Ranking The Top 5 College Football Games of The 2022-23 Season

Tim Callahan , Staff Writer

The 2022-23 College Football season has officially come to an end. Even though the championship caused many to question the playoff selection committee, the season provided us with many unforgettable moments and memories that with last for ages.  Many of these memorable moments took place in these 5 games: 

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

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5. Michigan outlasts Ohio State in Columbus:

Everything about this game was memorable – Thanksgiving Weekend, Rivalry Week, with two top four teams in the nation. It is no surprise that during Rivalry Week, Michigan vs. Ohio State took center stage. After a back and forth first half, Michigan used its running game to pull away from the Buckeyes. Despite starting running-back Blake Corum going down with an injury early, backup Donovan Edwards rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns to give Michigan the win. Michigan later cemented their spot in the CFP with a win the next week against Purdue. 

4. USC Defeats UCLA at the Rose Bowl in an all time Classic

The late November matchup between these two cross town rivals never ceases to disappoint. This year, the two met at the Rose Bowl, and both teams were ranked in the top 25. Down 48-45 with 1:30 left in regulation, UCLA had the ball was promisingly driving down field. Quarterback Dorian Thompson Robinson was leading UCLA on a potential game winning drive, reaching a 3rd Down and 5 towards USC territory. However, Robinson then threw an interception on 3rd down that would seal the game for USC, and just like that  the LA bragging rights belonged to the Trojans. 

3. Tennessee Shocks Alabama at Home

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The early October match up between the two classic SEC schools had so much hype surrounding it. The two undefeated squads had much to play for in Knoxville and the game itself lived up to all of the hype. With 20 seconds left, and the game tied at 49 points a piece! At this late stage, Alabama had a field-goal chance to win it. The kicker missed it wide right, giving Tennessee the ball with about 16 seconds left. Heisman Candidate Hendon Hooker led the Volunteers down field before making a field goal to pull of the upset. To cap off the near perfect College Football game, the fans rushed the field and notoriously carried the goalpost out of the stadium.

2. TCU vs. Michigan: The Fiesta Bowl

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On New Years Eve, two teams that felt underrated met in Glendale Arizona. The Horned Frogs had just finished their impressive regular season – going 12-1 with a loss in the BIG-12 Championship. On the other hand, Michigan had gone undefeated and won the BIG-10 Conference. There were many questions surrounding both teams, especially TCU. Many questioned if they would be able to hang around with legacy teams, such as Michigan. TCU game out of the games hot, opening many eyes. In the third quarter, 44 total points were scored. The game kept going back on forth, with huge play after huge play. Max Duggan and the underdog TCU Horned Frogs pulled out the upset in a game that Michigan was heavily favored in. It marked the first time a team from the BIG-12 had won a game in the College Football Playoff.

1. Georgia vs. Ohio State: The Peach Bowl

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The reigning national champs vs. the team that barely got into a the playoff. Georgia playing in their home state. This was surely a recipe for a blowout, but you’d be mistaken to think so. With Georgia scoring quickly, many were caused to think that game was over. But no, C.J Stroud and the resilient Ohio State team struck back, even taking a two touchdown lead in the third quarter. As the forth quarter began, Ohio State held a 38-24 lead. The number one team in the land had little hope. However, 25 year old, Stetson Bennett cemented his legacy as a Georgia Bulldog. He carried the team back into the game, scoring two straight touchdowns and taking the lead with just 1 minute left in the game. However, the Georgia Bulldogs gave the ball to C.J Stroud with about 50 seconds left and a chance to win it. Already having passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns, Stroud led his team down field into field goal range. As the clock struck midnight, and a new year began, Ohio State attempted to kick a game winning field goal. The kick missed wide right, sending Georgia to the national championship for the second straight year. You couldn’t script a game like this in Hollywood.