College football title games usually decide which team is the best in the country. Over the years, there have been a lot of exciting ones that have gone down to the wire. We take a look at some of these title games, which we consider the best ones to have ever taken place in NCAA history and hold a special place for college football odds fans.
Counting Down The Top 5 Best NCAA Football Betting Title Games
#5. Florida State vs Auburn: 2014 BCS National Championship Game
The BCS era had a lot of controversies because teams that many thought deserved to play for the national championship were left out of the title game. 2014 was one of the few times everyone thought the BCS got it right… and the championship game did not disappoint. Florida State was the only undefeated team in the country that year –led by freshman Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston,– while Auburn –led by their strong running attack,– made it back to the Championship game for the second time in four years with a 12-1 regular season record.
The Tigers dominated the first half of the game and had a 21-10 lead at halftime. By the third quarter, they were still in control of the game, holding Florida State to three points with a 21-13 lead. The momentum started in the fourth quarter, when Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall’s pass was intercepted, which led to a 10 yard touchdown for the Seminoles. Auburn responded with a field goal, but Florida State returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, giving them a 27-24 lead. Auburn took the lead again with 1:19 left in the game, but Jameis Winston marched the Seminoles down the field and scored the winning touchdown on a pass to Kelvin Benjamin, giving Florida State a 34-31 win.
#4. Miami vs Penn State: 1987 Fiesta Bowl
The Miami Hurricanes were the team to beat in the 1980s. In this game, they were expected to easily defeat the Nittany Lions, unfortunately for them, things didn’t go as planned. The high powered Miami offense did what they were expected to do and dominated Penn State in yardage, finishing with 445 yards while holding the Nittany Lions to 162. The only problem was that they failed to take care of the ball: They turned the ball over seven times, with Heisman winning quarterback Vinny Testaverde responsible for five of them, including a costly one in the Penn State end zone with 18 seconds left in the game giving the Nittany Lions a 14-10 win.
#3. Nebraska vs Miami: 1984 Orange Bowl
This was the game that started Miami’s dominant run in the 1980s. The Hurricanes were ahead of the Cornhuskers late in the fourth quarter 31-24, but had trouble closing out the game thanks to their inability to stop Nebraska’s run game. Miami allowed Nebraska to convert a 4th and 8 at their 29 yard line, which resulted in a touchdown. Nebraska coach Tom Osbourne decided he didn’t want to go to overtime and went for the two point conversion to win the game… but they failed to convert, and lost the game 31-30.
#2. Ohio State vs Miami: 2003 Fiesta Bowl
The Buckeyes were huge underdogs against a Miami team that had returned to its former glory and going for a second consecutive national championship. The game was a back and forth battle, Miami was down by three in the fourth quarter, but managed to send the game into overtime with a field goal at the end of regulation.
#1. Texas vs USC: 2006 Rose Bowl
Vince Young had what is widely considered to be the best performance in college football history against the dominant Trojans in their own back yard. It was a game between two undefeated teams. The Trojans were trying to win the national championship for the second consecutive year and were the favorites going into the game. Texas controlled the first half of the game and had a 16-10 lead. By the second half, the Trojans rallied and took the lead (38-33) with 2:09 left on the clock. It ended up being a little more than Vince Young needed, he arched the team down the field and was able to score the game winning touchdown on a nine yard run while facing a 4th and 5 from the USC nine yard line.
Young finished the game with 267 yards passing, 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and won the MVP award.