The best team to ever play the game of college football?
Urban Meyer will tell you it was his 2008 BCS Champion Florida Gators.
While speaking at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, the current Ohio State coach had the following to say about his former 2008 championship team, via YouTube:
“Once again, I know some of you won state championships. I’ve been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in ’08 (at Florida). And that was (because) animal instincts took over on the field. They protected each other. What he said is, ‘Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal… you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”
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Meyer’s Gators were loaded. Coordinators Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong led the offense and the defense, and the Gators won every game by an average of 33.1 points per game. Florida had four wins over top 25 teams #5 Oklahoma, #6 Alabama, #13 Georgia and #21 Florida State that season. The offense, led by Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, scored 43.6 points per game, and the defense, led by Brandon Spikes and Joe Haden, yielded just 12.9 points per game.
The Gators lost to Ole Miss, Tebow delivered The Speech, and the Gators went on to win the BCS Championship over Oklahoma.
But are the Gators the best team to ever play the game?
2001 Miami would like to have a word with you, Coach.
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