Best College Football Teams

The greatest collegiate football teams to play the game.

The Top Ten

1 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers

How good was this team? I'd lay 30 points against any other team on this list

Look at the stats and look at the film. No team is even close.

Best team I ever saw. Scary good. Dominant beyond words.

1. 2019 notre dame!

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2 2001 Miami Hurricanes

All star team. Record number of first round picks

Greatest ever. Best ever. No debate.

This team should be at #1.

Better than anyother here! - pLix33

3 2013 Florida State Seminoles

This team was the best team ever. They dominated people. It would be 5 min into a game against good (top 25 teams) and they would be up by 20 points. Teams would give up. The game at Clemson was hyped to be a huge matchup, Clemson was ranked #3 and it was at Clemson. By the 4th Q FSU lead 51-7. They dominated people. A lot of people thought Duke was going to give them a good fight in the ACC Championship game and again they killed them 45-7. Not even a FSU fan but people need to go back and watch this team if they didn't see them in '13 and see how teams feared playing them they were so good. And they faced adversity against Auburn and came from behind to win.

This was the most talented team in NCAA history. Talent was stacked deep in all positions and they won every game, most by a landslide. The offensive line was tough, the RB's strong and fast, an elusive Quarterback talented in all aspects of the game, great receivers with, and one hell of a defensive squad. This team by far exceeds the talent by other teams in the past and likely will be looked upon as one of the greatest of all times. Kudos to all the players of this team.

best ever

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.

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4 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide

I'm not a Cornhusker fan either I'm an IOWA HAWKEYE FAN GO HAWKS - JOEL1967

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers without a doubt is Number 1 I mean that's a no brainer do the research and get back to me - JOEL1967

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).

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5 2005 USC Trojans

This team has been drawing crowds of 90,000 since the 1920's...best band, cheerleaders, fight song and fan base for 90 years. Also the most number one draft picks -in history. This is THE college football team.

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

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6 2006 Texas Longhorns

Last second win for national championship. Says it all.

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

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7 2008 Florida Gators

Lets go Gators hey bet are better than the Georgia Bulldogs

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

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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

Suffocating defense & an unstoppable running attack

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9 1991 Washington Huskies

The only reason the Huskies had to share a portion of the championship instead of getting to claim it all themselves is East Coast Bias. More people live there, and since people often tend to emotionally elevate things that are geographically closer to them (despite what they say), Miami got more Associated Press votes. The Coaches Poll, aka the people who know what they're talking about, knew the Dawgs were way better and had them at the top. Retrospectively, just about everyone has the Huskies as one of the best teams ever. Here they are at number 5 where the '91 Miami team isn't in the top 50.

I think Marques tuisopo

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...

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10 2010 Auburn Tigers

We won the national championships, and WAR.DAMN.EAGLE.

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.

Just because people like Alabama better, doesn't mean they are good at football, good at sportsmanship or any of the other things that you need to be good at to be good at sports. Personally, I think that Auburn is better because they are good at most of those things. people just like Alabama because they are good at football and because they are a legend.

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The Contenders

11 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio state I think is the best program in the country. Having great QBs and DE players help them a lot.

Modern era teams can't compare. This was knuckle-bleeding football. And this was the toughest team on the gridiron.

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

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12 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.

They one the championship!

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13 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.

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)

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.

This team is the best

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14 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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15 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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16 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

My favorite team. They were doing well this year, then all of a sudden they lost to Alabama on the road and seemed to almost give up mentally. Hope they get'em next year.

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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.

OHIO states my bae

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18 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions

Undefeated
Unchallenged
Unrecognized

19 2008 Oklahoma Sooners

Come on man top 5

Sam bradford, ryan broyles, jermaine gresham, demarco murray, juquien iglesias, best offense of 2008 easily. trent williams, gerald mccoy made a solid defense, but not good enough to get past tim tebow and the florida gators! - tatef87

Scored 60+ in 5 straight games to end the regular season, including a 63-21 rout of top 5 Texas Tech

Awesome great defense!

20 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes

Flag nof said

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!

National champs enough said

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21 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.

The ducks are better than the huskies and the cornhuskers

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22 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

They should be higher

Too low, should be second to 1995 Nebraska.

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

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23 1998 Tennessee Volunteers

Homerism from me is all

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.

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24 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
25 2011 LSU Tigers

Was undefeated with the hardest schedule, up to the BCS championship.

26 1972 USC Trojans

Umm what is that guy at the bottom saying? He is angry like this WHAT I AM NOT FOOTBALL! - Carly19781

Blowing out soft teams isn't something to be proud of!

Hello have you seen USC

How quickly people forget! Is this a popularity poll or fact! This SC team was in the top 3 ever!

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27 1997 Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee should totally be the best!

Michigan didn't get the chance to play Nebraska so in the end we got humiliated badly. This team was still better than the 1998 team.

Wasn't the score 40-9. Even Phil Fullmer said of Nebraska " if this isn't the best team I don't know who is."

If Manning doesn't have a blown out knee, the Vols beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl

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28 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide

Best defense of the last 40 years.

29 1955 Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma sooners are probably the most successful ncaa football team ever. They've had so many heisman trophy winners. They've had a ton of first round draft picks and one of the hardest places to play

The Oklahoma Sooners have the facts to back them up... they are one of the best football teams ever.

A great Orange Bowl victory over # 2 Maryland by 20 to 6 put an exclamation point on the season.

The Oklahoma sooners are the best college football team because we have dominated

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30 2011 Clemson Tigers

Have the best talent ever

Best team ever!

Clemson Tigers are the best!

