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Greatest Football Programs in Modern College Football History

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

When most fans think of great programs, they think of Heisman Trophies and National Championships. While those may play a part in determining the greatest college football programs of the modern era, the College Football Dawgs editorial staff believes there is more that needs to be taken into account.


The Modern Era

During the 1960s, fans saw college football undergo numerous changes in an attempt to modernize the sport. National championships, media coverage, rule changes, post-season expansion, and cultural changes are all areas affected during this period.


Prior to the 1960s, national champions were chosen in a subjective way, headlined by the voters of several annual polls including sportswriters, coaches, and committees. This often led to multiple national champions being named. In the 1960s, more formalized ranking systems and postseason structures were established under the Associated Press poll and Coaches poll. This helped to recognize a single consensus national champion, although the poll was still split on rare occasions.


Media coverage prior to the 1960s was extremely limited due to newspapers and radio being the main sources of coverage throughout the sport. However, with an improvement in media technology and the growth of television coverage in the 1960s, the visibility of college football grew immensely and contributed to the sport's growth.


The 1960s saw changes on the field. The goalposts changed from the "H" design to the slingshot design which was first introduced by Miami in 1966. Additionally, the number of players who could catch a forward pass was increased from two (called end positions) to anyone who wasn't on the offensive line. The offensive line was required to wear numbers 50-79 to distinguish eligible receivers from the linemen. The offensive holding penalty was also introduced to the game during this period.


The number of bowl games increased during this period, especially between 1960 and 1980 when they increased from 8 to 15. This allowed more teams to showcase their programs in the postseason. In fact, Notre Dame refused to participate in bowl games from 1925 until the Cotton Bowl of the 1969 season.


The 1960s also saw a change in the culture of not only college football but America. The Civil Rights movement and integration played a big part in this. Prior to 1960, many college football programs were not integrated, meaning African-American players were not granted the same opportunities as their white teammates. The early 1960s saw the integration of many college football teams, opening up opportunities for talented players, regardless of race. In fact, Ernie Davis, in 1961, became the first African-American player to win the Heisman Trophy.


The changes that college football saw during this period were transformative and reflective of what college football is today. For this reason, 1960 was chosen as the beginning of the Modern Era in this study.


The Criteria

In addition to National Championships (only claimed National Championships, we aren't delusional Notre Dame fanatics) and Heisman Trophies, the following statistics were used: conference championships, All-Americans, bowl win percentage, BCS/NY6/BAC Wins, NFL Draft picks, winning seasons, first-round NFL Draft picks, and years since the program's last Championship (what we call the Modernity Metric).


Each statistic was documented and then standardized. For example, Alabama had the most National Championships with 13. Therefore, the program's standardized score is 100. A program that had 0 would keep a score of 0. A team in the middle would fall on that scale between 0 and 100. So, Ohio State, with 5 National Championships, would have a standardized score of about 38.


Lastly, we weighed each standardized statistic on the importance and added the result together to come up with a Program Strength measurement, where 0 is the worst possible college football team in every category and 100 is the best possible college football program in every category. In the end, National Championships make up 27.5% of the Program Strength measurement, winning seasons make up 22.5%, All-Americans make up 15%, Bowl Win % make up 10%, NFL Draft picks 7.5%, Heisman Trophies 5%, BCS/NY6/BAC Wins 4.5%, conference championships 3%, first-round NFL Draft picks 2.5%, and the modernity metric 2.5%.


The Notre Dame Factor

One of the biggest difficulties with determining the weighting of each statistic was Notre Dame's incessant desire to remain Independent. Notre Dame should be included in any list of the top 10 programs in the modern college football era. However, conference championships are an important part of determining program strength.


One possible solution would be to make Notre Dame conference champions any season they are the best of the Independents. But hypotheticals don't belong in statistically-backed reporting.


A second possible solution was to give Notre Dame no conference championships at all since they didn't win any. However, that took the school out of the Top 25 which did not, in our opinion, accurately represent the Top 10 College Football Programs in the Modern Era.


