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Old 12-14-02, 02:48 AM
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Ranking the top 10 teams in the BCS' five-year lifespan

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Ranking the top 10 teams in the BCS' five-year lifespan

By Stewart Mandel, CNNSI.com

Sunday’s pairings announcement brought to 40 the number of teams that will have competed in a BCS game the first five years of its existence.

Since ranking this year’s teams is now basically just for kicks and giggles, and given the enthusiastic response to last week’s silly list of the top conferences, why not one more silly list this week?

Here now, one man’s opinion of the top 10 BCS teams, 1998-2002:

1. Miami, 2001 (12-0): The crowning achievement thus far in a historic three-year run, these ‘Canes had it all: Balanced offense, dominating offensive and defensive lines, unmatched secondary. Eleven (so far) are now playing on Sundays.

2. Florida State, 1999 (12-0): The best player in college football that year, Peter Warrick, spearheaded an explosive offense, and the biggest weapon of all may have been K Sebastian Janikowski.

3. Ohio State, 1998 (11-1): It might seem wrong to rank them ahead of several teams that actually won titles, but c’mon -- Joe Germaine, David Boston, Andy Katzenmoyer. These guys were loaded, except, of course, at coach.

4. Oklahoma, 2000 (13-0): Truly an amazing season, one in which the Sooners throttled three higher-ranked teams in a row, then shut down an explosive FSU offense in the Orange Bowl. The Sooners till miss Josh Heupel.

5. Miami, 2002 (12-0 so far): The ‘Canes are every bit as talented as their predecessor, they’ve just shown more vulnerability. The beauty, of course, is unlike the four above them they can still move up.

6. Nebraska, 1999 (12-1): This was vintage Husker football, with Eric Crouch and Dan Alexander demoralizing defenses and the Brown brothers leading a true Blackshirt defense. They played their best football a little too late, though.

7. Tennessee, 1998 (13-0): How many teams could lose Jamal Lewis midseason and move on unscathed? They never particularly dazzled anyone, but they took care of business nonetheless, much like a certain team further down the list.

8. Virginia Tech, 1999 (11-1): The perception was they were a one-man team, but Michael Vick was more like the cherry on top of a really good sundae. Easy to forget, but they led Florida State after three quarters of the Sugar Bowl.

9. Oregon, 2001 (11-1): The Joey Harrington-led Ducks came up just short of playing for a national title. Two 1,000-yard rushers (Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith) and a stout defense sure took Colorado by surprise.

10. Ohio State, 2002 (13-0 so far): Much like the ’98 Vols, these Buckeyes seem like the prototypical “team of destiny.” The defense hasn’t had a single bad game, and we could find out Jan. 3 just what a difference maker Maurice Clarett is.

P.S.: The five worst: 2000 Notre Dame, 2001 Illinois, 2002 Florida State, 2001 Maryland and 1998 Syracuse.
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'98 OSU above '00 Oklahoma?

Makes no sense to me.
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Originally posted by Jabx
'98 OSU above '00 Oklahoma?

Makes no sense to me.
dont you lose their defense...
"It might seem wrong to rank them ahead of several teams that actually won titles, but c’mon......."

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Re: Ranking the top 10 teams in the BCS' five-year lifespan

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By Stewart Mandel, CNNSI.com
3. Ohio State, 1998 (11-1)
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The 1998 Ohio State team was that good. One slip up against Michigan State cost them the title. Definitely the best team I've ever seen play in person, and I saw their first game that year, a 34-17 win over number 11 West Virginia in Morgantown.

I would put them behind Oklahoma though.
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