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ELOOnline : Who Is Best College Football Team in BCS Era?

It's been a month since Florida State defeated Auburn to win the final BCS Championship Game. Next year the College Football playoff Begins which I broke down last month why it will be better. Last Month I broke down what I felt was the best BCS Championship Games ever.Conversations began where the Noles team from this past season ranks all-time? This month I break down in depth here who was the best College Footballteam in the BCS Era ?Here my rankings with some great info. The 2003 USC Trojans are not included on this list as they did not play in actual BCS Title game and I wanted to focus on BCS Champions as the BCS system is going away.USC played Michigan in Rose Bowl and won AP National Title and split the title with LSU. I would put that USC team in same spot with LSU 03'.

1. Florida State Seminoles, 2013 (14-0, 8-0) Head Coach:Jimbo Fisher Key Stats:Florida State won 14 games by an average of 42.3 ppg, Jameis Winston set an NCAA freshman record with 40 passing touchdowns, led the nation with five rushing TD allowed, 18-point BCS comeback was the largest in BCS history Award Winners:Jamies Winston (Heisman Trophy, Davey OBrien, Walter Camp), Bryan Stork (Rimington), Roberto Aguayo (Groza) First Day NFL Draft Picks:TBDFSU_Jameis_Winston_2014

The Noles rolled through its 2013 schedule with ease, beating 13 regular season opponents by more than six touchdowns per game (42.3). Jimbo Fisher built a roster loaded with five-star future NFL stars, and this teams tremendous balance is what makes it great. Elite defensive players at every level compliment a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, a veteran offensive line and big-time playmakers at the skill positions. Even the special teams were elite and decorated with the Groza winner kicking field goals and extra points. This team crushed people to a perfect 14-0 record one of only four 14-win, unblemished BCS championship teams. The '13 Noles will go down as one of the most dominant, decorated and successful teams in college football history after erasing the biggest deficit in BCS title game history. In the title game, the offense drove the length of the field twice in the fourth quarter, special teams came up with huge plays and the defense held Auburn's No. 1-ranked rushing attack to 100 fewer yards than it averaged all season. The Seminoles won every game except for National Championship game by 14 points or more. The Noles won five games by it least 55 points. the other 15 BCS Champions have combine to won by it least 55 points or more8 times. 01' Canes had 3. Seminoles Offense score more points then any college football team has ever scored in a single season scoring 723 points.

Wins vs Top 25 : 5

2013 Schedule:

Sept 2:Florida St 41, Pitt 13 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sept. 14:Florida St 62, Nevada 7 (Tallahassee, FL)

Sept. 21:Florida St 54, Bethune-Cookman 6 (Tallahassee, FL)

Sept. 28:Florida St 48, Boston College 34 (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Oct. 5:Florida St 63, (#25) Maryland 0 (Tallahassee, FL)

Oct. 19:Florida St 51, (#3) Clemson 14 (Clemson, SC)

Oct. 26:Florida S 49, NC State 17 (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov. 2:Florida St 41, (#7) Miami 14 (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov. 9:Florida St 59, Wake Forest 3 (Winston-Salem, NC)

Nov. 16:Florida St 59, Syracuse 3 (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov. 23:Florida St 80, Idaho 14 (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov. 30:Florida St 37, Florida 7 (Gainesville, FL)

Dec. 7:Florida St 45, (#20) Duke 7 (Charlotte, NC)

Jan. 6:Florida St 34, (#2) Auburn 31 (Pasadena, CA)


2. Miami Hurricanes, 2001 (12-0, 7-0)

Head Coach:Larry Coker

Key Stats:No. 3 in nation in scoring offense (42.7 ppg), no. 1 in scoring defense (9.8 ppg); average margin of victory 33.2 points per game.

Award Winners:Larry Coker (Paul Bear Bryant Award), Ken Dorsey (co-Big East Offensive Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Rose Bowl co-MVP), Andre Johnson (Rose Bowl co-MVP), Bryant McKinnie (Outland Trophy), Ed Reed (co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Phillip Buchanon (1st, 2002), Vernon Carey (1st, 2004), Andre Johnson (1st, 2003), William Joseph (1st, 2003), Jerome McDougle (1st, 2003), Willis McGahee (1st, 2003), Bryant McKinnie (1st, 2002), Ed Reed (1st, 2002), Antrel Rolle (1st, 2005), Mike Rumph (1st, 2002), Jeremy Shockey (1st, 2002), Sean Taylor (1st, 2004), Jonathan Vilma (1st, 2004), Vince Wilfork (1st, 2004), D.J. Williams (1st, 2004), Kellen Winslow (1st, 2004), Clinton Portis (2nd, 2002).canes 2001

Wins vs Top 25 Teams : 5

The Hurricanes were loaded and is viewed by many as one of the best ever in college football history. With a roster featuring six first-team All-Americans and 32 future NFL draft picks, these Hurricanes dominated on both sides of the ball. The Canes defeated No. 14 Syracuse and No. 12 Washington in consecutive weeks at the Orange Bowl with a combined score of 124-7, which set the NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked opponents.The biggest scares came at Boston College and Virginia Tech where the Canes needed a late play on Defense to hold for victories.

Sept. 1:Miami (Fla.) 33, Penn State 7 (State College, PA)

Sept. 8:Miami (Fla.) 61, Rutgers 0 (Miami, FL)

Sept. 27:Miami (Fla.) 43, Pittsburgh 21 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Oct. 6:Miami (Fla.) 38, Troy 7 (Miami, FL)

Oct. 13:Miami (Fla.) 49, (#14) Florida State 27 (Tallahassee, FL)

Oct. 25:Miami (Fla.) 45, West Virginia 3 (Miami, FL)

Nov. 3:Miami (Fla.) 38, Temple 0 (Miami, FL)

Nov. 10:Miami (Fla.) 18, Boston College 7 (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Nov. 17:Miami (Fla.) 59, (#14) Syracuse 0 (Miami, FL)

Nov. 24:Miami (Fla.) 65, (#12) Washington 7 (Miami, FL)

Dec. 1:Miami (Fla.) 26, (#14) Virginia Tech 24 (Blacksburg, VA)

Jan. 3:Miami (Fla.) 37, (#4) Nebraska 14 (Rose Bowl) -


3. USC Trojans, 2004 (13-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Pete Carroll

Key Stats:Led the nation in rushing defense (79.4 ypg) and turnover margin (+1.46), led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.2 ppg) and finished No. 3 nationally in scoring defense (13.0 ppg), USC did not rank below third in the Pac-10 in any of the 14 tracked team stats.

Award Winners:Matt Leinart (Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp, Pac-10 Co-Off. Player of the Year), Reggie Bush (Pac-10 Co-Off. Player of the Year), Shaun Cody (Pac-10 Co-Def. Player of the Year),

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Shaun Cody (2nd, 2005), Lofa Tatupu (2nd, 2005), Matt Leinart (1st, 2006), Reggie Bush (1st, 2006), LenDale White (2nd, 2006), Winston Justice (2nd, 2006), Deuce Lutui (2nd, 2006), Steve Smith (2nd, 2007), Ryan Kalil (2nd, 2007), Lawrence Jackson (1st, 2008), Sam Baker (1st, 2008), Sedrick Ellis (1st, 2008), Keith Rivers (1st, 2008), Fred Davis (2nd, 2008), Chilo Rachal (2nd, 2008), Terrell Thomas (2nd, 2008), Clay Matthews (1st, 2009), Fili Moala (2nd, 2009).usc-orange-bowl

Wins vs Top 25 : 3

After a split national title in 2003 with LSU, the Trojans entered 2004 as the No. 1 team in the nation. An opening weekend win over ACC champ Virginia Tech in Landover started what would become a magical ride to a BCS National Championship. The Trojans went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the nation, claimed the Heisman Trophy and put together the most impressive national championship game in the brief history of the BCS. Quarterback Matt Leinart, in his second year under center and armed with an NFL roster full of skill players, led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (156.54) and finished with 3,322 yards and 36 total touchdowns (against only six interceptions). He capped his Heisman campaign with 332 yards and a BCS bowl record five touchdown passes in the destruction of unbeaten No. 2 Oklahoma. The two-headed rushing attack of LenDale White (1,108 yards, 15 TDs) and Reggie Bush (1,416 yards from scrimmage, 15 TDs)gave the 2004 Trojans and explosive balance. Eighteen different Trojans from the 2004 BCS National Championship team were selected in the first or second rounds of the NFL Draft. This team had the stats, the resume, the undefeated title season, the NFL talent, and a superstar coach. Biggest scares came at Stanford, vs Aaron Rodgers and California and at UCLA.

2004 Schedule:

Aug. 28:USC 24, Virginia Tech 13 (Landover, MD)

Sept. 11:USC 49, Colorado State 0 (Los Angeles, CA)

Sept. 18:USC 42, BYU 10 (Provo, UT)

Sept. 25:USC 31, Stanford 28 (Palo Alto, CA)

Oct: 9:USC 23, (#7) Cal 17 (Los Angeles, CA)

Oct. 16:USC 45, (#15) Arizona State 7 (Los Angeles, CA)

Oct. 23:USC 38, Washington 0 (Los Angeles, CA)

Oct. 30:USC 42, Washington State 12 (Pullman, WA)

Nov. 6:USC 28, Oregon State 20 (Corvallis, OR)

Nov. 13:USC 49, Arizona 9 (Los Angeles, CA)

Nov. 27:USC 41, Notre Dame 10 (Los Angeles, CA)

Dec. 4:USC 29, UCLA 24 (Pasadena, CA)

Jan. 4:USC 55, Oklahoma 19 (Miami Gardens, FL, Orange Bowl, BCS NCG)



4.Texas Longhorns, 2005 (13-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Mack Brown

Key Stats:School record 50.2 points per game, school single-season record for total yards (6,657), touchdowns (55), total yards per game (512.1) and yards per rushing attempt (5.9), Vince Young no. 6 in total offense (314.3 ypg) and no. 3 in passing efficiency

Award Winners:Mack Brown (Paul Bear Bryant Award, Big 12 Coach of the Year), Michael Huff (Jim Thorpe Award, Rose Bowl Defensive MVP), Vince Young (Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Davey OBrien Award, Manning Award, Maxwell Award, Rose Bowl Offensive MVP)

