The Argument: '07 Fiesta vs. '06 Rose 

December, 24, 2009
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We introduced a Thursday concept in the blog a few weeks ago called "The Argument." It's exactly what it sounds like: two people debating respective sides of an issue. The first one was about defining Heisman voting, the second one was about whether Notre Dame should have gone to a bowl game, and now we've reached the third one: What was the greatest college football game of the decade (2000-09)?

Obviously, there were a ton of great games this decade. For the sake of arguing between two, we picked the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, pitting the Boise State Broncos against the Oklahoma Sooners -- and the famous 2006 Rose Bowl game between the Texas Longhorns and the USC Trojans.

Refresher: Here's video of the Boise State/Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl and here's video of the USC/Texas Rose Bowl.

Making the case for the Rose Bowl is ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore:

Gilmore's argument

Three games came to mind: (1) Boise State-Oklahoma (2007 Fiesta Bowl); (2) Ohio State-Miami Fiesta Bowl (2002 BCS Championship Game); and (3) USC-Texas Rose Bowl (2006 BCS Championship Game).

Boise State-Oklahoma was definitely exciting, with spectacular trick plays. David versus Goliath, and the little guy won. But that's all that was at stake.


To get further into this debate -- did Boise over Oklahoma usher in a new era for college football? How ridiculous was the Reggie Bush lateral in the Rose Bowl? Is Vince Young's performance the single greatest thing ever? -- and to see Bruce's picks for all of this weekend's games, you must be an ESPN Insider.

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