The good people at Football Outsiders recently posted a series on the 100 greatest college football teams of the last 100 years.
Check out their list (and other entries here, here, here, here and here). The first thing you’re likely to notice is, of course, the absence of the 1938 Duke Blue Devils (unbeaten, untied and unscored upon, at least until the Rose Bowl!). The second and third things you may notice, as readers of an Atlantic Coast Conference sports blog, are the few ACC teams that made the list.
Not surprisingly, both ACC entries (a.) come from Florida State and (b.) predate expansion, which has watered down the conference:
1993 Florida State (#56)
2000 Florida State (#36)
Curiously, the 2000 Miami Hurricanes also make the list. They and the ’00 Seminoles are cosmic twins, linked by the fact that FSU lost to Miami but still managed to make the national title game. The ‘Noles, of course, lost that game to Oklahoma.
A few notes: Georgia Tech did make the list several times (1915, ’17, ’52, ’55 and ’56), but it wasn’t an ACC member during any of those seasons. Ditto for Maryland (1953) and several Miami teams of the 1980s, 1990s an early ‘Oughts.
Three ACC programs make the FO list of the 20 best programs of all time: Miami (#8), FSU (#12) and Georgia Tech (#18).