Top 5 Alabama Football Teams of All-Time

Alabama is the best college football program of all time as the Crimson Tide have won 17 national championships. With their first title coming in 1925, the Crimson Tide have gone on to win 16 championships since then. While a list like this is always challenging, it becomes especially difficult choosing between so many historic teams. This list counts down the top 5 Alabama football teams of all-time.

5. 2016 14-1 (Peach Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)

Opening up the rankings we have the 2016 team. This team is the only one on the list without a championship. During the year Alabama beat 9 teams ranked in the Top 25 and only gave up 17 points or more in 3 of 15 games. In the College Football Championship the Crimson Tide ran out of luck as Clemson scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1 second remaining. The team featured Jalen Hurts, Bo Scarbrough, Damien Hurts, Calvin Ridley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Dalvin Tomlinson, and company.

4. 2015 14-1 (Cotton Bowl – W, College Football Championship – W)

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The 2015 team comes in at #4. This team relied on on the run game and strong defense. Derrick Henry finished the year with 2310 yards and 28 touchdowns. Reggie Ragland had 102 tackles, Reuben Foster has 73 tackles, Geno Smith had 72 tackles, and Eddie Jackson had 6 interceptions. The Crimson Tide defeated Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl and beat Clemson 45-40 in the College Football Championship.

3. 1961 11-0 (Sugar Bowl – W)

The #3 spot goes to the 1961 Alabama team. Coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant this team was one of the most dominant college football teams of all-time. During the season they averaged 27.0 points per game while only giving up 2.3 points per game. The most points given up came in a week 4 in a 26-7 win over NC State. The Crimson Tide finished the season with a 10-3 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl to finish the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.

2. 1978 11-1 (Sugar Bowl – W)

At #2 we have the 1978 team. Coached by Bear Bryant the Crimson Tide finished the year with an 11-1 record while playing the 5th most difficult schedule in the country. Bama had four wins against top 12 teams during the year. The wins came against Nebraska (10), Missouri (11), LSU (10) and Penn State (1). In the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl, Alabama came up with a huge goal line stand that helped secure the victory. Alabama finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.

1. 2009 14-0 (BCS Championship – W)

Our top spot belongs to the 2009 team. This was Nick Saban’s first National Championship at Alabama. The backfield featured Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and the defense only gave up 11.7 points per game all year. The Crimson Tide beat Texas 37-21 in the BCS Championship Game. This team set the precedent for future team’s as it showed that anything can be accomplished under Coach Saban.

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Top 5 Penn State Football Teams of All-Time

Penn State has had so many great football teams over the years. Since the 1970’s the program has been one of the best in the country. This list highlights our top 5 Penn State football teams of all-time.

5. 1973 12-0 (Orange Bowl – W)

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Starting off our countdown we have the 1973 team. Coached by Joe Paterno, this team was one of the most underrated Penn State teams of all-time. The Nittany Lions ended the year undefeated after beating LSU in the Orange Bowl; however they finished the year #5 in the country. Running back, John Cappelletti finished the year with 1591 yards and 17 touchdowns.

4. 1981 10-2 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

Number 4 belongs to the 1981 team. Besides the two losses to Alabama and Miami, the team was dominant. Penn State averaged 30.9 points per game while only giving up 13.5 points per game and finished the year with the #1 strength of schedule in the whole country. Penn State smothered #1 Pittsburgh 48-14 in the final regular season game. The Nittany Lions finished the season ranked #3 after beating USC 26-10 in the Fiesta Bowl.

3. 1986 12-0 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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At our #3 spot we have the 1986 team. This team was full of talent as they were led by Shane Conlan, D.J. Dozier, Tim Manoa, and Steve Smith. 13 Lions were drafted in the 1987 NFL draft. Penn State defeated Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the season ranked #1.

2. 1982 11-1 (Sugar Bowl – W)

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At #2 we have the 1982 team. The Nittany Lions finished the year with wins versus #13 Notre Dame, #5 Pittsburgh, and #1 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. This propelled them to finish the year ranked #1 in the country and become National Champions.