Therefore, the only plausible solution was to decrease the importance of conference championships in determining Program Strength.


*We are including all sanctioned NCAA penalties in our statistics. We believe what fans saw on the field is forever ingrained on the gridiron. The NCAA has continued to show its bias as of late.*


The Top 10 College Football Programs of the Modern Era (1960-Present)


1. Alabama (Program Strength: 92.4)

National Championships: 13 (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2020)

Conference Championships: 24

Heisman Trophy Winners: 4 (Mark Ingram, 2009; Derrick Henry, 2015; DeVonta Smith, 2020; Bryce Young, 2021)

All-Americans: 75

Bowl Win %: 63.9%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 26

NFL Draft Picks: 320

Winning Seasons: 58

First-Round Picks: 74

Years Since Last Championship: 3


Dawgs Take: Is this really a surprise to anybody? With dynasties led by both Bear Bryant and Nick Saban, Alabama has set the standard of what a real "blue blood" looks like. The 1979 Crimson Tide team is one of the greatest SEC teams to ever step foot on the gridiron. During the 1970s, Alabama recorded 103 wins and a tie in 120 games! Let's not forget about the Saban years that brought 6 National Championships in just over a decade and cemented Saban's legacy as one of the greatest football coaches of all time.


C-Dawg's Take: When April comes around, you can always count on Tuscaloosa being at the center of it all. With 74 of their 320 NFL Draft picks since 1960 being first-round picks, the Crimson Tide always have at least one prospect graded out as a first-round prospect. Some of the more notable first-round prospects throughout the modern era include Joe Namath, Ozzie Newsome, Julio Jones, and Trent Richardson.


H-Dawg's Take: As a USC fan, it's always hard to say a program is better than USC. But as Pete Carroll said to his team in 2004, "Leave no doubt." The Crimson Tide have indeed left no doubt that, regardless of era, they are the kings of college football. More important than their legacy on the field, was their legacy off the gridiron. In 1970, famed Tide Head Coach Bear Bryant scheduled John MacKay's USC in what is now known as "The Game That Changed the Nation." Coach Bryant, on numerous occasions, advocated for the integration of African-Americans into college football. To make a point on why, the famed Tide coach purposefully scheduled USC and their all-black backfield to trounce his all-white roster and send a message to the college football world. Legends say that Bryant and MacKay communicated several times to plan this historical moment.

 

2. USC (79.5)



National Championships: 7 (1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004)

Conference Championships: 26

Heisman Trophy Winners: 8 (Mike Garrett, 1965; O.J. Simpson, 1968; Charles White, 1979; Marcus Allen, 1981; Carson Palmer, 2002; Matt Leinart, 2004; Reggie Bush, 2005; Caleb Williams, 2022)

All-Americans: 69

Bowl Win %: 58.1%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 19

NFL Draft Picks: 413

Winning Seasons: 56

First-Round Picks: 79

Years Since Last Championship: 19


Dawgs Take: Palm trees and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. What could be better than Southern California? Not much. As Lincoln Riley said, "USC is the Mecca of college football." With a record 8 Heisman Trophy winners in the modern era, there's no wonder USC sits nearly atop our list. Along with Alabama, USC has held multiple dynasties throughout the modern era. We all remember the 34-game win streak from 2003 to 2005 which was ended by Vince Young in the 2005 National Championship. However, few remember the dominant Trojan teams from the 1960s and 1970s. Then Head Coach John MacKay won 4 National Championships during this early period of the modern era.


C-Dawg's Take: USC has the most draft picks in the common draft era, which started in 1967. They also have a record 14 NFL Hall of Famers. In fact, they held a record of having a defensive player drafted for 54 consecutive years in a row from 1967-2020. Some of the more notable defensive prospects throughout the modern era include Troy Polamalu, Ronnie Lott, Clay Matthews III, Junior Seau, and Willie McGinest.


