Conference championship games have had a huge impact on college football since the first SEC Championship in 1992.
The results of several games had immediate impacts as teams have played themselves in or out of the national championship picture on the final weekend of the regular season. Conference championship games have also changed the landscape of college football with conference realignment, the creation of the BCS and constant tweaks to the BCS since it began in 1998.
The Big-12 had its inaugural championship game in 1996 and had one each of the following years until 2010. The ACC had its inaugural title game in 2005 and has had one every year since. The newly formed Pac-12 will have its inaugural championship game on Dec.1 and the newly realigned Big Ten, which now has 12 members, will host its inaugural championship game on Dec. 2.
This year's slate of conference championship games probably won't have any major impacts on this college football season or the overall landscape of the sport.
But this year is the exception.
There have been several electrifying, nail biting and jaw-dropping games on the last weekend of the regular season over the past 20 years that have caused celebration, agony and controversy among players, coaches and fans and I have tried to narrow them down to the "10 Best of All Time."
The criteria for the this list was based on various factors. Some made the list because of the sheer excitement of the game while others made the list because of historical value, shock value or due to the controversy or change that followed as a result of the specific game.
Following the countdown, I chose four great games that decided conference champions during the conference championship era but were played in conferences that didn't have conference championships at the time and I listed those games as "Honorable Mention."