Top 5 Nebraska Football Teams of All-Time

Over the years Nebraska has become one of the best college football programs in the country. Through 2019, Nebraska is ranked seventh in all-time wins among FBS teams. Nebraska has won 26 bowl games and has claimed five national titles.

5. 1994 13-0 (Orange Bowl – W)

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Our countdown starts with the 1994 team. The Cornhuskers were coached by Tom Osborne and finished the year 13-0. 5 of the 13 wins came against ranked teams. The Cornhuskers led the nation in rushing and Lawrence Phillips finished the year with 1894 yards and 16 touchdowns. Nebraska ended the season with a 24-17 win against Miami in the Orange Bowl and finished the season ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.

4. 1970 11-0-1 (Orange Bowl – W)

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The 1970 team finished the season with 11 wins, zero losses, and one tie. The tie came in week 2 at #3 USC. In the Orange Bowl, Nebraska beat LSU 17-12. The Cornhuskers finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll. Jerry Murtaugh was named the Big Eight Player of the Year and Bob Devaney was named the National Coach of the Year.

3. 1997 13-0 (Orange Bowl – W)

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The #3 spot belongs to the 1997 team. Ahman Green ran for 1877 yards while averaging 6.8 yards per rush. Scott Frost added 24 total touchdowns. Grant Wistrom won the Lombardi award (given to the best college football player) and Aaron Taylor won the Outland Trophy (given to the best interior lineman).The Cornhuskers destroyed Texas A&M 54-15 in the Big 12 Championship game. In the Orange Bowl, Nebraska beat Tennessee 42-17. The Cornhuskers finished the season ranked #2 in the final AP Poll behind #1 Michigan.

2. 1995 12-0 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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The #2 spot belongs to the 1995 team. Coached by Tom Osborne, Nebraska breezed to a 12-0 undefeated season. The offense averaged 53.2 points per game and they were led by Tommie Frazier and Ahman Green. Frazier finished the year with 31 touchdowns and Green added 16 touchdowns. Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, and Jared Tomich were all named 1st team All-Americans. During the season Nebraska had four wins against top 10 opponents and the closest game was a 35-21 win against Washington State. Nebraska smacked Florida, 62-24 ,in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the season ranked #1 in the Final AP poll.

1. 1971 13-0 (Orange Bowl – W)

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The 1971 team is the best Nebraska football team of all-time. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and finished the year undefeated. The Cornhuskers offense averaged 39.0 points per game (3rd in the nation) and the defense gave up 8.0 points per game (2nd in the nation). Jerry Tagge finished the year with 26 total touchdowns and Jeff Kinney added 17 touchdowns. Johnny Rodgers paced the receivers with 11 receiving touchdowns. Larry Jacobson, Willie Harper, and Rich Glover commanded the defense. Nebraska ended the year with a 38-6 win against Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Three Cornhuskers were picked in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft.

Top 5 Notre Dame Football Teams Since 1970

Notre Dame is one of college football’s most storied dynasties. The Fighting Irish have had great players such as Tim Brown, Joe Montana, Paul Hornung, George Gipp, Johnny Lujack who will go down in college football history as some of the greatest players to ever play the sport. Due to all of Notre Dame’s success, the list only considers teams after 1970. Let us know what you guys think in the comments below!

5. 1993 11-1 (Cotton Bowl – W)

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Starting our countdown we have the 1993 team. The team was led by Kevin McDougal, Lee Becton, Ray Zellars, and Bobby Taylor. Notre Dame won their first ten games before losing a 41-39 heartbreaker to Boston College in the Holy War. Following the loss, the Fighting Irish rebounded with a Cotton Bowl win against Texas A&M and finished the season ranked #2 in the final AP Poll.

