Best College Football Teams

The greatest collegiate football teams to play the game.

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11995 Nebraska Cornhuskers

When you can average over 400 yards rushing a game when other teams know you are going to run it, they're is nothing you can do. Their coaching and skill surpassed any team in history. 01 Canes had a lot of talent, but as a team and coaching were not as good. They almost lost to Boston College too. Nebraska was never even close to losing to any team.

During the Regular season
-outscored opponents 421-150
-NU gained 6, 119, opp gained 3235
-averaged 52. 4 points per game
-Defense had 32 sacks for 231 yds - BigRedHusker

Everyone wants to talk about players that made it into the pros and what they did there but we all know that college and the NFL are different games. Look at how Heisman trophy winners typically perform in the NFL. It is about the team and not just the players. You may also want to look at the offensive linemen that played that year at Nebraska and what they did in the NFL. These are unheralded workhorses that made that power running attack possible. Nebraska in the 90's wasn't about being flashy it was about smashmouth football and winning.

Greatest Collegiate football team ever just wish the Huskers played like this now

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22001 Miami Hurricanes

In my opinion, (and in the opinion of many), the 2001 Miami Hurricanes were the greatest
College football team of all
Time. One may argue this, of course, but I don't believe one can seriously argue against '01 Miami being, at least, the most talented college football team ever. At least 6 players on their roster have played in the pro bowl( Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, Ed Reed( N.F.L. defensive Player of the Year), and Sean Taylor. There may be more I'm not aware of and more on the way. A couple of points to manifest their dominance: After their 65-7 dismantling of #11 Washington in the Orange Bowl, Miami was 10-0. This followed a 59-0 blow out of 13th ranked Syracuse the week before. The Canes margin of victory was greater against ranked teams than against their unranked opponents. The Miami defense allowed 13 touchdowns and Miami also scored 11 non- offensive touchdowns. These figures may be off by one either way since I don't have these stats at ...more

There is no way this team should not be #1 go up and down the roster and at least half of the kids names you see are all nfl players or perennial pro bowlers

at every position this team was 3 or 4 players deep and there was no drop off from the starters to the bench players

They should have played in the national championship in 99 they would have beat Oklahoma, they won it in 01 and then should have won it in 03 on the crappiest call in college football history they should have had a 3 peat

Andre Johnson, Sean Taylor, Ed Reed, Bryant Mckinnie, Jonathan Vilma, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr, Vernon Carey, Phillip Buchanon, DJ Williams, Vince Wilfork, Mike Rumph, Antrel Rolle, Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Martin Bibla, Najeh Davenport, James Lewis, Daryl Jones, Joaquin Gonzalez, Ken Dorsey, Chris Myers, Brett Romberg, and Roscoe Parrish.

Seeing this team as number 2 makes me feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

17 first round draft picks 38 overall yet still had enough talent to play for the national title the next year

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32006 Texas Longhorns

Goodness! Are Texas fans so uneducated that they think that the 2006 Longhorns was a great team. Vince Young ("Dream Team") had left. Good teams play important bowl games in January of NEXT year, Texas fan. It's like the presidential elections. Candidates win in November, but do not take office until January (March for earlier presidents). Let's change the title of this post to 2005 Longhorns.
By the way, for us old people, does anyone remember that ESPN had the show that argued the greatest team of all time was the USC team that year(pre-championship game)? Comparing eras is tough, but NO ONE was talking about this great 2005 Texas team as the best ever until they beat the "best ever" USC team. Pre-season, USC received 60 AP first place votes to Texas' 4; the week before the championship game it was 56 for USC and for Texas. Why? They barely beat ONE top 20 ranked team, Ohio State, early in the season.

Yes, the game is LOADED with future NFL players...How many were busts?

Go back and watch th '05 - '06 Rose Bowl and count the NFL stars on both teams. It's ridiculous. That game was the greatest college football game ever played and this team won. They were truely inVINCEable! - georgejungismyhero

VINCE YOUNG - One of the greatest college football players of all time

Most exciting game ever lead changed 5

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41992 Alabama Crimson Tide

This team had 4 future first round NFL draft pics starting on its defense, and the defense was on the field often due to an average offense, but it still managed to hold its opponents to 9.3 points, and 50 yards rushing, per game. If any opposing QB had not thrown the ball by 3 seconds, he was usually sacked or, at a minimum, hurried into making a bad throw. Of the starting 11 on defense, 8 made it to the NFL and one of the remaining players did not only because of a serious car accident. Since passing rules were liberalized in the 1970s, this team has the most dominant defense in college football.

This team was the absolute best defense in the land (possibly ever). I watched them firsthand destroy the offense of the team I played for (Miss. State), while we tried to keep Derrick Lassic in check (no easy task when you're on the field for 3/4 of the game).

Best defense of all time. No one could score on them. Miami did not score an offensive touchdown in the National Title game on the defense.

