The panel of experts that has been organized to determine the College Football Game of the Year certainly doesn’t lack quality candidates in 2009.
Almost every week of the season has offered a compelling buffet of thrilling games, producing upsets of both the narrow and dominating variety, as well as close, compelling games between heavyweight programs.
There has been something for everyone in this college football season. That is reflected in the voting through the season’s first six weeks. Potential BCS bowl-busters BYU and Houston were winners in the season’s first two weeks, knocking off Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, respectively. The next two weeks were dominated by Pacific-10 Conference nominations, as Washington, winless a year ago, shocked the nation with its upset of USC to highlight week 3 and Oregon routed a California team touted by many to be Rose Bowl-caliber and earned the honor in week 4.
The season’s biggest upset may have come in week 5, when the University of Texas at El Paso ended Houston’s BCS dreams with a 58-41 win over the undefeated, 12th-ranked Cougars.
Week 6’s winner was unranked Arkansas, which ended Auburn’s undefeated season after five games with a 44-23 victory that saw the Razorbacks lead 27-3 at halftime.
We know college football fans have strong opinions about their favorite teams. That’s why the Academy is encouraging fans to pick against our panel of experts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your thoughts on the college season’s best games.
The Academy’s expert panel includes famous coaches such as Hall of Famers Jack Lengyel, the first coach at Marshall University after a plane crash killed players and staff members, whose story was depicted in the film We Are Marshall, and Vince Dooley, who coached Georgia and star tailback Herschel Walker to the 1980 national championship.
The Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, 2005 American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year. Moore captures the spirit of the winning game each year with a painting.