The debate of which college football team is the best in history will go on for as long as the sport is played. It’s a fun conversation piece that’ll never have a correct answer.
Of course when it comes to coaches, they’re going to have biases for the teams they either coached or played against. That’s why Urban Meyer’s choice of his 2008 Florida Gators for greatest team of all time should come at no surprise. It’s also beneficial for him to talk up his resume as much as possible in front of potential Ohio State recruits.
“I’ve been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in ’08 (at Florida). And that was (because) animal instincts took over on the field. They protected each other,” Meyer said. “What he said is, ‘Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal … you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”
Are the 2008 Gators the best of all time? We’ll never be able to really answer that question. While Florida’s roster appears that it could hang with the best of them, the loss to Ole Miss severely hurts the perception of the team. There are quite a few programs out there (see: Miami, Alabama, FSU, Oklahoma, USC, etc) who probably have a bone to pick with Meyer’s claim. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes is a squad that I’ve personally tossed around as the greatest of all time.
Following is a look at the players drafted off of Meyer’s team who went on to start in the NFL. A couple of notable omissions are cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who started a handful of games that season, and quarterback Cam Newton, who went on to win a Heisman Trophy and national championship with Auburn.
Do you agree with Meyer in that the ’08 Gators are the best team ever? Sound off in the comments below!