New No. 1: Clemson-Bama greatest title game ever
In a prior millenium, we'd simply stop the presses. These days, it's hold the hyperlink. Neutralize the URL. Freeze the website.
We must -- absolutely must -- amend a recent online series, the one in which we ranked (worst to first) every college football championship game since the dawn of the BCS era.
We have a new No. 1.
After a proud 12-year reign, Texas-USC has been toppled. Clemson's 35-31 upset of Alabama -- in the literal last second -- in Monday's College Football Playoff title game is the new king.
Can there be any argument? Oh sure, some will accuse us of a knee-jerk reaction, or not allowing a sufficient passage of time to reach a rational conclusion of where Monday's game should rank. To which we say, nonsense.
This one had three lead changes -- in the last 4 1/2 minutes. It featured possibly the greatest two-minute drill in college history (Clemson's game-winning drive was two minutes on the nose.) It featured a transcendent performance (Deshaun Watson's 420 passing yards), and a bushel of big plays (five TDs of 24 or more yards).
And it provided a decisive touchdown with a second to play.
So in the wake of that instant classic, it's time to re-tweak our list.
Clemson-Alabama is the new No. 1, followed by:
2) Texas 41, USC 38
3) Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (OT)
4) Auburn 22, Oregon 19
5) FSU 34, Auburn 31