Thanksgiving is always a time for food, family, and football. It is a part of who we are as Americans. You always have the NFL games. This year, there is a very full menu of games to choose from. New Rivalries have been formed, traditional rivalries continue, and new memories will be made.
Thanksgiving day has a handful of interesting games. NFL games include Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, and New England at NY Jets. In college football, it’s TCU at #16 Texas.
Friday gives us #14 Nebraska at Iowa, #7 LSU at Arkansas, #25 Washington at Washington State, and Arizona State at #25 Arizona.
Saturday brings us an even bigger slate of great holiday weekend rivalry games. Georgia Tech at #3 Georgia, #19 Michigan at Ohio State, #5 Oregon at #15 Oregon State, Auburn at #2 Alabama, # 4 Florida at #10 Florida State, #21 Oklahoma State at #13 Oklahoma, #8 Stanford at #17 UCLA, and #1 Notre Dame at USC.
Looking at this great group of games made me think back to Thanksgiving weekends past. There have been so many season changing games, breakthrough performances, and plays that are forever burned in our football minds. Here are the 5 Greatest Thanksgiving Weekend Football games.
5) November 28th: 1996 Florida State 24 Florida 21
Bobby Bowden vs Steve Spurrier with national championship implications on the line. Both teams came into the game undefeated, and the battle for the state of Florida did not disappoint. The heavy weights battled to the end, with Florida State coming out a three point victor. The two met again in the Sugar Bowl with Florida winning the schools first National Championship.
4) November 24th, 2005: Denver Broncos 24 Dallas Cowboys 21
Four quarters of football was not enough. The teams had to endure overtime before Denver slammed the door. Two plays into overtime, Ron Dayne set up the game winning field goal with a 55 yard run.
3) November 28th, 1974: Dallas Cowboys 24 Washington Redskins 23
Cowboys back up quarterback Clint Longley replaced an injured Roger Stabach, and led the Cowboys from a 16-3 deficit to win the football game.
2) November 23rd, 1984: Boston College Golden Eagles 47 Miami Hurricanes 45
Doug Flutie threw the most memorable pass in college football history. With time winding downin the fourth quarter, Flotie threw up a prayer, and the Hail Mary found the hands of BC wide receiver Gerard Phelan.
1) November 25th, 1971: Nebraska Cornhuskers 35 Oklahoma Sooners 31
In a game still referred to as, “The Game of the Century,” the top two teams in the nation battled in a four quarter war. Nebraska drove 74 yards late in the fourth quarter, with running back Jeff Kinney scored the winning touchdown. The game also provided one of the most memorable punt returns in football lore, with Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers going 72 yards for a score.
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