With a wink and a nod to all the fans who failed to find their choice in the previously listed elite, we propose a category where one may place the great schools who certainly are most deserving as well.
No doubt exists regarding the Auburn Tiger program being among the premier football programs of alltime.
The accomplishments of this spectacular football dynasty do not require explanantion, likewise their place in the hall of legends is assured.
To say Texas and Tennessee deserve mention in this category simply emphasizes the outstanding contributions to the sport by these powerhouse programs. They are similar to Auburn in reference to being recognized as a dynasty.
To the west, we find the Arizona State Sun Devils. This desert institution has provided some of the great players of alltime, as well as producing a commanding winning percentage decade after decade.
Ranking slightly below Arizona State we find the Georgia Bulldogs, and perhaps slightly above the Sun Devils sits the Florida Gators.
The Gators, long considered the present day Vanderbilt of the SEC before the coming of former Tennessee lineman Ray Graves as coach in 1960, had only 7 winning seasons in the prior 30 years before Graves.
The Florida resurrection under the Tennessean Graves and his successors, former Tennessee Coach Doug Dickey and Tennessee native son Steve Spurrier, continued into the 21st century.
The Gators' last five seasons have been more successful than the previous 100 years so reasoned thinking prevents Florida from ranking higher in the half century viewpoint.
Georgia, often seen by followers outside the southeast as Florida's sidekick in the war against the Tide, Tigers, and Vols, was able to play the Gators to a draw in the 30 years preceeding Spurrier's arrival in Gainesville as coach in 1990.
The past two decades have not been as kind to the Bulldogs as they have only three wins to go with 17 losses in the annual bloodletting with Florida.
The mountain area of the West has given us a proud program in 1984 national champion Brigham Young, as well as the coming of the school voted most likely to succeed in the next half century– the Boise State Broncos.
We must say that if this review were over the past 10 years alone the Boise State Broncos would be No. 1.
Only time will tell whether Utah can join the above list but, moving to the highly competitive and media friendly PAC 10 is a good way to start.
And finally, what review would be complete without a tip of the hat to LSU, Arkansas, Washington, and Syracuse?
The Bayou Bengals and Razorbacks have both produced titantic teams with world class players in each of the past five decades.
A common thought in eastern newsrooms is LSU and Arkansas are the same people separated by a common language.
Interestingly enough, it was LSU who broke Arkansas' 22 game winning streak in the 1965 season and Arkansas who handed LSU a defeat in their national championship year of 2007.
The UW Husky program was reborn in the late 1950's under a former Bud Wilkinson player at Oklahoma, and long time Bear Bryant assistant coach, named Jim Owens.
The rugged Owens, a key architect in creating the punishing Junction Boys player development system with Bryant at Texas A&M, brought his so-called 'Death March" ways to Seattle and led the Washington to three Rose Bowls in a five year period.
Owens is credited with diversifying the position of quarterback in 1958 when he named as the starter Bob Schloredt, a physically-challenged young man who was blind in his left eye.
Schloredt immediately led Washington to two straight Rose Bowl victories and was named MVP of both games.
In 1970, Owens again put his faith in the unknown when he named Sonny Sixkiller as quarterback. Sixkiller, a native american of the Cherokee Nation, was the NCAA passing leader in 1970 and led UW to a 22-10 record as a three year starter.
For a man who was perceived as being from another generation in terms of what he expected of his players, Jim Owens proved to be quite open-minded when rewarding the deserving players regardless of "accepted notions."
In 1975 former Miami Hurricane quarterback Don James took over as the Husky head coach. In an unusual move at that time, he recruited and installed Warren Moon, an African-American, as the starting quarterback. Moon led UW to a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan in the 1977 season.
In 1991 James led Washington to an undefeated season and a shared national championship with his alma mater.
And Syracuse. home of Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Donovan McNabb, Floyd Little, Marvin Harrison, and of course– the late Ernie Davis.
One must look back in wonder when considering Ernie Davis. The man known as the "Elmira Express" was the first African-American to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 1961.
Yeah, we've come a long way baby.
Whatever the case, these additional teams should be saluted for the accomplishments of the past 50 years.