ND appears twice on ESPN's top 25 games

ESPN has ranked the top 25 college football games from the 2012 season, with ESPNU airing an 11-day stretch of all of the games starting on July 17. An ESPN Stats & Info team, led by our Brad Edwards, ranked game Nos. 25-6, with fans having the chance to vote for the top five.

You won't find any Notre Dame appearances in the top-five, but the Irish do check in twice in the top-10: first at No. 9 against Stanford, then at No. 7 against Pitt.

The five finalists feature three Alabama games: against Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia. Oregon-Stanford and Michigan-South Carolina are the other two finalists.

Fans can rank the top-five here.

My two cents: The Notre Dame-Stanford game got short-changed. Yes, the Pitt game may have had more on the line (for one team, at least) and had more twists and turns, but the Cardinal game had everything a football fan could hope for: The elements, the rivalry, the comeback, the back-up quarterback saving the day and, of course, the goal-line stand. ("College GameDay" being on-hand certainly turned the atmosphere up a notch, too.)

I'd throw that contest over the Michigan-South Carolina Outback Bowl, which featured the big Jadeveon Clowney hit and a back-and-forth final frame, but lacked the stakes that Notre Dame-Stanford and the other top-four games had.

Nothing, however, touches the SEC title game in my mind.