NCAA Football: The Top 10 Games from the 2013 Season

12/22/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies  quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles in the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland (18) at Kyle Field. Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Texas A&M Aggies 49-42. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsAs we continue to look back at the 2013 regular season in college football, it's time to reflect on the on-field action and decide which games were simply the best of the best. There were plenty of thrilling games this season, but some stood out above the rest. 

So without any further ado, let's run down the top 10 games of the season. Warning: the SEC dominates this list. Proceed with caution, SEC haters.

10. Pittsburgh 58, Duke 55 - September 21, 2013

This ACC tilt was just nuts. Duke trailed 51-28 in the third quarter, but eventually had to settle for only cutting the deficit to a field goal with just under four minutes to go in the game. Tom Savage threw for six touchdowns for Pitt and both teams combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense. Who knew that Duke would reel off eight straight wins after this performance?

9. UCF 38, #8 Louisville 35 - October 18, 2013

The Cardinal entered the game with hopes of a flawless season and a possible sniff at a national championship appearance. After leading 28-7 in the third, those dreams still looked to be realistic. But Blake Bortles helped orchestrate a UCF comeback which was capped off with a two-yard TD pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left to give the Knights a huge upset win.

8. #7 Auburn 43, #25 Georgia 38 - November 16, 2013

Auburn was seemingly in control heading into the fourth quarter as the Tigers held a 17-point lead. But Aaron Murray rallied the Bulldogs for 21 unanswered points and a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play. And then, a miracle Hail Mary gave Auburn the win. Little did we know, more magic was to come for the team of destiny.

7. #24 Auburn 45, #7 Texas A&M 41 - October 19, 2013

This win for Gus Malzahn's team was the first sign that Auburn could be legit. The Tigers hadn't had a signature win heading into the game, but after a Tre Mason touchdown run with 1:19 to go, Auburn locked up the victory and headed home with all the confidence in the world. Both the Tigers and Aggies went over the 600 yard mark in total offense which would be a sign of things to come for both teams throughout the rest of the season.

6. #1 Alabama 49, #6 Texas A&M 42 - September 14, 2013

There were storylines aplenty heading into this game. The Aggies were the only team to beat the Crimson Tide a year ago, so revenge was clearly on the mind of Nick Saban's team as they took the field in College Station. After falling behind 14-0 midway through the first quarter, many wondered if A&M simply had the Tide's number. But, Alabama came storming back to score 35 unanswered. A furious fourth quarter attack allowed Johnny Manziel and company to get back into it, but Bama held on for a monumental road win.

 
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