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Happy New Year, college football fans: Quick glance back at 2015

Happy New Year! 2016 is rolling in with plenty of duds down the stretch of this bowl season, so I figured now was as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 season in college football.

Recently, for Athlon Sports, I was asked to put together a ranking of the top 10 games from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC as well as a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 games from those conferences as well as mixing in the top games from the Group of Five. I had a lot of fun scrolling through the weekly scores from each conference as I put these lists together and forgot about some of the games that were played back in September. I found it interesting to see which teams shined early on and which teams flew under the radar for as long as they did. Given we know how this season is ending and which teams are impressing in the bowl season (Ole Miss and Michigan for example) and which are not (Michigan State and Memphis), it was a good exercise to see how each team went up and down throughout the fall and into the final weeks of the season.

You can check out my individual conference rankings below and then see how the best of the best were ranked amongst themselves alongside the best the Group of Five had to offer. I did include conference championship games for consideration, and did end up using the title games from the ACC and Big Ten.

Many thanks to the folks at Athlon Sports, especially editor Mark Ross, for allowing me the opportunity to take on this project, and thanks to you for reading and letting me know what you think. You can also check out my full archive of stories on Athlon Sports.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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