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ESPN Names College Football's Best Team Of The Last 20 Years

There have been a lot of good college football teams to take the field over the last 20 years.

There was the Pete Carroll-led USC Trojans, featuring Matt Lienhart, Reggie Bush and Co. There was the Urban Meyer-led Florida Gators, featuring Tim Tebow. There was the Cardale Jones-Ezekiel Elliott dominated Ohio State Buckeyes. And, of course, there were a bunch of incredible Nick Saban-led Alabama teams.

Which college football team of the last 20 years is the best, though?

ESPN has ranked them.

The Worldwide Leader, using analytical data - "ESPN Analytics calculated overall, offensive and defensive ratings to find the true strength of a champion through a comparison of top college football programs across seasons." - has named the best team of the last 20 years.

The Vince Young-led Texas Longhorns come in at No. 1.


1. 2005-06 Texas Longhorns

The 2005 Longhorns are the top championship team of the last 20 years in large part because they claim the best player of the last 20 years. Quarterback Vince Young, remarkably, didn't win the Heisman Trophy that season, but he produced one of the greatest individual seasons in recent college football history, culminating with one of the greatest individual game performances the sport has ever seen. In the Rose Bowl against heavily favored USC, Young completed 30 of 40 passes, rushed for 200 yards and delivered the game-winning play, an 8-yard touchdown dash on fourth down with 19 seconds remaining. That play defined the BCS era. And turned Young into a legend. Young wasn't the only star for Texas, which also boasted a top-10 defense. Michael Huff was the Jim Thorpe Award winner and, like Young, became a top 10 NFL draft pick. Linemen Jonathan Scott and Rodrique Wright were consensus All-Americans, as well. The '05 Longhorns never lost. And saved their best for the biggest stage. -- Jake Trotter

That Texas team went 13-0, winning the Big 12 Championship Game 70-3, and beating USC in one of the best title games ever, 41-38.

You can view ESPN's full rankings here.