H-Dawg's Take: One of the most storied programs in all of college football. Reggie Bush. O.J. Simpson. Marcus Allen. Junior Seau. Is it even close when it comes to iconic football players coming from this school? The 2004 team and the 1972 team are considered the greatest football teams in all of college football history. As a Trojan fan, it makes me proud that USC is finally getting the recognition that they deserve. I do want to mention that USC should claim the 1979 season, which Alabama decided to claim. Even though USC had a tougher schedule, more ranked wins, and a more significant bowl win. According to myself and many other Trojan fans, USC has the right to claim an 8th National Championship in the modern era.

 

3. Ohio State (72.6)

National Championships: 5 (1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014)

Conference Championships: 28

Heisman Trophy Winners: 4 (Archie Griffin, 1974, 1975; Eddie George, 1995; Troy Smith, 2006)

All-Americans: 69

Bowl Win %: 47.1%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 19

NFL Draft Picks: 386

Winning Seasons: 60

First-Round Picks: 86

Years Since Last Championship: 9


Dawgs Take: Rose Bowls, Woody Hayes, and Big Ten Country. There is no other Saturday like when the Scarlet and Gray are playing in front of 110,000 roaring fans in the 'Shoe. Ohio State is the only school to have a Heisman winner win the award back-to-back. Since 1960, Ohio State has only had 3 losing seasons, and in one of those, they actually had a .500 record in the regular season. No wonder whenever Ohio State is mentioned, so are iconic players like Cris Carter, Eddie George, and Chris Spielman, and how could we not forget the College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit?


C-Dawg's Take: With 3 first-round draft picks this year (C.J. Stroud, Paris Johnson, & Jaxon Smith-Njigba), Ohio State became the first school to have 90 first-round NFL Draft picks all time. 2004 saw the most Buckeyes get drafted in a single year with 14, headlined by Edge Rusher Will Smith. Some of the most notable draft picks from Ohio State in the modern era include Art Schlichter, Eddie George, Troy Smith, Archie Griffin, and the Bosa brothers.


H-Dawg's Take: Not surprised by this one. Ohio State, again, is a national standard. I said to C-Dawg, "They are probably one of the only teams that have always been consistently balanced on both sides of the ball." They are always good, I mean, look at how many losing seasons they had during the modern era (1960-present.)

I will always enjoy hearing the “Buckeye battle cry” during the games, first downs, and touchdowns. It speaks on the tradition of college football. My Trojans have destroyed the hopes and dreams of Buckeye fans in the last few meetings, other than that Cotton Bowl when Clay “Clown” Helton totally choked that game.


I really think Oklahoma and Ohio State are very similar in their consistency. However, the Sooners could never get over that hump with Stoops and Riley, other than 2001. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Day can finish a season or end up being on the hot seat.

 

4. Oklahoma (68.6)

National Championships: 4 (1974, 1975, 1985, 2000)

Conference Championships: 30

Heisman Trophy Winners: 6 (Steve Owens, 1969; Billy Sims, 1978; Jason White, 2003; Sam Bradford, 2008; Baker Mayfield, 2017; Kyler Murray, 2018)

All-Americans: 67

Bowl Win %: 55.8%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 17

NFL Draft Picks: 328

Winning Seasons: 56

First-Round Picks: 42

Years Since Last Championship: 23


Dawgs Take: Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, Barry Switzer, and Bob Stoops always come to mind when Oklahoma is mentioned. Another thing Oklahoma is known for: points and Quarterbacks. In 2008, QB Sam Bradford led the Sooners in an amazing season, scoring 717 points and breaking a Big 12 record for points in a season. Other notable Sooner Quarterbacks include Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jason White, and Josh Heupel. If you ever get a chance to visit Gaylord Stadium, check out the Heisman Park. Other than USC, this is the only other school that would even come close to competing for the title of Heisman U in the modern college football era.


C-Dawg's Take: At this point in the rankings, we see a big dip in first-round NFL Draft picks. Despite that, Oklahoma became the only school in draft history to have 3 players selected in the first 4 picks when Sam Bradford (1), Gerald McCoy (3), and Trent Williams (4) were drafted in 2010. Some other notable names include Lee Roy Selmon, Billy Sims, Baker Mayfield, and Kyler Murray.


