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Ahead of 2017’s Rivalry Week, here is the story of 60 years in college football as told by definitive editions of annual rivalries.

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The history of college football is authored by its greatest teams. Those teams are defined by their greatest moments. No stages are brighter than in Thanksgiving Weekend’s rivalry games.

Earlier this year, I published my second book, The 50 Best* College Football Teams of All Time. It is not, in fact, a book about the 50 best teams, but 50 of the most interesting. The teams are vehicles with which I told the story of college football’s history.

So I will now attempt to tell that story — over the last 60 years, at least — through classic versions of 2017’s Rivalry Week matchups. Sounds fun, right? Let’s roll.

1963: Missouri 7, No. 8 Arkansas 6

Missouri plays at Arkansas on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET (CBS).

Fun fact: Before Frank Broyles turned Arkansas into a national power, he took his first head coaching job a few hours north. He stayed one year, frustrated by athletic director (and former Mizzou head coach) Don Faurot’s recruiting philosophies and attracted to Arkansas’ potential.

Faurot responded by making his best hire. Dan Devine would lead the Tigers to conference titles in 1960 (when they came within a game of the national title) and 1969 and four top-10 finishes in the decade. Broyles would earn a share of the 1964 national title and produce eight top-10 finishes between 1959 and 1969. Win-win.

There was a little feeling of revenge, however, when Mizzou went to Little Rock. Devine “got so heated at the chain gang at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, he famously picked up and moved the stakes himself, prompting a fleet of Arkansas state policemen to escort Devine back to the bench.”

You only thought the rivalry was initiated when the Tigers moved to the SEC in 2012.

1967: Indiana 19, No. 3 Purdue 14

Indiana plays at Purdue at noon ET on Saturday (ESPN2).

Fifty years ago, they played for a little bit more than a spot in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Purdue was at the peak of its powers, with Jack Mollenkopf riding all-world talent like quarterbacks Bob Griese and Mike Phipps and running back Leroy Keyes to three consecutive top-10 finishes. The Boilermakers won the Rose Bowl in 1966 and began 1968 ranked No. 1. (The 1968 Boilermakers are in 50 Best*).

They were 8-1 in 1967, on the doorstep of their first outright Big Ten title in 15 years (they haven’t had one since), when they headed to Bloomington to fight for the Old Oaken Bucket. Instead, one of the best Indiana teams of all time secured its only Rose bid with a five-point upset.

1968: Texas Tech 31, No. 6 Texas 22

Texas Tech visits Texas on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. (Fox).

The most famous moment happened in 2008, when Michael Crabtree’s last-minute touchdown knocked off Texas and gave air raid innovator Mike Leach his signature win. The most impactful might have happened 40 years earlier, and it also involved offensive innovation.

Heading into 1968, Texas head coach Darrell K. Royal promoted Texas high school legend Emory Bellard to offensive coordinator. To take full advantage of backfield talent, Bellard tinkered with a T-formation, moving the fullback closer to the QB for blocking and quick-hitting FB dives.

The new offense earned Texas a tie with a strong Houston in the season opener. But the biggest change came a week later when the Horns went to Lubbock and got rocked. J.T. King’s Red Raiders opened up a 21-0 halftime lead, which prompted Bellard and Royal to bench disappointing former blue-chipper Bill Bradley in favor of unheralded James Street, who threw for 108 yards and engineered the triple option to perfection. He won the job ... and Texas won 30 consecutive games. It took a Street to get Texas on the road.

What would be known as the wishbone formation would change college football. Texas became a power, while Oklahoma and Alabama would adopt the formation and run roughshod over the 1970s.

1970: Toledo 20, Western Michigan 0

WMU and Toledo lead off Friday with an 11:30 kickoff in Toledo (ESPNU).

The MAC was a mid-major powerhouse, from the Kent State teams coached by Don James (featuring players like Jack Lambert, Nick Saban, and Gary Pinkel) to the Miami (Ohio) teams that went 32-1-1 with wins over programs like Georgia and three top-15 finishes from 1973-75.

Before the Golden Flashes or (then-)Redskins reached full flight, Toledo was the face. Frank Lauterbur’s Rockets went 9-1 in 1967 and ripped off 35 consecutive wins from 1970-72. The sixth was over a pretty good WMU that would lose to only, yes, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), and Kent State.

1973: No. 1 Ohio State 10, No. 4 Michigan 10

Ohio State attempts to keep its national title hopes alive by revisiting Ann Arbor at noon on Saturday (Fox).

The most famous entry ever ...

... and maybe the most famous tie ever. It spawned a documentary. It was the peak of the Ten Year War between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes (which spawned its own documentary ... and a book or two or 50). It is one of college football’s definitive games.

The bullet points version:

  • With the Rose Bowl on the line, top-ranked Ohio State jumps out to a 10-0 lead, typically as good as a 30-0 lead for a Hayes team.
  • Michigan gets a fourth-down stop late in the third quarter, and all-world kicker Mike Lantry makes it 10-3.
  • On Michigan’s next drive, Dennis Franklin completes a big pass to Paul Seal, then rolls untouched for a 10-yard touchdown to tie.
  • Michigan is driving again before Franklin is rocked by Van DeCree and fractures his collarbone on the hard turf. The Wolverines settle for a 58-yard Lantry attempt. It drifts just wide.
  • Unable to stomach a tie, Hayes calls his first pass attempt of the day. It is picked off by Tommy Drake and returned inside the OSU 35.
  • Unable to stomach losing because of a backup quarterback, Schembechler calls one run, then asks Lantry to win the game. He shanks it.
  • Thanks to the tie, the conference’s Rose bid will be determined by athletic director vote. Thanks in part to Franklin’s injury (and, to some degree, politics), they send Ohio State. Schembechler will remain bitter until his death more than 30 years later.

1973 Michigan is represented in 50 Best*.

1974: Grambling 21, Southern 0

The annual Bayou Classic takes place at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday (NBCSN).

In front of 76,753 fans at the old Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Eddie Robinson’s Grambling ensured a share of the SWAC title and the Black college national championship with an easy win over Charles Bates’ Southern Jaguars. A freshman quarterback by the name of Doug Williams threw two touchdown passes.

The Bayou Classic has been played in New Orleans every year since, with one exception: It moved to Houston in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. In that span, the winner has won the HBCU championship 17 times.

1975: No. 8 Arizona State 24, No. 12 Arizona 21

The annual battle for the Territorial Cup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (Pac-12 Network).

Arizona State had been the class of the mid-majors, a WAC power that went 43-4 between 1970-73. 1975’s team walloped the Pac-8’s Washington and SWC’s TCU to start, and they would finish 12-0 with a program-defining win over No. 6 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. They finished not too far behind Oklahoma for the AP national title.

Before they could take on Nebraska, they faced the best Arizona team to date. Jim Young’s Wildcats were 9-1 and 12th in the country. In front of what was then the second-biggest crowd to ever see a football game in the state, the Sun Devils twice overcame second-half deficits. Quarterback Dennis Sproul scored the game-winner from a yard out.

In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State would join the Pac-8, changing its name to the Pac-10.

1977: No. 15 Clemson 31, South Carolina 27

South Carolina will attempt to derail No. 2 Clemson’s national title hopes at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPN).

Both were on the doorstep of strong runs. The Tigers would win 19 games in 1977-78 before losing Charley Pell to Florida and replacing him with Danny Ford. Ford would lead them to their first title, in 1981, followed by a couple more top-10 finishes.

Down the road, Jim Carlen served as head coach, athletic director, and table setter. He would engineer eight-win seasons in 1979 and 1980, and George Rogers would win the Heisman in the process. Three years after his 1981 retirement, the Gamecocks would reach No. 2 at one point and win 10 games for the first time ever.

This was all merely on the horizon in 1977, however, during what was arguably the rivalry’s best game.

