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Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

Posted on: July 14, 2008 11:47 pm

These are other great college football dynasties to go along with the Pete Carroll story...

Alabama, 1961-66, 1971-79: The two-time defending champions went 11-0 in 1966 and finished <em>No. 3</em> in the final polls. Bear's second run included national championships in 1973, 1978 and 1979. Bama is spending $4 million a year on Nick Saban in hopes of getting back to those days.

Army 1944-50: Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis, Red Blaik and consecutive national championships in 1944-45. There were three in a row if you count the Helms Athletic Foundation giving Army its No. 1 ranking in 1946, which we don't.

Florida State 1987-2000: Fourteen consecutive years with a top four finish in the AP poll. From upset kings to ACC kings, FSU ruled the country in that span, at least as far as the Florida panhandle. Bowden is hoping for national title No. 3 before Jimbo Fisher takes over.

Miami , 1983-2002: The Canes changed everything from fashion to end-zone celebrations to the game itself.  It's hard to argue with five national championships under four different coaches. This dynasty lasted so long that a member of the 1987 title team, Randy Shannon, is now the coach.

Nebraska, 1970-1999: Nebraska started dominating college football with Bob Devaney's back-to-back championships in 1970-71. Tom Osborne went on to win 84 percent of his games from 1973-97. That included three national championships and 13 conference titles.

Notre Dame, 1919-30, 1943-49: Knute Rockne won 105 games in 13 years establishing the Fighting Irish -- and college football -- as a national passion. Frank Leahy won 86 percent of his games including four national championships in two different coaching terms.

Oklahoma, 1948-58, 1971-85: Bud Wilkinson was the mastermind behind what might be the most unbreakable record in the game, 47-consecutive victories. The second run includes Barry Switzer's three national championships in 1974, 1975 and 1985. Bob Stoops has a nice little run going himself with a championship and five Big 12 titles this decade.

USC, 1967-1979, 2002-present:  John McKay and John Robinson combined to win seven Rose Bowls and four national championships in the first dominant 13-year run. Pete Carroll came within 19 seconds of becoming the first coach to win three consecutive national championships in 2005.


Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2008 5:33 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties


Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:16 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

Amen to that! 

How can you forget the unbeaten Rockets!

Chuck Ealey was the man!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2008 8:30 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

How about Penn State during the span of 1968 to 1994?

Five undefeated teams

Two national titles

Very good, very clasy football program.  But I can't support 2 national championships in 29 years being a dynasty. 

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2008 1:48 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

We will never know who is best until the teams play each other head to head.  The most anticipipated match-up ion my mind for the last 5 years is USC/LSU.












Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2008 1:44 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

It amazes me when you discount being voted a champion whilst the "Championship Match-up" was also voted for.  It can only be settled on the field.  LSU and USC need to play each other.  That would be a game to watch and I would put them as a "pick'em" on the point spread.  They are both the best programs in college football, although LSU is starting to fall off a bit.  USC lost only one of a stable of RB's, while LSU has lost a starting QB, linemen and other key players but still a strong team.  LSU is resilient as USC has been reloading.

Being voted for only counts when you win, just ask Ohio State.  That is where you should direct your distain for a program who hasn't really played anyone and ends up in the BSC title.  

A teams on field record speaks for itself.  Upsets happen in college football, that is what makes college football so great!


Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2008 11:52 am

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

Haven't you learned that Dodd has a bias against the Big Ten and against Penn State and Joe Pa in particular? It's ok to be opinionated, but Dodd takes it to a new level. It's a shame really, he actually writes pretty well when he's not grinding his axe.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 4:29 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

Boy, people dont remeber that year at all and just look at a page or web site with the finals of the bowl games and the participants.

Now I am just adding to your great post here. Here is a refresher for that year- going into the bowl selection, USC was ranked #1 in both the Coaches and the AP polls.Yet the B(s)CS computers spit out the OU vs. LSU nonsense. And for the life of me, I can never get LSU people to ever comment on this fact, they act as if it never happened. They want to say it was proven on the field, but my beef is, how was it proven on the field when the process before the game pitted the #2 team v. #3 team. Shouldn't the winner of this game played against the no. #1 ranked team in the nation, it being USC. Who coincidently soundly beat a good #4 Michigan team. So was it really proven on the field? And finally, if the LSU faithful dont count the AP as a legitimate trophy, shouldn't they give back their 1955 title they recieved from the AP. Just wondering outloud.

Fight on SC!!!

Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2008 3:22 pm

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

LSU had a great team in '03, but that USC team was flat-out legendary...LSU beat OU 21-14 that year at home (essentially), in a year when OU couldn't even win the big 12 fact K State demolished them...

The following year, OU adds APete who was unstoppable, OU routs Colorado for the Big 12 title and 'SC, with the same players as the year before flew across the coutry and whooped 'em as bad as they can be whooped...

So, its hard to see the rationale behind dogging the '03 trojans in favor of the '03 bengals...the BCS rankings have always been retarded...people always use the BSC when it supports their opinion and rips the BCS when it doesn't

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2008 3:06 pm

Missing one!

1969-1971, Toledo Rockets.


Hell, it took Chuck Ealey until his second year in the CFL to lose as a starting QB- unbeaten in 2 years of high school, 3 years as starting QB at Toledo, an unbeaten season and Grey Cup with the Montréal Alouettes of the CFL, then finally losing one in his second season.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 11:35 am

Eight schools, 12 great dynasties

O.K. so if you are including Army how anout MInnesota...1934,35,36,40,41 national champs...Really, five national championships in eight years.  Now if we are talking great dynasties this must rank near the top!  Please Sportsline do your homework!  Oh...and during this period, Bruce Smith won the Heisam in 1941, George Franck came in 3rd in 1940. 

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