H-Dawg's Take: Talk about top-notch teams! Great offense and terrible defense. Yeah, I noticed that last year with my team. Besides that, what a storied program. You know Oklahoma Football is the real deal when nearly 55,000 fans come to a spring game in Norman, OK. 7 Heisman winners in its history and still today hold the longest winning streak at a whopping 47 wins from 1953-1957!


I will always appreciate Sooner Nation. Although I consider them delusional, they have every right to have high expectations year in and year out. When is Oklahoma never good? Last year, sure. But think of a time they weren’t good. The program has been consistently good during the modern era and even before 1960. I will always choose Oklahoma as the national standard over Michigan, Notre Dame, & USC. They bleed football, and that’s it.

Oh! Hey Sooners, Riley says, "Hi," from the beach. Peace!

 

5. Nebraska (61.5)



National Championships: 5 (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997)

Conference Championships: 22

Heisman Trophy Winners: 3 (Johnny Rodgers, 1972; Mike Rozier, 1983; Eric Crouch, 2001)

All-Americans: 49

Bowl Win %: 51%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 14

NFL Draft Picks: 339

Winning Seasons: 52

First-Round Picks: 31

Years Since Last Championship: 26


Dawgs Take: How could we not forget about the black shirts? The 1971 and 1995 Cornhusker teams are considered THE GREATEST teams of all time. During the 1995 Nebraska season, they recorded victories against 4 teams that finished in the top 10, defeating them by an average score of 49-18. They absolutely dominated every team in their path on the way to the National Championship. They set NCAA records of 7.0 yards per rush attempt, allowing 0 quarterback sacks, and held an average margin of victory over 38 points, the most since WWII. They competed in iconic football games that captivated America which were often decided by great plays by players such as Johnny Rodgers, Turner Gill, and Mike Rozier. If you want to talk football and great programs, Nebraska needs to be on your list.


C-Dawg's Take: Although Nebraska is a Top 10 Program, it's been over a decade since they last had a first-round NFL Draft prospect. Prince Amukamara went in 2011 with Ndamukong Suh getting picked the year prior. Nebraska's draft prominence was back in the 1970s and 1980s with players like John Dutton, Junior Miller, Irving Fryar, Dean Steinkuhler, and Neil Smith.


H-Dawg's Take: Nebraska always has a special place in my heart. My father was a USC fan and what we call a “black shirt.” Cornhusker football...He loved Johnny Rodgers and Nebraska football. They were the standard and the "professional" football team for many in the Midwest.

My husband's family hails from Gothenburg, NE. His grandfather was an alumnus of the University of Nebraska and was part of a prestigious society. The love and tradition of Cornhusker football runs deep in my own family. Nothing but respect for the fans and its legacy. I am hopeful they will return to national prominence soon enough.

 

6. Texas (59.5)

National Championships: 4 (1963, 1969, 1970, 2005)

Conference Championships: 18

Heisman Trophy Winners: 2 (Earl Campbell, 1977; Ricky Williams, 1998)

All-Americans: 57

Bowl Win %: 54.1%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 13

NFL Draft Picks: 261

Winning Seasons: 53

First-Round Picks: 39

Years Since Last Championship: 18


Dawgs Take: Nothing is more synonymous with college football than the burnt orange-clad Longhorns kicking off against their hated in-state rivals annually on Thanksgiving Day in games that often decided national supremacy. How could we not forget the unforgettable 2005 National Championship that stopped USC from bringing home their third straight and ended the Trojan's 34-game win streak? It was the first National Championship in 35 years, back when Darrell Royal defeated #4 Arkansas 42-7.


C-Dawg's Take: With 261 players drafted in the modern era, it's incredible to learn that a record 17 of those players were drafted in 1984. Austin loves being the center of attention, so it's no surprise they have names like Jerry Sisemore, Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Leonard Davis, and Vince Young tied to its past.


