College Football Meme Madness, National Championship: Vote for the sport’s best viral images of all time

The championship matchup of Meme Madness has arrived, as the top viral images have emerged from the Fans Region and Players & Coaches Region to represent their sides in the ultimate Meme Madness battle.

After tight voting dominated the Elite Eight, the Final Four was filled with decisive victories. Both higher-seeded victors emerged with more than 60% of the vote in their respective polls. After a handful of major upsets along the way, it will be a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed vying for the title.

Every year, dozens of images quickly become cultural touchstones in the sport by going viral on social media and in countless group chats. However, there are a select few that survive longer and permanently enter the college football universe.

Now, we want you to help pick the best.

In order to narrow it down, our staff curated 16 memorable memes from the Twitter era and separated them into two regions: Fans, and Coaches & Players. The bracket includes everything from Heisman Trophy winners and disgruntled fans to unforgettable coaching reactions. But more than anything, it includes the moments that makes college football so unique.

See the updated bracket and vote in the Championship round of Meme Madness below.

Meme Madness bracket

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Voting for every round is being held via tweets from our Cover 3 Podcast account as embedded below. After three rounds of intense voting, the champions from the Fan Region and Players & Coaches Region going head to head are …

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(1) Michigan Surrender Cobra Vs. (2) Beamer’s 0-0 celebration

(1) Michigan surrender charges: The No. 1 seed rolled to the championship matchup, winning all three of its previous rounds by comfortable margins. It was more of the same in the Final Four as the Michigan Surrender Cobra crushed Annoyed LSU Girl with 61.2% of the vote to move on.

The devastated reaction fit the insane moment: Michigan State recovered a fumbled punt snap and returned it for a shocking game-winning touchdown at the Big House in 2015. Standing the test of time is perhaps the greatest surrender cobra in college football history (not to mention Sean McDonough’s iconic call). In addition to Annoyed LSU Girl, the Michigan Surrender Cobra beat Eminem’s strange trip into the booth during the 2013 Notre Dame-Michigan game and Creepy Tennessee Starer along the way.

(2) Frank Beamer’s 0-0 celebration: Hugh Freeze’s Hospital Bed Wave – the Cinderella of this year’s field – finally saw its run come to an end. The No. 5 seed fell to No. 2 seed Frank Beamer’s 0-0 Celebration in a tough loss. Beamer’s meme received more than 62.4% of the vote after surviving a tight battle against Bobby Petrino’s Neck Brace one round earlier. Now, the No. 2 seed is headed to the championship.

Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was known for his physical defenses and comfort playing in unorthodox games. When the cameras captured him celebrating the end of a scoreless regulation against Wake Forest, it was a peak Beamer (and ACC football) moment. Beamer beat out the famous image of Derrick Henry towering over Mark Ingram in the first round before beating Bobby Petrino’s Neck Brace and Hugh Freeze’s Hospital Bed to win the region.

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