First Day NFL Draft Picks (9):Michael Griffin (1st, 2007), Michael Huff (1st, 2006), Brian Orakpo (1st, 2009), Aaron Ross (1st, 2007), Vince Young (1st, 2006), Justin Blalock (2nd, 2007), Tim Crowder (2nd, 2007), Cedric Griffin (2nd, 2006), Limas Sweed (2nd, 2008)Texas_Longhorns_Vince_Young

Texas entered the season ranked No. 2 behind defending national champion USC, and thats where the two found themselves when they met in the Rose Bowl in January 2006. To get to Pasadena, Texas steamrolled the competition, averaging more than 50 points a game and scoring 60 or more four times. In the second week of the season, Texas became the first non-conference opponent in 15 years to defeat Ohio State at home, and followed that win up about a month later by dominating Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. The Longhorns destroyed Colorado 70-3 in the Big 12 Championship to set up the showdown with No. 1 USC. The Rose Bowl title tilt lived up to every bit of its billing as Vince Young put on the most impressive performance in BCS National Championship history, accounting for 84 percent of Texas total offense (467 out of 556) yards, and scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left to capture the Longhorns fourth national championship in thrilling fashion. Young was one of four consensus All-Americans on this Longhorns team, which also produced a total of 24 NFL Draft picks. Biggest scare came at Ohio State and at Texas AM as well as USC in National Title Game.

Wins vs Top 25 : 4

Sept. 3: Texas 60, Louisiana-Lafayette 3 (Austin, TX)

Sept. 10: Texas 25, (#4) Ohio State 22 (Columbus, OH)

Sept. 17: Texas 51, Rice 10 (Austin, TX)

Oct. 1: Texas 51, Missouri 20 (Columbia, MO)

Oct. 8: Texas 45, Oklahoma 12 (Dallas, TX)

Oct. 15: Texas 42, (#24) Colorado 17 (Austin, TX)

Oct. 22: Texas 52, (#10) Texas Tech 17 (Austin, TX)

Oct. 29: Texas 47, Oklahoma State 28 (Stillwater, OK)

Nov. 5: Texas 62, Baylor 0 (Waco, TX)

Nov. 12: Texas 66, Kansas 14 (Austin, TX)

Nov. 25: Texas 40, Texas A&M 29 (College Station, TX)

Dec. 3: Texas 70, Colorado 3 (Big 12 Championship Houston, TX)

Jan. 4: Texas 41, (#1) USC 38 (Rose Bowl, National Championship) -



5. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2009 (14-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Nick Saban

Key Stats:Finished second in the nation in total (244.1 ypg), rushing (78.1 ypg) and scoring defense (11.7 ppg).

Award Winners:Mark Ingram (Heisman Trophy), Rolando McClain (Butkus, SEC Def. Player of the Year), Javier Arenas (SEC Special Teamer of the Year), Nick Saban (SEC Coach of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Rolando McClain (1st, 2010), Kareem Jackson (1st, 2010), Javier Arenas (2nd, 2010), Terrence Cody (2nd, 2010), Mark Ingram (1st, 2011), James Carpenter (1st, 2011), Marcell Dareus (1st, 2011), Julio Jones (1st, 2011)Mack_Brown_Nick_Saban_2013

The Alabama Crimson Tide won their first national title since 1992. Nick Saban defeated five ranked opponents before taking down No. 2 Texas in the BCS National Championship game 37-21. This was the best defense in the nation, finishing second nationally in three of the four major statistical categories. In a rematch of the 2008 SEC title game, McElroy did his best Tebow impression by completing 12-of-18 passes for 239 yards without a turnover while picking up key yards on the ground. Heisman winner Mark Ingram rushed 28 times for 113 yards and three scores in the tear-inducing 32-13 win over Florida in Atlanta. Thus far, six first round picks have entered the NFL from the 2009 roster. Expect that number to grow in the spring with names like Trent Richardon, Dre Kirkpatrick, Barrett Jones and Mark Barron grading into or around the first round. Biggest scare came vs Tennessee at home as Bama needed a Tank Cody block FG for the win over Vols. The Tide also were challenged at Auburn.

Wins vs Top 25 : 4

Sept. 5: Alabama 34, Virginia Tech 24 (Atlanta, GA)

Sept. 12: Alabama 40, FIU 14 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 19: Alabama 53, North Texas 7 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 26: Alabama 35, Arkansas 7 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Oct. 3: Alabama 38, Kentucky 20 (Lexington, KY)

Oct. 10: Alabama 22, Ole Miss 3 (Oxford, MS)

Oct. 17: Alabama 20, South Carolina 6 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Oct. 24: Alabama 12, Tennessee 10 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 7: Alabama 24, LSU 15 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 14: Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3 (Starkville, MS)

Nov. 21: Alabama 45, Tennessee-Chattanooga 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 27: Alabama 26, Auburn 21 (Auburn, AL)

Dec. 5: Alabama 32, Florida 13 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 7: Alabama 37, Texas 21 (Pasadena, CA, BCS NCG)



