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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on July 8, 2013

ESPN Ranks Top 25 College Football Games of 2012

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ESPNU Marathon of Best Games in 2012; Fans To Choose Order of Top 5  

ESPN has ranked the Top 25 games in the 2012 season and fans will once again decide the order of the Top 5. ESPNU will air an 11-day marathon of games within the list starting with No. 25 on Wednesday, July 17, Nebraska vs. Northwestern. The order of the Top 5 games will be decided by fans through a SportsNation poll on ESPN.com. 

An ESPN stats & info team, led by ESPN college football research analyst Brad Edwards, determined No.25-6 to be as follows:

25.   Nebraska vs. Northwestern (game highlight)

24.   BYU vs. Utah (game highlight)

23.   Stanford vs. Arizona

22.   Ole Miss vs. LSU (post game presser – Les Miles)

21.   Texas vs. Oklahoma State

20.   North Carolina State vs. Miami (game highlight)

19.   Gildan New Mexico Bowl:  Nevada vs. Arizona  (game highlight)

18.   Oklahoma vs. West Virginia

17.   Florida State vs. North Carolina State (game highlight)

16.   Nebraska vs. Michigan State (game highlight)

15.   Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma (game highlight)

14.   Cincinnati vs. Louisville

13.   Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas (game highlight)

12.   Northwestern vs. Michigan

11.   West Virginia vs. Baylor

10.  Purdue vs. Ohio State (game highlight)

9.    Notre Dame vs. Stanford 

8.    Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech (game highlight)

7.    Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

6.    Chick-Fil-a Bowl: Clemson vs. LSU   (game highlight)

The Top 5 games of 2012 were narrowed down to:

Fans are invited to rank the games here, and compare their order to other voters. ESPNU will air America’s choice rankings of No. 5 & 4 on Saturday, July 27 and No. 1-3 on Sunday, July 28.

Relive every seat-gripping moment of last season’s best matchups on ESPNU at the following times:  

No.

Date

Time (ET)

Game

No. 25

Wed, July 17

7 p.m.

Nebraska (29), Northwestern (28)

No. 24

 

10 p.m.

Utah (24), BYU (21)

No. 22

Thu, July 18

7 p.m.

LSU (41), Ole Miss (35)

No. 20

 

10 p.m.

Miami (Fla.) (44), North Carolina State (37)

No. 19

Fri, July 19

7 p.m.

Arizona (49), Nevada (48)

No. 17

Sat, July 20

Noon

North Carolina State (17), Florida State (16)

No. 16

 

3 p.m.

Nebraska (28), Michigan State (24)

No. 15

 

6 p.m.

Oklahoma (51), Oklahoma State (48) (OT)

No. 14

 

9 p.m.

Louisville (34), Cincinnati (31) (OT)

No. 13

Sun, July 21

Noon

Louisiana-Monroe (34), Arkansas (31)

No. 12

 

3 p.m.

Michigan (38), Northwestern (31) (OT)

No. 10

 

6 p.m.

Ohio State (29), Purdue (22) (OT)

No. 8

 

9 p.m.

Texas A&M (59), Louisiana Tech (57)

No. 6

Sat, July 27

3 p.m.

Clemson (25), LSU (24)

No. 5

 

6 p.m.

No. 5 – TBD

No. 4

 

9 p.m.

No. 4 – TBD

No. 3

Sun, July 28

3 p.m.

No. 3 – TBD

No. 2

 

6 p.m.

No. 2 – TBD

No. 1

 

9 p.m.

No. 1 – TBD

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Media contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com; 860-877-5826