Best College Football Teams

The greatest collegiate football teams to play the game.

The Top Ten

1 2001 Miami Hurricanes

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.

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

Yeah a lot of the players went to the NFL but the NFL is completely different then college football

The Most Talented College Football Team In History, #GOAT.

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2 1995 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.

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.


64-21 OK. ST.
50-10 MICH ST.
77-28 ARIZONA ST. (63-0 at halftime)
49-7 PACIFIC (49-0 at halftime)
35-21 WASHINGTON ST. (Close call by their standards)
49-25 KANSAS ST. #8
44-21 COLORADO #7
73-14 IOWA ST.
41-3 KANSAS #10
37-0 OKLAHOMA (Worst defeat ever until '96)

62-24 FLORIDA #2

Thats Ridiculous and unheard of.

Easy choice. The greatest of all time. The greatest optiion quarterback of all time. Stays back it up in every category.

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3 2006 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

Well they were te best

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4 1992 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.

best team

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5 2005 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.

Not as good as people thought that defense lost them the national championship but that offense was very good and USC didn't win the 2003 national championship

Ahh hello usc has produced loads of 1 round picks like Carson palmer and Reggie Bush and a lot more

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6 2013 Florida State Seminoles

Obviously the best and most talented team ever in the NCAA. Look at the statistics of those players in the NFL now. They scored the most points in a season without the hurry up offense again like that guy said. And the defense scored Touchdowns too and that defense was lockdown. If we played that 1995 Nebraska team we would beat them because they ran the option and we had a fast defense who was hungry for a National Championship. Our offense would blow over that Nebraska team, no question. You also had 2 1000 yard receivers, a 1000 yard rusher, and a Heisman winning QB. We will never see a team with that much talent ever again. People won't give that team credit but people will go back and look at this team and say "Wow that team was loaded at every single position." We out scored opponents by the biggest margin ever in a season span. That is why this team is the #1 College Football Team of all time, and you all will think so too.

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!

Never trailed by halftime, broke the all time NCAA record for most points scored, often had the backups in at halftime. Enough said.

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7 2008 Florida Gators

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

I was born liking the gators so that I why and my grandpa loves them so I think I would like them so that is why I like the gators so much

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

Defense was loaded

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8 2009 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

Alabama is number 1 always.

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9 1991 Washington Huskies

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...

I'm trying to think of a college defense that I have seen in my 44 years that was better than the '91 Huskies.. I can't think of any. Honestly, I believe that they would beat any team on this list. The defense was suffocating and the offense wasn't too shabby either. Miami had a tougher schedule that year but I have no doubt that the Huskies would have won that game easily..

I had season tickets in 1991 and this team was dominant. Best college football team I have ever seen in person. I likely would have put the 2016 Alabama team ahead of us if they had beaten Clemson last night, but not to be. And I can't put Clemson above this team as we were undefeated and they lost at home to Pittsburgh.

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10 1994 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...

The '94 defense only gave up points because they were on the field all the time. The offense was so good at scoring they actually averaged a scoring drive time of 1 minute 20 seconds. When you're that efficient, the defense is always on the field and they can get pretty tired after a while. PSU would have creamed Nebraska in a head to head matchup that year. They would have had more points per game if they didn't bench their starters midway thru the 3rd quarter. They only gave it to Nebraska because they felt bad for Tom Osborne who was retiring that year. It's easy to win when you play the Sisters of the Blind every week.

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The Contenders

11 1968 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

Ohio states defense is to good they always have a good team and I just want Michigan to win for once they are also a great team to good

O.S.U. think about it, They are better than 11th place HOOYA, You just watch them this year O.H.I.O. aLL THE WAY


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12 2010 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.

Best performance by a single player not a whole team. Let's not forget when Cam Newton left Auburn was the worst team in the SEC. Cam Newton put the whole school on his back that year and carried them to every single one of their wins.

2005 Texas = Good team + Vince Young. 2010 Auburn = Decent team + Cam. Basically, 2010 Tigers were the poor mans 2005 Texas

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.

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13 2011 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.

Overrated as hell if you put them up against any of these teams on this list they would get they ass smacked

The Crimson Tide is the best in 2011.

It takes really good definse to win a national championship without conf title

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14 1997 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)

Go blue!

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15 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide

They beat a sorry ass notre dame team

You are right best money can buy

Even the bookies in Vegas will tell you Alabama is hard to beat.ROLL TIDE

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16 2005 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.

Great team everybody thinks it was only vince young but this team was way better than USC and everyone anticipated they rushed for over 3500 total this season and vince young greatly improved as a passer from the year before

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.

This Team could have easily beat most teams on the list. Definitely top 7 greatest team of all time.

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17 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes

As an Ohio State fan following this season, I personally believe that the Buckeyes 2014 season is one of the most dramatic and impressive championship run in sports history (also 2016 Cubs). Going into the season, Braxton Miller was expected to Ben a top Heisman candidate. After Game 1, his season Ian over. It doesn't matter. In comes true Freshman JT Barrett, who leads the team to an almost perfect season, with only a single loss. However, in the last regular season game (Against Michigan of course), he also gets injured, and would not be healthy to even attempt playing in the post season. However, this quarterback loss turns outnumbered to Ben just as irrelevant as the first to the amazingly talented 2014 team. So in comes Cardale Jones jones, and in his first career start in college, a big ten championship game after a blind side esque early life, leads a route so huge on the 13th ranked Wisconsin team with 300+ yards and 3 TDs that the UW coach is fired within 2 days. Even with ...more

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!

If you look at this season this is the best one.

Bot to mention the football player that commited suicide in the middle of thw season.. This was the best cinderella story ever witnessed.. The buckeyes are the best to ever do it.. O-H-I-O

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18 2003 LSU Tigers


Tigers are awesome!

Cause there the best team too easy for them

Got some of the best nfl talent

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19 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes

This should just be an extension of the 01 Hurricanes since the championship should really be theirs. Worst call in history and took away from the greatest team in history.

We won it and we aren't done yet. Go Buckeyes!

Miami wasn't cheated because there was a holding call back in regulation that stopped Ohio state from converting a 3rd down that could've ran out the clock.
That whole games just shows why refs need to be replaced.

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20 1988 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

They beat 3 of the top 5 teams.

Donald Duck is on every Notre Dame merchandise because he's fighting for Ireland. Donald Duck is owned by Disney. Donald Duck: Aw, Phooey! - playstationfan66

Had Joe Montana and Tim Brown! Not to mention all the other great players that are from there l!

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