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Comparing the 2001 Canes to the 2005 Longhorns

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ESPN said the 2005 Texas team was better than the 2001 Canes, I broke it down.

Ken Dorsey #11 of the Miami Hurricanes calls a play.

I’m sorry, but there needs to be another story on this recent ESPN ranking of top 20 national championship teams of all time.

Unless you’re in another country where Twitter is unavailable, you’ve noticed that ESPN ranked the 2005 Texas Longhorns and 2008 Florida Gators ahead of the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.

Idiotic I know.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and settle this once and for all.

Lets start with Texas. In 2005, they had Vince Young, “the best player of the past 20 years,” wrote ESPN College Football reporter Jake Trotter. Yet, he didn’t even win the Heisman that season.

The Hurricanes faced the Heisman trophy winner in 2001, Eric Crouch of Nebraska. Crouch completed 5 of 15 passes that night, for 62 yards and one interception, was sacked three times. Miami held Nebraska’s high prolific run game, which had averaged 314 yards a game, to just 197.

Lets dive more into the National Championship game matchups for both teams, shall we? Coming into the 2002 Rose Bowl, Miami was 8.5 point favorites against Nebraska. Texas was 7 points underdogs. Miami won by 23 points, Texas won by 3 points.

Huh. Edge, Miami

Lets get to the regular season. Miami outscored its opponents 512-117, and outscored ranked teams 236-72. Texas outscored their opponents 586-153, not too shabby. They outscored ranked teams 160-94. Texas’ opponents averaged 16.4 points per game, Miami’s opponents averaged 9.8.

Texas’ opponents turned it over 27 times, Miami’s opponents turned it over 48 times. Texas sacked the opposing quarterback 34 times, Miami sacked the opposing team 42 teams.

Edge, Miami.

Miami played against five ranked teams, Texas played against four. The Canes set an NCAA record for largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked teams when they annihilated No. 14 Syracuse and No. 12 Washington by a combined score of 124-7.

People want to talk about how easy Miami’s schedule was. Before USC, who did Texas play? Both teams played 8 teams with winning records that season.

Miami had to play three ranked teams away from Miami. Texas played two.

Included in those Miami wins was ending FSU’s 54-game-winning-streak at Doak Campbell Stadium, as well as a 33-7 drubbing over Penn State in front of the largest crowd ever up to that point.

The one point I'll give Texas is that they only had two close games all year, but they were both ranked. Miami had two close games, one with Virginia Tech, one with Boston College.

Lets get to the rosters. I can’t believe I'm actually debating this still.

Texas had four players selected 1st team All-Americans, very impressive. Miami had five, 1st team. The Canes had four players received season awards, six national awards finalists. Texas had two.

The Longhorns had six players selected in the 2006 NFL Draft, two in the first round. In the 2002 Draft, Miami would have 11, in one draft, five in the first round.

For my closing opinion, chew on this, my friends from Austin who say “Hook Em.” From players that played on that 2005 Texas team, 18 would be drafted into the NFL.

From the 2001 Miami Hurricanes roster, 39 WOULD BE DRAFTED INTO THE NFL. 17 players from that team were drafted in the 1st round.

Case closed, try again next year, best team ever.