October 15th brings out the magic of college football – every decade

What is it about October 15 that brings out the very best in college football?

We commemorated Notre Dame this weekend on the 17th anniversary of USC’s 2005 victory. We noticed that in 2022 October 15 fell on a Saturday, just as it did in 2005. We collected some notes related to October 15, 2005 to express how great a day beyond the USC Notre Dame classic himself was.

Fighting Irish Wire spent some time documenting just how awesome October 15th, 2022 was. USC-Utah was part of a remarkable day in the sport, but Tennessee’s 52-49 win over Alabama took center stage.

However, if you’re thinking that 2005 and 2022 are the only memorable October 15s in college football history, you’re wrong. There’s more to the story that October 15 is inexplicably the best date on the college football calendar…ever.

TENNESSEE-ALABAMA 2022

We don’t need to discuss much about this game. It spoke for itself.

Volumes 52, Flood 49.

Such an exciting and memorable match between Tennessee and Alabama as we have never seen in this colorful Southern rivalry.

Let’s take some photos of this game:

LIFE

ORANGE SEA

10/15/2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Volunteers fans storm onto the field after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

PARTY TIME IN KNOXVILLE

10/15/2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, United States; Tennessee Volunteers fans storm onto the field after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

USC-UTAH 2022

The ending was awful and painful for USC, but nonetheless this was a game we (unfortunately) won’t soon forget. October 15 has mysterious powers.

TCU 43, OKLAHOMA STATE 40 (2 OT)

This was the crazy, multiple overtime game that every great day of college football these days usually produces. Two unbeaten teams played a thriller, with TCU coming back from a 17-point deficit and winning. October 15, honey.

NORTH CAROLINA 38, DUKE 35

North Carolina stunned Duke with a late result.

Just like basketball!

PURDUE 43, NEBRASKA 37

Crazy, wild, fun, and a game that helped Purdue stay in the Big Ten West Division’s title hunt.

LSU 45, FL 35

There were many matches between top quality (but not very good) teams which were very entertaining. This was an example. Arkansas 52, BYU 35 was another. This day had so much entertainment value. October 15, 2022 rocked.

WEST VIRGINIA LOUISVILLE 2005

This was Pat White’s game as the fast, young QB replaced Adam Bednarik and began to establish his legend as a legendary West Virginia Mountaineer. WVU defeated Louisville in OT (when TCU defeated Oklahoma State in 2022) as part of an incredible season for the Mountaineers. They eventually beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

PENN STATE MICHIGAN 2005

Michigan won in the closing seconds to stun Joe Paterno and Penn State. The 2022 Michigan-Penn State game wasn’t exciting, but the 2005 edition was safe…on October 15.

WISCONSIN MINNESOTA 2005

On October 15, 2005, Wisconsin – trailing in the last 40 seconds – blocked a punt from Minnesota and retrieved it in the end zone for a winning touchdown.

15 OCTOBER 1988

This is October 15 that younger college football fans may not be aware of.

Third-place USC defeated No. 16 Washington 28-27. That’s not USC’s biggest win on Oct. 15, as Notre Dame’s 2005 win surpassed it. Still, it was a big moment for a team that made it to the Rose Bowl and was on the verge of winning a national title.

1988 WAS NOTRE DAME-MIAMI ON OCTOBER 15

Oct 1988; South Bend, IN, ISA; FILEPHOTO; Notre Dame Irish Head Coach Lou Holtz during the 1988 season at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Copyright Malcolm Emmons

Catholics vs. Convicts

Notre Dame 31, Miami 30 on a defensive stop from Miami’s game-winning 2-point try. October 15, 1988 at South Bend. No one who has seen it will ever forget it.

ALSO ON OCTOBER 15, 1988

Nebraska defeated eventual Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and Oklahoma State, 63-42, in a crazy game.

Sanders had 189 rushing yards in an overall average game for him this year.

ONE MORE GAME ON OCTOBER 15, 1988

Arkansas defeated Texas 27-24 in their championship season at the Southwest Conference. This was just before Arkansas switched to the SEC and paved the way for the death of the SWC, which splintered into the Big 12 and other smaller conferences in 1996.

October 15 is hard to beat as the best date on the college football calendar: not just in 2022 or 2005, but all-time.

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