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ESPN Tabs South Carolina vs. Michigan Outback Bowl as One of the Top Five Games of 2012


ESPN has ranked the Top 25 games in the 2012 season and fans will once again decide the order of the Top 5. ESPNU will air an 11-day marathon of games within the list starting with No. 25 on Wednesday, July 17, Nebraska vs. Northwestern. The order of the Top 5 games will be decided by fans through a SportsNation poll on

An ESPN stats & info team, led by ESPN college football research analyst Brad Edwards, determined No.25-6 to be as follows:

25. Nebraska vs. Northwestern (game highlight)

24. BYU vs. Utah (game highlight)

23. Stanford vs. Arizona

22. Ole Miss vs. LSU (post game presser – Les Miles)

21. Texas vs. Oklahoma State

20. North Carolina State vs. Miami (game highlight)

19. Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. Arizona (game highlight)

18. Oklahoma vs. West Virginia

17. Florida State vs. North Carolina State (game highlight)

16. Nebraska vs. Michigan State (game highlight)

15. Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma (game highlight)

14. Cincinnati vs. Louisville

13. Louisiana-Monroe vs. Arkansas (game highlight)

12. Northwestern vs. Michigan

11. West Virginia vs. Baylor

10. Purdue vs. Ohio State (game highlight)

9. Notre Dame vs. Stanford

8. Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech (game highlight)

7. Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh

6. Chick-Fil-a Bowl: Clemson vs. LSU (game highlight)

The Top 5 games of 2012 were narrowed down to:

Fans are invited to rank the games here, and compare their order to other voters. ESPNU will air America’s choice rankings of No. 5 & 4 on Saturday, July 27 and No. 1-3 on Sunday, July 28. So, make your way to and vote for our Outback Bowl win. This is a great chance for the program to continue to garner positive national exposure for one of the more exciting bowl games in recent history. It's also a great chance for Jadeveon Clowney to continue to garner Heisman hype based on his memorable tackle of Michigan's Vincent Smith.