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The 25 most beloved college football games since 2000, ranked by the fans

We asked, and here’s how you rank the greatest games of the 2000s so far.

Here’s how we did this.

  • We put out a call on Twitter for the best games ever. Tons of people responded.
  • From those recommendations, we made a list of 68 games since 2000, then sent that list out to the public and let readers give points to however many of those 68 they wanted.
  • Then we added up all those points.
  • All told, we heard from thousands of fans from all over and gave equal voice to everybody.

Let’s get right to it.

25. 2007 Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3OT)

24. 2002 LSU 33, Kentucky 30

23. 2007 Stanford 24, USC 23

The biggest point-spread upset in college football history.

22. 2015 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State 42, Alabama 35

21. 2015 Michigan State 27, Michigan 23

20. 2012 Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24

19. 2013 season's BCS Championship: Florida State 34, Auburn 31

18. 2016 Ohio State 30, Michigan 27 (OT)

It was more than just The Spot, despite what the postgame memes continue to suggest.

17. 2016 Alamo Bowl: TCU 47, Oregon 41 (3OT)

You remember the comeback. Do you even remember the triple-OT part?

16. 2006 Ohio State 42, Michigan 39

This game is top-five quality. IMO, and so was the 2012 Alabama vs. Georgia SEC Championship, which didn’t even make the cut. This list is l o a d e d.

15. 2014 Baylor 61, TCU 58

14. 2003 Arkansas 71, Kentucky 63 (7OT)

13. 2005 Rose Bowl: Texas 38, Michigan 37

12. 2001 Arkansas 58, Ole Miss 56 (7OT)

Yeah, the two longest Power 5 games in college football history were both Arkansas games.

11. 2015 season's National Championship: Alabama 45, Clemson 40

10. 2010 Auburn 28, Alabama 27

“The Camback.”

9. 2008 Texas Tech 39, Texas 33

8. 2005 USC 34, Notre Dame 31

“The Bush Push.”

7. 2017 Rose Bowl: USC 52, Penn State 49

6. 2003 Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2OT)

One video from each side of the aisle. I have my opinions, but this isn’t about me.

5. 2007 Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32

4. 2013 Auburn 34, Alabama 28

3. 2016 season's National Championship: Clemson 35, Alabama 31

2. 2006 Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38

1. 2007 Fiesta Bowl: Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 (OT)

What do you think?

Let’s keep this going in the comments.