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OldPete
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ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
ESPN came out with a list of their top 150 teams in college football:

LINK

Bama has 2 in the top 10...don't agree with every pick but, as lists go, think it's a pretty good 'un...

SEC teams that made the cut:

8. 1979 Alabama (12-0)
10. 2009 Alabama (14-0)
21. 1992 Alabama (13-0)
33. 1980 Georgia (12-0)
35. 1998 Tennessee (13-0)
38. 1966 Alabama (11-0)
41. 2010 Auburn (14-0)
42. 2015 Alabama (14-1)
45. 1961 Alabama (11-0)
51. 2011 Alabama: (12-1)
57. 2004 Auburn (13-0)
65. 2016 Alabama (14-1)
66. 1958 LSU (11-0)
67. 2008 Florida (13-1)
68. 1978 Alabama (11-1)
74. 1996 Florida (12-1)
75. 2012 Alabama (13-1)
84. 2006 Florida (13-1)
87. 2018 Alabama (14-1)
91. 1930 Alabama (10-0)
93. 1977 Alabama (11-1)
95. 1957 Auburn (10-0)
98. 1945 Alabama (10-0)
100. 1938 Tennessee (11-0)
102. 2003 LSU (13-1)
114. 1925 Alabama (10-0)
123. 1934 Alabama (10-0)
124. 2009 Florida (13-1)
129. 1973 Alabama (11-1)
130. 1946 Georgia (11-0)
131. 1962 Ole Miss (10-0)
143. 1964 Alabama (10-1)
149. 1959 Ole Miss (10-1)
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JackieTreehorn
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
2011 Alabama would have demolished 2010 Auburn. That defense would have had Cam Newton running for his life.


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crimsontater
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i wouldnt argue with that '71 nebraska team being number one. i remember they destroyed bama and musso in the orange bowl.

but whoever put that together sure does hate nick saban and bama in general. oh and it's obvious they love dabo, ranking '18 clemson that high. oh well...


OldPete
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
That '71 Nebraska team was one of the best I've seen; saw 'em play the best 'Game of the Century' against a great Oklahoma team and then watched 'em destroy us in the Orange Bowl. I think that's the only team that can claim victories against teams that finished #2, #3, and #4 in the final poll. The '95 Nebraska team is the only team that I might put over them...

Don't know that they love Dabo, just think they're recognizing the first team that went 15-0 in the modern era with a dominating win over another team ranked in the top 150...

As for Saban, they do have his only undefeated team in the top 10; kind of surprised they left off the 2017 team, but I think the rest of his national championship teams and 1-loss non-champion teams are rated. They've got 7 of his teams in the top 150 and the only other coach to match that total is the Bear (he had 7 as well). I tend to think Saban's best team was 2015 as the schedule was brutal that year, ranked as one of the toughest ever as far as SOS goes...
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Goldtide1
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Not a bad list.
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remaster916
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
I don't think 09 was the best Saban team.

Of the 5 NC team, I would rank them

12
15
11
09
17

If we are doing best teams, then I would have 16 and 18 Bama ahead of the 09 team.

12
15
11
16
18
09
17


OldPete
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
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I don't think 09 was the best Saban team. Of the 5 NC team, I would rank them
12
15
11
09
17


I tend to agree that 09 was probably not the best team. I'd rank 'em:

15
12
09
17
11

2015 played by far the toughest schedule of his championship teams. 2009 probably had the next best SOS as they ended up beating the teams that finished #2 and #3 in the final polls. 2012 had the best OL (maybe in history).