6. Florida State Seminoles, 1999 (12-0, 8-0) Head Coach:Bobby Bowden Key Stats:Janikowski led NCAA in FGM/Game (23 FGM), Led the ACC in passing 302.9 ypg and fourth in the nation in scoring at 37.5 ppg. Led the ACC in total defense (302.6 ypg). Award Winners:Sebastian Janikowski (Lou Groza), Peter Warrick (Sugar Bowl MVP) "First Day" NFL Draft Picks:Peter Warrick (1st, 2000), Corey Simon (1st, 2000), Sebastian Janikowski (1st, 2000), Jamal Reynolds (1st, 2001), Derrick Gibson (1st, 2001), Tommy Polley (2nd, 2001), Anquan Boldin (2nd, 2003)FSU_Peter_Warrick_1

FSUclaimed nine first-team All-ACC performers (AP) and six second-team selections. Florida State became the first team in history to go wire-to-wire as No. 1 team in all three polls after beating five ranked opponents. It was the second-highest scoring Noles team of the BCS era and No. 7 highest-scoring team in FSU history. Chris Weinke and Peter Warrick outlasted Michael Vick and the Hokies in the memorable 1999 championship game. Warrick, after surviving some off-the-field incidents, claimed MVP honors after catching six passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns and returning a punt for a score. His 220 all-purpose yards are fourth all-time in a title game and his 20 points (3 TDs, 2-pt) are a BCS Record. The win gave Bobby Bowden his second national championship.

Wins vs Top 25 : 5

1999 Schedule:

Aug. 28:Florida State 41, Louisiana Tech 7 (Tallahassee, FL)

Sept. 11:Florida State 41, (#10) Georiga Tech 35 (Tallahassee, FL)

Sept. 18:Florida State 42, (#20) NC State 11 (Tallahassee, FL)

Sept. 25:Florida State 42, North Carolina 10 (Chapel Hill, NC)

Oct. 2:Florida State 51, Duke 23 (Jacksonville, FL)

Oct. 9:Florida State 31, (#19) Miami 21 (Tallahasse, FL)

Oct. 16:Florida State 33, Wake Forest 10 (Tallahassee, FL)

Oct. 23:Florida State 17, Clemson 10 (Clemson, SC)

Oct. 30:Florida State 35, Virginia 10 (Charlottesville, VA)

Nov. 13:Florida State 49, Maryland 10 (Tallahassee, FL)

Nov. 20:Florida State 30, (#4) Florida 23 (Gainesville, FL)

Jan. 4:Florida State 46, (#2) Virginia Tech 29 (Sugar Bowl)


7. Florida Gators, 2008 (13-1, 7-1) Head Coach:Urban Meyer Key Stats:Led the SEC in rushing (231.1 ypg), total offense (445.1 ypg), scoring (43.6 ppg), pass efficiency defense (96.76), scoring defense (12.9 ppg), punting (38.1 ypp), turnover margin (+1.57) and passing efficiency (170.6). Percy Harvin led the SEC in scoring at 10.2 ppg. Award Winners:Tim Tebow (Maxwell, SEC Off. Player of the Year), Brandon James (SEC Special Teamer of the Year) First Day NFL Draft Picks:Percy Harvin (1st, 2009), Tim Tebow (1st, 2010), Joe Haden (1st, 2010), Maurkice Pouncey (1st, 2010), Carlos Dunlap (2nd, 2010), Jermaine Cunningham (2nd, 2010), Brandon Spikes (2nd, 2010), Mike Pouncey (1st, 2011), Marcus Gilbert (2nd, 2011)tim-tebow-urban-meyer_2013

Tim Tebow had his Heisman Trophy (2007) and a national championship ring (2006). But when the Florida Gators lost to the Ole Miss Rebels in The Swamp on a final drive fourth-down stop, Tebow took his legendary legacy to new heights. After fumbling, taking sacks and missing open receivers, the Gainesville idol gave one of the most famous speeches in college football history: You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. The Gators then went on to crush quality opponents Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State and Alabama by an average of 31.8 points per game. The win over No. 1 and unbeaten Alabama pushed the Gators into the national title game against another No. 1. Tebow then delivered on his promise (and halftime speech) by throwing for 231 yards and two scores while rushing for 109 yards on 22 carries to outlast Oklahoma 24-14. The 2008 Gators tied the 1996 national champs as the highest-scoring team in school history (611 points).

Wins vs Top 25 : 4

2008 Schedule:

Aug. 30:Florida 56, Hawaii 10 (Gainesville, FL)

Sept. 6:Florida 26, Miami 3 (Gainesville, FL)

Sept. 20:Florida 30, Tennessee 6 (Knoxville, TN)

Sept. 27:Ole Miss 31, Florida 30 (Gainesville, FL)

Oct. 4:Florida 38, Arkansas 7 (Fayetteville, AR)

Oct. 11:Florida 51, (#4) LSU 21 (Gainesville, FL)

Oct. 25:Florida 63, Kentucky 5 (Gainesville, FL)

Nov. 1:Florida 49, (#8) Georgia 10 (Jacksonville, FL)

Nov. 8:Florida 42, Vanderbilt 14 (Nashville, TN)

Nov. 15:Florida 56, (#24) South Carolina 6 (Gainesville, FL)

Nov. 22:Florida 70, Citadel 19 (Gainesville, FL)

Nov. 29:Florida 45, (#23) Florida State 15 (Tallahassee, FL)

Dec. 6:Florida 31, (#1) Alabama 20 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 8:Florida 24, (#2) Oklahoma 14 (Miami Gardens, FL, BCS NCG)



8. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2012 (13-1, 7-1) Head Coach:Nick Saban Key Stats:Led the nation in rushing and total defense for the second straight year and was second nationally in scoring defense, AJ McCarron was second nationally in passing efficiency, Award Winners:Barrett Jones (Rimington) "First Day" NFL Draft Picks:Dee Miliner (1st, 2013), Chance Warmack (1st, 2013), D.J. Fluker (1st, 2013), Eddie Lacy (2nd, 2013)AJ_McCarron_Alabama

The 2012 Crimson Tide championship team isn't as strong defensively as the unit that dominated the college football landscape the year before, but defending a title is almost always more difficult than winning the first one.

