49. 1959 Syracuse Orange
Record: 11 - 0
Finish: 1959 National Champions, Cotton Bowl: Won
Coach: Ben Schwartzwalder
Best Player: Ernie Davis
The '59 Syracuse Orange capped off an undefeated season with a national championship, and Cotton Bowl victory over Texas behind running back Ernie Davis. This game was about the North vs the South as the South was still segregated at the time. The racial tension in the air was capped off by a massive brawl on the field instigated by what Syracuse players felt were cheap shots taken by Texas on Davis. Davis would get the last laugh, though, as he would go on to become the Cotton Bowl MVP, running for one touchdown, catching a Cotton Bowl record 87-yard touchdown pass, and intercepting a pass for his third touchdown. Victory is always the sweetest revenge.