Becoming a dynasty is perhaps one of if not the highest accomplishment a team can reach in sports. Over the past nearly 60 years, college football has certainly had their fair share of dynasties.
Many people debate over what the exact definition of a dynasty is.
For example, the early-mid 10’s San Fransico Giants. This team won the World Series in 2010,2012 and 2014. Of course, 3 championships in 5 years is nothing to sneeze at. But as you can see none those championships were won consecutively. And in my opinion, that’s not a “dynasty”.
Typically, in order to be a dynasty, a team needs to win at least 3 championships in 4 years (which inevitably means there are back-to-back titles in that mix)
However, I will give college football the benefit of doubt given no players are even on the team for more than 4 years. So 3 championships in a 5-year span and a 2-peat will apply in this case.
Anyhow, without any further ado, here my top 5 college football dynasties…enjoy;
5. Texas – Late-60’s-Early-70’s – Championships Claimed; 1969,1970
These Longhorns teams were coached by college football Hall of Famer Darrell Royal. They were actually recognized as National Champions in 1968 by a few polls, but not the majority. This team’s most notable feat during this run was a 30-game winning streak spanning the course of those 3 seasons.
4. Alabama – 1970’s – Championships Claimed; 1973, 1978, 1979
Unfouranetly for most, this isn’t the only time you’ll see this name on the list. Actually, it could definitely be argued that they should be on here a third time as well.
Anyway, this program coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant was the most consistent of the decade. They won 10 or more games 8 times in 9 seasons. And like the aforementioned Longhorns, they were recognized for more National Championships than they claimed. They received praise in both 1975 and 1977. If claimed that would have been a total of 5 in 7 years.
3. Miami – 1980’s-Early-90’s – Championships Claimed; 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991
Perhaps the coolest and most well-known team on this list thanks to their ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. The biggest difference between this team and any other mentioned on the list is that the Hurricanes won these championships with 3 different coaches.
Those fine gentlemen were; Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, and Dennis Erickson.
However, this does continue the trend of the previous two with additional unclaimed National Championships. Those came in 1986,1988, and 1990. Now had those been claimed, were looking at a team winning 6 straight and 7 in 9 seasons.
That’s pretty fucking nuts, I mean a 6-peat? That’s never been in any of the 4 major professional sports leagues.
2. Nebraska – 1990’s – Championships Claimed; 1994, 1995, 1997
This team also has a unique feature not seen by any other team on this list.
During their championship run the Cornhuskers, led by Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne, went undefeated in all three of their claimed National Championships listed above.
The 1995 edition is widely considered to be one of the top college football teams of all-time. They outscored their opponents that season by a whopping 638-174!
The program was also given a nod as National Champions in 1993 by certain polls.
And from 1993-1997, the program compiled a record of 60-3!
1. Alabam – Late-2000’s-Present – Championships Claimed; 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017
Yup, here they are again!
As I’ve said before, I hate their fucking guts, but you have to give credit where credit is due.
Seriously, if you don’t you’re a fucking scumbag!
And how can you possibly not give them credit?
Any fan would die for their favorite team to win 5 championships in a 9 season span.
Most of the credit here is due to the incredibly consistent high-level coaching and recruiting of Nick Saban.
And whether you like them or want to see their program dramatically collapse within itself, their dynasty has been something for college football fans to marvel at.
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