Pitt vs. West Virginia, 1988

On the magnificent cover: Mark Stepnoski, which is the most 1988 All-American lineman name I can imagine. Maybe if he’d been a defensive lineman he could have stopped¬†West Virginia quarterback–and former Pittsburgh (as in the city) high school player of the year–Major Harris from rolling over the Panthers, 31-10.

Notre Dame vs. Alabama, 1975 Orange Bowl

Bear Bryant had gone seven straight years without a bowl win. A swan songin’ Ara Parseghian make it eight. Roll, Bama, Roll has all you need to know about it. (Except the part about Elvis joining the Tide cheerleaders for a day. That’s him down there at the bottom, right?) Here are some highlights called…

Houston vs. Baylor, 1977

It may have been a brass whoopin’ on Band Night. But none of the other kind of cans were opened in the Southwest Conference nail-biter. “It’s a shame when both teams show so much intestinal fortitude that someone has to lose,” Cougars coach Bill Yeoman, whose name I so hope inspired a million Yeoman’s Work…

Oklahoma vs. Missouri, 1968

Oklahoma threw tailback and future Heisman winner Steve Owens into the Missouri line 46 freakin’ times. It worked. The Sooner’s downed the 6th-ranked Tigers 28-14 in front of their close-enough-to-call-it-capacity homecoming crowd ¬†(60,500). Owens finished with 177 yards, breaking Oklahoma’s single-season rushing record in the process. It was also an OU-MU rivalry rushing record. Oh,…

TCU vs. Baylor, 1960

TCU 14, Baylor 6. Great Wexler cover with jumping quarterback, featuring Baylor’s Ronny Bull and TCU’s Bob Lilly.

Illinois vs. Iowa, 1981

The 80s apparently belonged to Illinois, even down to the back cover of their gameday programs, which for the 1981 Iowa game featured an ad for some television hijacking computer board game hybrid thing called The Quest For The Rings for a Magnavox-made video game console called the Odyssey 2. Colecovision, Tandyvision… I thought I’d…