprecedented 34-32 victory.

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10. Emil Zátopek wins the 1952 Olympic marathon

Despite him winning gold in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter contests, few gave Czech runner Emil Zátopek much hope of even completing his very first marathon at the 1952 Olympics. But while favorite Jim Peters never made it past the finish line, Zapotek breezed to victory by over two minutes. Speedy work!

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