2012 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 4-1

Sept. 1:Alabama 41, (#8) Michigan 14 (Arlington, TX)

Sept. 8:Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 15:Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 (Fayetteville, AR)

Sept. 22:Alabama 40, FAU 7 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 29:Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Oct. 13:Alabama 42, Missouri 10 (Columbia, MO)

Oct. 20:Alabama 44, Tennessee 13 (Knoxville, TN)

Oct. 27:Alabama 38, (#13) Mississippi State 7 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 3:Alabama 21, LSU 17 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nov. 10:(#15) Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 17:Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 24:Alabama 49, Auburn 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Dec. 1:Alabama 32, (#3) Georgia 28 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 7:Alabama 42, (#1) Notre Dame 14 (Miami Gardens, FL, BCS NCG)



9. Oklahoma Sooners, 2000 (13-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Bob Stoops

Key Stats:No. 7 in nation in both scoring offense (39 ppg) and scoring defense (16 ppg), no. 8 in total defense (278.9 ypg), no. 9 in pass defense (170.5 ypg) and no. 2 in pass efficiency defense, Josh Heupel no. 6 in nation in total offense (294.7 ypg)

Award Winners:Josh Heupel (AP Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Award), Bob Stoops (AP National Coach of the Year, Big 12 Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson/FWAA Coach of the Year, Paul Bear Bryant Award, Walter Camp National Coach of the Year, Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year), J.T. Thatcher (Mosi Tatupu Award national Special Teams Player of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks (3):Roy Williams (1st, 2002), Andre Woolfolk (1st, 2003), Teddy Lehman (2nd, 2004)Bob_Stoops_Oklahoma

This Sooners team entered the season ranked No. 19 in the country, but fueled by an impressive three-game stretch in October, it ended the season ranked considerably higher. Behind quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Josh Heupel and a stingy defense, the Sooners started October by destroying No. 11 Texas in the Red River Rivalry and then out-scored No. 2 Kansas State on the road and two weeks later dominated No. 3 Nebraska at home to vault to the top of the rankings. The Sooners would defeat Kansas State a second time in the Big 12 Championship to set up a showdown with No. 3 Florida State (No. 2 in the BCS standings) in the Orange Bowl. Even though they were playing in their home state, the Seminoles potent offense, led by quarterback and Heisman winner Chris Weinke, was held in check and scoreless by the Sooners defense in the lowest scoring Orange Bowl in 30 years as Oklahoma defeated Florida State 13-2 to capture its seventh national championship and first since 1985. Sooners biggest scare came at Kansas State, at Texas AM, and Kansas State in Big 12 title game.

Wins vs Top 25 : 6

2000 Schedule:

Sept. 2:Oklahoma 55, UTEP 14 (Norman, OK)

Sept. 9:Oklahoma 45, Arkansas State 7 (Norman, OK)

Sept. 23:Oklahoma 42, Rice 17 (Norman, OK)

Sept. 30:Oklahoma 34, Kansas 16 (Norman, OK)

Oct. 7:Oklahoma 63, (#11) Texas 14 (Dallas, TX)

Oct. 14:Oklahoma 41, (#2) Kansas State 31 (Manhattan, KS)

Oct. 28:Oklahoma 31, (#3) Nebraska 14 (Norman, OK)

Nov. 4:Oklahoma 56, Baylor 7 (Waco, TX)

Nov. 11:Oklahoma 35, (#23) Texas A&M 31 (College Station, TX)

Nov. 18:Oklahoma 27, Texas Tech 13 (Norman, OK)

Nov. 25:Oklahoma 12, Oklahoma State 7 (Stillwater, OK)

Dec. 2:Oklahoma 27, (#8) Kansas State 24 (Big 12 Championship Kansas City, MO)

Jan. 3:Oklahoma 13, (#3) Florida State 2 (Orange Bowl, National Championship)



10. Tennessee Volunteers, 1998 (13-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Phillip Fulmer

Key Stats:This team put 11 players into the first or second round of the NFL Draft; Peerless Price is second all-time in BCS bowls with 242 all-purpose yards in the Fiesta Bowl, his 49.8 yards per catch is a BCS title game record.

