College football fans have truly been spoiled each of the past two seasons. Not only have we gotten the same match-up in the final game for consecutive seasons, but who would have imagined that this year’s edition could have matched or even topped the 2016 form?
Monday night’s epic game down in Tampa that swung in favor of the Clemson Tigers 35-31 proved to be just that. In doing so, they earned redemption from last year’s loss on the same stage to the Alabama Crimson Tide, effectively dethroning the Tide (at least for a year) and officially validating themselves finally as one of the very few, truly elite programs in college football right now.
It’d be a very safe argument to say that these last two title games are the best set of back-to-back title games, possibly ever. But Monday’s tilt was so insanely amazing, people around the country are speculating on whether or not it was the best college football game EVER, let alone a championship game.
Early feedback on social media suggest that we witnessed television history on Monday night:
Best National Championship game we've ever witnessed. Didn't think CFB could get any better after the Rose Bowl this year. 👀
— #D1Bound Nation. (@SportsRecruits) January 10, 2017
Best game I've ever seen…
— Stefon (@stefondiggs) January 10, 2017
The best football game I've ever seen. Regardless of the winner.
— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) January 10, 2017
Best college game ever.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) January 10, 2017
This may be the best college championship game ever… #IMO
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) January 10, 2017
I will be on @undisputed this morning…My thoughts on Saban, Dabo, Watson, Bama D…It was the best Nat. Champ Game I've ever seen!
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) January 10, 2017
I had to do some car work last night so I taped the #NationalChampionship, and just watched it. Best college football game I've ever seen.
— Will Reeve Jr (@WillReeveJr) January 10, 2017
— kareemslick (@kareemslick) January 10, 2017
— Michael Saadatjoo (@MSaadatjoo) January 10, 2017
The jury is still out for plenty, however. This next crop of tweets are quoting Billy Madison. “I disagree, I think [insert game ‘A’ here] is good, but I think [insert game ‘B’ here] is the best game ever.”
Imma let y'all enjoy y'all celebration but…. Vince Young had the best game winning drive EVER #NationalChampionship
— Adrian Colbert (@AdrianColbert26) January 10, 2017
Seeing a lot of "best national title game ever" posts not mentioning FSU/Auburn in there. That's a shame
— Erik Hahmann (@ehahmann) January 10, 2017
Vince Young in the '05 Rose Bowl is the best performance I've ever seen in a title game. Watson was great last night, but not Vince-great
— Sean Campbell (@sean_campbell28) January 10, 2017
Texas vs USC is the best national championship game I have ever seen lol last night was a pretty good game as well though.
— Karl Holmes Jr. (@heskarlholmes) January 10, 2017
@MikeConti929 People missed out. Best CFB I've ever seen since the 2006 National Championship game.
— Derek Hale (@derekghale) January 10, 2017
the 2006 rose bowl is still the best college football game I've ever seen
— kiernan aka killa (@TrillieMays) January 10, 2017
@jeverett15 That's my veryclose No. 2. And last night's is right up there with No. 2 (2nd best GAME I ever saw was OU-Boise State)
— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) January 10, 2017
I have a hard time saying Clemson-Alabama was the best college game ever. I would still say Boise St.-Oklahoma for its unpredictability.
— Cory Jennerjohn (@CoryJennerjohn) January 10, 2017
Everyone is saying that this game or that game is the best college game ever. Rewatch the 2007 Fiesta bowl first and then make a decision
— Landon LaBrier (@LaBrierLandon) January 10, 2017
What say you, Nation? Where does Monday night’s Clemson-Alabama sequel rank on your list of greatest college football games of all-time?