Since the 1980’s the Hurricanes have arguably been the most dominant college football program. This list counts down our top 5 Miami football teams of all-time.
5. 1983 11-1 (Orange Bowl – W)
We start our countdown with the 1983 team. Coached by Howard Schellenberger, the Hurricanes finished 11-1 to win their first National Championship. Miami was led by Bernie Kosar and Jay Brophy. The season started with a loss at Florida, but the Canes went on to win their next 11 games and end the season with an Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska.
4. 1988 11-1 (Orange Bowl – W)
Under Jimmy Johnson, Miami finished 11-1. The Canes started the season hot, beating #1 Florida State 31-0. In week 4 Miami lost a 31-30 heartbreaker against Notre Dame. However, they were able to win out and play in the Orange Bowl. In the bowl game, the Canes pummeled Nebraska, 23-3. The Hurricanes ended the season ranked #2 in the final AP Poll. Steve Walsh, Cleveland Gary, and Bill Hawkins were All-Americans.
3. 1987 12-0 (Orange Bowl – W)
In 12 games, the 1987 team beat 6 ranked opponents , Florida (20), Arkansas (10), Florida State (4), Notre Dame (10), South Carolina (8), and Oklahoma (1). The team was led by Steve Walsh, Michael Irvin, Bennie Blades, and Daniel Stubbs. The Hurricanes ended the season with a 20-14 win in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma and finished ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.
2. 1991 12-0 (Orange Bowl – W)
Under the helm of Dennis Erickson, the Hurricanes finished 12-0. Led by Gino Torretta, Darrin Smith, Darryl Williams and Kevin Williams opponents could not keep up with Miami. The Hurricanes shutout Nebraska 22-0 in the Orange Bowl and finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.
1. 2001 12-0 (Rose Bowl – W)
The 2001 team is arguably the best college football team of all time. This group is absolutely loaded with talent. The team featured Ken Dorsey, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Ed Reed, Phillip Buchanon, Jon Vilma, and other future NFL players. Miami dominated opponents averaging 42.7 points per game while only giving up 9.8 points per game. The Canes defeated Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl.