Kirk Herbstreit names the best team he's ever seen in college football
As you’ve probably noticed, the celebration of the 150th season of college football is inspiring many media outlets to compile all-time “best of” lists, re-igniting some spirited debates among college football fans.
On Tuesday, ESPN named 1971 Nebraska the No. 1 team in the history of college football. One prominent World Wide Leader college football analyst didn’t agree with his network’s pick. Herbstreit believes the 2001 Miami Hurricanes, ranked No. 7 by ESPN, deserved the No. 1 ranking.
“I would put it between 1995 Nebraska, 2001 Miami and 2009 Alabama and I would probably pull the trigger on 2001 Miami,” Herbstreit said on SportsCenter. “A lot of great players on that team, great leadership by Ken Dorsey, athletes like Andre Johnson.
“They just walked into that national championship and blew out Nebraska. Think of that backfield with Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Frank Gore in the backfield alone – Jeremy Shockey…that was a dangerous team.”
The 2001 Canes, coached by Larry Coker, went 12-0 on the year, capping it off with a 37-14 win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl to win the national championship. Thirty-eight members of that UM squad would go on to be drafted by NFL teams.