Michigan State’s Comeback Victory in Cotton Bowl Classic is No. 1 College Football Game of 2014

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Michigan State’s Comeback Victory in Cotton Bowl Classic is No. 1 College Football Game of 2014

  • Top 25 Games of 2014 Concludes with Top 5 Games July 31 – Aug 2 on ESPNU
  • Ohio State-Alabama, TCU-Baylor, Auburn-Ole Miss, and Notre Dame-Florida State Round Out Top 5
  • Fans Determined Order of Top 5 Games

Fans have voted Michigan State’s thrilling, come-from-behind, 42-41 victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic as the No. 1 college football game of 2014 and, as a result, it will conclude The Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. The remaining top 5 games, which will all air between Friday, July 31 and Aug. 2 on ESPNU, are as follows:

  • 2: College Football Playoff Semifinal/Sugar Bowl: Ohio State’s 42-35 victory over Alabama
  • 3: Baylor’s 61-58 victory over TCU
  • 4: Auburn’s 35-31 over Ole Miss
  • 5: Florida State’s 31-24 victory over Notre Dame.

The Top 5 games will bring to an end the two-week Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 series which began on Monday, July 20. The remaining programming schedule is as follows:

ESPNU Top 25 College Football Games of 2014 Programming Schedule

Date Time (ET) Ranking Matchup
Tue, July 28 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson (17) at Florida State (23) (overtime)
  10 p.m. No. 13 Central Michigan (48) vs. Western Kentucky (49)
Wed, July 29 7 p.m. No. 12 Auburn (44) vs. Alabama (55)
  10 p.m. No. 10 Arizona (31) at Oregon (24)
Thu, July 30 7 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M (41) at Auburn (38)
  10 p.m. No. 8 Georgia Tech (30) at Georgia (24)
Fri, July 31 7 p.m. No. 6 Alabama (17) at Ole Miss (23)
  10 p.m. No. 5 Notre Dame (27) at Florida State (31)
Sat, Aug 1 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn (35) at Ole Miss (31)
  10  p.m. No. 3 TCU (58)  at Baylor (61)
Sun, Aug 2 7 p.m. No. 2 CFP Semifinal/Sugar Bowl: Alabama (35) vs. Ohio State (42)
10 p.m. No. 1 Cotton Bowl Classic: Michigan State (42) vs. Baylor (41)

No. 11 and No. 7 will not be televised due to rights restrictions

After ESPN’s Stats & Info determined games No. 25 through No. 6, fan voting was utilized to determine the order of the top 5 games.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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