10 Best Dynasties in College Football History

John McGonigalCorrespondent IIJanuary 2, 2013

10 Best Dynasties in College Football History

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    There have been quite a few dynasties in sports history, and many of the most memorable ones have been in college football.

    Whether it's consistent championships or legendary coaches, dynasties aren't something built overnight, but rather a concurrence of different aspects gelling at the right time.

    With that being said, throughout the history of college football those occurrences have been few and far between, but appreciated when they do happen.

    Considering this, let's take a look at some of the best dynasties in college football history.

10. Miami, 2000-03

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    While one year doesn't make an entire dynasty, the sheer fortitude and dominance of the 2001 Miami Hurricanes team would be the closest to do it.

    Just listen to the players they had in 2001: Clinton Portis, Johnathan Vilma, Sean Taylor, Ed Reed, Jeremy Shockey, Andre Johnson, Bryant McKinnie, etc.

    That's ridiculous.

    And their records and accomplishments were up to par with the utter talent the program possessed during this span.

    In 2001, the 'Canes went undefeated and drubbed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl to capture a national championship.

    In 2002, "The U" went 12-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of No. 2 ranked Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

    The following season the team went 11-2 and defeated rival Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

    With all that considering, the 2000-03 Miami group definitely deserves to be on this list.

9. Alabama, 2009-TBD

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    While some people feel that Nick Saban and Alabama need to win one more championship to become a dynasty, they're already legendary in my book.

    With the 2013 national title game coming up on Jan. 7, the Crimson Tide have a chance to win their third national championship in four years.

    If they were to accomplish that, it would be the first time ever in the BCS era.

    However, even if the Tide lose to Notre Dame they'll still be a dynasty in my opinion.

    After winning titles in 2009 and 2011, Alabama has proven itself to be a perennial powerhouse once again in the college football world.

    Even in 2010 when they didn't make it to a BCS bowl, the Tide still trounced a good Michigan State team 49-7 in the Capital One Bowl.

    With a foundation of power running and immovable defense, Alabama puts the exact same blueprint out on the field year after year and yet it's barely halted.

    Recently, it just seems like a common occurrence that Nick Saban is on the sidelines coaching in the biggest game of the year.

    And while many disagree that they've earned the dynasty card, I beg to differ.

8. Alabama, 1961-66

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    Really, there's only two words to describe this time period for all 'Bama fans: Bear Bryant.

    While I may not be old enough to remember Bryant, I got a little taste of what he meant to Crimson Tide fans first hand.

    When I was in Tuscaloosa two seasons ago for the Penn State-Bama game, I can't remember how many conversations and stories I heard about Bryant and Joe Paterno.

    You know why there's so many fond memories about Bryant?

    The easiest reason to point out is because he was a true winner.

    With three national championships and two perfect seasons, Bryant delivered the goods to 'Bama fans after he left Texas A&M.

    In a stretch of 60-5-1, Bryant dominated when it mattered most–New Year's Day.

    In the spotlight of America, Bryant showed off his ridiculously talented squads, winning five out of six Jan. 1 games.

7. Florida State, 1992-2000

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    With the stripping of victories from Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden technically regained his place at the top of the all-time wins list for Division-1A coaches.

    While Bowden had quite a long career, no span may ever match what he was able to do with Florida State from 1992 to 2000.

    Not only did the Seminoles win two national championships and contend for one every year in that span, but the consistency of excellence has to be admired.

    In that time period, the 'Noles had at least 10 wins every year and went 6-3 in its bowl games (all but one being Orange or Sugar bowls).

    In terms of players, they boasted guys like Warrick Dunn, Chris Weinke and Walter Jones just to name a few.

6. Nebraska, 1993-97

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    Even though Tom Osborne just effectively retired as athletic director of Nebraska, the work did with the football program will never be forgotten in Lincoln or anywhere else for that matter.

    As a coach for the Huskers football team, Osborne made a name for himself quickly for a multitude of reasons.

    First of all, he came in and succeeded legendary coach Bob Devaney so he was in the spotlight from the get-go.

    And despite having a knack for losing big games throughout the 1980s, Osborne strung all together and it was a quite impressive.

    From 1994 to 1997, Osborne led the Huskers to three national championships in four seasons.

    And even though 1994 will always be debated between Nebraska and Penn State, the Huskers run during those four years is something that's not easily repeated.

5. Minnesota, 1934-41

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    It's pretty safe to say that things have changed for the Minnesota football program in the past 70 or so years. 

    First of all, I highly doubt the 1934 version of the Gophers rocked these bright yellow uniforms.

    But, I know for a fact that if the current team had half the success the old Gophers dynasty had, Minnesota would be quite a happy state.

    Today, Minnesota isn't known as a football powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but from 1937 to 1941 they were.

    Coach Bernie Bierman was quite the extraordinary head ball coach, and he proved it on the gridiron.

    During that five year span, Bierman brought five national championships to Minnesota along with five undefeated seasons and six Big Ten conference championships.

4. Notre Dame, 1943-49

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    While I'm not a Notre Dame supporter in the slightest, credit is due here in the Irish's reign following World War II.

    Even though Knute Rockne is one of the most iconic coaches of all time, perhaps the most successful in South Bend was Frank Leahy.

    There are plenty of points to be thrown into an argument, but for Leahy three titles in four years speaks for itself.

    Also, Notre Dame's quarterback Johnny Lujack was quite the story as he lead the Irish to the 1943 title, went to the Navy and came back to win it 1946 and 1947.

    Regardless, Notre Dame's rich history didn't begin with Leahy and his boys, but that's certainly the Irish's best days as a program.

3. Miami, 1983-1992

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    By the numbers, there weren't many dynasties that produced like "The U" did in the 1980s and early 90s.

    Just based off of national championships, it's clear the Hurricanes belong here.

    Even though national perception had them as cocky, Miami could be just that considering they won four titles in that span (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991).

    The crazy thing is that during that time period the program had three different coaches, and they were still able to maintain that sense of dominance through change.

    Howard Schnellenberg took the Hurricanes to a title in 1983, Jimmy Johnson pulled it off in 1987 and Dennis Erickson featured another two to put in the trophy case.

    Despite coaching changes, "The U" was still able to continue to assert sheer control over opponents for most of a decade that will never be forgotten.

2. USC, 2002-09

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    Even though USC fans may still be salty about him leaving for the NFL, Trojans faithful can't be disappointed with Pete Carroll considering the dynasty he built while there.

    Coming into Southern California as an exiled former NFL head coach, Carroll started from the bottom and worked his way up to build what is the best dynasty in past half century or so.

    From 2000 to 2009, Carroll led the Trojans to seven consecutive Pac-10 titles, back-to-back national championships and a plethora of players-turned-NFL contributors.

    In the 2000s, the Trojans were college football, plain and simple.

    Whether it was Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart or Dwayne Jarrett, USC was loaded with talent and you sometimes felt bad for the opponent.

1. Oklahoma, 1953-57

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    47 straight wins from 1953 to 1957. 27 shutouts in that span.

    That's a couple of things that make the Oklahoma Sooners of the period the best dynasty of all time.

    Led by legendary head coach Bud Wilkinson, the Sooners went out and dominated almost every game they played.

    Compiling a 60-3-1 record over a six year span, a betting man wouldn't go against Oklahoma during this time period and with good reason.

    Winning back-to-back national championships is all and well, but the domination and balance on both sides of the ball has been unmatched to this point in college football history.