The last 17 seasons of college football have featured some of the best teams to ever play the sport. Bleacher Report has ranked the best teams since the year 2000.
No. 1 shouldn't come as a major surprise. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are one assemblages of NFL talent to ever hit a college football field. That roster featured players like Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Sean Taylor, and Jonathan Vilma. The '01 'Canes had six first-team All-Americans, and absolutely rolled virtually all competition.
There have been some other all-time teams to grace our fields and screens in the last two decades as well. Here is B/R's top five, compiled by Greg Wallace.
5. 2008 Florida
"Florida finished 13-1 after a surprising home loss to Ole Miss, but the Gators learned from it and cruised to a national title under Tebow's guidance.
Love him or hate him, Tebow proved to be one of the best and most inspirational college football players in recent memory."
4. 2011 Alabama
"Saban's best teams are built with defense, and the 2011 Crimson Tide was no exception. Alabama yielded only 8.2 points per game, and only one team (FCS foe Georgia Southern) scored more than 14 points against them. That's impressive."
3. 2005 Texas
"13-0 record. 652 total points, a then-FBS record. Twenty-four players eventually drafted into the NFL. Seventy points in Big 12 title game win over Colorado. 4,086 total yards for quarterback Vince Young, the first college football player to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. Fifty-five team rushing touchdowns, a Texas record."
2. 2004 USC
"The Trojans, per their team motto, "left no doubt" with a 55-19 dismantling of the Sooners in the national title game. Southern California was No. 1 from wire to wire and survived close calls from Stanford, Cal (and Aaron Rodgers) and UCLA in the regular season.
They boasted the Heisman Trophy winner in Leinart and fifth-place finisher in do-everything back Bush."
1. 2001 Miami
"Miami is the best team in recent memory, and one of the greatest teams in college football history.
Outside of a 26-24 win at Virginia Tech in the regular season finale, the Hurricanes simply weren't challenged by their foes. They outscored teams by an average of 42.7-9.8 and cruised to the national title with a 12-0 record."
Head to Bleacher Report for the full top 10 list and analysis.