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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
ND appears twice on ESPN's top 25 games

By Matt Fortuna

ESPN has ranked the top 25 college football games from the 2012 season, with ESPNU airing an 11-day stretch of all of the games starting on July 17. An ESPN Stats & Info team, led by our Brad Edwards, ranked game Nos. 25-6, with fans having the chance to vote for the top five.

You won't find any Notre Dame appearances in the top-five, but the Irish do check in twice in the top-10: first at No. 9 against Stanford, then at No. 7 against Pitt.

The five finalists feature three Alabama games: against Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia. Oregon-Stanford and Michigan-South Carolina are the other two finalists.

Fans can rank the top-five here.

My two cents: The Notre Dame-Stanford game got short-changed. Yes, the Pitt game may have had more on the line (for one team, at least) and had more twists and turns, but the Cardinal game had everything a football fan could hope for: The elements, the rivalry, the comeback, the back-up quarterback saving the day and, of course, the goal-line stand. ("College GameDay" being on-hand certainly turned the atmosphere up a notch, too.)

I'd throw that contest over the Michigan-South Carolina Outback Bowl, which featured the big Jadeveon Clowney hit and a back-and-forth final frame, but lacked the stakes that Notre Dame-Stanford and the other top-four games had.

Nothing, however, touches the SEC title game in my mind.