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The 2001 Miami Hurricanes were and still are considered to be the best college football team ever to take the field. After the heartbreak in 2000 of being shut out of the national championship game, the 'Canes were highly upset after being snubbed by the BCS.
This team was so good that it is almost a unanimous certainty that the team would've destroyed the other "best team ever," the 2005 USC Trojans.
The Hurricanes were downright terrifying for any team. On offense, the team had Ken Dorsey, Clinton Portis, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey and Bryant McKinnie. On defense, they were led by Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Jonathon Vilma and Vince Wilfork.
This team was the definition of perfection. They shut out consecutive ranked teams by a score of 124-7, which set an NCAA record. They scored 512 points on offense, while only surrendering 117, which equaled to an astounding 9.75 points per game allowed defensively.
The Hurricanes ended Florida State's 54-game home unbeaten streak as they crushed the Seminoles in Tallahassee by a score of 49-27.
Miami would not be denied as they were invited to the Rose Bowl to face the team they shut out exactly 10 years ago, the Nebraska Cornhuskers who were the No. 2 ranked team in the country. The team led Nebraska 34-0 at halftime, and cruised to a 37-14 victory capturing the team's fifth national championship.
Legacy: You don't beat teams by 33 points per game and not be able to lay claim to the best college football team ever. This team was the best there ever was. Period. This team toyed with opponents before annihilating them.
Ken Dorsey was surgical in the passing game, Clinton Portis ran behind one of the best offensive lines in the country. Ed Reed led the nation's best passing, rushing and scoring defense as they scored eight touchdowns on their own. Never in the program's history have the 'Canes been as scary good as they were in 2001. These guys were a nightmare on offense, defense and special teams.