1. 1994 12-0 (Rose Bowl – W)

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The 1994 team goes down as our best Penn State team of all-time. The Nittany Lions finished 12-0 and beat Oregon 38-20 in the Rose Bowl. The team was dominant as they averaged 47.0 points per game while only giving up 21.0 points per game. The team was led by Kerry Collins, Ki-Jana Carter, Bobby Engram, and Freddie Scott. The Nittany Lions finished the season ranked #2 in the final AP Poll as Nebraska finished at the top.

Top 5 Miami Football Teams of All-Time

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Top 5 Florida State Football Teams of All-Time

Florida State football has seen a ton of success over the years. The Seminoles have won national championships, conference championships, and have had 288 players selected in the NFL/AFL Draft. This list ranks the top 5 Florida State teams of all-time.

5. 1997 11-1 (Sugar Bowl – W)

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Bobby Bowden led the Seminoles to a 11-1 record in the 1997 season. The team was led by Travis Minor, Peter Warrick, E.G. Green, Laveranues Coles, and Andre Wadsworth. In week 11 the Noles lost a 32-29 heartbreaker to Florida, but ended the season on a high note beating Ohio State 31-14 in the Sugar Bowl. The Seminoles finished the year ranked #3 in the final AP Poll.

4. 1987 11-1 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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Number 4 belongs to the 1987 Seminoles. FSU was 1 point away from being the National Champion after a 26-25 loss to Miami in week 5. On the year, Sammie Smith rushed for 1230 yards and Deion Sanders had 4 interceptions. The Seminoles ended the season ranked #2 in the final AP Poll.

3. 1993 12-1 (Orange Bowl – W)

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The number 3 spot belongs to the 1993 Seminoles. This team was dominant as they averaged 41.2 points per game while giving up only 9.9 points per game. These statistics were both 1st out of all NCAA teams. On offense Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn led the Seminoles. Corey Sawyer had an impressive year on defense totaling 6 interceptions. The one loss came in week 10 to Notre Dame. However, the Noles won the Orange Bowl 18-16 against Nebraska and finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.

2. 2013 14-0 (BCS Championship)

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The 2013 FSU team was led by Heisman Winner Jameis Winston. Winston finished the season with 44 total touchdowns. On defense Telvin Smith had 90 tackles and 3 interceptions. The Noles beat Duke in the ACC Title Game 45-7 and then defeated Auburn 34-31 in the BCS Championship Game.

1. 1999 12-0 (Sugar Bowl – W)

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At the top spot we have the 1999 team. This team was the first team in NCAA history to be ranked #1 every week, from the pre-season polls to the final polls. The team featured Chris Weinke, Travis Minor, Peter Warrick, Anquan Boldin, and Sebastian Janikowski. The Seminoles beat Virginia Tech 46-29 in the Sugar Bowl.

Top 5 Ohio State Football Teams of All-Time

In 108 seasons Ohio State is 816-259-36. The Buckeyes have played in 51 bowls and won 25 of these games. This list counts down the top 5 Ohio State teams of all-time.

5. 2012 12-0

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Due to NCAA sanctions the Buckeyes were unable to play in the postseason. Led by Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier it is realistic to think that OSU had a strong chance to win the national title. The Buckeyes ended the season ranked #3 in the final AP Poll.

4. 1973 10-0-1 (Rose Bowl – W)

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The number 4 spot belongs to the 1973 team. Cornelius Greene and Archie Griffin commanded the offense. The Bucks tied Michigan in week 10, but finished the year strong as they beat USC in the Rose Bowl 42-21.

3. 1954 10-0 (Rose Bowl – W)

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Woody Hayes led the 1954 Buckeyes to an undefeated season. The Buckeyes averaged 24.9 points per game, while only giving up 7.5 points per game. They dominated USC in the Rose Bowl to finish the season as national champions.

2. 2014 14-1 (Sugar Bowl – W, College Football Championship – W)

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The 2014 team takes the number 2 spot. This team was filled with stars like Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliot, Devin Smith, Joshua Perry, Joey Bosa, and Darron Lee. OSU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon in the College Football Championship.

