Ranking basically the most simple college soccer teams to by no come score it all, from BCS to CFP

Normally it’s the team that did no longer score it all that we endure in mind most. This yr marks the 23rd season since the BCS period started in 1998, a gadget that sooner or later gave manner to the College Football Playoff, however collected left us with quite rather a lot of teams extra remembered for the very fact they did no longer score the national title.

Ohio Order grew to change into basically the most fresh team to lose the College Football Playoff championship in Monday’s 52-24 loss to Alabama, however Clemson did no longer fabricate this checklist. Ohio Order did in line with our requirements of deciding on one team per season that did no longer score it all. Is that arguable? Absolutely given the controversy that surrounded the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. 

We’re sticking with our prefer, and Ohio Order joins a checklist of would maybe maybe maybe-have-been-champions. 

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We did the same exercise for the NCAA men’s basketball match in March.

So, which teams didn’t score it all however remain in our minds this time of yr? Right here’s a closer uncover about:

  • #23

    Oregon (2001)

    Anecdote: 11-1

    Aspects for/against: 34.3 (16th), 21.3 (30th)

    All-American citizens: None

    That yr’s champion: Miami

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: We think Oregon would have fared higher against the Hurricanes than Nebraska and Heisman Trophy-successful quarterback Eric Crouch. As a minimum, we obligatory to search out Joey Harrington give it a strive, especially afterhe led the Geese to a 38-16 victory against No. 3 Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buffaloes had beaten Nebraska 62-36 earlier in the season.

  • #22

    USC (2007)

    Anecdote: 11-2

    Aspects for/against: 32.6 (T-35th), 15.9 (4th)

    All-American citizens: TE Fred Davis, T Sam Baker, DT Sedrick Ellis, LB Keith Rivers, S Taylor Mays

    That yr’s champion: LSU

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: There were so many teams in this wild-card season that were terminate, with Ohio Order sooner or later taking half in LSU in the BCS national championship sport. We collected bask in this USC team higher, which lost two video games by a mixed eight factors underneath Pete Carroll. The Trojans beat Illinois 49-17 in the Rose Bowl, however it absolutely used to be too tiny, too gradual.

  • #21

    Oklahoma (2003)

    Anecdote: 12-2

    Aspects for/against: 42.9 (third), 15.3 (Fifth)

    All-American citizens: QB Jason White, WR Ticket Clayton, T Jammal Brown, DT Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, CB Derrick Strait, KR/PR Antonio Perkins

    That yr’s champions: USC, LSU

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The Sooners ran the wire in the customary season as No. 1 underneath Bob Stoops with a highly decorated team that incorporated Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. The Sooners, on the opposite hand, were routed 35-7 by Kansas Order in the Huge 12 championship sport sooner than losing to LSU 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl. On condition that USC and LSU spoil up the title, there isn’t a higher prefer for this season.

  • #20

    Oregon (2010)

    Anecdote: 12-1

    Aspects for/against: 46.8 (1st), 18.7 (12th)

    All-American citizens: RB LaMichael James, S Cliff Harris

    That yr’s champion: Auburn

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: This used to be Chip Kelly’s lone championship shot with the Geese, and it used to be led by a excessive-powered offense with Darron Thomas at quarterback. That hobble ended in an dreary 22-19 loss in the BCS championship sport to Cam Newton-led Auburn.

  • #19

    Ohio Order (2020)

    Anecdote: 7-1

    Aspects for/against: 41.0 (11th), 25.8 (43rd)

    All-American citizens: G Wyatt Davis, CB Shaun Wade, DT Haskell Garrett

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Ohio Order made basically the most of a season impacted by COVID-19 gradual quarterback Justin Fields, who led a fourth straight Huge Ten championship hobble in Ryan Day’s second season. The Buckeyes demolished Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl, however Alabama routed Ohio Order 52-24 in the CFP championship sport. Or no longer it is exhausting to place a apt rating on this team because it did no longer have an opportunity to play a tubby season.

  • #18

    Oregon (2012)

    Anecdote: 12-1

    Aspects for/against: 49.6 (2nd), 21.6 (25th)

    All-American citizens: RB Kenjon Barner, LB Dion Jordan

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Lets place Notre Dame right here. As a minimum, the Irish beat Stanford that yr, and the Geese did no longer. Silent, we think Oregon used to be the higher team. Would Chip Kelly’s excessive-powered offense have fared higher against the Tide with Marcus Mariota and a backfield that incorporated Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas?

  • #17

    Auburn (2013)

    Anecdote: 12-2

    Aspects for/against: 39.5 (13th), 24.7 (48th)

    All-American citizens: RB Tre Mason, KR/PR Chris Davis

    That yr’s champion: Florida Order

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Gus Malzahn loved a wild first season with the Tigers that incorporated quite rather a lot of thrilling wins sooner than the “Kick Six” in a 34-28 Iron Bowl victory that derailed Alabama’s uncover at a 3-peat. Florida Order, on the opposite hand, beat the Tigers 34-31 in dramatic vogue in the remaining BCS championship sport.

