Dec. 23, 2013
Chris Davis (11) gets an escort to the end zone from Robenson Therezie to beat Alabama (Kyle Taylor photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Maybe you're familiar with this play… you know, the play in which Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards in Jordan-Hare Stadium? Nov. 30? On the last play of the game?
The one that beat Alabama 34-28 and gave Auburn the Southeastern Conference championship in one of the most dramatic finishes in college football history?
Yeah, that one. CBS Sports has named that its No. 1 game since the network started broadcasting SEC football.
Think that's something? Three of CBS' top four games involve Auburn wins, and they'll be shown on CBS Sports Network after Christmas as the network runs through its Top 10 SEC games.
Auburn's unbelievable finish against Alabama in November is the No. 1 game. Auburn also comes in at No. 3 with Cam Newton's comeback win at Alabama in 2010. The No. 4 game is from this year and, of course, it's Auburn's last-minute win over Georgia thanks to a tip ball that fell into Ricardo Louis' hands.
The games were chosen from a panel from CBS Sports, CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com.
The games will be shown on CBS Sports Network.
Only seven SEC teams are represented in the network's best games. Alabama, Auburn and Florida account for 13 of a possible 20 appearances on the list.
Here are the Top 10 games, with commentary provided by CBS:
(All times Central)
No. 10 - #1 Alabama at #6 Texas A&M (9/14/2013) – Airs Thursday, 7 p.m.
Alabama got revenge on Texas A&M with a 49-42 win in College Station behind AJ McCarron’s four passing touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Johnny Manziel threw for five touchdowns and registered 562 yards of total offense.
No. 9 - #4 Tennessee at #2 Florida (12/1/2001) - Airs Friday, 7 p.m.
Tennessee visits Gainesville as 17.5-point underdogs and upsets Florida to jump into national title contention. The Vols stop the Gators’ two-point conversion attempt with 1:10 left to seal a 34-32 victory.
No. 8 - #1 LSU at #2 Alabama (11/5/2011) - Airs Saturday, 4 p.m.
The "Game of the Century" didn’t feature any touchdowns, but it had an exciting finish in prime time as LSU defeated Alabama 9-6 on a 25-yard field goal in overtime.
No. 7 - SEC Championship: #4 Florida vs. #1 Alabama (12/6/2008) - Airs Saturday, 7 p.m.
Tim Tebow’s three touchdowns lead Florida to a 31-20 upset win over Alabama and gives the Gators a shot at their second national title in three years.
No. 6 – #15 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama (11/10/2012) – Airs Sunday, 4 p.m.
Johnny Manziel is spectacular in leading Texas A&M past top-ranked Alabama in the Aggies first ever trip to Tuscaloosa.
No. 5 - #9 Florida at #1 LSU (10/6/2007) – Airs Sunday, 7 p.m.
Playing as the top-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time since 1959, LSU took advantage of two second-half turnovers by Florida to secure a come-from-behind 28-24 win over the Gators.
No. 4 - #25 Georgia at #7 Auburn (11/16/2013) – Airs Dec. 30, 7 p.m.
The "Immaculate Deflection." Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall connects with Ricardo Louis on a miracle 4th-and-18 pass from the Tigers 27-yard-line with 26 seconds left for a 73-yard touchdown that gave Auburn a remarkable 43-38 win.
No. 3 - #2 Auburn at #11 Alabama (11/26/2010) – Airs Dec. 31, 1 p.m.
Cam Newton and the Tigers erase a 24-point Alabama lead to win 28-27 win in the biggest comeback victory in school history.
No. 2 - SEC Championship: #3 Georgia vs. #2 Alabama (12/1/2012) – Airs Dec. 31, 4 p.m.
Alabama stops Aaron Murray and Georgia at the 5-yard-line to secure a 32-28 victory and a place in the 2012 National Championship.
No. 1 - #1 Alabama at #4 Auburn (11/30/2013) – Airs Dec. 31, 7 p.m.
An Iron Bowl for the ages. Auburn’s Chris Davis returned Alabama’s missed field goal 109 yards with time expired to give the Tigers a 34-28 win and a place in the SEC Championship game.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine