Best College Football Teams

The greatest collegiate football teams to play the game.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Hey where’s the Cleveland Ari Walkers oh right they went 0-82

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2 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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3 2005 USC Trojans

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.

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

USC would of beat Texas if he refs would of done their job. In college rule if any part of a players body touches the ground while in procession of the football is down and play is over, even without contact

There's nothing to say. Look at the stats.

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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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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 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

OH-IO

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10 2010 Auburn Tigers

Auburn had the best seasons in 2010 and 2013. Even though they lost in 2013 they still were good because they had a great running back four good receivers and a great qb nick Marshall. 2013 was the most exciting year for a tigers fan. War Eagle

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.

Cam Newton

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The Contenders

11 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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12 2003 LSU Tigers

TIDBIT- THEY HAD OVER 50 BLITZ PACKAGES NAMED AFTER EACH STATE. THEY BLITZED ALMOST EVERY PLAY.

Tigers are awesome!

Cause there the best team too easy for them

Got some of the best nfl talent

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13 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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14 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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15 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.

Because there the best

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16 2008 Oklahoma Sooners

Awesome great defense!

17 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers

I watched this team play they would have wiped the floor with the '95 Nebraska Squad. They played in a tougher era of college football and dominated like no other team. They were the fastest team I ever saw. - SgtPeppersz196715

You have ranked this team way to low! They were the best ever by far!

Too low, should be second to 1995 Nebraska.

This list is a joke...the '94 and '95 huskers are 10x better than all the teams on this list and they aren't even mentioned on this list...come on people...next time make a real list guys

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18 2010 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.

Had a chance but lost to the buckeyes

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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 1998 Tennessee Volunteers

Peyton manning was not on this team though, they were very good on defense with 11 nfl caliber starters, peerless price was most dynamic player on team and the Arkansas game was an instant classic

Beat 8 top ten teams, 3 of which went to BCS Bowls. Beat all of them! Many on this list are good, but didn't win every single game and none of them had to beat both Florida schools in their prime with Spurrier and Bowden at the helm. 13-0 UNDEFEATED 1998 SEC and National Champions.

Great pass catchers. Payton was gone but those who played with him were still there. Great running backs and OL.

This wasn't even their best team in the 90s, as 1996 and 1997 were better. I guess they were just really lucky this year.

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