Clemson championship in SI's top-10 CFB games all-time


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The first of two national titles in three seasons under Dabo Swinney is one of the best games in college football history.
The first of two national titles in three seasons under Dabo Swinney is one of the best games in college football history.

Sports Illustrated put together its list of the top-10 games in the history of college football with 2019 being the 150 anniversary of the sport. A recent Clemson championship made the cut.

The 2016 season's 35-31 thriller of a win over Alabama checked at No. 6 on the list:

"Seeking revenge for a national title loss to the Tide the year before, Deshaun Watson would not be denied. The game featured three lead changes in the final four minutes, and ended in thrilling fashion. After Alabama QB Jalen Hurts’s stunning 30-yard score, Clemson got the ball back with 2:07 left with a chance to make history. Watson completed six plays on the final 68-yard drive, finding Hunter Renfrow from two yards out with a second left to give Clemson a 35–31 win for its first national title since 1981."

Watson's individual performance in the game was rated No. 8 in CFB history.

The 2006 Rose Bowl classic between Texas and Southern Cal topped the list, a 41-38 Longhorns win under the leadership of Vince Young.

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