31 2007 Florida Gators

TEBOW. The Denver Broncos just made the biggest mistake ever so good luck tebow in NY

The Florida Gators have had many seasons where they lost only one game. All of the other teams on this list are no where near as good as the Florida Gators. The only team that beat them in 2009^^2010 is the Alabama Crimson Tide. These other teams do not match the Gators when it comes to skill.

GO GATORS!

I love the gators

Best team by far

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32 1945 Army Black Nights

The Army Football Team of 1945 is undoubtedly the greatest of all-time. A lot of the teams listed above Army couldn't even compete against that Army team which had not only a dominant defense but had one the greatest backfields in with Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis rolled over every opponent.

Vince Lombardi ya know the greatest coach of all time was on their staff. Their head coach Red Blaik ran the team without tolerance for any failure. The team was more disciplined than the army itself and as a result they could've beat anyone

Played toughest schedule of any college team in history.

BLACK NIGHTS R THE BEST

33 1947 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2 Million GIs were coming back from the war and many entering college on the GI bill. As a result, this was an environment where battle hardened soldiers were playing college ball and for college coaches it was like having unlimited scholarships. This was the most competitive era in college football history. To be national champs in this era defined you as the greatest team ever.

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35 1961 Alabama Crimson Tide

the best D-fense ever. only allowed 2 points per game. good offense too. the best program ever. best coach ever.

Only allowed 25 points all season

36 2004 USC Trojans

One of the best ever

37 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide
38 1986 Miami Hurricanes

I would favor this team in a bowl game against any team on this list.

Incredible history. This team changed all of college football. The NCAA managed to dismantle their efficacy. Teams break their arms patting themselves on their own backs when they defeat a football program that was undone by the NCAA. All of these schools need to cut it out, there is only one "U". Often imitated...

Put any of these teams against the Canes in the National Title game, those teams will have the fight of their lives.

Even though they lost to penn state, we had so many first rounders off that team.. Too many to count

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39 1982 Georgia Bulldogs

Yea their good my whole room is bulldog stuff I love harry dog you my friend are awesome and who let the dogs out who who who

GO DAWGS! GO DAWGS! Hershal Walker was our man! Love AJ Green, too!

I don't know how Georgia is not #1. Unlike most teams we are great every year no matter the circumstance. We have had Herschel Walker, Aaron Murray (still have), Jarvis Jones, AJ Green, Knowshon Moreno, Fran Tarkenton, Champ Bailey, Matt Stafford, Frank Sinkwich and so much more. GO DAWGS

we owned every one on the field

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40 1974 Oklahoma Sooners

Only one opponent played the Sooners within 14 points and four failed to score a touchdown. At the same time, OU led the nation in scoring offense with an average of 43 points per game to finish the season as the only undefeated team in the country at 11 . Oklahoma was loaded with talent, evidenced by its eight All Americans, the most of any season to that point. OU's wishbone offense, triggered by running back Joe Washington, fullback Jim Littrell, and quarterback Steve Davis, averaged 73.9 rushing attempts per game, which still stands as an NCAA single season record, 1 as does its 21.4 rushing first downs per game.

only undefeated team that year outscored opposition 473-92 averaged 43ppg and only gave up 8.3ppg

The 74 Sooners only ranked 17th? You people have to be daft. This was the greatest college football team ever assembled. They nearly all went to the pros.

Only team I have ever seen put the ball on the ground 8 times in a game... Still score 63 points and hold the other team to 3 points. And... Only attempt 5 passes? Domintion!

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41 2004 Auburn Tigers

Perfect team, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams (NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2006), Jason Campbell, John Vaugh.
Should have been in the national championship

Easily the most balanced and best team of that season, no body could have come close to them in the championship game. War dam eagle! - gooner4life

Auburn is a joke glad they didn't make to the title game

I agree defienatly should have been in national championship

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42 2006 Louisville Cardinals

Damn. This team was awesome. If Michael Bush hadn't broken his leg in the season opener that year (59-28 rout of Kentucky), then Louisville surely would've gone undefeated. No way we lose to Schiano's Rutgers while our Heisman-caliber running back is healthy. We would've gone 12-0 and played Ohio State in the title game instead of Florida playing them. And based on how that game went (41-14 win for Florida), I bet Louisville would've won the national championship in 2006.

Bobby Petrino did a terrific job with that team.

43 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama is the best, and they are to good to be beat. All the other teams just aren't as good.

44 1983 Miami Hurricanes

Nobody has more swag then the U, lets go HURRICANES

45 1999 Florida State Seminoles
46 1980 Georgia Bulldogs

Anyone's great with a RB like Herschel Walker and a coach like Vince Dooley.

47 1959 Syracuse Orangemen

They dominated and they had be be good... Ernie Davis was a special person. Even speaking with him on campus... he he gave me some of his time... and was a wonderful young man!

People don't remember this team because Syracuse isn't a storied program, but my grandpa said he saw this team play and he said they were very good. - TrinityTrojan

THESE GUYS ALL THE WAY! All because of Ernie Davis! He was the best football player that ever played or at least the best black player that played

Consider that in 1959 there was limited substitution and players had to play both offense and defense. It's hard to imagine today's 'specialists' could dominate the way th way the 1959 Orange did.

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48 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide
49 2016 Clemson Tigers

This website is trash we had a 12-0 record and were 34

Yes this team was great. The defense was better than 2015 (ironically), jalen hurts broke records and made history, and we had several first round picks. Roll tide.

Not better then the 1995 nebraska cornhuskers

50 2014 Oregon Ducks

Marcus Mariota, that's it.

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