Best College Football Teams To Not Win A Title
Since college football began, the only goal of every team has been to win a national championship. But unfortunately the other 129 FBS teams, only one can actually be crowned champions. Over the course of history, there have been a lot of great teams, but some of them didn’t win an NCAA championship and are remembered for coming up short. What teams are the best college football teams to never bring home the trophy?
In 1959, the Ole Miss Rebels missed out on a national title. LSU's Billy Cannon scored a game-winning touchdown to beat the Rebels, which ultimately earned him the Heisman Trophy. Ole Miss lost only one game that season, but did get revenge on LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
The Florida State Seminoles team in 1987, led by Deion Sanders and head coach Bobby Bowden, were a two-point conversion away from defeating Miami, and the Hurricanes went on to win it all that year.
The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions had two Heisman Trophy finalists and finished the season undefeated, but weren't given a chance to play for the title against Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
The 2002 Miami Hurricanes were loaded players headed for the NFL Draft and were headed for a second-straight title before Willis McGahee's devastating knee injury in the BCS National Championship game.
Auburn won the SEC Championship went undefeated in 2004, but the USC Trojans and Oklahoma Sooners were given the nod to decide college football's champion. If the College Football Playoff existed, the Tigers would've gotten their shot.
One of the best teams ever was the 2005 USC Trojans. However, Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns won the title in what many consider to be the greatest Rose Bowl ever played.
Much like that '02 Miami team, the Florida Gators, Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow were ready to repeat as champs in 2009. However, the Alabama Crimson Tide smoked them in the SEC title game.
The 2011 LSU Tigers went undefeated in the regular season, but Nick Saban and 'Bama ultimately shut them out, 21-0, in the title game.
In 2016, the ACC-champion Clemson Tigers knocked off an incredible Alabama team in what's been called college football's Game of the Decade.
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