Record: 12 - 0
Finish: 1986 National Champions, Fiesta Bowl: Won
Coach: Joe Paterno
Best Player: Shane Conlan
Who's more badass, State College or South Beach? Joe "Coke bottle glasses" Paterno or Jimmy "Grecian Formula" Johnson? For one night at least, the answer was rural Pennsylvania and Coke-bottle Joe Pa. The '86 Nittany Lions had been ranked in the top 10 all season, had beaten then-No. 2 Alabama on the road, and took a perfect 11-0 record into the National Championship Game. But they were an afterthought to the swaggering Miami Hurricanes: an afterthought that is, until they intercepted the U's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback five times en route to a 14-10 stunner. Needless to say, the parties in State College were considerably more badass than those in South Beach that night.