4. 1989 12-1 (Orange Bowl – W)

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The 1989 Notre Dame team faced an extremely challenging schedule, but still nearly finished the year undefeated. The Fighting Irish faced seven ranked opponents and their only loss came at #7 Miami. Notre Dame ended the season beating #1 Colorado in the Orange Bowl, and went on to finish the year ranked #2 in the final AP Poll.

3. 1973 11-0 (Sugar Bowl – W)

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Coached by Ara Parseghian, the 1973 Notre Dame team was dominant. The Fighting Irish averaged 34.7 points per game (8th in the nation) and only gave up 8.1 points per game (4th in the nation). Notre Dame beat #1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl which and finished the season ranked #1 in the final AP Poll. Tight end, Dave Casper, and cornerback, Mike Townsend, were All-Americans.

2. 1988 12-0 (Fiesta Bowl – W)

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Coming in at our number 2 spot we have the 1988 team. The Fighting Irish were coached by Lou Holtz and finished the season undefeated. Mark Green and Tony Rice led the offensive unit. The defense finished the year 3rd in the nation, allowing only 13.0 points per game. During the year Notre Dame beat four teams ranked in the top 10, #9 Michigan, #1 Miami, #2 USC, and #3 West Virginia. The season ended on a high note after the Fighting Irish beat West Virginia 34-21 in the Fiesta Bowl. The bowl victory helped to secure a #1 final ranking.

1. 1977 11-1 (Cotton Bowl – W)

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The best Notre Dame team since 1970 is the 1977 team. This team averaged 35.0 points per game while only giving up 11.6 points per game. The team was led by Joe Montana and Jerome Heavens. Joe Restic finished the year with 6 interceptions and Luther Bradley added 5 interceptions. The Fighting Irish beat #7 Pittsburgh, #5 USC, #15 Clemson, and ended the year beating #1 Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.

Top 5 Washington Wizards Teams of All-Time

Since 1961 the franchise has moved from Chicago to Baltimore to Washington and has changed their name from the Zephyrs to the Packers to the Bullets to the Wizards. In the 1970’s the Wizards appeared in four NBA finals. However, since that decade the Wizards franchise has not seen a ton of success. Current stars like John Wall and Bradley Beal provide hope for Wizards fans as they try to turn the franchise around.

5. 2016-2017 49-33 (Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals)

At #5 we have the 2016-2017 team. The Wizards were led by John Wall (23.1 PPG) and Bradley Beal (23.1 PPG). The Zards opened up the playoffs beating Atlanta (4-2) in the first round before falling to Boston in Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

4. 1972-1973 52-30 (Lost in Conference Semifinals)

The 4th spot belongs to the 1972-1973 team. The Baltimore Bullets were led by Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier, Mike Riordan, Wes Unseld, and Archie Clark. The Bullets cruised to 52 wins to finish 1st in the Central Division. However, Baltimore struggled in the playoffs and fell to the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

3. 1978-1979 54-28 (Lost in Finals)

At #3 we have the 1978-1979 Wizards team. Elvin Hayes averaged 21.8 points per game, Bob Daindridge added 20.4 points per game, and Wes Unseld added 10.9 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. The Bullets beat the Hawks and the Spurs before facing the SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. The Bullets opened the series with a 99-97 win, but went on to drop the next four games losing the series 4-1.

2. 1974-1975 60-22 (Lost in Finals)

The 1974-1975 team holds the Wizards Franchise Record for regular season wins. Elvin Hayes led the team with 23.0 PPG and Phil Chenier added 21.8 PPG. The Bullets opened the playoffs beating the Buffalo Braves 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the Conference Finals the Bullets beat the Celtics in a six game series. Washington’s season would end after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the finals.

1. 1977-1978 44-38 (Won Finals)

At our top spot we have the 1977-1978 team. This is the only team to win an NBA title in the franchise’s history. Led by Elvin Hayes, Bob Dandridge, and Wes Unseld the Bullets defeated the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, and the Philadelphia 76ers before beating the Seattle SuperSonics in 7 games in the NBA finals.

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.

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.