ESPN releases its ‘all-BCS-era team’ for college football

With the BCS finally buried and gone, it’s time to reflect on the, er, good ol’ days. ESPN has released its “all-BCS-era team” and the selections may be more controversial than the BCS itself.

Miami led the list with three players. Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and Wisconsin had two players each. Surprisingly, Alabama, the sport’s most recent dynasty, only had one player on the team.

It’s time to embrace debate, as we explore ESPN’s best of the BCS.


Quarterback – Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05)

Running Backs – Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1998-99); Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (2004-06)

Wide Receivers – Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh (2002-03); Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (2009-11)

Tight End – Kellen Winslow Jr., Miami (2001-03)

Tackles – Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (2003-06); Bryant McKinnie, Miami (2000-01)

Guards – Barrett Jones, Alabama (2009-12); David Yankey, Stanford (2010-13)

Center – Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (2007-09)

All-Purpose – Percy Harvin, Florida (2006-08)


Defensive Ends – Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (2000-02); Julius Peppers, North Carolina (1999-01)

Tackles – Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (2005-09); Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2004-07)

Linebackers – Luke Kuechly, Boston College (2009-11); James Laurinaitis, Ohio State (2005-08); Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (2003-06)

Cornerbacks – Champ Bailey, Georgia (1998); Patrick Peterson, LSU (2008-10)

Safeties  – Roy Williams, Oklahoma (1999-01); Ed Reed, Miami (1998-01)

Special Teams

Kicker – Sebastian Janikowski, Florida State (1998-1999)

Punter – Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (2010-12)

Kick Returner – Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State (2004-06)

Punt Returner – Reggie Bush, USC (2003-05)

So there you have it, the best players during the BCS-era, according to ESPN. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? Who should the coach be? Sound off in the comments below.

  • ronniethroneberry

    Did you guys see the Championship game between Vince Young and Matt Leinart? Who won the game with one of the best performances ever? Your QB selection is a joke.

  • Catkin

    Leinart? Are we kidding? Nice kid, good quarterback………….but the best in the BCS Era? Maybe number 4, or even 5 on a sensible, honest list. Young, Newton, and yes………………..even Tebow deserve higher ranks.

    • Robert Bursey

      Newton played one year. I agree with the rest but pretty sure they were looking at career stats.