There are three teams from '00 to '09 that stand out above the rest, in my opinion. The '01 Miami Hurricanes, '04 USC Trojans, and '05 Texas Longhorns. Here's a look at the key players and results for each team. The key players are mostly currently playing in the NFL or were All-Americans in college. 2001 Miami Hurricanes This team was loaded with 1st round draft picks and future NFL stars, including guys like Kellen Winslow, Sean Taylor, and Antrelle Rolle who were just freshman and low on the depth chart, so I don't have them listed as key players. Florida State, Syracuse, Washington, and Virginia Tech were all ranked in the top 15 when Miami beat (or destroyed) them. Nebraska should not have been in the championship game. They were coming off a 62-36 loss to Colorado in their last regular season game and did not win the Big 12 North division. Miami cruised to a 37-14 win, and led 34-0 at halftime. Schedule/Results W 33-7 @ Penn State W 61-0 vs Rutgers W 43-21 @ Pittsburgh W 38-7 vs Troy W 49-27 @ Florida State W 45-3 vs West Virginia W 38-0 vs Temple W 18-7 @ Boston College W 59-0 vs Syracuse W 65-7 vs Washington W 26-24 @ Virginia Tech W 37-14 vs Nebraska (National Championship game) Key Players QB - Ken Dorsey RB - Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee WR - Andre Johnson TE - Jeremy Shockey OL - Bryant McKinnie DL - Jerome McDougle, William Joseph, Vince Wilfork LB - DJ Williams, Jonathan Vilma DB - Ed Reed, Mike Rumph, Phillip Buchanon (all drafted in 1st round) 2004 USC Trojans The offense was a year away from reaching their full potential, but they were still sick and they also had a great defense with tons of talent. They did have some games that were closer than you would expect, but they also dominated some really good teams, like Arizona State who was top 15. Cal was in the top 10 and led by Aaron Rodgers. They embarrassed a good Oklahoma team, who was undefeated, in the title game. Schedule/Results W 24-13 vs Virginia Tech W 49-0 vs Colorado State W 42-10 @ BYU W 31-28 @ Stanford W 23-17 vs Cal W 45-7 vs Arizona State W 38-0 vs Washington W 42-12 @ Washington State W 28-20 @ Oregon State W 49-9 vs Arizona W 41-10 vs Notre Dame W 29-24 @ UCLA W 55-19 vs Oklahoma (National Championship game) Key Players QB - Matt Leinart, Matt Cassel RB - Reggie Bush, LenDale White WR - Dwayne Jarrett, Steve Smith TE - Dominique Byrd, Fred Davis OL - Sam Baker, Ryan Kalil, Deuce Lutui DL - Sedrick Ellis, Lawrence Jackson, Mike Patterson, Shaun Cody, Frostee Rucker LB - Dallas Sartz, Keith Rivers, Lofa Tatupu DB - Darnell Bing, Terrell Thomas 2005 Texas Longhorns This team will forever be known for Vince Young's heroics in the title game victory over USC. That USC team could easily be considered one of the greatest of all time instead of Texas. The Horns scored 40 or more points in every single game except the Ohio State game (one of the most heartbreaking losses I've seen as an OSU fan). That Ohio State team went on to finish #4 in the country. Schedule/Results W 60-3 vs Lousiana-Lafayette W 25-22 @ Ohio State W 51-10 vs Rice W 51-20 @ Missouri W 45-12 vs Oklahoma W 42-17 vs Colorado W 52-17 vs Texas Tech W 47-28 @ Oklahoma State W 62-0 @ Baylor W 66-14 vs Kansas W 40-29 @ Texas A&M W 70-3 vs Colorado (Big 12 Championship game) W 41-38 vs USC (National Championship game) Key Players QB - Vince Young RB - Selvin Young, Jamaal Charles WR - Limas Sweed, Quan Cosby TE - David Thomas OL - Justin Blalock, Lyle Sendlein, Kasey Studdard, Jonathan Scott DL - Brian Robison, Brian Orakpo, Rod Wright LB - Aaron Harris DB - Cedric Griffin, Aaron Ross, Michael Griffin, Michael Huff, Tarell Brown ------ Other teams that could be considered, in my opinion... '05 USC - Perhaps the best offense of all time with Leinart, Bush, White, Jarrett and company a year older than the '04 team, but they had to replace a lot of defensive players. They were really only a play away from winning the game against Texas. '08 Florida - They did lose to Ole Miss by a point, but after that game they were unstoppable on both sides of the ball. Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, plus all the other great players that will be drafted in a few months. '09 Alabama - There were a couple games they should have lost, but they elevated their game on the biggest stage. They dominated Florida, and handily beat Texas in the title game. '02 Ohio State - Half of their games were decided by 7 points or less, but they always found a way to win. Everybody expected Miami to beat them by 40 points, but Ohio State proved they had the athletes to compete with anyone and they won in double overtime to win the title. Tons of NFL talent on this team. '02 Miami - Returned a ton of talent from the '01 team, including Dorsey, McGahee, Johnson, Vilma, Williams. The guys they lost to the draft, like Reed and Shockey, they replaced with Taylor and Winslow. '04 Auburn - Nobody will ever know how good this team really was. They ran the table and finished #3 in the BCS rankings, missing out of the title game. However, I think USC would have run circles around them. The Tigers had a lot of good players though that are now in the NFL. Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Carlos Rogers, etc.