Clemson led 24-0 into the third quarter, but with 1:48 left, South Carolina's Ron Bass connected with Phillip Logan for a 40-yard touchdown on fourth-and-long to complete a spectacular comeback in front of 56,410 in Columbia. But 59 seconds later, Steve Fuller found Jerry Butler for a 20-yard score and come-from-ahead-and-behind Tiger win.

1981: Iowa 10, No. 7 Nebraska 7

Iowa and Nebraska kick off in Lincoln on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET (FS1).

The 1981 season was one of the most unique. There were all sorts of heavyweight matchups, many of which involved Penn State. The Nittany Lions split with Nebraska and Alabama, then destroyed No. 1 Pitt to hand the title to virtually untested Clemson. Bobby Bowden’s 1981 Florida State Seminoles, represented in 50 Best*, played Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pitt, and LSU on the road. Consecutively.

Before any of this, Hayden Fry scored one of his first statement wins. In front of a record crowd in Kinnick Stadium, Fry’s Hawkeyes got revenge for a 57-0 loss in Lincoln, easing to a 10-0 halftime lead and holding on for a 10-7 upset.

1982: Auburn 23, Alabama 22

No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn will kickoff in one of the biggest Iron Bowls to date on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).

Bear Bryant went 19-5 against Auburn in his Bama career, but in his last Iron Bowl, a freshman ruined his afternoon.

The 2013 Kick Six is probably the most memorable moment in the rivalry, but this still sticks in the craw of older Alabama fans.

1984: BYU 18, Hawaii 13

Both BYU and Hawaii will try to finish disappointing 2017 campaigns with a fourth win, kickoff off at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (CBSSN).

BYU’s 1984 national title run was one of the strangest events in football history. It wasn’t only that a mid-major found a path to No. 1 (which required one of the wildest seasons the sport has seen); it was also that this was maybe LaVell Edwards’ third- or fourth-best BYU team of the 1980s.

The Cougars’ run nearly ended before it began. They were 3-0 when they traveled to the islands to face Dick Tomey’s exciting Rainbow Warriors, trailing 13-12 midway through the fourth quarter. But Robbie Bosco and Glen Kozlowski connected for a 29-yard touchdown to avoid disaster.

BYU would win tight games over Wyoming, Air Force, Utah, and a mediocre Michigan to secure the ring.

1988: Iowa State 16, Kansas State 7

Iowa State will try to win its eighth game for the first time since 2000 in Manhattan at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPN2).

In 1988, Kansas State was the most hopeless major program in the country. They lost their seven conference games by an average of 45-15, coming even slightly close to a win only once, in this home finale against ISU.

From 1983-88, they had gone 9-55-2. In 1989, they hired Bill Snyder. His wizardry has spanned nearly 30 years.

Bill Snyder
Bill Snyder

1990: Oregon 6, Oregon State 3

Kansas State was the most hopeless program of the 1980s, but Oregon and Oregon State were almost equally directionless. The Ducks were consistently mediocre under Rich Brooks (they lost either five or six games every year from 1983-88), and the Beavers were consistently a win or two behind. The teams played a 0-0 tie in 1983 — the last one in college football — which signified a lot.

Their paths began to diverge in 1990. Oregon pulled off its second straight eight-win season, allowing Brooks to sign the classes that would lead to a Rose Bowl breakthrough in 1994. The Beavers? 1-10 in 1990, 1-10 in 1991, 1-9-1 in 1992.

Rivalries are wild, though. Despite drastically different play throughout the season, Dave Kragthorpe’s Beavers nearly pulled an upset in Corvallis in 1990. Gregg McCallum's two field goals and a series of fourth-quarter stops were just enough for the team from Eugene.

1991: No. 5 Florida 14, No. 3 Florida State 9

At noon ET on Saturday, the Gators and Seminoles play in the least hyped battle between the two schools in decades.

From 50 Best*:

At 9-1, the Gators were back up to fifth in the country, but they had the chance to make their biggest statement yet. And it would require superhuman effort from the UF defense. And one prayer.

Florida and Florida State combined to average nearly 67 points per game in 1991; in Gainesville, they combined for just 23. Florida held Casey Weldon to 24-for-51 , and FSU held Matthews to 13-for-30 and three picks. In front of a record crowd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida led 7-3 at halftime thanks to a short Rhett touchdown.

