50. 2005 Texas Longhorns
Record: 13 - 0
Finish: 2005 National Champions, Rose Bowl: Won
Coach: Mack Brown
Best Player: Vince Young
The 2005 Texas Longhorns went up against what many believe to be some of the greatest college football teams of all time and conquered. Led by All-American Vince Young, the Longhorns went undefeated during the regular season beating No. 4 ranked Ohio State 25-22, on their way to the Big 12 Championship Game where they would take on Colorado. In one of the most lopsided bowl games ever, Vince Young guided Texas to a 70 - 3 beat down of the Buffaloes, throwing three touchdowns.
The game that everyone remembers. though, is the 2005 Rose Bowl where the No. 2 ranked Longhorns took on No. 1 USC. The Trojans, who hadn't lost in 54 games dating back to their 2004 championship, had Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush returning to defend their throne as the best team in college football. Adding fuel to the fire, ESPN ran a month-long series special that declared the '05 Trojans team as the second best college football team of all time.
Not a problem right? Wrong. These Longhorns didn't make the list. Vince Young delivered one of his greatest plays ever by running for the game-winning touchdown on a 4th and 5 with 19 seconds to go. We're thinking ESPN would like a do-over for their list.