Award Winners:Phillip Fulmer (AP National Coach of the Year), Peerless Price (Fiesta Bowl MVP), David Cutcliffe (Broyles)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Al Wilson (1st, 1999), Peerless Price (2nd, 1999), Jamal Lewis (1st, 2000), Shaun Ellis (1st, 2000), Raynoch Thompson (2nd, 2000), Chad Clifton (2nd, 2000), Dwayne Goodrich (2nd, 2000), Casey Coleman (2nd, 2000), Deon Grant (2nd, 2000), Travis Henry (2nd, 2001), John Henderson (1st, 2002)VOLS

In Year 1 A.P. (after Peyton), the Vols put together their greatest season in nearly five decades. Tee Martin stepped in at quarterback, and aided by a monster backfield that included Travis Henry, Jamal Lewis, Travis Stephens and Shawn Bryson, led the Vols past six ranked opponents for Tennessees sixth national championship. The defense held nine of its 13 opponents to 18 points or less. The 1998 title run involved a stumbling Razorback. Late in the Arkansas game, Tennessee was all but beaten until Billy Ratliff forced guard Brandon Burlsworth into quarterback Clint Stoerner, who gently and inexplicably placed the football on the ground. The Vols used a Henry touchdown run in the final seconds to seal the comeback from a 21-3 deficit and the eventual national championship.

Wins vs Top 25 : 6

Sept. 5:Tennessee 34, (#17) Syracuse 33 (Syracuse, NY)

Sept. 19:Tennessee 20, (#2) Florida 17 (Knoxville, TN)

Sept. 26:Tennessee 42, Houston 7 (Knoxville, TN)

Oct. 3:Tennessee 17, Auburn 9 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 10:Tennessee 22, (#7) Georgia 3 (Athens, GA)

Oct. 24:Tennessee 35, Alabama 18 (Knoxville, TN)

Oct. 31:Tennessee 49, South Carolina 14 (Columbia, SC)

Nov. 7:Tennessee 37, UAB 13 (Knoxville, TN)

Nov. 14:Tennessee 28, (#10) Arkansas 24 (Knoxville, TN)

Nov. 21:Tennessee 59, Kentucky 21 (Knoxville, TN)

Nov. 28:Tennessee 41, Vanderbilt 0 (Nashville, TN)

Dec. 5:Tennessee 24, (#23) Mississippi State 14 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 4:Tennessee 23, (#2) Florida State 16 (Tempe, AZ, Fiesta Bowl)



11. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2011 (12-1, 7-1)

Head Coach:Nick Saban

Key Stats:Set a BCS era record with 8.2 points allowed per game, led the nation in total defense (183.6 ypg), rushing defense (72.2 ypg) and passing defense (111.5 ypg). Held LSU to zero points, five first downs and 92 yards of offense in the BCS title game.

Award Winners:Trent Richardson (Doak Walker Award, SEC Off. Player of the Year), Barrett Jones (Outland Trophy, Wuerffel Trophy)

"First Day" NFL Draft Picks:Trent Richardson (1st, 2012), Mark Barron (1st, 2012) Dre Kirkpatrick (1st, 2012), Dont'a Hightower (1st, 2012), Courtney Upshaw (2nd, 2012),Dee Miliner (1st, 2013), Chance Warmack (1st, 2013), D.J. Fluker (1st, 2013), Eddie Lacy (2nd, 2013)Alabama_National_Champions

As Athlon Sports' preseason pick as the National Champion, Alabama rolled through its schedule which included easy victories over three ranked opponents until the "Game of the Century" on November 5 against LSU. The Tide outplayed the Tigers on offense and defense in that game, but was destroyed on special teams and it cost Saban a perfect season. After crushing rival Auburn, the Tide headed to New Orleans for a rematch with LSU. The Tide held Jordan Jefferson and the Bayou Bengals to five first downs, 92 yards of offense and no points. Alabama led the nation in every major defensive team NCAA statistic and it showed in the title game. This Crimson Tide team is the only BCS National Champion who failed to win its conference championship and the offense did not possess the same level of explosive talent on offense (and it lost a game) to be ranked ahead of the 2009 Alabama title squad.

Wins vs Top 25 : 4-1

2011 Schedule:

Sept. 3:Alabama 48, Kent State 7 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 10:Alabama 27, (#23) Penn State 11 (Happy Valley, PA)

Sept. 17:Alabama 41, North Texas 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Sept. 24:Alabama 38, (#14) Arkansas 14 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Oct. 1:Alabama 38, (#12) Florida 10 (Gainesville, FL)

Oct. 8:Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Oct. 15:Alabama 52, Ole Miss 7 (Oxford, MS)

Oct. 22:Alabama 37, Tennessee 6 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 5:(#1) LSU 9, Alabama 6 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 12:Alabama 24, Mississippi State 7 (Starkville, MS)

Nov. 19:Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 26:Alabama 42, Auburn 14 (Auburn, AL)

Jan. 9: Alabama 21, (#1) LSU 0 (New Orleans, LA, BCS NCG)



12. LSU Tigers, 2003 (13-1, 7-1)

Head Coach:Nick Saban

Key Stats:Only one time did a team score more than 14 points against LSU (Arkansas, 24). Led the nation in total defense (252.0 ypg) and scoring defense (11.0 ppg), held Heisman winner Jason White to 13-of-37 passing in title game.