1. 2002 14-0 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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The top spot belongs to the 2002 team. Coached by Jim Tressel, the Buckeyes were untouchable. Michael Jenkins led the receivers with 1076 yards and the defense was dominant allowing only 13.1 points per game. OSU defeated Miami in the Fiesta Bowl 31-24 to finish the season undefeated.

Top 5 LSU Football Teams of All-Time

The LSU Tigers are one of the most dominant college football teams as they have won four national titles. Coming off a title last season, the Tigers are hungry for more in the future. This list ranks the top 5 LSU football teams of all-time.

5. 2011 13-1 (BCS Championship – L)

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At the number 5 spot, we have the 2011 Tigers. LSU finished the year 13-1 with the only loss coming in the BCS Championship to to Alabama. This team featured Jarret Lee, Michael Ford, Spencer Ware, and Tyrann Mathieu. The Tigers finished the year ranked #2 in the final AP Poll.

4. 2007 12-2 (BCS Championship – W)

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Coached by Les Miles, the 2007 team went on to win LSU’s second title. Matt Flynn and Jacob Hester led the offense, while Craig Steltz and Ali Highsmith commanded the defense. The Tigers defeated Ohio State 38-24 in the BCS Championship Game.

3. 2003 13-1 (Sugar Bowl – W)

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The 2003 LSU team was led by Matt Mauck, Justin Vincent, and Michael Clayton. Their one loss came against Florida in week 6 as the Tigers fell 17-9. The Tigers ended the year with a win against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and they went on to win the BCS National Championship, but finish ranked #2 in the final AP Poll.

2. 1958 11-0 (Sugar Bowl -W)

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At our number 2 spot, we have the 1958 team. The Tigers were coached by Paul Dietzel while Billy Cannon led the offense with 848 yards and 11 touchdowns. The defense was ferocious as they allowed only 4.8 points per game. LSU defeated Clemson in the Sugar Bowl 7-0 to finish the season undefeated.

1. 2019 15-0 (Peach Bowl – W, College Football Championship – W)

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Number 1 is a no brainer. The 2019 team was arguably the most dominant college football team of all time. The Tigers averaged 48.4 points per game and Joe Burrow won the Heisman Award after throwing for 60 touchdowns and rushing for 5 touchdowns. LSU defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, and Clemson in the College Football Championship.

Top 5 Virginia Tech Football Teams of All-Time

The Hokies have seen success in the Big East (1991-2003) and the ACC (2004 – Present). This list ranks the top 5 Virginia Tech teams of all-time.

5. 1995 10-2 (Sugar Bowl – W)

Coming in at #5 we have the 1995 team. The Hokies were led by Jim Druckenmiller and Dwayne Thomas. Virginia Tech defeated Texas in the Sugar Bowl and finished the year ranked #10 in the country.

4. 2007 11-3 (Orange Bowl – L)

Led by Sean Glennon and Branden Ore on offense and Xavier Adibi, Vince Hall, and Brandon Flowers on defense, the 2007 Hokies finished the season 11-3. Tech went on to win the ACC championship before losing to Kansas in the Orange Bowl.

3. 2005 11-2 (Gator Bowl- W)

Fans in Blacksburg were able to watch the younger Vick suit up for the Hokies this season. Marcus Vick finished the year with 2393 passing yards as he led the offensive attack. On defense, Vince Hall had 112 tackles and James Anderson added 82 tackles. The Hokies lost a heartbreaker to Florida State in the ACC Championship, but came back to beat Louisville in the Gator Ball.

2. 2000 11-1 (Gator Bowl – W)

At #2 we have the 2000 team. Lee Suggs scored 28 touchdowns while Michael Vick added 16. The one loss came at Miami in week 9; however the Hokies were able to finish the season strong as they won out and beat Clemson in the Gator Bowl. They finished the season ranked #6 in the final AP Poll.

1. 1999 11-1 (Sugar Bowl – L)

The top spot belongs to the 1999 Hokies. Led by Michael Vick and Shyrone Smith the Hokies dominated opponents. They averaged 40.3 points per game while only allowing 13.5 points per game. The season ended in an heartbreaking 46-29 loss to Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.

