With all due respect to Boise State, you knew this had to be number one.
Texas and USC were so good in 2006 that not even the BCS could screw it up. They were 1-2 for the entire season, seemingly on a collision course since October.
The Trojans were the kings of college football, reigning national champions and owners of a 34-game winning streak. Their backfield had two Heisman winners and there was talent all over the field. But the 'Horns weren't very far behind, with a 19-game winning streak themselves and the nation's top offense behind Vince Young.
More importantly, Texas was motivated. ESPN had spent the better part of the holiday season putting SC among the best college football teams ever, and Young himself felt slighted when he finished a distant second to Bush in the Heisman voting.
The usually well-oiled Trojan machine struggled to get going early, as USC turned it over twice in Texas territory and spotted the 'Horns a 16-10 lead at the half.
But Leinart started turning it on, leading consecutive scoring drives. Young was single-handedly keeping his team in it—he finished with an astonishing 200 rushing yards on the night—but Texas's defense couldn't stop anything, and midway through the fourth the Trojans took a commanding 38-26 lead. Then VY decided he would go ahead and win a national championship by himself.
Vince accounted for all 69 yards on the next drive, pulling Texas within a score. Their defense needed to make a play to give their star a chance, and finally they did. On 4th and 1 with SC threatening to put the game away, the Longhorn front stoned Lendale White in the backfield. As soon as Young got the ball back, everyone knew how it would end.
He was an unstoppable force, and even though everyone in the country knew what was coming no one on the Trojan defense could do anything about it. Methodically Texas moved down the field, until they faced a 4th and 5 on the SC 14-yard line. With the game on the line, there was only one man who could get the ball, and he didn't disappoint.
Young scored, because of course he did, and there wasn't enough time for Leinart to do anything. Texas earned a national championship, and the legend of Vince Young was written in roses.