Greatest Team of All-Time: 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers
by Biased Husker -- David
The '61 Bama team was surely great. So was the '92 team I think and many more. Bama has an absolutely wonderful football tradition.
The greatest college football team of all time though is the 1995 Huskers. Most of the season they played without their and arguably the nation's top running back - Lawrence Phillips - because he was a mentally ill young man who was suspended most of the season and they still dominated without him. They averaged something like 50+ points to 10 per game.
Most of the 10 per game from opponents came against 3rd, 4th and 5th teamers on defense while the 3rd, 4th and 5th teamers on offense were instructed to just dive up the middle and punt as often as possible. This happened almost every 4th quarter that year and in huge chunks of the 3rd.
The '95 Huskers won only one game by less than several touchdowns. That was to a tough Washington State team who scored a couple late against Husker reserves to pull within a final 35 - 21 margin. And of course, undefeated number 2 Florida with future Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel was HUMILIATED in the Fiesta Bowl.
And, of course, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers were coached by the best college football coach ever -- Tom Osborne.
Billingsley and ESPN page 2 argue that the '71 Huskers were the greatest team ever. That's also hard to argue. Of 22 starters, 14 were named to at least an honorable mention All-American squad: FOURTEEN OF TWENTY-TWO!!! And of course, that included consensus first team All Americans, Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover and Willie Harper (all just Juniors that year).
We were so deep that Monte Jacobson who became an all pro MLB with the Oakland Raiders his rookie year, never even started 1 game in 5 years there. NOT ONE! He was a back up DT.
The one counter argument for the '71 Huskers NOT being the greatest of all times, is the '71 Sooners. How could anyone who ranks the '71 Huskers as the best or one of the best ever NOT have the '71 Sooners a team or two behind them?
Look at any top teams list and the '71 Sooners are either nowhere to be found or way down the list, which is myopic and a shame (relative to this discussion which has no verifiable winner anyway...but hell, it's fun to throw our opinions out there anyway - thanks for sponsoring this blog/site).