Top 5 Oregon Football Teams of All- Time

Since 1915 Oregon has fielded a football team. In 105 years, the Ducks have never won a national championship, but have come very close. This list counts down our top 5 Oregon football teams of all-time.

5. 2011 12-2 (Rose Bowl – W)

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At our #5 spot, we have the 2011 Ducks. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks finished the year ranked #4 in the AP Poll. Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, and De’Anthony Thomas led the high-powered offense.

4. 2014 13-2 (Rose Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)

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The 2014 Ducks were led by Marcus Mariotta and Royce Freeman. The Ducks averaged 45.4 points per game while allowing 23.6 points per game. Oregon ended up losing in the College Football Championship by 22 to Ohio State and finished #2 in the AP Poll.

3. 2010 12-1 (BCS Championship – L)

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The 2010 season was nearly perfect for the Ducks. They came into the BCS title game undefeated; however lost to Auburn 22-19. The Ducks finished the year ranked #3 in the AP Poll.

2. 2001 11-1 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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Coached by Mike Bellotti, the 2001 Ducks finished 11-1. They were led by Joey Harrington, Maurice Morris, and Onterrio Smith. On defense, Steve Smith finished the year with 8 interceptions. The Ducks smacked Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl 38-16 and finished the year ranked #2 in the AP Poll.

1. 2012 11-1 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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Our top spot belongs to the 2012 Ducks. This team was absolutely stacked with Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, and Kenjon Barner leading the offense, while Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso leading the defense. The Ducks one loss came to Stanford; however, they redeemed themselves with a 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State.

Top 5 Clemson Football Teams of All-Time

Clemson has started to establish itself as one of the top football programs in the country. This list counts down the top 5 Clemson teams of all-time

5. 2015 (14-1, Orange Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)

Clemson finished this season 14-1. They were unstoppable throughout the season until falling to Alabama 45-40 in the College Football Championship. The Tigers were led by Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman, and Artavis Scott.

4. 2019 (14-1, Fiesta Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)

Coming in at #4 is the 2019 season. The Tigers were undefeated until losing to LSU 42-25 in the College Football Championship. Trevor Lawrence finished the year throwing for 3665 yards and 36 passing touchdowns while Travis Eteinne added 2046 total yards and 23 touchdowns.

3. 2016 (14-1, Fiesta Bowl – W, College Football Championship – W)

The 2016 season was Dabo Swinney’s first National Championship. The Tigers were close to finishing undefeated as their only loss came in a heartbreaker against Pittsburgh 44-43.

2. 1981 (12-0, Orange Bowl – W)

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The 1981 Tigers finished the season 12-0 and beat Nebraska 22-15 in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers finished the season ranked #1 in the AP Polls.

1. 2018 (15-0, Cotton Bowl -W, College Football Championship – W)

At our top spot, we have the 2018 season. Clemson was dominant as they averaged 44.3 points per game while holding opponents to 13.1 points per game. The Tigers beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Championship.

Top 5 Losingest NBA Franchises

These teams have struggled over the years. This list counts down the top 5 losingest NBA franchises.

#5 Charlotte Hornets 1027-1303 (.441)

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At #5 we have Michael Jordan’s Hornets. The Hornets have been a joke of the league for some time now. Hopefully, their young talent can help turn the franchise around in the next couple of years.

#4 Brooklyn Nets 1450-2028 (.417)

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The Nets joined the league in 1976 following a merger between the NBA and ABA. The Nets hope their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn can bring them success in the coming years.

#3 Memphis Grizzlies 792-1128 (.413)

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Founded in 1995, the Grizzlies are one of the newer franchises in the league. Unfortunately, these past 25 years have not necessarily been pretty for Memphis. The Grizzlies look to rookie Ja Morant to turn around the franchise in the next decade.

#2 Los Angeles Clippers 1610-2360 (.406)

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This one might come to a surprise to some due to the Clippers current success. However historically the Clippers have never been a solid franchise. Since 1970 the Clippers have racked up many losing seasons.

#1 Minnesota Timberwolves 961-1451 (.398)

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