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top 5 ncaa football teams of all time

Posted on: April 16, 2009 4:09 am
 

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After listing my top 5 ncaa basketball teams of all time I decided why not list my top 5 football teams too. Like before, this list is based on college performance only. I factored in all different things, but like my first list, the main factor was winning margin because IMO a great team should be dominant and nothing reflects dominance better then winning margin. Other things I factored in were strength of schedule, players, and draft picks.

Also, if anyone disagrees with a team on this list feel free to comment.

1. Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-0) 1971- This team is considered by many the best college football team ever and I have to agree. This team, led by a great offense and just as good defense averaged 39 points a game, while letting up only 8 points per game. The defense included 7 first team All-Big Eight selections and two OUtland trophy winners. The defense was one of the most opportunistic recovering 20 fumbles and intercepting 27 passes. The cornhuskers beat #2 ranked Oklahoma on Thanksgiving 35-31 in one of the greatest games of all time (also nicknamed "game of the century") before finishing off their season destroying 'Bama in the Orange Bowl 38-6.

Coach: Bob Devaney

2. USC Trojans (12-0) 1972- Coming one year after the great Nebraska team this USC team really is just 1A. The first team to ever be named No.1 on every media and coaches ballots, This team scored 30 or more points in 7 of their 11 games and averaged almost 43 points a game. Their offense included OT Pete Adams and TE Charles Young who would both go on to being first round selections, while also continuing the USC tradition of great running backs with Sam Cunningham, Rod Mcneill, and Anthony Davis. This team also dominated on defense allowing 12 points a game. They finished their season beating Ohio State 42-17 in the Rose Bowl.

Coach: John McKay

 3. Miami Hurricanes (12-0) 2001- This team had as much star power as any. On offense they started All-American QB Ken Dorsey, RB Clinton Portis, (rushed for 1,200 yards) and TE Jeremy Shockey. On defense this team had corners Philip Buchanon and Mike Romph and safety Ed Reed, all of whom were first round selections along with Shockey, OT Bryant McKinney. This team went 12-0 with an average winning margin of 34 points a game.

Coach: Larry Coker

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0) 1947- This team featured more great college football players than almost any and they could have jumped Miami if not for the fact that they won a disputed national championship. While the Irish were voted #1 in the final poll of the season, Michigan destroyed USC and was #1 in the unofficial postseason ballot. This team featured 3 players who were named among the top 100 college football players ever. QB Johnny Lujack won the Heisman and Lineman Leon Hart would go on to be one of two lineman to ever win the Heisman in ‘49, along with tackle George Connor. 41 of the Irish players went on to play pro ball.

Coach: Frank Leahy

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-0) 1995- Another great Nebraska team, this version erased any doubts of how good it was by destroying Florida and it's "superior defense" in the Fiesta Bowl 62-24. This team featured what may be the best offense ever averaging over 50 points a game better even than the 1983 Nebraska team. Playing a tough schedule (they played 4 top ten teams who they beat by no less then 23 points per) they absolutely dominated the competition. This offense was led by Ahman Green and Lawrence Philips led the league in rushing offense averaging 400 yards a game.

Coach: Tim Osborne



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Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2009 3:39 pm
 

top 5 ncaa football teams of all time

'91 Huskies. one of the most dominant teams on both sides of the ball. 12-0, The 1991 team averaged over 41 points per game, only once scoring fewer than 20 points(against USC), and held opponents to an average of less than 10 points per game, including two shutouts. they outscored their opponents 495-115 in conference play.



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