College Football's Top 10 Programs Of All-Time
LSU has a strong tradition and Alabama has always been a powerful program, but look at some of the others. Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Oregon have not seen many 11 win seasons. Kansas State and South Carolina have been as likely to lose 10 games as they are to win 10 in a season. Baylor at number 12?
These teams have all earned their spot in 2011, but let’s consider the big picture. These are the top 10 college football teams of all time:
*All totals since 1945
The Volunteers have gone 518-232-23, with two national championships. Tennessee has consistently produced talented players at all positions and became known as Wide Receiver U. Peyton Manning and Reggie White were two of the best who have ever played the game. General Neyland, Johnny Majors, and Phil Fulmer are the notable coaches for Tennessee. The program is currently in a down cycle, but do not look for it to continue much longer.
9. Penn State
Joe Paterno’s record of success and longevity will likely never be duplicated. The Nittany Lions have amassed a 547-195-9 record with two national championships along with five other undefeated seasons. Linebacker U. produced Jack Ham, Shane Conlan, Lavar Arrington, and many others. It will be interesting to see how the next chapter of Penn State football unfolds under new leadership.
The Cornhusker resume includes a 541-226-9 record. Not located in one of the more populous states, Nebraska has consistently produced tough, physical football teams. Strong offensive linemen (Dave Rimington has a trophy named for him), hard charging I-backs, and the Black Shirts defense have been staples of the program. Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne provided tremendous stability on the sideline for 36 years (1962-1997), while winning four national championships.
The maize and blue have a 523-204-15 record. Bo Schembechler ranks as the best Wolverines coach of the modern era. During his 21 seasons, Michigan was consistently a top-10 program. Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson won the Heisman Trophy and there were two national championships (1948 and 1997). After three down years with Rich Rodriguez, Michigan looks to be a resurgent program under Brady Hoke. 115,000 fans in the Big House would agree.
6. USC- The Trojans have a 512-232-23 record and possess, perhaps, as much star power as any program on the list. USC has produced seven Heisman winners- Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Reggie Bush. Add other greats like Anthony Munoz, Bruce Matthews, Junior Seau, and Ronnie Lott, and it is easy to see why the Trojans have been so successful. John McKay, John Robinson, and Pete Carroll have been the top coaches for a program with six national championships (and no, we aren’t counting 2003). With a fertile recruiting base in southern California, look for the Trojans to remain relevant for years to come.
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