Award Winners:Chad Lavalais (SEC Def. Player of the Year), Nick Saban (AP National Coach of the Year), Justin Vincent (Sugar Bowl MVP)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Michael Clayton (1st, 2004), Devery Henderson (2nd, 2004), Marquise Hill (2nd, 2004), Marcus Spears (1st, 2005), Corey Webster (2nd, 2005), Joseph Addai (1st, 2006), Andrew Whitworth (2nd, 2006), LaRon Landry (1st, 2007), Dwayne Bowe (1st, 2007), Chris Davis (1st, 2007)SabanLSU

Armed with the nations nastiest defense, Nick Saban restored the LSU name to prominence in only his fourth year at the helm. His team led the nation in total defense at 252 yards per game and scoring defense at exactly 11.0 points per game. Arkansas was the only team to score more than 14 points against the Bayou Bengals in 2003. Quarterback Matt Mauck steered the ship, freshman Justin Vincent and sophomore Joseph Addai powered the offense and one of the deepest receiving corps in history gave LSU tremendous balance. With three one-loss teams sitting atop the standings and USC ranked No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches Poll the computers controversially placed the Sooners in the National Championship game against the Tigers. After the 21-14 win over an Oklahoma team boasting the Heisman, Thorpe, Lombardi and Bednarik winners, LSU claimed the BCS national title splitting the votes with USC. It was their first national championship since 1958.

2003 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 5

Aug. 30:LSU 49, UL Monroe 7 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 6:LSU 59, Arizona 13 (Tucson, AZ)

Sept. 13:LSU 35, Western Illinois 7 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 20:LSU 17, (#7) Georgia 10 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 27:LSU 41, Mississippi State 6 (Starkville, MS)

Oct. 11:Florida 19, LSU 7 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Oct. 18:LSU 33, South Carolina 7 (Columbia, SC)

Oct. 25:LSU 31, (#17) Auburn 7 (Baton Rouge, LA

Nov. 1:LSU 49, Louisiana Tech 10 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nov. 15:LSU 27, Alabama 3 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 22:LSU 17, (#15) Ole Miss 14 (Oxford, MS)

Nov. 28:LSU 55, Arkansas 24 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Dec. 6:LSU 34, (#5) Georgia 13 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 4:LSU 21, (#3) Oklahoma 14 (New Orleans, LA, Sugar Bowl)


13. Auburn Tigers, 2010 (14-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Gene Chizik

Key Stats:Cam Newton's 4,327 yards of total offense fset a single-season SEC record; Tigers set a school record with 41.2 points per game, led the nation in passing efficiency 180.52, won seven games by one score or less.

Award Winners:Cam Newton (Heisman Trophy, Maxwell, Davey OBrien, SEC Off. Player of Year), Nick Fairley (Lombardi), Lee Ziemba (SEC Top Blocker)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Cam Newton (1st, 2011), Nick Fairley (1st, 2011)newton

Thanks to Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Auburn willed to victory against Mississippi State, Clemson, Kentucky, Alabama, Oregon. Newton finished with 2,854 yards passing, 1,473 yards rushing and an SEC second-best 51 total touchdowns. This is the only 14-win team in school history and was the highest-scoring Tigers team in program history by a wide margin their 577 points topped Terry Bowdens 1995 team by 139 points (41.2 ppg against 36.5 ppg).

2010 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 6

Sept. 4:Auburn 52, Arkansas State 26 (Auburn, AL)

Sept. 9:Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14 (Starkville, MS)

Sept. 18:Auburn 27, Clemson 24 (Auburn, AL)

Sept. 25:Auburn 35, (#12) South Carolina 27 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 2:Auburn 52, UL Monroe 3 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 9:Auburn 37, Kentucky 34 (Lexington, KY)

Oct. 16:Auburn 65, (#12) Arkansas 43 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 23:Auburn 24, (#6) LSU 17 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 30:Auburn 51, Ole Miss 31 (Oxford, MS)

Nov. 6:Auburn 62, Tennessee-Chattanooga 24 (Auburn, AL)

Nov. 13:Auburn 28, (#9) Alabama 27 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Dec. 4:Auburn 56, (#18) South Carolina 17 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 10:Auburn 22, (#2) Oregon 19 (Glendale, AZ, BCS NCG)


14. Ohio State Buckeyes, 2002 (14-0, 8-0)

Head Coach:Jim Tressel

Key Stats:Ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense (13.1 ppg) and No. 3 nationally in rushing defense (77.7 ypg), this was the first team in NCAA history to finish 14-0

Award Winners:Maurice Clarett (Big Ten Freshman of the Year), Mike Doss (Big Ten Co-Def. Player of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Mike Doss (2nd, 2003), Will Smith (1st, 2004), Chris Gamble (1st, 2004), Michael Jenkins (1st, 2004), Mike Nugent (2nd, 2005)ohiostate

The team that never gave up began the season ranked No. 13 in the nation and slowing grinded their way to the No. 1 spot in the final standings. The Buckeyes beat five ranked teams, en route to the 2002 National Championship. Behind gritty play from quarterback Craig Krenzel and a freshman school rushing record from Maurice Clarett (1,237 yards), the Buckeyes as heavy underdogsdefeated national champion Miami in the Fiesta Bowl togive Ohio State its sixth consensus national championship.Ohio State sent an NFL record 14 players to the league in the 2004 draft (five were selected in 2003 and three in 2005). This is the only Big Ten team to have claimed a BCS National Championship.

