1. Good Fortune Helps: For an instant, Miami thought it had won one of the greatest games ever played, the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on Jan. 3, 2003. On a fourth-and-three play in the first overtime, an Ohio State pass attempt into the end zone fell incomplete, but field judge Terry Porter tossed a late flag for pass interference on Miami's Glenn Sharpe. The controversial penalty put the Buckeyes in position to tie the score and win in the second overtime, ending Miami's 34-game win streak.

2. Know Your Opponent: Mississippi State Coach Emory Bellard knew how to contain Alabama's wishbone running attack because he had invented the wishbone. On Nov. 1, 1980, the Bulldogs, almost three-touchdown underdogs, beat Alabama and Tide Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant for the first time since 1957, the year before Bryant became coach. To preserve the 6-3 victory, MSU recovered a fumble by Alabama quarterback Don Jacobs after the Tide had driven to the State 3. Alabama's 28-game win streak was over.

3. Catch the King by Surprise: There was no legitimate reason, aside from leprechauns, to think Notre Dame could end Oklahoma's 47-game win streak in 1957. After all, the Fighting Irish had a losing record in 1956 and had been blasted in their previous two games by a combined score of 54-12; Oklahoma was a 19-point favorite. At first it looked like the Sooners would coast, but they squandered at least four scoring opportunities before halftime. When the Irish's stunning 7-0 victory was complete, according to www.SoonerStats.com, the public address announcer said: "Come back next Saturday, folks. That's when a new winning streak starts."