But midway through the third, FSU’s defense suffered a crippling miscue. With Matthews rolling right, FSU’s Terrell Buckley pursued him, leaving linebacker Reggie Freeman to cover Harrison Houston deep. Buckley had two interceptions on the day, but he only got within about one stride of Matthews before the QB heaved a deep jump ball. Freeman slipped, and Houston leaped and streaked into the end zone.

The 72-yard strike accounted for more than one-third of Matthews’ yards. And when a late FSU drive ended with a fourth-down incompletion in the end zone, the bomb made the difference. The Gators had lost four in a row to FSU and would lose three of the next four. But this kick-started a rivalry that would define quite a few title races throughout the 1990s. The winner would either win or play for the national title four times in seven years between 1993-99.

1993: Boston College 33, No. 13 Syracuse 29

BC will go for Win No. 7 at Syracuse on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. ET (ACCN).

The Northeastern Corridor was still producing a lot of big-time football. Penn State was about to field one of its best teams, Syracuse would finish ranked nine times between 1987-2001 and was coming off of a No. 6 finish, and after a slump at the end of the Jack Bicknell era, BC was rising under Tom Coughlin. WVU would contend for the 1993 title, and Pitt wasn’t far removed from a major run.

The Eagles’ 1993 would be known for their late-season, title-denying upset of Notre Dame, but before that, they had to pull one in September.

Glenn Foley completed 22 of 29 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns against what had been the Big East's best pass defense, and despite a 53-yard touchdown catch by Syracuse's Marvin Harrison in the fourth quarter, a late one-yard touchdown by Darnell Campbell handed BC a rivalry win.

1993: Minnesota 28, No. 15 Wisconsin 21
1995: No. 8 Northwestern 17, Illinois 14

No. 5 Wisconsin will attempt to get to within one game of the CFP by beating Minnesota on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC), while smoking hot Northwestern will try to keep things rolling in Champaign at 4:00 p.m. (FS1).

The 1990s in the Big Ten were defined by out-of-nowhere rises. Wisconsin ended a bowl drought with a Rose Bowl run in 1993 (documented in 50 Best*), and Gary Barnett’s Northwestern did the same thing two years later. But in both instances, rivals threw kinks in plans.

In 1993, Wisconsin could have made title waves if not for a misstep in the Metrodome — quarterback Darrell Bevell threw five interceptions, one of which was returned for a score, as the Badgers gained 605 yards but lost. They beat Michigan and tied Ohio State but needed Michigan to beat the Buckeyes to clinch a Rose Bowl bid.

Two years later, Northwestern’s quest for a sole Big Ten title nearly fell apart in Champaign. But Darnell Autry’s fourth-and-goal score and a late Eric Collier pick kept the Wildcats unbeaten in conference. They would beat Penn State and Iowa on their way to their first Rose Bowl in 47 years.

1994: UNLV 32, Nevada 27

UNLV will attempt to secure rare bowl eligibility in Reno at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Nevada's first great season at the I-A level came in 1994, when the Wolf Pack won nine games, just as they would do again in 1995 and 1996. Chris Ault was wrapping up a hall-of-fame career — he would retire in 1995, get inducted, return in 2004, invent the Pistol formation, and basically undergo a second hall-of-fame career — in style.

And the Wolf Pack still lost to UNLV thanks to a third-quarter Rebel surge and three big sacks by nation sack leader Mark Byers.

1997: No. 3 Tennessee 17, Vanderbilt 10

The in-state rivals will attempt to salvage 4-7 seasons with a rivalry win at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (SEC Network).

This rivalry has taken an odd turn in the 2010s, with Tennessee turning into a mid-tier SEC program and Vanderbilt showing occasional life. But in the 1990s, it was about Vandy fighting really hard and coming up short.

