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

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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.

Comments

Nah

Bill’s rankings are better.

This was a good list but let me be the first to make an addition

Ohio 16, Pitt 10

dude...why?

Alamo Bowl? No, no, I don't think that happened

I have a big six hour blank spot in my memory of that day so there must be some mistake

20% of this list is Michigan losses.

This is fine.

There's a ton of Bama losses in here too....

List checks out fully.

Same for Bama

But Bama at least also got one of their wins on the list.

No list is perfect.

And the last NCG was a great game, but I don’t think it was top 5, it’s barely even a top 5 Bama loss. I’d put it behind both of the Iron Bowls and 2012 A&M in terms of pure entertainment.

Recency is a hell of a bias.

Bama is 1-5 on this list, Ohio St. is 4-0.

I think they just polled Land-Grant Holy Land.

Every Auburn loss is more entertaining than the last

I'm not normally an Auburn fan, but I sure was in 2013, the year of the Kick Six.

I’d have picked the Kick Six as the #1 game on this list, since it’s so memorable. Plus I’ve never seen two weeks in a row with that much magic — for any football team.

The week before, Auburn won an even more exciting game against Georgia, winning by a Hail Mary which was tipped by 2 Georgia defenders. On 4th and 18 near the end of the game, here’s the radio call:

Here’s your ballgame. Nick Marshall stands in, steps up. Gonna throw down field just a home run ball and, uh, it is tip upped—and Louis caught it on the deflection! Louis is gonna score! Louis is gonna score! Louis is gonna score! Touchdown Auburn! Touchdown Auburn! A miracle in Jordan–Hare! A miracle in Jordan-Hare! 73 yards! And the Tigers with 25 seconds to go lead 43 to 38!

For some reason,

I knew Auburn was gonna convert that 4th and 18.

butlol that tipped pass was unbelievable

First two should be flipped

Maybe the Fiesta Bowl was more entertaining on the field, but the Rose Bowl had way more off-field stuff going for it.

Agreed

I think they are should be 1 & 2, just that Rose Bowl was unreal.

if you're going to put any LSU games on this list

they should all rank behind 2007 LSU-UF and the five LSU fourth down conversions for the win, not going to make a stink over where on this list it belongs other than to say it’s definitely the most exciting LSU game since 2000

I agree, but the public didn't

How does 2007 Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32 come up

but 13-9 doesn’t?

That game wasn't really exciting.

It was a tense rivalry game with a lot riding on it, but the action between the lines was a little stilted. Plus if Pat White doesn’t get hurt, West Virginia pulls that game out of the hat.

The excitement for that game was almost entirely based on ramifications and outcomes, not game play.

Plus if Pat White doesn’t get hurt, West Virginia pulls that game out of the hat.

the fact that a lowly 4-7 pitt team kept pat white contained all game, you can’t say that.

looks at your schools

oh..no, nevermind. I get it now.

I'd normally put the 2006 Rose Bowl at #1 with a bullet, but it's #2 with an OU loss at #1, so it's all good.

Bama is 1-5 in the most popular games category.

Nice to know how all ya’ll feel about us.

Most of the time it’s just not very memorable when the top dog wins because they tend to kill everyone they play. Today’s article about Bama’s point margins against the rest of the SEC emphasizes that point. Even when Bama wins close games I rarely get the feeling they just as easily could have lost as won. I thought Ole Miss might have Bama’s number for a third straight year last season but I knew it was over for them when the Tide scored a pair of touchdowns in the final couple minutes of the first half. The LSU game was close but LSU’s strategy of running it up the middle every play hasn’t worked against Bama in years so that was another outcome I never really doubted.

Carroll’s USC teams are 1-2 on this list and the one win came at the expense of another team people love to hate. I have a feeling recency bias is the main reason we don’t have a couple more Carroll USC losses on this list. Flip the outcomes of USC/UCLA 2006, USC/Stanford 2007 and USC/Oregon State 2008 and USC plays in every title game from 2004-2008. The Stanford game made this list while the other two probably make this list if it’s published in 2010 instead of 2017.

Well f*ck 'em

and Auburn

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