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New No. 1: Clemson-Bama greatest title game ever

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson celebrates after his game-winning touchdown pass in Monday night's victory against Alabama.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson celebrates after his game-winning touchdown pass in Monday night's victory against Alabama.

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January

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

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:04pm]

    

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