NCAAF: Best Team By Conference
There is always speculation about who is the best of all time. Sure you can say that we won this and we won that, but is your team the best of all-time from their conference? I guess you'll find out.
This is based on everything from National Championships, Conference Championships, Heisman Trophy winners, records broken, and whatever else need be.
However, this is not based on just recent achievements; while they do play an important role in ranking, this is all time, not recent.
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ACC: Miami Hurricanes
This team dominated the 80s, 90s, and even the early part of the 21st century. They've won more National Titles in the past 30 years then any other team (five in total). They hold the record for the longest home game winning streak with straight 58 games.
They have also been a great pipeline to the NFL; they hold the record for the most draftees in the first round with six in 2002. They have also had two Heisman Trophy winners and 38 consensus All-Americans.
There is one flaw in Miami's pedigree and that's their conference championships. They've only won 9. Now there is a legitimate reason why they lack the amount of conference championships that other great programs do. They were independent for most of their existence until they joined the Big East and then the ACC with their in-state rival Florida State.
Runner up: Florida State Seminoles
Big 12: Oklahoma Sooners
This team has been consistently dominant throughout the modern era. Ever since the AP poll has been created, Oklahoma has won seven National Titles, 42 conference titles (the most of any other team in the nation); hell there was Oklahoma football before there was even a state of Oklahoma.
They boast five Heisman Trophy winners, the most Butkus trophy winners, 70 consensus All-Americans, and hold the record for the longest winning streak in history with 47 games (it hasn't been broken in 50 years). They have been No.1 in the AP Poll 97 times (most in history), as well as be No.1 in the BCS the most times (19 weeks). And to top it all off, they have the highest winning average in the modern era (after World War II) at.761.
One recent achievement was Oklahoma was the second program to have three of the first four draft picks from the same school.
Runner ups: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas Longhorns
Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are and have always been a great team. They have seven National Championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 36 conference championships, and 78 consensus All-Americans.
They boast one aspect of individual greatness that no other team possesses. They have won at least one of every major award including: the Heisman, Lombardi, Butkus, Maxwell, Outland, Walter Camp, etc. With a total of 34 trophies all together, eight more than any other team.
One of the great Buckeyes of the past, Archie Griffin, is also the only player in the history of college football to win the Heisman twice.
Now many people are wondering one thing, and this is probably what they'll say, "Michigan has claimed 11 National Titles, why aren't they the best team from the Big Ten?" Well, it says it in the quote. They claim the titles. Most of of their National Titles came before the start of AP or Coaches Poll, which is now the basis of college football other than the BCS system. So that's why.
Runner ups: Michigan Wolverines, Penn State Nittany Lions
Pac-10: USC Trojans
USC has one of the best and worst reputations of any college football team. (But so do a lot of other teams, who's counting?) The team has accounted 11 claimed National Titles (note "claimed"), 38 conference titles, 78 consensus All-Americans, and seven Heisman Trophy winners.
They have some very outstanding records, such as the victor of six BCS bowl games, the highest consecutive Rose Bowl wins with three, and they have the most first-round draft picks then any other team in history.
Recently however, the NCAA has been investigating the USC program from 2004-2007. There are 10 NCAA allegations against USC including boosters paying players like Reggie Bush and steroid usage. If they are found guilty, they might have to forfeit many victories, including the 2004 National Championship.
Runner ups: Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks
SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide
The Crimson Tide, good ol' Bama. Such a storied program. They have 13 claimed titles, with eight of them coming from AP or Coaches Poll. 26 conference championships, 31 bowl victories, and 44 consensus All-Americans.
They claim a winning record against every former and current SEC team. They just won the BCS National Championship last year against the Texas Longhorns.
This type of pedigree is hard to come by in arguably the best conference in the FBS. There are so many other great teams in this conference that it almost seems impossible to get an undefeated season, but still somehow teams do it.
One odd aspect of the Crimson Tide is that their only Heisman Trophy winner came last year in running back Mark Ingram.
Runner ups: Tennessee Volunteers, Florida Gators, LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks
Independents: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
I'd be stupid to not put the Fighting Irish in this list. So I gave them the Independent.
The Fighting Irish have 11 claimed National titles, eight of those being consensus from AP and Coaches Poll which ties Alabama. They have 48 players and coaches in the college football hall of fame (most of any team), seven Heisman Trophy winners, and 95 consensus All-Americans (the most of any other team).
They boast 102 winning seasons out of 121 years of football, they have the most players drafted into the NFL with 463, and they have had 10 players inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame.