Alabama, Nebraska, Florida, USC, Notre Dame and other colleges can brag about how good their teams were all they want, but every Hurricane fan knows that the 2001 team was the greatest college football team ever assembled.
Want proof? No problem.
The Hurricanes finished the season at 12-0 (7-0 Big East). They beat two ranked teams (No. 14 Syracuse and No. 12 Washington) in consecutive weeks by a combined score of 124-7—still an NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked opponents.
They were the No. 3 scoring offense scoring 43.18 points per game and the No. 1 scoring defense allowing just 9.4 points per game. The defense allowed just 14 touchdowns and two field goals the entire season.
Six Hurricanes made the first-team All-American team while 13 made the first-team All-Big East team. Ten 'Canes were nominated for national awards, with four of them winning.
Now if those stats don't impress you maybe this will—38 players from the 2001 team were drafted into the NFL and 41 Pro Bowl game appearances came from that team.
Name another college football program in history that were not only great in college, but dominated the NFL for years?
Didn't think so.
*Note: Some information taken from ncaa.org and wikipedia.