In Peyton Manning's final three years, his Vols went 32-5 but only beat the Commodores (who finished a combined 7-26) by scores of 12-7, 14-7, and 17-10. On his Senior Day in Knoxville, he completed 12 of 27 passes for 159 yards, and UT needed Jamal Lewis’ 196 rushing yards to clinch the SEC title game.

1998: No. 16 Virginia 36, No. 20 Virginia Tech 32
and Kentucky 68, Louisville 34

Tim Couch
Tim Couch
The Cavaliers and Hokies kick off Friday night in Charlottesville at 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN), and Louisville and Kentucky lead off Saturday at noon ET in Lexington (SEC Network).

Virginia and Virginia Tech have rarely been good at the same time; they will finish 2017 with a combined 15 regular season wins and dual bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011. But both were viable throughout the 1990s, and they played one of their best games in 1998, when the Cavaliers went on a 29-3 second-half run in Blacksburg to pull a stunner.

The next year, a redshirt freshman named Michael Vick would power Virginia Tech to the brink of the BCS title (the 1999 Hokies are in 50 Best*), and in 2000, longtime UVA coach George Welch would retire. Paths would diverge from there.

Speaking of paths, the 1998 Louisville-Kentucky game was about the future. Kentucky’s Tim Couch completed 29 of 39 passes for 498 yards as the Wildcats bolted to a 41-10 halftime lead and a 34-point win. Within a year, UK head coach Hal Mumme and coordinator Mike Leach’s air raid would begin revolutionizing the Big 12.

Within three years, Louisville’s John L. Smith would engineer an 11-win campaign. When he left for Michigan State, UL hired Bobby Petrino and furthered a run into the Big East, then the ACC.

1999: No. 20 Georgia Tech 51, No. 16 Georgia 48

Clean, Old Fashioned Hate might be the most underrated rivalry in the country. While it rarely pits national title contenders, it almost always produces close games. From 2004-16, 10 of 13 have been decided by one possession.

In terms of drama, it's hard to top the 1997-99 run, which featured a 27-24 Georgia win and Tech wins of 21-19 and 51-48.

The third was the best. Georgia went on a 24-0 run to take a 48-41 lead in the fourth quarter, but a six-yard pass from Joe Hamilton to Will Glover tied the game with just over two minutes left.

Then came the controversy.

After having one kick blocked, freshman Luke Manget booted a second-chance, 38-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 20 Georgia Tech an improbable 51-48 victory over No. 16 Georgia.

But the most critical play came with nine seconds left in regulation, when Georgia's Jasper Sanks fumbled at Tech's 2-yard line even though television replays clearly showed he was down before the ball came loose.

2001: Boise State 35, No. 8 Fresno State 30

BSU and Fresno will awkwardly face each other at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Fresno before playing again next Saturday in the MWC title game.

One of the biggest wins in Boise State’s rise cut short a similar rise by Fresno State.

Pat Hill's Bulldogs beat Colorado, Oregon State, and Wisconsin on their way to No. 8 in the country. Hill's "take on all comers" approach was earning praise and breakthrough wins. But just as BCS talk was picking up, BSU's Ryan Dinwiddie threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns, and the Broncos cut short the Bulldogs' winning drive with a fourth-down, final-minute sack 10 yards from the BSU goal line.

Over the next 10 seasons, Fresno State would average 7.5 wins. Boise State would average 11.8.

2005: Idaho 38, NMSU 37

In its final game as an FBS team, Idaho will attempt to wreck NMSU’s bowl hopes in Las Cruces at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPN3).

Hey, every game’s a rivalry to somebody, right?

2006: Wake Forest 14, Duke 13

Wake Forest will attempt to keep Duke from win No. 6 when the rivals square off at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (ACCN).

Remember Wake Forest’s amazing 2006? The ACC title and BCS bowl bid? The disorienting domination of Florida State? Yeah, it almost ended before it started. In Week 2 against a Duke at its lowest ebb — the Blue Devils would go 0-12 under Ted Roof — Chip Vaughn had to block a 28-yard field goal at the buzzer. Rivalries are weird, man.

