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.

ROLL TIDE ROLL

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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

No question about it... when ya got one if the all time greatest college qbs that lead one of the all time greatest offenses and one of the all time greatest defenses I'm college football and they beat abteam tjat has two heisman wimners on it and heralded as the greatest college football team of all time...and they play in what many feel as the greatest college football game of all time... then I think ya have to consider the winning team as one of the greatest teams of all time... just in my opinion!

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3 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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4 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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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..

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.

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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

number one

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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.

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.

Played the HARDEST schedule of any team avg.9.5 points with that defense. plus CHARLES WOODSON. who could have beat them? nebreska had to win by a flute play..plus the only reson they split that titlle was osborne retired. and there bowl they played starters the whole game against fla backups MEEESHIGAN would beat them hands down! ! !

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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

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

OSU ALL THE WAY

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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.

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.

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 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

best5 ever

13 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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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.

Again I love dis team sooo much

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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.

3rd string QB undeafted in championship games

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16 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

Too low, should be second to 1995 Nebraska.

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

They should be higher

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17 2008 Oklahoma Sooners

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

Awesome great defense!

18 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!

National champs enough said

Flag nof said

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19 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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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.

Homerism from me is all

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21 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

TEBOW SUCKS A HORSE

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22 1972 USC Trojans

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!

Whoever writes these articles must not know much about football. OJ played at SC in 67 and 68 NOT 72! AND THAT Q972 TEAM SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 3 EVER. THEY KILLED EVERYONE THEY PLAYED. SO MANY ALL PROS ON THAT TEAM...THEY OPENED UP BLACK PLAYERS TO THE SEC. THE SEC SHOULD GET ON THEIR KNRES AND PRAISE JOHN MCKAY! THE MOST UNDER-RATED COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH OF ALL TIME
HE TOOK THE TAMPA BAY BUCS TO THE 79 AFC CHAMPIOSHIP GAME IN ITS 4TH SEASON. THEY WOULD HAVE WON WITH RICKY BELL (GOD REST HIS SOUL) IF IT HADNT BEEN PLAYED IN A MONSOON! THIS WAS BACK WHEN EXPANSION TEAMS didn't GET ALL THE HELP THEY GET TODAY. MCKAY DID AN AWESOME JOB. BUT NO ODY EVER TALKS ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY HAD LOST SO MUCH. BUT ANY COACH WOULD HAVE LOST BECAUSE THEY NEVER HELPED EXPANSION TEAMS BACK THEN. JOHN MCKAY IS THE MOST UNDER-RATED FOOTBALL COACH IN HISTORY. THEY WERE DOWN 24-0 TO number 1 and IN '74 AND CAME BACK IN THE SEXMCOND HALF AND WON 55-24!

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23 2011 LSU Tigers

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

24 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."

Splitting national title with Michigan instead of Nebraska.. Pathetic Michigan

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25 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide

Best defense of the last 40 years.

26 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.

I hate sooners I like longhorns and OSU!

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27 2011 Clemson Tigers

Clemson Tigers are the best!

Have the best talent ever

Best team ever!

28 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

29 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.

30 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

31 2013 Washington Huskies
32 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.

Leroy and Dewey Selman along with Joe Washington and Barry Switzer's first championship.

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33 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

There are currently 38 DAWGS in the NFL!
As of 2013

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34 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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35 2004 USC Trojans

One of the best ever

36 1964 Alabama Crimson Tide
37 1986 Miami Hurricanes

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

Vinny Testaverde, Michael Irvin, Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith, Bret Periman, Brian Blades, Benny Blades, Bubba McDowell, Winston Moss, Jerome Brown...and they lost to a bunch of guys from Jersey! Bahaha

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38 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

They were the best in the land offensively and defensively and coached by a legend.

Larry Pifer

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39 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

no

40 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.

41 1965 Alabama Crimson Tide
42 1983 Miami Hurricanes

Nobody has more swag then the U, lets go HURRICANES

43 1901 Michigan Wolverines

This is the obvious choice for number 1. Kids these days only care about what happened in their lifetime, or what they can remember. Just because it happened before they were born or before T.V. coverage, doesn't mean it didn't happen or isn't relevant anymore. Yes, the game was different back then, but it as different equally for all teams. Michigan did something in 1901 that no other team could do, and all other teams were playing the same game with the same rules back then. This is something that will NEVER happen again.

Why is this team not ranked as the greatest ever? It is because there are way too many young folks with no concept of college football's traditions and TOO MUCH ESPN brain-washing. They actually think that college football began with video coverage and tend to rate only relatively recent teams as great, as evidenced by the voting results... Just look at the dates.

outscored their opponents 550-0.

Would actually punt the ball on first down in the second half because they were up by so much.

1901 Rose Bowl
Michigan 49
Stanford 0

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44 1980 Georgia Bulldogs

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

45 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide
46 2014 Oregon Ducks

Marcus Mariota, that's it.

47 1993 Florida State Seminoles

Only won Orange bowl because of a phantom clip call. They weren't the best team on the field that night let alone all time.

Lost to Notre Dame. Ranked number 1 because writers felt sorry for coach.

The defense outscored the first 7 teams of the season destroyed all competion

Best 1 loss team of all time

W
Ould beat our 99 team all day. That one loss is whats stopping this from being the greatest ever.

48 2016 Michigan Wolverines

Boi ohio state's secondary is as weak as their education program

Boss ass team

Undefeated #oct29

Screw blue

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49 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide

I agree this is Alabama greatest football team but if they were to play 01 Miami the score would not even be close

Did not give up a touchdown in a while month

12-0 in regular season

Iowa

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50 1947 Michigan Wolverines

Michigan punter is really good

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