The fastest defense of all time

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52005 USC Trojans

Reggie Bush? easily the most talented athlete college football has ever seen. amazing cutbacks and field vision. whiped the floor with oklahoma, and woulda beat texas the next year had there not been like 10 missed calls. those refs actually get paid for that? - hands16

The D held teams to under 9 points a game and was 1 play away from 3 straights NCs. 11 NFL draftees. Two Heisman trophy winners. And you rank them 9th? REALLY? Child please.

These guys were unstoppable all season. They had an enormous amount of fire power and a solid D.

Definitely one of the best offenses of ALL TIME - PearlSabian13

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61991 Washington Huskies

1991 HUSKIES BEST OF ALL TIME. I WILL EXPLAIN. 1991 Heisman Voting was rigged! Mario Bailey (1067 yards and 17 TD) had more yards, and averaged more yards per catch, and had the same number of receptions as Heisman winner (really loser) Desmond Howard. Steve Emtman was the REAL Heisman winner that year! HUSKIES PAC 10 RANKINGS : (1)TOTAL DEFENSE (1) PASS DEFENSE (1) RUSH DEFENSE (1) TAKEAWAYS (1)SCORING DEFENSE (1) QB SACKS and (1) 3rd DOWN DENIALS! (TELL ME WHERE YOU FIND DEFENSE LIKE THAT! ) SCORES : vs Stanford (42-7) vs. Nebraska (36-21) vs. Kansas State (56-3) vs. Arizona (54-0) vs. Toledo (48-0) vs. Cal 24-17 < only close game all year! Oregon (29-7). Mario Bailey won the Pac 10 player of the year, Steve Emtman won Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award as well as Pac 10 defensive player of the year AND the MORIS TROPHY, so did Lincoln Kennedy! Don James was Pac 10 coach of the year. They beat a TOUGH Michigan team 34-14 in the ROSE BOWL! (Michigan would avenge the loss 2 ...more

The 1991 Washington team outscored their opponents 495 - 115 even though Don James didn't like to run up the score on teams. I remember him pulling starters early in the second half most of those games. Their defense was off the charts giving up 9 per. They beat 3 top 10 teams on the road that year, including a 34-14 win over #4 ranked Michigan. The following year 12 players were drafted including the #1 overall pick. I would have loved to see them play Miami that year. Miami was awesome in 1991. Nebraska was the only team that played against them both that year and coach Tom Osbourne was quoted as saying Washington would have beat Miami had they played each other.

I agree whole heartedly that the Huskies were the #1 of all time if it hadn't been for Michigan not being allowed to go to back to back to back Rose Bowls they would have destroyed them as well that year. That being said Iowa got the nod from the Rose bowl comm. and the Huskies got screwed and had to share the National title with a far inferior Miami team...

45 Players on this team were invited to NFL camps...Just let that sink in...

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72009 Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama's first Heisman in running back Mark Ingram running through the sec. His back up Trent Richardson Who many think is better than him. Greg McElroy who refused to lose a game. Julio Jones possibly the toughest WR in college history. By far the best defense in the 21st century. These guys shut down one of the greatest QB's in college history in Tim Tebow.

Superior game management skills and intensity that was unrivaled across the country. Fan support that puts over 100k in the stands at home and a traveling crew of thousands - doesn't hurt to have the most intellectually gifted coach since the Bear in Tuscaloosa either!

Great talent... hard competition... unbeaten season... Roll Tide, Roll! - everton96

Suffocating defense & an unstoppable running attack

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81968 Ohio State Buckeyes

This was a team that didn't even know how good they were - they destroyed arch-rival Michigan and trounced a very good USC team in the Rose Bowl

They're great end of story

Buckeyes all the way

As usual this team had a cupcake schedule, overrated

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91994 Penn State Nittany Lions

Nebraska fans will rip the Penn State defense saying they would have scored at will had Penn State and Nebraska played. In Penn State's toughest games of that season, the lions would cruise in the first half and give up more points in the second half do the playing prevent styles of defense and putting the back ups in when it was real out of hand. Half time Scores: #14 Southern Cal 35-0, #5 Michigan 16-3, #20 Ohio State 35-0 and #9 Oregon 14-7. That's 10 points given up total vs 4 top 20 teams. Bottom line is PSU's defense would have done well against a run only Nebraska team and the huskers defense would have done about as well as Illinois did. Penn State 35 Nebraska 17! LETS GO STATE!

The offense, clearly one of the greatest ever, had a perfect balance of run and pass and had sensational athletes that worked together to execute the plays called. And they ran the most basic plays from a pro-I formation most of the time. They didn't need trickery and in fact, not once even lined up in the shotgun formation or ran any kind of option play. Simply dominant.

The defense hardly gave up big plays although they would give up long drives from time to time. It wasn't the best defense Penn State has ever fielded but it was very solid, considering the fact that more than half of the starters at the beginning of the year on defense missed extensive time due to injuries.

