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Best Championship Bowl Games of All-Time

The excitement of a football game builds, like a hill into a mountain. One team will sit on the top when it is finished, and one will fall into defeat. This was the case with the Alabama vs Penn State.

Alabama vs Penn State, finished the game with a 14 to 7 score, Alabama rising as champion. Nevertheless, the game was a battle to the finish. This game ran the gauntlet with only a few points accumulated by either side. In the end, “Barry Krauss” locked Mike Gunn on the one-yard line. Now, that’s tough football. This performance was no surprise for Alabama fans, with the “Bear” (Paul William “Bear” Bryant) at the helm.  I have a strong feeling Alabama is going to be in the playoffs again this year.

Texas 41 vs USC 38 competed during the BCS National Championship on January 4, 2006. Players displayed their talents in this game. Young threw the ball accumulating 267 yards. Trekked down the field for 200 yards and placed three touchdowns, this includes the 19-second winning touchdown.

Notre Dame Vs Alabama, ended up 24-23 in favor of Notre Dame, this was a battle to the finish by two teams with a history of fighting to the end. These teams volleyed back and forth until the third down Tom Clemons spirited a 36-yard pass to Robin Weber sealing the victory for Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl on December 31, 1973.  This was one of my favorite bowl games ever.

The Orange Bowl between Miami vs Nebraska presented a true challenge for these to strong-willed teams. During January 2,1984, the duel between Miami and Nebraska took shape and the gauntlet was laid down. This was a fight to the finish with Miami lifting the trophy in victory, 31-30. Only the strategy and perhaps the lack of overtime in a college game kept the Huskers from making this a tie game. Coming from behind at 17-0, Nebraska made this game, a memorable, clashing of opponents.

January 6, 2014, BCS game between Florida State and Auburn University ended with, Florida State 34, Auburn 31. The Auburn Tigers started off with a nice lead placing Florida State at a disadvantage in the second quarter, but it was quickly chipped down through the playing efforts of quarterback Jameis Winston. Both teams wanted to win, but Florida State decided, they would be the victor.

In the 1981 Sugar Bowl, Georgia Vs Notre Dame was an unforgettable event as Herschel Walker of Georgia took the field. Barreling down the field despite a shoulder injury, Walker gained two touchdowns after carrying the ball 36 times. The “Fighting Irish” were not giving him an easy time. Yet, he took 150 yards helping his team to victory. Georgia won 17-10 against Notre Dame.

The best thing about a bowl game is the fan base. When teams play a bowl game, attending or watching the game is a requirement. Attendance is off the hook, each side rooting for the home team, home or away, no matter, the weather or the cost. The games go on. Even in a recession, money for attendance comes out of the woodwork. During prep for a game trip the question was presented at the airport to Alabama fans,” Do you have enough planes to accommodate”, the answer was, do not worry about the planes, just bring your money, “Roll Tide.

Best Bowl Games of All-Time

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.