There are so many great college football games every year, it’s hard to narrow down which ones were the best. But ESPN has taken on the task of listing the 100 best games from the 2019 season.
Rather than run through the entire list of 100, we decided to look at the top 20 games ESPN’s Bill Connelly listed from last season, and there are still plenty of B1G contests that made the cut. Five games featuring B1G teams from the 2019 season ranked inside the top 20.
Two bowl games, one non-conference contests and two B1G contests were listed in Connelly’s top 20. Here’s a look at the games he included, as well as where they ranked:
- No. 1: Clemson def. Ohio State 29-23 (Fiesta Bowl)
- No. 5: Illinois def. Michigan State 37-34
- No. 13: Illinois def. Wisconsin 24-23
- No. 14: Tennessee def. Indiana 23-22 (Gator Bowl)
- No. 17: Nevada def. Purdue 34-31
Unfortunately, the B1G was on the wrong side of three of those games — which might drub up some harsh memories for fans. But, hey, at least they were entertaining, right?
You can view ESPN’s complete list of top 100 games from 2019 here.