I’ve been waiting to share this one with you for a while. Bill Connelly has written a book that should be published by month’s end. One of the neat things he’s done in it is compile a list of “the 10 games that most directly formed my fandom as I know it”. Even better, he asked me to do the same for inclusion. I’ve been waiting to share my list with you guys because it was such a fun exercise – although keeping it to ten was damned tough – but held off until Bill had the info out there. Since he’s let the cat partially out of the bag, I figure there’s no stopping me now.
I will follow his lead, though, in only providing the list itself, without my reasons for why each particular game is included. (Not that you should have much trouble figuring out some of those.) Keep in mind, as I told Bill, these aren’t necessarily the ten best college football games of my lifetime, although several of them qualify as such, but they are the ten games that best explain my obsession. They are the touchstones that remind me why college football resonates with me more than any other sport I’ve followed:
- 1966: Notre Dame 10 – Michigan State 10.
- 1971: Nebraska 35 – Oklahoma 31.
- 1978: Georgia 17 – Kentucky 16.
- 1980: Georgia 26 – Florida 21. (Duh.)
- 1981: Georgia 17 – Notre Dame 10.
- 1997: Georgia 37 – Florida 17.
- 2002: Georgia 24 – Auburn 21.
- 2006: Texas
45– Southern Cal 42(41-38).
- 2007: Arkansas 50 – LSU 48.
- 2012: Alabama 32 – Georgia 28.
Like I said, there are a few more that just missed the cut, but so it goes. I’d love to hear what games you guys would pick. Give me your lists in the comments. And have fun with this.