Best College Football Teams of All-Time

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2008

After a fair amount of research, including looking at college football teams from back in the 1940s, I'm compiling my list of the ten greatest teams in NCAA history.


10) Florida State (1999)

We all remembered this 12-0 bunch, with some of the finest talent in FBS history.

The name that pops into my mind is Peter Warrick. That kid could do anything on the football field, and he had a huge game in the Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

Not to be forgotten, though, is Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke. At the ripe age of 27, Weinke commanded the Bobby Bowden-coached Seminoles to the 2000 national title.

They had a couple close calls, including a three-point win at Clemson, and a seven-point victory against Florida in the last game of the regular season.

Overall, this team was absolutely stacked, and beat five ranked opponents en route to the Sugar Bowl crown.


9) Oklahoma (1974)

My dad has told me the stories about this squad, they were absolutely dynamite.

With Barry Switzer at the helm, and coming off an undefeated season the year before, the Sooners gave Switzer his first-ever title in Norman. Roy Selmon, a mean defensive end, was the No. 1 pick in the 1976 draft, and he wreaked havoc on the Sooners' opponents in '74.

Running back Joe Washington led the way for an offense that rushed the ball 74 times per contest, but seemingly couldn't be stopped. This Sooner squad garnered 56 first-place votes in the final ballots, and had eight players win All-American honors.


8) Notre Dame (1947)

The things that this team accomplished were truly incredible. They had the 1947 Heisman Trophy winner in Johnny Lujack, not to mention, 41 players from this team made it to the NFL.

They won a disputed national championship, after the AP voted them No. 1 at the end of the regular season, dropping 10-0 Michigan to the No. 2 slot, and forcing them to play in the Rose Bowl.


7) Oklahoma (1956)

OK, so we understand the theme that the Sooners used to dominate college football. There's some pretty valid reason to put this team at No. 7, too. Namely, they dropped 47 points per game on their opponents.

Yes, it certainly sounds like an old-school Missouri Tigers team, doesn't it? Just to show you how dominant the Sooners were, the 1956 team went 10-0, and extended the Sooners' winning streak to an amazing 47 games!

I'll never understand why we can't see this type of domination now, but I guess it all comes with the parity of today's recruiting.

Nonetheless, this team was one word: sensational.


6) Michigan (1947)

I know, Notre Dame won the title that year and Michigan is getting the No. 6 team of all-time?

I'm more than just a Wolverines fan, though, and there's some pretty strong evidence to suggest that this team was superior to the 1947 Fighting Irish.

Head coach Fritz Crisler, Michigan's basketball arena's namesake, led this team to an undefeated season. Crisler's team was known as the "Mad Magicians", because they ran a very complex offense.

Although Notre Dame got the No. 1 ranking after the regular season, the Wolverines got the last laugh, being ranked No. 1 after their 49-0 thrashing of USC in the Rose Bowl.


5) Army (1945)

We hear the name Army, nowadays, and certainly don't think football. In 1945, though, they were simply the best there was. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Felix Blanchard, this team averaged an unthinkable eight yards per play! The average score of their nine wins was 46-5. That's just unfair by today's standards.


4) Miami (2001)

Finally! Something I was alive for! Everyone in the nation remembers Ken Dorsey and Clinton Portis. Dorsey, the quintessential college quarterback, led his team to a 12-0 season.

Let's not forget that defense though. Ed Reed, Phillip Buchanon. Ring some bells? That's what they did to their opponents. This squad won by an average of 34 points, and were completely and utterly dominant.


3) Nebraska (1995)

This was running back Ahman Green in his hayday, people. Almost no one could compare to him, in my eyes, back when I was a little seven year-old. Green, alongside Lawrence Phillips dropped a cool 50 points per game, running a well-oiled offensive machine in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I know a lot of you remember when these Cornhuskers hung 62 points on the No. 2 Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl. Man, that was a blowout!


2) USC (1972)

You had to figure that one Trojan team would make the Top Ten, right? The Trojans ended the season 12-0, including a 42-17 whooping on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl.

Led by head coach John McKay, a 15-year veteran of USC, the Trojans were ranked No. 1 on every since ballot cast that season by the coaches and the media. Back when it was the Pac 8, the Trojans still ruled the turf.


1) Nebraska (1971)

They almost give Oklahoma a run for their money as far as college football dynasties are concerned.

This team, led by legendary coach Bob Devaney, went undefeated and ruled college football. They found themselves in a duel with No. 2 Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day in Norman, and people tabbed it as "The Game of the Century". The 'Huskers hung on to defeat the Sooners by a score of 35-31.

The accolades just piled up for this team, including having 17 of the 22 spots on the All-Big Eight team. As star Johnny Rodgers put it best, "we were pretty doggone confident".


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