H-Dawg's Take: Well, they broke my heart in 2005 as a kid. The Trojans had a 34-game win streak going into the Rose Bowl. I will never forget my heart skipped a beat (and maybe I died?) when mighty Vince Young danced across the end zone. I didn't go to school the next day, but when I did return, ole Billy Browne & Alex Angeline had Texas shit all over my desk! I'll never forget it!

Texas football is coming back. However, if you look back through history, they always have been there. Whether it was Ricky Williams, Vince Young, or Earl Campbell, it's a storied program with as rich a history as a Texas steak.

 

7. Notre Dame (59.2)

National Championships: 4 (1966, 1973, 1977, 1988)

Conference Championships: 0

Heisman Trophy Winners: 2 (John Huarte, 1964; Tim Brown, 1987)

All-Americans: 60

Bowl Win %: 47.5%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 10

NFL Draft Picks: 382

Winning Seasons: 53

First-Round Picks: 49

Years Since Last Championship: 35


Dawgs Take: Wake up the echoes, here come the Irish. Being home to one of the most recognizable images in all of college football with Touchdown Jesus and the Golden Dome, Notre Dame often was dominating opponents on the gridiron. Famous names that all of America recognize with Knute Rockne, Tim Brown, and Joe Montana, the Irish became known as "America's Team" and deservedly so.


C-Dawg's Take: Notre Dame is the only school to have a player selected in every draft in the modern era. However, that includes 1977 where they had only one player drafted, Al Hunter, who went in the 4th round of the Supplemental Draft to the Seattle Seahawks. Other notable Irish players include Walt Patulski, Steve Niehaus, Ken MacAfee, Tim Brown, Rick Mirer, and Brady Quinn.


H-Dawg's Take: Well, here we go. I can already hear the cries and bitching by the leprechaun faithful from a little town, once run by the wonderful and oh-so-competent Mayor Pete Buttigieg, called South Bend.

Notre Dame football is one of the most overrated football programs of all time. They are barely keeping in our Top 10 due to the Notre Dame factor (mentioned above). If we took away the ND factor, they wouldn’t even make the Top 25 college football programs of the modern era. Shocked? Not me.

Notre Dame football in the last 35 years has been abysmal! No national championships since 1988, 0-10 in BCS/Major Bowl games, and an awful 9-31 record vs Top 10 teams since 2000. They also are the only "blue blood" school, that I can think of, that has lost 5 times to the undersized military academies in the 21st century. One of those losses came in 2007 against Navy who just lost to FCS Delaware the week prior. Makes me wonder by how many points my hometown Blue Hens would have beaten the Irish. Notre Dame football doesn’t belong in any Top 10 list. The only thing keeping them in any list is the CPR given by ESPN and Tom Hammond on a Saturday morning after losing to a less superior team, a.k.a. Marshall.


By the way...Rudy was offside!

 

8. Georgia (56.6)


National Championships: 3 (1980, 2021, 2022)

Conference Championships: 10

Heisman Trophy Winners: 1 (Herschel Walker, 1982)

All-Americans: 34

Bowl Win %: 60.4%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 14

NFL Draft Picks: 307

Winning Seasons: 55

First-Round Picks: 42

Years Since Last Championship: 1


Dawgs Take: The Land of the Dawgs. Not us Dawgs, but the Dawgs that bleed red and black and play "between the hedges" at the field they call Sanford Stadium. In 1964, Vince Dooley was credited with adopting the Bulldogs’ red helmet, replacing the previous grey leather or silver shell. Around that same time, Georgia added the Green Bay Packers’ oval G to its helmets in school colors. Who has run onto the gridiron with Uga? Players such as Herschel Walker, Matthew Stafford, and Stetson Bennett have worn the red and black with pride. Will they go for their third-straight national title and move the Georgia football program up in our rankings?


