But that was the rare case of David beating Goliath. The lopsided victories by powerhouse teams over ricky-dink teams are much more typical.
Having attended a Big Ten university, I am well aware that Cal and Bama are not members of that conference and I was not paying attention to the original focus of the story as being about the Big Ten. I started just to post the Wisconsin score but decided to add a couple of other very lopsided scores. At least with Austin Peay and Western Carolina, you have medium-sized public universities (around 10,000 students) but with Presbyterian College you have a little private college with not much more than 1,000 students--how its team is supposed to take on a major team which had won the Rose Bowl a mere 71 years earlier?
Appalachian State is somewhat larger than APSU or WCU at about 17,000 students but I don't know if its athletic program is any better-funded than theirs.
David doesn’t play Goliath to beat Goliath - they play them to get exposure and money - so that they can be a little bit bigger David than they were before.