I'm not as high on the 2011 team as most fans. They had great talent on D but we didn't play any teams with a highly ranked offense: Arkansas was #29 in total offense and the next best O we faced was Mississippi State at #84. I recall Donta Hightower saying the best offense he faced that season was Georgia Southern (and they were an FCS team).
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jatebe
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
Alabama had 18 teams out of the 150-
2018 - SEC champions
2016 - SEC champions
2015 - CFP champs & SEC champs
2012 - BCS champs & SEC champs
2011 - BCS champs
2009 - BCS champs & SEC champs, undefeated
1992 - AP/UPI Consensus champs & SEC champs, undefeated
1979 - AP/UPI Consensus champs & SEC champs, undefeated
1978 - AP Consensus champs & SEC champs
1977 - SEC champions
1973 - UPI Consensus champs & SEC champs
1966 - SEC champs, undefeated
1964 - AP/UPI Consensus champs & SEC champs
1961 - AP/UPI Consensus champs & SEC champs, undefeated
1945 - SEC champions; Rose Bowl champs; undefeated
1934 - SEC champions; Rose Bowl champs; undefeated
1930 - National champs; SoCon co champs; Rose Bowl champs; undefeated
1925 - National champs; SoCon co champs; Rose Bowl champs; undefeated.

The only national championship teams that Bama claims that is not on the list (except 1941, which shouldn't be there anyway) are 2017 & 1926.


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The Silverback
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
shite list. 2015 Bama D would shut down almost every team in that top 10.

2011 Bama D would eat the Nebraska offenses up, no contest.



OldPete
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Sh*t list. 2015 Bama D would shut down almost every team in that top 10. 2011 Bama D would eat the Nebraska offenses up, no contest.

Dunno ‘bout that...1995 Nebraska ran an offense much like 2011 Georgia Southern...


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3down10
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
I'll say it:

That list is fricking terrible. They couldn't even get the right order for Saban's teams.


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3down10
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
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Dunno ‘bout that...1995 Nebraska ran an offense much like 2011 Georgia Southern...


The difficulty in defending that isn't because it's a hard offense to defend, it's because nobody wants to spend time on it.

Georgia Tech is a good example of what happens when people are ready.


The Silverback
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No they did not.

GS ran a triple-option attack, Nebraska (at least in ‘95) ran an I-bone attack.

Two different offenses.


OldPete
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The difficulty in defending that isn't because it's a hard offense to defend, it's because nobody wants to spend time on it.

Then how do you explain the success that Alabama and Oklahoma had in the seventies? Both schools ran it for 10+ years and both had multiple national championships running it...and it was in an era when many schools were running it so lots of defenses spent time on it...it was hard enough to defend that it took defenses about 10 to 15 years to figure it out...

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Georgia Tech is a good example of what happens when people are ready.

Yet they won an ACC title running it and competed for several others at an academic school with mostly 3-star recruits. Army and Navy, both coached by Paul Johnson disciples, have done very well running that offense because, when executed well with disciplined athletes, it’s hard to defend...


OldPete
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
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No they did not. GS ran a triple-option attack, Nebraska (at least in ‘95) ran an I-bone attack. Two different offenses.


They were similar offenses; Nebraska ran the triple option out of the I-formation while Georgia Southern ran the triple option from a formation similar to the wishbone.

Here’s an article on Nebraska’s ‘95 offense:

LINK


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3down10
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Then how do you explain the success that Alabama and Oklahoma had in the seventies?


In the seventies was almost 50 years ago.



OldPete
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In the seventies was almost 50 years ago.

Doesn't mean it can't still be effective...that's why the service academies and some smaller schools still run it. It allows them to be more competitive with lesser talent against the bigger schools.

The Wing-T is even an older offense, I think dating back to the thirties; many high schools today run some form of it, as well as some colleges. I read where Malzahn's offense at Auburn is a variation of the Wing-T.
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Legba007
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re: ESPN's Top 150 Teams in College Football History
Nebraska’s ‘95 team, would be eaten up by that '92 team. No one could run on that 1992 D


OldPete
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Nebraska’s ‘95 team, would be eaten up by that '92 team. No one could run on that 1992 D

That '92 defense was special; they were the best I've seen...


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PrettyLights
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That 09 Bama team was unstoppable. I know other Saban teams were better on paper but the momentum of the 09 Bama team was unreal and the vibe on campus at the time was electric.


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