C-Dawg's Take: Prior to 1990, Georgia rarely had a player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. However, they have really hit their stride between 1990 and today. In the 2022 NFL Draft, the school saw 5(!) players get drafted in the 1st round: Edge Rusher Travon Walker, Defensive Tackles Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt, Linebacker Quay Walker, and Safety Lewis Cine. Georgia is likely to have more first-round prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. Other notable Draftees from Georgia include Garrison Hearst, Champ Bailey, Matthew Stafford, A.J. Green, and Todd Gurley.


H-Dawg's Take: The Dawgs! A lot like Oklahoma, Georgia couldn’t get over that hump to pull out a national title after 1980 until recently. That’s not to say they weren’t good. They're always competitive and very tough to play. Mark Richt had a 145-51 record which included 10 winning seasons out of his 15-season tenure. The question is, are the two national championships won by the "50-year-old" quarterback an outlier to this? Think about it.


By the way, they could easily be removed from this list. Why? Have you seen the "shit show" down in Athens? Is Kirby Smart actually Smart? I would not be surprised to, at some point, see sanctions come his way including the stripping of the National Championships (queue Georgia fans losing their minds).

 

9. Miami (FL) (54.8)



National Championships: 5 (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001)

Conference Championships: 9

Heisman Trophy Winners: 2 (Vinny Testaverde, 1986; Geno Toretta, 1992)

All-Americans: 35

Bowl Win %: 44.8%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 11

NFL Draft Picks: 340

Winning Seasons: 48

First-Round Picks: 64

Years Since Last Championship: 22


Dawgs Take: Nothing but the U! The USC of the east coast. Loved by some, hated by all. Often called the Convicts, but boy did they dominate their opponents. They had that swagger. The Miami Hurricanes were one point considered in the same light as Vanderbilt is today. However, the hiring of Coach Howard Schnellenberger in 1979 changed the course of Hurricane football history, leading the Orange and Green to the capture of 5 national titles in a 20-year span. Ray Lewis, Vinny Testaverde, Warren Sapp, Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, and Michael Irvin were all iconic football names to grace the Miami Orange Bowl. Who knows, maybe one day Vanderbilt will turn it around too.


C-Dawg's Take: Miami! The name echoes through the NFL Hall of Fame and is as iconic as it comes for NFL Draft nerds like me. Miami currently holds two NFL Draft records. The school has had at least one player selected in 49 consecutive drafts, spanning back to 1975! It is also tied with Alabama for the most first-round draft picks in a single NFL Draft. Tied with Alabama's 2021 draft squad, Miami had 6 players drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft: Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow II, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, and Vince Wilfork.


H-Dawg's Take: My own staff doesn't even know this about me, maybe not even C-Dawg. There are two teams that have been in my heart for college football since I was a kid: USC, and 2? Miami? Yes, you got it. Miami was my team! Can we all remember the swag days in the 1980s? Nope, not me! I was born in 1993 when Bill Clinton was plotting his next affair with some hick....all kidding aside, when I think of Miami, I think of Ken Dorsey Jr and the 2001 national championship team. It's considered by many to have been the greatest team of all time.


Yeah, I remember the bullshit P.I. call in the 2002 national title game. But in the '90s and early 2000s, there was just a fear of playing them. Not to mention their draft stock in those years, which I'm sure C-Dawg will mention! Miami was the USC of the east. As the dawgs say “loved by some, hated by many." I actually think every Miami national title team was better than any Notre Dame title in history.


Cool fact: Vinny Testaverde was my father's roommate and football teammate at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, VA, in 1981.

 

10. LSU (53.2)


National Championships: 3 (2003, 2007, 2019)

Conference Championships: 9

Heisman Trophy Winners: 1 (Joe Burrow, 2019)

All-Americans: 32

Bowl Win %: 58.7%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 17

NFL Draft Picks: 318

Winning Seasons: 51

First-Round Picks: 45

Years Since Last Championship: 26


Dawgs Take: Death Valley. Cray Fish. Geaux Tigers! All college football fans are excited to see the Tigers play the Tide each November. LSU Football is always a force to be reckoned with. For the past 30 years, success has been shown on the field. Winning 3 National Championships since 2000, the Tigers have become a perennial contender. The best of the best have played at LSU, including Joe Burrow, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Bert Jones, and Kevin Faulk. Does anyone miss Coach O coming into the tunnels and yelling "Geaux Tigers!"?


