The Greatest Teams in the History of College Football
College football attracts millions of fans nationwide, especially come football season. Rivalries between schools are fierce, with a lot of school spirit and thrashing and bashing between students broadcast live on national television. This is why watching the game and keeping updated about football matches excites a lot of viewers especially the alumni and those who associate themselves with a particular school, usually the one that represents their state. College football is almost as exciting as the National Football League (NFL). As with professional football, everyone has their own favorite team. Throughout history, however, there are undoubtedly better teams than others who have played their way to the top. After all, football can be measured objectively through scores and points just like most any other sport. When it comes to greatness, the stats say it all. Below are some of the greatest football teams in college football history.
1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers
The 1971 Cornhuskers are considered to be one of the best college football teams to ever exist. There is little disagreement on the greatness of this team, just looking at its offense which averages more than 39 points a game and surrenders only 8.2 points a game. Led by kick and punt returner Johnny Rodgers, who not surprisingly won the 1972 Heisman Trophy, the 1972 Cornhuskers won over Oklahoma who was ranked No.2 at that time with a record of 35-31 during Thanksgiving Day. The 1972 Cornhuskers-Oklahoma game has been dubbed as the “Game of the Century.” The Cornhuskers finished that season with a record of 13-0 and a 38-6 drubbing in the Orange Bowl against Alabama.
1972 USC Trojans
When the 1972 season ended, the USC Trojans finished with an incredible 12-0 record, which just shows how successful this team was. They defeated Ohio State in the Rose Bowl with a score of 42-17 under the guidance of head coach John McKay. That season, the Trojans were named No. 1 in all media polls and ballots.
1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers
The 1995 Nebraska had it all, a great offense and a great defense. It was no wonder that they were able to defeat four teams in the Top 10 by no fewer than 23 points. They also had an impeccable running attack in Lawrence Phillips and Ahman Green. The 1995 season was their second straight national championship, winning the Fiesta Bowl against Florida with a 62-24 score.
1945 Army Black Knights
That year, the Black Knights teamed up with the armed services and the Allies to win World War II and went on to a fall campaign with tailback Glenn Davis and fullback Felix “Doc” Blanchard. Both players won the much coveted Heisman Trophy, Blanchard in 1945 when he ran 718 yards and 19 TDs, and Davis in 1946. The Army finished the season with a 9-0 record. They defeated Notre Dame with a 48-0 score and trounced the Pennsylvania Quakers by 61-0.
2001 Miami Hurricanes
The 2001 Miami Hurricanes had unbelievably good players who were all first-draft selections in the 2002 NFL Draft: All-American quarterback Ken Dorsey, offensive tackle Bryant “Mount” Mckinnie, running back Clinton Portis, cornerbacks Mike Rumph and Phillip Buchanon, wide receiver Jeremy Shockey, and safety Edward Reed.