There’s never a bad time to talk college football, especially with spring practice opening up throughout the nation. Throughout most of America, it continues to be exceedingly popular. Television ratings for the sport have remained strong as many other sports have seen decreases across the board, and the CFB Playoff has finally given us the undisputed champion we longed for decades for. Now spring practice and spring games have become national talking points.
As powerful as the NFL has become, college football still has its stranglehold on huge swaths of the country. The changing culture of sports gambling has also boosted interested, and now with legalized sports betting and the coverage across so many media platforms, passionate fans also enjoy betting on the games. Looking to try for yourself? Here’s a list of new casinos – MrCasinova.com has lots of these – and sign up to one that also offers sports betting.
Spring football has our juices flowing. Here’s a look at some of the most iconic wins by a few of its biggest stars over the years.
The 2005 season concluded with perhaps the greatest game ever, and the Longhorns as the champions. Vince Young put in a stunning performance against the dynastic USC Trojans. Young managed a staggering 467 yards of offense and rushed for three touchdowns, including the game winner in the final 20 seconds. His last-minute heroics helped the Longhorns win 41-38. Pete Carroll’s runaway machine had finally been beaten.
One of the most memorable games of all time, and one that made a household name and a Heisman, was Boston College and Miami in 1984. As the clock ticked down, Eagles quarterback Doug Flutie etched his name in lore. The Hail Mary pass to wide receiver Gerard Phelan gave the Eagles a shocking 47-45 win over the defending champs. The ‘Hail Flutie’ game won him the Heisman and ended in a statue in Chestnut Hill.
In November 2013, Auburn was living its best life. The Iron Bowl goes down in history as one of the craziest endings ever. Alabama led at one point 21-7. The tigers came back, and in the last minute it was tied at 28. Alabama placekicker Adam Griffith came out for a 57-yard FG attempt to win it, and initially looked good. But it fell short and cornerback Chris Davis was standing there ready to receive it. He took it back 100+ yards to win the most infamous Iron Bowl ever 34-28, forever known as the “Kick Six.”
Jim McMahon was responsible for one of college football’s best comebacks. The Cougars quarterback took on SMU in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. With only 4 minutes remaining it was 45-25 Mustangs. In the final frantic minutes, McMahon managed 21 points. Three touchdown passes, along with one onside kick and a blocked punt, was the recipe. BYU pulled out an incredible 46-45 win in one of the wildest comebacks ever.