We've narrowed the countdown to our Top 2 teams in the history of college football. Check back tomorrow to see who tops each of our lists, and be sure to let us know what other countdowns and rankings you want to see on Double Coverage.
Brendan's Pick: 2001 Miami Hurricanes
Jimmy highlighted this squad in his #3 spot yesterday, and we both wrote extensively about them when you guys overwhelmingly crowned them #1 in the Best of the 2000s Tournament, but I still don't think we can ever say enough about how good this Miami team actually was. ESPN's Page 2 ranked them the #5 team in college football history...in related news, ESPN shut down Page 2 forever two weeks ago. Yesterday I praised the 1971 Nebraska squad for their balance on offense and defense. This Miami team outdid them in both, scoring 43 points per game and only giving up 9. The Hurricanes completely blew out every team they played until the final week of the regular season, when they went into Lane Stadium and beat the 14th ranked Hokies 26-24, their third straight win against a Top 15 team (the scores in the previous two games: 59-0, 65-7). The 'Canes made it four straight a month later when they throttled Nebraska 37-14 in one of the most lopsided Rose Bowls in history. I vividly remember sitting on my computer that night reading Miami's athletic department website and wondering if any other team would ever win a national championship again. They were so good it felt like the answer was no. A completely preposterous 17 players from this team went on to be first round NFL Draft picks, helping set the record for most first round picks from a single school in a one-year (2004), two-year (2003-2004), three-year (2002-2004) and four-year (2001-2004) period.
Jimmy's Pick: 1956 Oklahoma Sooners
Brendan checked in the other day with this team at #5, but I guess I'm giving them a little more credit. After winning the national championship in 1955, the Sooners returned most of their key players the following season. From 1953 to 1957, the Sooners won a Division I college football record 47 straight games that will never be touched, but there's no doubt that 1956 was legendary coach Bud Wilkinson's best year. With HB Tommy McDonald in the backfield, the Sooners led the nation in scoring (46.6 average), rushing offense (391.0 ypg) and total offense (481.7 ypg). Only four teams managed to score against the Sooners that year, yet not a single one reached 20 points. Oklahoma finished the season in dominant fashion, beating Nebraska and Oklahoma State by a combined 107-6. That's a pretty convincing way to secure your second straight national championship and earn the #2 spot on my list of the greatest of all time.