When the NCAA tournament’s main bracket tipped off this afternoon, all 64 remaining teams were chasing the ultimate prize: an NCAA men’s basketball championship.
But only one team can cut down the nets in AT&T Stadium late on April 7, leaving the other 63 teams wondering what went wrong and how they can make the leap to national champions next spring.
There is one nice consolation prize, however: One Shining Moment. When CBS’ broadcast wraps up, the iconic basketball anthem plays, as it has every year since 1987, showcasing the tournament’s players, fans, highlights, lowlights and emotional moments.
Players, coaches and fans alike savor One Shining Moment as the coda to the tournament and college basketball season. It is a perfect way to wrap up March Madness. College football doesn’t have a similar capper, but over the years, plenty of teams have garnered shining moments of their own.
Here are the top 25 shining moments for college football teams, one for each member of the final Associated Press Top 25 poll for the 2013 season.