C-Dawg's Take: LSU may be an iconic franchise because of players like Joe Burrow, Patrick Peterson, and Glenn Dorsey. However, it's also known for one of the NFL Draft's biggest busts. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell was taken #1 overall in 2007. Russell's issues began right away when he failed to come to an agreement with the Oakland Raiders on his rookie contract and held out into the first week of the season. Russell played a total of 3 mediocre seasons before being released in May 2010.


H-Dawg's Take: As my great friend Gomurph.com, a.k.a. Lee Murphy, would say, "Geaux Tigers." As a Trojan fan, we cannot wait to play LSU in Vegas in 2024. I always enjoy the warmth and passion of LSU fans. They love their team, and boy, are they good. I'll never forget the 2011 game when LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in an all-out defensive brawl. For a former defensive player like myself, it was simply just fucking awesome.

 

First OUT: Michigan (51.5)

National Championships: 0.5 (1997)

Conference Championships: 24

Heisman Trophy Winners: 2 (Desmond Howard, 1991; Charles Woodson, 1997)

All-Americans: 52

Bowl Win %: 38.3%

BCS/NY6/BAC Wins: 8

NFL Draft Picks: 329

Winning Seasons: 55

First-Round Picks: 45

Years Since Last Championship: 26


Dawgs Take: Big Blue has not won an outright national title since 1948. Because we are kind, we are going to half count Michigan's National Championship claim by the AP. With that said, that doesn't mean Michigan doesn't have tons of history, a legacy of winning, and one of the most iconic helmets of all time. Big Blue is synonymous with the phrase "The Big House", which for a long period of time has been the largest college football stadium in America. Teams feared going to Ann Arbor to face players such as Tom Brady, Jake Long, Jim Harbaugh, and others. Although not in the modern era, even our 38th President Gerald Ford played on the 1932 and 1933 teams, where he won back-to-back National Championships. Ford's #48 jersey has since been retired.


C-Dawg's Take: Michigan is another storied program. Even so, the school has only had two #1 overall picks in the NFL Draft, and only one of those was in the modern college football era (Jake Long, 2008). Michigan saw a record 11 players get drafted back in 2017, headlined by first-rounders Jabrill Peppers (DB) and Taco Charlton (DE). Other notable Michigan players include Tom Mack, Jim Harbaugh, Desmond Howard, Ty Law, Charles Woodson, and Steve Hutchinson.


H-Dawg's Take: Well they made it. The team that hasn't won shit in 48 years. Yet, the fanbase talks like they've won 6 national titles in the past 23 years *cough* 'Bama *cough*. No guys, at CFB-Dawgs we say 1997 is half a National Championship.

I call them “the bride of Notre Dame football.” Can you imagine that wedding? I keep seeing pictures of Charlie Weis being the ring bearer either falling over or falling asleep. It's like a scene out of The Hangover! They are like two peas in a pod. C-Dawg better queue “We Belong Together" by Pat Benatar.

Behind Notre Dame, Michigan is the most overrated program in history. However, I would rather be a Michigan fan. At least they can win a BCS game (2012 Sugar Bowl). Michigan has had some recent success. If you speak to fans in Ann Arbor, they say, "This is the year." We will see. They have to get past the purple frogs first…

I always appreciate Michigan fans, even you Mr. Perillo (my childhood neighbor)! Yup, he was a UM fan back in 2004, and I’d play “Tribute to Troy” (USC's battle cry) on the loudspeaker outside my window at 8 AM!

 
Honorable Mention (in no particular order): Florida, Penn State, Florida State, & Clemson

This 1-month study was conducted by the College Football Dawgs Editorial Board using NCAA statistics.

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