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All-time top 25: '47 Irish were greatest

By Beano Cook
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1. Notre Dame 1947
Forty-one players went on to play pro football. They never trailed in any game.

2. Nebraska 1971
The greatest game ever played was the 35-31 Cornhusker victory over Oklahoma on Thanksgiving Day 1971.

3. USC 1972
It is Keith Jackson's choice for greatest team ever. That's enough for me.

4. Army 1945
Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis formed the greatest duo in college football history.

5. Miami (Fla.) 2001
The 'Canes had more players drafted than in World War II.

6. Nebraska 1995
Steve Spurrier still gets nightmares over the 62-24 loss for the national title.

7. Ohio State 1968
Woody Hayes' greatest masterpiece.

8. USC 1932
Coach Howard Jones' greatest team.

9. USC 1962
The first of five national titles for coach John McKay and his Trojans.

10. Notre Dame 1930
Knute Rockne's last and greatest team. Enough said.

11. Michigan 1948
One of the unknown greatest teams of all time.

12. Pittsburgh 1976
Tony Dorsett returns Pittsburgh to national prominence.

13. Minnesota 1940
The second of three national titles for the Golden Gophers in six seasons.

14. Army 1944
Earl "Red" Blaik won his first national title.

15. Notre Dame 1924
The "Four Horsemen." Need I say more?

16. TCU 1938
Davey O'Brien won the Heisman for the No. 1 team in the country.

17. Notre Dame 1988
Lou Holtz returned Irish to glory

18. Oklahoma 2000
Bob Stoops performed a superlative coaching job.

19. Alabama 1961
The great Bear Bryant's first naitonal championship team.

20. Oklahoma 1956
Bud Wilkinson's greatest team.

21. Texas 1969
QB James Street's fourth-down pass will go down as one of the greatest college football plays ever.

22. Florida State 1999
Bobby Bowden led the Seminoles to a perfect record for the first time.

23. Oklahoma 1974
The Selmon brothers led the way as Barry Switzer captured his first of three national titles.

24. Notre Dame 1919
The undefeated Irish were led by George Gipp, the most famous player in the history of college football.

25. Oklahoma 1955
Wilkinson's team defeated Maryland 20-6 in the Orange Bowl and captured the national championship.

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