  • #16

    Ohio Order (1998)

    Anecdote: 11-1

    Aspects for/against: 35.8 (12th), 12.0 (2nd)

    All-American citizens: WR David Boston, G Fetch Murphy, CB Antoine Winfield, S Damon Moore

    That yr’s champion: Tennessee

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: This used to be a loaded team underneath John Cooper, led by quarterback Joe Germaine and linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer. The Buckeyes stayed No. 1 in the AP Poll till a beautiful 28-24 loss to Cleave Saban-led Michigan Order. Ohio Order needed to resolve for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, where it beat No. 8 Texas A&M, whereas Tennessee played Florida Order for the first BCS national championship.

  • #15

    Alabama (2014)

    Anecdote: 12-2

    Aspects for/against: 36.9 (16th), 18.4 (sixth)

    All-American citizens: WR Amari Cooper, G Arie Kouandjio, LB Trey DePriest, S Landon Collins, P JK Scott

    That yr’s champion: Ohio Order

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Unusual offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin brought a file-atmosphere offense to Tuscaloosa, ensuing in a breakout yr for Blake Sims and Cooper, a Heisman finalist. The Tide, on the opposite hand, lost 42-35 in a thrilling College Football Playoff semifinal that felt bask in the championship sport. That’s why we give Alabama the nod over Florida Order and Oregon.

  • #14

    Virginia Tech (1999)

    Anecdote: 11-1

    Aspects for/against: 40.3 (1st), 13.5 (Fifth)

    All-American citizens: QB Michael Vick, DE Corey Moore, CB Ike Charlton

    That yr’schampion: Florida Order

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Florida Order went wire to wire at No. 1, and Nebraska and Penn Order had immense teams this season as properly. However Virginia Tech took the No. 2 space on Nov. 7and stayed undefeated till theBCS championship sport (which is remembered for the cowl Vick and Peter Warrick place onmore than the 46-29 remaining uncover).

  • #13

    Oklahoma (2008)

    Anecdote: 12-2

    Aspects for/against: 51.1 (1st), 24.5 (57th)

    All-American citizens: QBSam Bradford, TE Jermaine Gresham, T Phil Loadholt, G Duke Robinson, DT Gerald McCoy

    That yr’s champion: Florida

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and led a ridiculous offense that averaged bigger than 50 factors per sport. The Sooners made the title sport no topic losing to Texas — attributable to a 3-manner tiebreaker with Texas Tech — sooner than losing 24-14 to Florida in the title sport.

  • #12

    Texas (2009)

    Anecdote: 13-1

    Aspects for/against: 39.3 (third), 16.7 (12th)

    All-American citizens: QB Colt McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, C Chris Corridor, LB Sergio Kindle, S Earl Thomas

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: In case you wish to place the 2009 Florida team, whose lone loss used to be to Alabama in the SEC championship, that’s supreme, too. We’re sticking with the Longhorns, and bask in all people else, we’re questioning how great closer that 37-21 Rose Bowl loss to the Tide would be if Colt McCoy had played the total sport.

  • #11

    Georgia (2017)

    Anecdote: 13-2

    Aspects for/against: 35.4 (20th), 13.2 (4th)

    All-American citizens: LB Roquan Smith

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The Bulldogs had a loaded backfield with senior working backs Sony Michel and Cleave Chubb and freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who improved with per week. Smith, who won the Butkus Award, paced the defense. Georgia avenged its fully loss of the season against Auburn in a 28-7 SEC championship romp over the Tigers. Sadly, the Bulldogs blew a 13-0 lead in a 26-23 loss to Alabama in the championship sport.

  • #10

    Auburn (2004)

    Anecdote: 13-0

    Aspects for/against: 32.1 (18th), 11.3 (1st)

    All-American citizens: RB Cadillac Williams, T Marcus McNeill, CB Carlos Rogers, S Junior Rosegreen

    That yr’s champion: USC

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The lone undefeated team on this checklist, Auburn wore down opponents with a backfield that incorporated quarterback Jason Campbell and the working reduction duo of Williams and Ronnie Brown. The Tigers by no come got that swing on the USC juggernaut though, and we think this Tommy Tuberville-led team would have stored it closer than the 55-19 beatdown the Trojans place on Oklahoma. How great closer? We’ll by no come know.

  • #9

    Ohio Order (2019)

    Anecdote: 13-1

    Aspects for/against: 46.9 (third), 13.7 (4th)

    All-American citizens: RB J.Good enough. Dobbins, G Wyatt Davis, DE Rush Young, CB Jeff Okudah

    That yr’s champion: LSU

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The Buckeyes spent all of November at No. 2 in the polls sooner than the College Football Playoff pairings were launched. The Buckeyes had two Heisman Trophy finalists in Justin Fields and Rush Young and so that they won every sport sooner than the CFP semifinal by double-digits. Clemson beat Ohio Order 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl, however a pair of deplorable calls contributed to that checklist. In case you wish to place the Tigers on right here, that is supreme. This Ohio Order team, on the opposite hand, will seemingly be kicking itself longer for no longer successful it all.

