College Football's Forgotten Five of the Past

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College Football's Forgotten Five of the Past

There was a time when college football was a settled sport, a game played between schools who took pride in representing the name on the helmet as well as the thousands cheering from the stands.

It was an era when Nebraska and Oklahoma fought with each other on a yearly basis for supremacy in the highly competitive Big 8 Conference.

The Big 8 was a league so vast and powerful it is to this day the only conference ever to have the top three teams in the final AP poll.

This historic sweep occurred in 1971 when the Cornhuskers, Sooners, and Colorado Buffaloes put their stamp of superiority on the nation. This trio of behemoths finished the year by winning a combined 34 of 37 games.

During this time the Penn State Nittany Lions were one of two powerful independent schools in the Quaker State.

The annual year end bloodletting with the Pittsburgh Panthers was a backdrop for a total of four undefeated seasons between the two rivals during the eight year period between 1968 and 1976.

The Southeastern Conference was laid waste by a native Arkansan named Paul Bryant, who coached both Kentucky and Alabama to SEC titles while the Pacific 8 Conference was home to the formidable talents of John McKay's USC Trojans.

So much is written regarding the great stars of the recent past, and so much is known about the all time greats from the golden age of college football in the 1920s, 30's, and 40's, it appears little is celebrated concerning those who were masters of mayhem during the latter half of the 20th Century.

It is time to set the record straight.

The following is a list of five stars who are for all purposes forgotten by everyone except the fanbases of the schools where they excelled.

Let us begin.

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