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Washington hires Chris Petersen

The coaching carousel turns, and it's Boise State's turn to lose a head coach. Chris Petersen, who brought the Broncos to national relevance during his tenure, has reportedly been hired as Washington's head coach, replacing new USC coach Steve Sarkisian. Petersen takes over a program that has been respectable in the past few years, but will he be able to turn them into a true contender?

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When the clock hit zeroes Saturday in Auburn, Ala., it seemed the Crimson Tide had the best chance to win the Iron Bowl and reach the SEC championship game. Then ... well, we all know what happened. The question is: Where does Chris Davis' field goal return rank among the best college football endings -- meaning, the game's final play -- of all time? Click on the images below to set your list!

College football finishes

Holiday Bowl (1980)

Holiday Bowl (1980)

BYU's Jim McMahon hit Clay Brown for a 41-yard Hail Mary TD to tie SMU; the extra point gave BYU a 46-45 win after trailing 45-25 with four minutes left.

The Play (1982)

The Play (1982)

With four seconds left and a 20-19 lead, Stanford kicked off to California; the Stanford band came on the field during the multiple-lateral return, which was scored by Kevin Moen for a 25-20 win.

Hail Flutie (1984)

Hail Flutie (1984)

Boston College QB Doug Flutie hit WR Gerard Phelan on a 48-yard, against-the-wind Hail Mary to win at Miami 47-45.

The Fifth Down (1990)

The Fifth Down (1990)

With Colorado down 31-27 and near the Missouri goal line, the officiating crew accidentally forgot to flip the down marker, ultimately giving the Buffaloes a fifth down -- on which QB Charles Johnson scored a 1-yard TD to win 33-31.

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

Colorado again -- this time with Kordell Stewart hitting Michael Westbrook on a tipped 64-yard Hail Mary to give the Buffaloes a 27-26 win over host Michigan.

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

Another tipped Hail Mary -- this one from LSU's Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson for a 74-yard TD and 33-30 win over Kentucky (which had doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade seconds earlier).

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

After being given new life thanks to a pass interference penalty in the first OT and then taking a 31-24 lead in the second, Ohio State forced an incomplete pass from Miami on fourth-and-goal at the 1 to win the BCS National Championship.

Capital One Bowl (2005)

Capital One Bowl (2005)

After letting LSU rally from 12 points down, Iowa scrambled to get to the 44-yard line, from which Drew Tate hit Warren Holloway for a 56-yard TD to give the Hawkeyes a 30-25 win.

Statue Left (2007)

Statue Left (2007)

After fighting to get to overtime, underdog Boise State fell behind Oklahoma 42-35 in the first extra frame, scored a touchdown, then pulled a "Statue of Liberty" handoff to Ian Johnson for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Iron Bowl (2013)

Iron Bowl (2013)

A 57-yard, last-second field goal attempt for Alabama in a 28-28 game fell short and into the hands of Chris Davis, who returned the ball 109 yards for a 34-28 Auburn win.

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All week, ESPN has counted down its top 25 teams for the 2013 season. Now we have Nos. 1 through 5, with the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide reigning supreme -- but challenged by a number of top programs. Do you agree with our experts' rankings? Click the team logos below to submit your own!

2013 College Football Top 25

Alabama

Alabama

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 1
2012 record: 13-1

Ohio State

Ohio State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 2
2012 record: 12-0

Oregon

Oregon

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 3
2012 record: 12-1

Stanford

Stanford

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 4
2012 record: 12-2

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 6
2012 record: 11-2

Georgia

Georgia

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 5
2012 record: 12-2

South Carolina

South Carolina

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 7
2012 record: 11-2

Louisville

Louisville

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 9
2012 record: 11-2

Clemson

Clemson

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 8
2012 record: 11-2

Florida

Florida

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 10
2012 record: 11-2

Florida State

Florida State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 12
2012 record: 12-2

LSU

LSU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 13
2012 record: 10-3

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 11
2012 record: 12-1

Michigan

Michigan

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 17
2012 record: 8-5

Texas

Texas

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 15
2012 record: 9-4

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 14
2012 record: 8-5

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 16
2012 record: 10-3

TCU

TCU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 20
2012 record: 7-6

UCLA

UCLA

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 21
2012 record: 9-5

Nebraska

Nebraska

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 18
2012 record: 10-4

Boise State

Boise State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 19
2012 record: 11-2

N'western

N'western

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 22
2012 record: 10-3

Oregon State

Oregon State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 25
2012 record: 9-4

USC

USC

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 24
2012 record: 7-6

Baylor

Baylor

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 8-5

Kansas State

Kansas State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 11-2

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 23
2012 record: 8-6

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Is Chris Petersen at Boise for life?

Fresh off a big bowl win against Arizona State, Chris Petersen is reportedly getting a raise and a reworked five-year deal. Will Petersen ever leave the land of the blue turf?

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Did a better job come calling?

Petersen's name seems to be mentioned for every vacancy, but did he make a mistake rejecting overtures from UCLA and Penn State this winter?

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Can you put a price on national fame?

Petersen's new deal will pay him at least $2 million in each of the next five seasons, topping out at $2.8 million in the fifth year.

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Ready for life without Kellen Moore?

One thing Petersen won't have during his new deal is Kellen Moore. The record-setting quarterback departs, but is Boise State better positioned than some schools to deal with losing a "franchise" QB?

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Chris Petersen or Brad Stevens?

Perhaps a move to the Big East will make it easier for Boise State to play for a title, but while Butler basketball is 8-7 this season, Brad Stevens has already done that twice.

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A lot of people seem to think half of the championship equation in college football will be revealed when Alabama hosts LSU this weekend. The other half? Well, when you have variables that include Wyoming, Notre Dame and Texas Tech, it's not the easiest thing to decode. The latter three teams are among those remaining on the schedules of Boise State, Stanford and Oklahoma State, respectively. Rank 'Em: What does your Top 25 look like?


What happens if they all win out?

As Clemson and Kansas State proved, remaining unbeaten isn't easy, but what happens if four teams, including the SEC champions, do just that?

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What happens if nobody wins out?

At the other end of the chaos pendulum, what if we're left with no more than one unbeaten team? Among teams currently with one loss, which might be able to get back in the mix?

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What's ahead for Boise State?

TCU and Wyoming are a combined 11-4 this season, but could a road trip to San Diego State (4-3) be the ultimate trap game?

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What's ahead for Oklahoma State?

The Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma looms large, but Texas Tech showed last week it can't be taken for granted -- and showed this week neither can a trip to Iowa State.

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What's ahead for Stanford?

The Cardinal's three toughest remaining games are all at home, but those three opponents are a combined 16-8.

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