At the start of the decade, Urban Meyer was a wide receivers coach at Notre Dame. Bobby Bowden was at the top of his game after three trips to the national title game. Pete Carroll, a twice-fired NFL coach, was an unpopular pick as Southern California’s new coach. Boise State played in the Big West.
Of course much has happened since, including games that will be remembered long after this decade. Ten of the most thrilling games of the past 10 years: