College football bowl games offer some of the greatest drama and excitement during the holiday season. Fans have been treated to some of the most exciting action in recent years, but this is a list of some of the best bowl games of all time. Let’s hope this year’s football playoffs are this good.
5. 1987 Fiesta Bowl
Penn State and Miami took the field in this epic game that featured two coaches at both ends of the coaching spectrum. Joe Paterno for Penn State, was seen as the good guy, and Jimmy Johnson for Miami, was seen as the bad guy from Florida. It was also the game when the Heisman trophy winner Vinny Testaverde threw 5 interceptions. The Miami Hurricanes were #1 in the polls with the Nittany Lions ranked #2. Penn State beat Miami 14-10 in one of the most exciting bowl games ever.
4. 2007 Fiesta Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl sure seems to get its fair share of thrilling games. This was a showdown between Boise State and Oklahoma with the Sooner squad being heavily favored to win. However, the Broncos led Oklahoma most of the game when they eventually gave up the lead allowing the Sooners to score 25 points in the fourth quarter to take the lead 35-28. Boise State recovered possession on an interception and scored to tie the game on a rarely used hook and ladder play. Oklahoma scored first in OT and the Boise scored. Boise secured the win with a two point Statue of Liberty play. One of the greatest games in CFB history. Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42.
3. 1984 Orange Bowl
Miami 31, Nebraska 30 was the final score. Miami was ranked #5 while Nebraska was ranked #1. The hardest part of this game for me was Tom Osborne had a choice, to either play for the win or play for a tie and leave the fate of the national title in the hands of the voters. Coach Osborne decided to go for two and the pass from quarterback Turner Gill was knocked down in the end zone, giving Miami the win. Miami ended with the #1 ranking in the country. Great finish for one of the best Florida bowl games.
2. 2003 Fiesta Bowl
Another Fiesta Bowl going into overtime, in fact, two overtimes. This game featured the second ranked Buckeyes and the top ranked Miami Hurricanes. The Buckeyes were the underdogs going into this game but the Buckeyes were able to compete and keep the score close all game long. The Buckeyes were leading by three at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Miami made a field goal to put the game into the first overtime. The game went into the second overtime and Ohio State wins the game on a controversial interference call and it goes down as one of the best title games ever.
1. 2006 Rose Bowl
The game of Texas vs USC would be one for the ages. The Trojans were shooting for a third straight national championship led by Pete Carroll. Great players from each team took the field from Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush for USC and Vince Young for Texas. The second ranked Texas Longhorns took down the top ranked Trojans with a final drive by Young that gave Mack Brown his only college football championship. This game made Vince Young a college football legend.