Urban Meyer made a rather bold statement over the weekend when he told a group of youth football campers that his 2008 Florida Gators team was the best college football team to ever play the game.
“I’ve been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in ’08 (at Florida). And that was (because) animal instincts took over on the field. They protected each other,” Meyer said. “What he said is, ‘Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal … you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”
That team lost to Ole Miss which prompted the infamous Tim Tebow promise and went on to win the national title, but can the best college football team of all-time be one that has a blemish?
There’s an argument to be made about whether the 2008 Florida team was even the best Florida team of all-time as Steve Spurrier’s 1996 team was dominant in every sense of the word.
You can’t fault Meyer for being biased toward his team, which clearly was a great team and full of NFL talent, but there are some other great candidates I’d like to nominate as the best of all-time.
1999 Florida State, 2001 Miami Hurricanes, 2004 USC Trojans, 1972 USC, 1961 Alabama, 1988 Notre Dame and especially the 1995 Nebraska team which I consider the best single-season team of all-time have a case to be made that would trump Meyer’s argument.
Who do you think is the best college football team of all-time? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
You can see Meyer’s comments below with the comments about the 2008 Florida team just after the six-minute mark.