The final weekend of the 2009 college football regular season produced great games, near titanic upsets, and a national championship matchup between two historic powers. What it didn’t generate was a consensus Game of the Week from the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Year Committee.
Texas’ last-second, come-from-behind 13-12 victory over Nebraska, a win which vaulted the Longhorns into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) championship game, barely edged out No. 2 Alabama’s dominating 32-13 victory over Florida and Cincinnati’s dramatic 45-44 victory over Pittsburgh. The Alabama win landed the Crimson Tide in the BCS title game, and Cincinnati capped an unbeaten season and a second-straight Big East championship with the win.
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Just as the games don’t end until 7 January, when Alabama and Texas meet to decide the BCS championship, the Academy’s panel of experts will continue evaluating games through the bowl season to determine the College Football Game of the Year.
Top nominations by week so far this year are:
- Week 1: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
- Week 2: Houston 45, Oklahoma State 35
- Week 3: Washington 16, USC 13
- Week 4: Oregon 42, California 3
- Week 5: UTEP 58, Houston 41
- Week 6: Arkansas 44, Auburn 23
- Week 7: Florida 23, Arkansas 20
- Week 8: Clemson 40, Miami 37 (OT)
- Week 9: Oregon 47, USC 20
- Week 10: Navy 23, Notre Dame 21
- Week 11: Stanford 55, USC 21
- Week 12: Ole Miss 25, LSU 23
- Week 13: Alabama 26, Auburn 21
The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. Moore is a well-known artist for his paintings on college football.
At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.
The Academy’s expert panel includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famers Vince Dooley from Georgia and Jack Lengyel, the coach at Marshall University after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 team members and coaching staff in 1970.