Rollicking rallies, breakout star performances, and championship implicated showdowns highlight the top games of the 2012 college football regular season.
10. Army vs. Navy, Dec. 8
The Game of Honor transcends any implication teams have on the gridiron, but don’t tell that to the Cadets and Midshipmen who took the field. Both teams left all they had on the field in Philadelphia. Navy extended its winning streak over Army to 11 with a 17-13, on Keenan Reynolds touchdown with under five minutes remaining.
9. Old Dominion vs. New Hampshire, Sept. 22
Fans of defense, avert your eyes. Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke set a Division I passing record, with 730 yards. He also threw for five touchdowns and rushed for a sixth to lead the Monarchs over New Hampshire, 64-61. ODU outscored the Wildcats 26-7 in the fourth quarter.
8. Notre Dame vs. Stanford, Oct. 13
Fear not, defensive purists. The antidote to the offensive defensive efforts of Old Dominion and New Hampshire is this clash of two of the nation’s elite defenses. Notre Dame did not allow an offensive touchdown — though Stepfan Taylor and Cardinal fans might beg to differ — en route to a 20-13 overtime win.
7. Stanford vs. Arizona, Oct. 6
Stanford had a knack for appearing in overtimes, as we’ll discuss further. One week before suffering the defeat at Notre Dame, the Cardinal went to overtime with Pac-12 foe Arizona. Arizona’s 48 points were the most a Cardinal opponent scored this season, but Stanford got the last laugh when it scored 20 points in the final 6:30 of regulation plus overtime to win.
6. LSU vs. Alabama, Nov. 3
The third installment of the Championship Trilogy brought the Crimson Tide into Death Valley. A smash mouth, defensive contest was in store, as expected. But the final drive A.J. McCarron led Alabama on was the stuff of legends.