2002 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 5

Aug. 24:Ohio State 45, Texas Tech 21 (Columbus, OH)

Sept. 7:Ohio State 51, Kent State 17 (Columbus, OH)

Sept. 14:Ohio State 25, (#10) Washington State 7 (Columbus, OH)

Sept. 21:Ohio State 23, Cincinnati 19 (Cincinnati, OH)

Sept. 28:Ohio State 45, Indiana 17 (Columbus, OH)

Oct. 5:Ohio State 27, Northwestern 16 (Evanston, IL)

Oct. 12:Ohio State 50, San Jose State 7 (Columbus, OH)

Oct. 19:Ohio State 19, Wisconsin 14 (Madison, WI)

Oct. 26:Ohio State 13, (#17) Penn State 7 (Columbus, OH)

Nov. 2:Ohio State 34, (#19) Minnesota 3 (Columbus, OH)

Nov. 9:Ohio State 10, Purdue 6 (West Lafayette, IN)

Nov. 16:Ohio State 23, Illinois 16 (Champaign, IL)

Nov. 23:Ohio State 14, (#12) Michigan 9 (Columbus, OH)

Jan. 3:Ohio State 31, (#1) Miami 24 (Fiesta Bowl, BCS NCG)


15. Florida Gators, 2006 (13-1, 7-1)

Head Coach:Urban Meyer

Key Stats:Florida held Heisman winner Troy Smith to four completions in the title game and the Buckeyes to 82 total yards.

Award Winners:Percy Harvin (SEC Freshman of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Reggie Nelson (1st, 2007), Jarvis Moss (1st, 2007), Derrick Harvey (1st, 2008), Percy Harvin (1st, 2009), Tim Tebow (1st, 2010), Jermaine Cunningham (2nd, 2010), Brandon Spikes (2nd, 2010)meyer

After defeating a ranked Tennessee, LSU, Georgia and Arkansas, the Florida Gators entered the 2006 BCS national title game as big underdog to Ohio State. But Jarvis Moss, Reggie Nelson, Derrick Harvey and company harassed Heisman winner Troy Smith all day. Smith threw for 35 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and was sacked five times as Florida dominated 41-14. Florida sent nine played into the 2007 NFL Draft. The only loss came at the hands of No. 11 Auburn 27-17 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

2006 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 5-1

Sept. 2:Florida 34, Southern Miss 7 (Gainesville, FL)

Sept. 9:Florida 42, Central Florida 0 (Gainesville, FL)

Sept. 16:Florida 21, (#13) Tennessee 20 (Knoxville, TN)

Sept. 23:Florida 26, Kentucky 7 (Gainesville, FL)

Sept. 30:Florida 28, Alabama 13 (Gainesville, FL)

Oct. 7:Florida 23, (#9) LSU 10 (Gainesville, FL)

Oct. 14:(#11) Auburn 27, Florida 17 (Auburn, AL)

Oct. 28:Florida 21, (#25) Georgia 14 (Jacksonville, FL)

Nov. 4:Florida 25, Vanderbilt 19 (Nashville, TN)

Nov. 11:Florida 17, South Carolina 16 (Gainesville, FL)

Nov. 18:Florida 62, Western Carolina 0 (Gainesville, FL)

Nov. 25:Florida 21, Florida State 14 (Tallahassee, FL)

Dec. 2:Florida 38, (#8) Arkansas 28 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 8:Florida 41, (#1) Ohio State 14 (Glendale, AZ)


16. LSU Tigers, 2007 (12-2, 6-2)

Head Coach:Les Miles

Key Stats:LSU beat seven ranked teams; the only BCS champion with two losses.

Award Winners:Glenn Dorsey (Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski, Lott, SEC Def. Player of the Year)

First Day NFL Draft Picks:Glenn Dorsey (1st, 2008), Tyson Jackson (1st, 2009)LSU_Les_Miles_1

By definition only, this is the worst BCS national champion due its two losses. However, wins over ranked Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee (with back-up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux) and Ohio State gave the Bayou Bengals the crystal ball nonetheless. The Tigers were undefeated in regulation, however, as both Kentucky and Arkansas needed overtime to top the Tigers. Despite the two losses and the 83 combined points allowed, the LSU Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in relatively easy fashion 38-24.It was the Tigers' second national title in five years.

2007 Schedule:

Wins vs Top 25 : 7-2

Aug. 30:LSU 45, Mississippi State 0 (Starkville, MS)

Sept. 8:LSU 48, (#9) Virginia Tech 7 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 15:LSU 44, MTSU 0 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 22:LSU 28, (#14) South Carolina 16 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Sept. 29:LSU 34, Tulane 9 (New Orleans, LA)

Oct. 6:LSU 28, (#7) Florida 24 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Oct. 13:(#18) Kentucky 43, LSU 37 (3 OT) (Lexington, KY)

Oct. 20:LSU 30, (#19) Auburn 24 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nov. 3:LSU 41, (#18) Alabama 34 (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Nov. 10:LSU 58, Louisiana Tech 10 (Baton Rouge, LA)

Nov. 17:LSU 41, Ole Miss 24 (Oxford, MS)

Nov. 23:Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3 OT) (Baton Rouge, LA)

Dec. 1:LSU 21, (#15) Tennessee 14 (Atlanta, GA)

Jan. 7:LSU 38, (#1) Ohio State 24 (New Orleans, LA, BCS NCG)


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