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Top 5 BCS Bowl Games

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Texas and USC squared off in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which doubled as the national championship in one of the most anticipated matchups of the BCS era. But where does that game rank in the pantheon of BCS bowls? Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.
Texas and USC squared off in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which doubled as the national championship in one of the most anticipated matchups of the BCS era. But where does that game rank in the pantheon of BCS bowls? Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

Kickoff Countdown: Two Days

Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a seven-day series designed to sustain college football fans until North Carolina and South Carolina kick off the season Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. ET. We've looked at the best, underrated and worst statesfor producing FBS talent, reflected on our favorite tailgating memoriesgiven you a printable schedule guide to the 2013 season, ranked every FBS starting quarterback and offered you conference-by-conference bold predictions. We'll also provide a comprehensive food guide for every school (Wednesday).

Here’s what we know:

• The BCS is ending.

• The BCS was imperfect.

• We’re all happy for a new start.

For all its faults, however, let’s be happy for what the BCS gave us with its uncompromising nature.

There was drama. Machines spit out rankings, and we spit thousands of argumentative words across cubicles, high-top bar tables and family-covered living rooms.

And, some of the best college football games of our lifetime were forged because of the polarizing system’s limitations. As we let the BCS ride off into the sunset, here’s a look at five of the games that were so engaging we remember where we were when we watched them. And isn’t that what it’s all about?