In honor of my new digs, I give you the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers. That team was simply the very best I have ever seen in my life. They didn't throw a whole lot, but could when they needed to. They were the nastiest, most physical team -on both sides of the ball- of the past 20 years: Speed, power, coaching, strength, and a mean streak, they destroyed everyone in their paths.
Here's the results from their season (via Wiki)
|August 31||Oklahoma State Cowboys||#2||Lewis Field • Stillwater, OK||ESPN||W 64-21||42,100|
|September 9*||Michigan State Spartans||#2||Spartan Stadium • East Lansing, MI||W 50-10||73,891|
|September 16*||Arizona State Sun Devils||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 77-28||75,418|
|September 23*||Pacific Tigers||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 49-7||75,630|
|September 30*||Washington State Cougars||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 35-21||75,777|
|October 14||Missouri Tigers||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 57-0||75,552|
|October 21†||#8 Kansas State Wildcats||#2||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 49-25||76,072|
|October 28||#7 Colorado Buffaloes||#2||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||W 44-21||54,063|
|November 4||Iowa State Cyclones||#1||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 73-14||75,505|
|November 11||#10 Kansas Jayhawks||#1||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS||W 41-3||53,300|
|November 24||Oklahoma Sooners||#1||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE||W 37-0||75,662|
|January 2, 1996||#2 Florida Gators||#1||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl)||W 62-24||79,864|
They averaged an un-fucking-real 399.8 yards rushing and 52.4 points per game, and scored 40+ ten times. Inside zones and the vestiges of the power I and triple option, it was a thing of beauty and was absolutely uncontainable, much less stoppable.
This team smoked the Florida Gators in the National Championship game 62-24 (and it wasn't that close. Steve Spurrier still wears Tommy Frazier underoos).
ESPN can yammer about how great the 2004 Trojans, 2001 'Canes or the 1985 Sooners were; for my money, this was the best. There was only one team, defensively, that could have held their own: The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide, rightly called the best defense of the Century, and it was. But, the offense was awful, and in the end, NU would have worn us down, scoring a pretty easy 10-14 point win.
Make no mistake, the '95 Cornhuskers relied on domination at the point of attack, and then speed thereafter. Trojan Football Analysis, a nice X's and O's site, breaks down the running attack of the mid '90s Nebraska Juggernaut. The analysis is in four parts, and they are all worthy readings. Do your football IQ a favor and go there.