2007: Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 14

The Egg Bowl is back on Thanksgiving Day! MSU and Ole Miss play in Starkville at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Take it away, Steven Godfrey:

MSU's Derek Pegues, one of the rare standouts at Batesville's South Panola High School to eschew nearby Ole Miss (22 miles) for MSU (121 miles), broke a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. It would push the Dogs to a win and certify Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron's pink slip.

The following summer, a billboard appeared in Panola County on Interstate 55, near the Highway 6 exit to Oxford. The junction is the most common route for drivers headed to Ole Miss from either Jackson or Memphis and considered the heart of Rebel country. Now a maroon-and-white billboard read, "Many Happy RETURNS For Bulldog Club Ticket Holders," featuring a picture of Pegues.

2008: Washington State 16, Washington 13

Washington will attempt to prevent visiting Wazzu from winning the Pac-12 North when the two teams meet at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (Fox).

The best rivalry games are the ones with the highest stakes. But sometimes unique circumstances create similar intensity. Like, say, a 1-11 Wazzu trying to keep 0-11 Washington winless in the Apple Cup.

This meant nothing, and it was one of the most delightful games of the 21st century.

2011: Baylor 50, No. 14 TCU 48

The early Friday rivalry session will include Baylor attempting to pull a massive upset in Fort Worth at noon ET (FS1).

Baylor’s recent peak featured a pair of classic wins over TCU. The second one nearly got the Bears into the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014; the first was maybe the best Week 1 game I’ve ever seen.

2012: North Carolina 43, NC State 35

NC State will go for Win No. 8 when UNC visits at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (ESPNU).

Sometimes the biggest memories aren’t games themselves. Sometimes they’re punt returns.

2013: No. 17 UCF 23, USF 20

The I-4 rivalry continues, and potentially decides the Group of Five’s major bowl participant, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday in Orlando (ABC).

Shades of 2006 Wake-Duke or 1995 Northwestern-Illinois. In 2013, on the verge of a BCS bowl bid (they would upset Baylor there), UCF almost blew it against a mediocre rival. Willie Taggart’s first Bulls team was just 2-8, but they led the Knights 20-16 until Blake Bortles and Breshad Perriman connected for a 52-yard score with under five minutes left.

USF responded with a last-ditch of its own, but Jordan Ozerities picked off Mike White at the UCF 11 to end the upset bid.

2015: No. 13 Stanford 38, No. 4 Notre Dame 36

While Stanford waits to find out if Washington State loses to Washington (which would give the Cardinal the Pac-12 North title), Notre Dame visits The Farm at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday night (ABC).

Their first meeting was one of the most important wins in Notre Dame history -- 27-10 in the 1925 Rose Bowl. (1924 Notre Dame is in 50 Best*.) But they didn't play regularly until 1988.

The best of this bunch featured a last-second field goal, eliminated the Irish from contention, and allowed Stanford to nearly move all the way into the Playoff top four.

2016: No. 9 Colorado 27, No. 21 Utah 22
and No. 25 LSU 54, No. 22 Texas A&M 39

The No. 20 Tigers and Aggies face each other on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge (SEC Network), and the last power conference game of the weekend kicks off in Salt Lake City at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday (FS1).

In 2016, it was Colorado’s turn to ride the Dream Season machine.

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The final step of the 10-2 regular season run required a tricky win over Utah in a new-old conference rivalry. (The Buffaloes and Utes were heavyweights in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference decades ago, until CU joined the Big 7 and their paths diverged.)

Conference realignment broke some rivalries up but glued some others back together, and since the two joined the Pac-12 in 2011, all six games have been decided by one possession.

And if you’re looking for a new rivalry that packs a punch, what has done more in a short amount of time than A&M-LSU? In 2014, you had Leonard Fournette’s Herschel moment.

In 2015, you had Les Miles saving his job, live on television.

And in 2016, you had the most modern college football experience possible.

Interim LSU coach Ed Orgeron seemed to have already lost his shot at the full-time job. So while LSU and A&M were playing, rumors of LSU approaching Tom Herman took over social media and the game’s broadcast itself.

A few days later ... Orgeron got the full-time job.