  • #8

    Clemson (2015)

    Anecdote: 14-1

    Aspects for/against: 38.5 (16th), 20.2 (22nd)

    All-American citizens: QB Deshaun Watson, TE Jordan Leggett, DE Shaq Lawson, CB Mackensie Alexander, S Jayron Kearse

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: We were tempted to place Ohio Order right here, which would maybe also need had extra talent than the Tigers however by no come moderately played bask in a No. 1 team till it used to be too gradual. Clemson, meanwhile, achieved the season undefeated and stood as a lot as Alabama in a 45-40 loss in the College Football Playoff championship.

  • #7

    Ohio Order (2006)

    Anecdote: 12-1

    Aspects for/against: 34.1 (eighth), 10.4 (2nd)

    All-American citizens: QB Troy Smith, T Alex Boone, DE Quinn Pitcock, LB James Laurinaitis, KR/PR Ted Ginn Jr.

    That yr’s champion: Florida

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Jim Tressel led this team to a perfect customary season that incorporated No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdowns against each and each Texas and Michigan. Smith won the Heisman Trophy and the Buckeyes ran the wire at No. 1 sooner than — a 41-14 loss to Metropolis Meyer’s Florida team in the BCS championship sport.

  • #6

    Miami (2000)

    Anecdote: 11-1

    Aspects for/against: 42.2 (third), 15.8 (seventh)

    All-American citizens: Joaquin Gonzalez, Bryant McKinnie, Dan Morgan, Ed Reed, Santana Moss

    That yr’s champion: Oklahoma

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: An early-season loss to Washington (which achieved the season ranked No. 3) stored this loaded Butch Davis team out of the BCS championship sport, no topic beating No. 1 Florida Order and No. 2 Virginia Tech at some level of the season. In a four-team playoff, this team can also need easily won it all given all Miami’s NFL talent. The Hurricanes needed to resolve for a 37-20 victory over No. 7 Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

  • #5

    LSU (2011)

    Anecdote: 13-1

    Aspects for/against: 35.7 (17th), 11.3 (2nd)

    All-American citizens: GWill Blackwell, DE Sam Montgomery, CB Morris Claiborne, CB Tyrann Mathieu, P Brad Flee

    That yr’s champion: Alabama

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The 21-0 championship sport loss to Alabama takes away from a team that achieved the customary season undefeated and dominated up till the title shot underneath Les Miles. The Tigers allowed bigger than 20 factors in precisely three video games that season, which noticed them beat eight ranked opponents, including three high-three teams.

  • #4

    Alabama (2016)

    Anecdote: 14-1

    Aspects for/against: 38.8 (16th), 11.8 (1st)

    All-American citizens: T Cam Robinson, TE O.J. Howard, DE/DT Jonathan Allen, LB Reuben Foster, CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, S Marlon Humphrey

    That yr’s champion: Clemson

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Cleave Saban had this team one force — one second — away from successful every other national title. That team would have been on the checklist of finest all-time teams. Clemson, on the opposite hand, had a form of concepts. Deshaun Watson place on a masterful performance in the remaining minutes of a 35-31 victory. Would this sport have played out in a different procedure had Kiffin stayed on for the championship sport?

  • #3

    Alabama (2018)

    Anecdote: 14-1

    Aspects for/against: 45.3 (third), 18.1 (10th)

    All-American citizens: QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Jerry Jeudy, T Jonah Williams, DL Quinnen Williams, DB Deionte Thompson

    That yr’s champion: Clemson

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The Crimson Tide had the probability to be the first 15-0 team since 1897, however they suffered a 44-16 blowout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship sport. Silent, the offense with Tagovailoa and Jeudy confirmed Cleave Saban’s evolution to the offensive sport, and so that they earned a fifth Playoff berth in five seasons.

  • #2

    Miami (2002)

    Anecdote: 12-1

    Aspects for/against: 40.5 (4th), 19.1 (22nd)

    All-American citizens: QB Ken Dorsey, RB Willis McGahee, C Brett Romberg, DT Jerome McDougle

    That yr’s champion: Ohio Order

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: The Hurricanes had a 34-sport score creep sooner than a 31-24 double-time beyond regulations loss to Ohio Order in the Fiesta Bowl. How loaded used to be this team? Kellen Winslow II and Sean Taylor weren’t All-American citizens. The Hurricanes had two Heisman Trophy finalists in Dorsey and McGahee underneath coach Larry Coker, and likewise you proceed to marvel can also need took place had McGahee no longer suffered a sport-ending damage against the Buckeyes.

  • #1

    USC (2005)

    Anecdote: 12-1

    Aspects for/against: 50.2 (1st), 22.3 (27th)

    All-American citizens: QBMatt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush, WR Dwayne Jarrett, G Taitusi Lutui, T Sam Baker, LB Darnell Bing

    That yr’s champion: Texas

    What would maybe maybe maybe have been: Take note the buildup? USC used to be being place against basically the most interesting teams at college soccer historical previous. The Trojans took a 34-sport score creep into the BCS championship sport against Texas and had two Heisman Trophy winners in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. The Longhorns won a 41-38 speedy basic which stored Pete Carroll’s team from successful a third consecutive national title. They merely without be aware met one of basically the most interesting teams of all time in Texas.

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