Best Team(s)


 











   

                




1971 Nebraska
 
 

13 - 0

3 - 0 vs top 10 teams game time - only one of those game in Lincoln

3 - 0 vs top 10 teams final polls

4 - 0 vs teams ranked final polls (AP or Coaches polls)

Average score  39 - 8,  31 points per game

Oklahoma (#2) only team  within 24 points during year (35 - 31)

Ranked # 2  on all time Sagarin rankings (1971 OU # 4) as of 2008

6 first team All Americans, 4 others 2nd team or honorable mention

12 first team All Conference, 7 others 2nd team or honorable mention

Only team in College Football History to defeat #s 2-3-4 teams in final poll (AP- Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama) Average score 31.7-12.7

ESPN #1 Best College Football Team All Time  ESPN Link this was done a few years back

Trailed in only one game (OU) twice, never more than 3 points

Only needed to score points in the second half in one game to win(OU)

Picked Best All Time by Mel Kiper (done in 2002) Kiper Link

# 2 All Time by Beano Cook (2002) Beano Link
 
#1 All Time by Sporting News Magazine

I found 17 players on the roster that would make an NFL team for at least one season.  Freshman were not eligible at the time.  If you look at players that were freshman or redshirted that year, and lettered in 72. There are at least 5 more that would eventually be on NFL teams and another 5 that played in either the old WFL or CFL (Canada)

Major Award Winners - Larry Jacobsen won the Lombardi that year.  Rich Glover would win both the Lombardi and Outland Tropies the following season.  Johnny Rodgers won the Heisman in 1972.  Willie Harper was the Wash. DC Pigskin Clubs Defensive Player of year for 1972.
 
QB Jerry Tagge led the NCAA in passing efficiency for both his junior and senior seasons - 1970-71

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


                                                                                 
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
                                                                                 

                                                                                 
                                                                                1995 Nebraska
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
                                                                                 
                                                                                12 - 0

                                                                                4 - 0 vs top 10 teams game time - only one of those game in Lincoln

                                                                                4 - 0 vs top 10 teams final polls

                                                                                4 - 0 vs teams ranked in final polls (AP or Coaches polls)

                                                                                Average score  53.2 - 14.5,  38.7 points per game

                                                                                Washington St. only team  within 23 points during year (35 - 21)

                                                                                Ranked # 1 on all time Sagarin rankings, as of 2008 Sagarin

                                                                                3 first team All Americans, 6 others 2nd team or honorable mention

                                                                                11 first team All Conference, 9 others 2nd team or honorable mention

                                                                                Defeated 3 teams in final top 6 (Florida, Colorado, Kansas St.) Average score 49-18.3

                                                                                ESPN #3 Best College Football Team All Time.  But calls 95 Nebraska one of 10 Best Teams All Time of any sport  ESPN Link

                                                                                Trailed in 2 games (Wash. St, Florida) by 7, not after 2nd quarter

                                                                                Only needed  points in the second half one game to win  (Wash. St).

                                                                                PIcked #3 All Time by Kiper

                                                                                # 6 All Time by Beano
                                                                                 
                                                                                #4 All Time by Sporting News Magazine

                                                                                I counted 25 players that would eventually make an NFL team for at least one season, I 've seen others that claim more.  That does not include Tommie Frazier who had to give up football due to blood clots, Brook Berringer who died in a private plane crash just before the NFL draft or several others who played in NFL Europe or the CFL 

                                                                                Tommie Frazier won the Unitas Trophy in 1995, Grant Wistrom would win the Lombardi and Aaron Taylor the Outland in 1997.

                                                                                 

                                                                                One stat from 1995 - with 3 QBs throwing passes (and a couple rb throws) for a total of 228 passing attemts during the season, the Husker offensive line gave up zero sacks.