Too much offensive fire power for any college level defense to handle. Illinois and Oregon both had top tier defenses that year. Illinois gave up 35 at home. Oregon gave up 38 in the Rose Bowl. Penn State scored 63 on an Ohio State team that finished #12 and almost beat an 11-1 Alabama team. Penn State was just as dominant vs USC that year. I wish we could have seen Penn State-Nebraska for the national title. Would have been the most hyped game in the history of college football. I like Penn State over Nebraska 38-28. WE ARE...

Beat team though I go to a game there every year

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102011 Alabama Crimson Tide

Since 2009 the TIDE has recruited the Best, strongest, and fastest players.

the 2011 team would have beat any of the other's. top 5 recruiting classes

every year.

No, kidding they won the championship they are the best. ROLL TIDE!

The Crimson Tide is the best in 2011.

Alabama is the best team

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The Newcomers

?2015 Clemson Tigers

Season is not over but looks to go undefeated and likely to win college football playoff #dabosweenygotdancemoves

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112013 Florida State Seminoles

Highest scoring team in the history of college football, WITHOUT running a hurry up offense and having their 1st stringers play mostly until halftime because games were already out of hand. Went to Death Valley and embarrassed Clemson on national T.V. 51-7. Won the championship while not playing their "A" game and by doing so, ended the SEC national championship streak at 7.

Latest and greatest. We were saved the best for last!

FSU had the greatest offense in college football. And our defense was outstanding. We are definitely in top 3. # 1 goes to 2001 hurricanes for sure.

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122005 Texas Longhorns

Vince Young should've won the Heisman Trophy that year. They need to have the balloting after all bowls are finished. He led the highest scoring offense in he nation at 50.2 per game including the Rose Bowl. The defense was outstanding as well in tying for 8th in scoring D with 16.4 points per game and 8th in pass D allowing 172 only yards per outing. I remember when ESPN matched 2005 USC against the top 10 teams ever and they said if Texas beat USC you had to put them at least in the top three.

You have a mix up between 2005 and 2006 Texas. This team was probably the third best team in college history. 2006 Texas should not be listed.

132008 Florida Gators

Not all teams are good some are bad and some are worse but you have to fight and push don't let fear scare you let you dreams lead you

After Ole Miss, they blew nearly every team out of the water, which included a lot of top teams.

142010 Auburn Tigers

Cam had the single best season anyone has ever even heard of in college football. He has made one major comeback in his career where he came back from a 28 point deficit to a team named Alabama.

2010 ducks better than 2010 tigers

Heisman winner Cam Newton ran for 20 TDs, threw for 30 (and caught one), racking up over 4,000 total yards, a QBR of 182.05 and a national championship, where the defense stepped up and held #2 Oregon's high tempo offense to 19 points and capped the undefeated season off.

152003 LSU Tigers


Cause there the best team too easy for them

Lsu is the best in world GO TIGERS!

162012 Alabama Crimson Tide
171988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

They shouldn't have won at all they should have lost to miami because miami's players was in the end zone when they stripped but still called it a fumble

Notre Dame is the best team in college football history

They beat 3 of the top 5 teams.

I think notre dame is the BEST college football team

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182010 Oregon Ducks

They were explosive but they only scored 19 points to a subpar Auburn Team that was actually a good team. the schedule they had was weak and Oregon does have trouble against other good teams. They shouldn't be on this list with other championship teams.

The ducks are the best team because they are ranked number 2 right now and hasn't lost a game yet also last year thy were in the bcs againts auburn but they lost but at lest they got to be in the bcs and I think they one of the best teams inthe country

They had an amazing offense and crushed every team in the Pac-10.

191997 Michigan Wolverines

I believe the people who make these lists do not know anything about the sport as a whole. When you say college football, remember it has been played for over 100 years. More teams from the other eras should be looked at more. Notre Dame and Michigan has had much better teams than what was seen in 1997 and 1988.

Michigan's D only allowed 9 points per game that year. The difference maker between them and the Huskers would be that Michigan could pass the ball. Both teams had great rushers, buy Michigan had a better balance and that's why Michigan would've won a game between the two. Oh, and Michigan didn't need an "accidental, on purpose" kicked ball td to save the game against a weak opponent.

Not nearly as good as 1997 Nebraska team, but still undefeated.
Defense was ranked 1st (NE=2nd) but not much of an Offense (NU=3rd)

They were great best team ever

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202014 Ohio State Buckeyes

When you win 3 straight championship games, with your third string QB including wins over #1 Alabama and #2 Oregon in the first college football playoff game, you deserve to be considered the best. Go Bucks!

Well as proven they could plug just about anyone in at QB and still good enough to win a championship. The Next year their lineup is so deep they have to move the former starting quarterback to wide reciever. Just crazy

As much as I didn't want them to win the championship, winning the Big 10 championship 59-0, upsetting Alabama, and holding Oregon's offense to 20 points in the National Championship, all with a 3rd-string QB, is pretty impressive.

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