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UCF thrilling November win over USF high tops SI best games list

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As we close out 2017 shortly, there is no disputing there have been some wild, crazy and dramatic finishes in sports this year. And it’s not unusual, that websites, shows, networks, etc., will compile lists of “top games,” “top plays,” and “top players,” too.

With that written, we have found it interesting that Sports Illustrated or SI, as they now what to be known, has one such list. And, the epic regular season finale’ that saw UCF defeat USF 49-42 on Friday of Thanksgiving weekend to clinch the American Conference East Division Title is currently the top game in fan voting this week.

SI, put out their 10 nominees, and asked the public for input, too. So, not surprising, the Patriots dramatic overtime win against the Falcons in the Super Bowl in February is third on the list in fan voting for now.

Second on that list, is from MLB and the Astros insane 13-12 extra innings win over the Dodgers in Game Five of the World Series that set the stage for Houston to win the world title in Game 7 a few nights later.

Then, SI, revealed the game that their readers and voters believe was the wildest, best of 2017 and take a look:

The dramatic lead changes in the final quarter, the amazing stats and performances of UCF QB McKenzie Milton, and USF’s QB Quinton Flowers, and eventually the Mike Hughes kickoff return TD that won it for the Knights, are leading fans to vote that game the best, for now.

Again, it’s subjective, and heck, UCF’s game the following week with Memphis that went to double OT and saw the Knights win the AAC Championship Game, finish 12-0 and qualify for the Peach Bowl, could be considered just as exciting.

Our Olivia Stacey was there that day and filed this tremendous recap for us:

Yet, the fan voting doesn’t have that game in the SI Top 10.

Back to the UCF-USF game on Friday afternoon after Thanksgiving on ABC network TV, that was watched by over 4 million people that day, and happened less than six weeks ago, it has to be fresh in fans minds. So, they have it #1 for the moment.

Will it hold up in that fan vote? Who knows? It’s still cool that two non- “Power Five” programs could garner that kind of attention from playing each other.

And it only adds to the drama of UCF going for a 13-0 perfect season against Auburn in the Peach Bowl Monday.

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