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College Football Fan's Ultimate Final Four

The month of March in college athletics is a magical time for fans of college basketball. The NCAA Tournament, by some, is called the greatest sporting event of the entire sports calendar each year. The journey to make the Final Four is a rollercoaster ride like you won’t find in any other sport.

The challenge of making a Final Four is also one of the toughest things in all of sports. To put this into perspective, since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985 to 64 teams, only once has all four number one seeds made the Final Four. The lone season that occurred was in 2008, which also was the season we were brought one of the greatest national title games ever played, when Kansas downed Memphis in overtime.

So, now as we turn our attention to the world of college football I figured it would be a fun idea to create the fans ultimate Final Four of college football. As college football fans, we all dreamed of the day that we could use the term “Final Four” for the sport of college football.

Well, we all know this is the case now that we have a four team playoff. This was of course introduced last season and it was an instant success for fans everywhere. The two semi-final games and national title game were three of the highest rated programs in the history of ESPN television. So, it was a big success and the ratings back it up.

So as a fan, what would be our dream Final Four in the world of college football?

I have decided to take the past decade, the past ten years, and think about which teams would provide the most excitement based on team greatness, star power and the four teams I feel would deserve a shot at being the ultimate champion in college football of the past decade.

In the 2 vs. 3 matchup, we have the 2013 Florida State Seminoles going up against the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide. This battle would offer us a matchup of Seminoles’ quarterback Jameis Winston going up against a Nick Saban defense, of Alabama.

Winston is also a native of Alabama and turned down the chance of going to Alabama and instead went to play for Coach Jimbo Fisher and Florida State. The Seminoles set numerous of records in 2013 and eventually capped their magical year off with an amazing 21-3 halftime comeback to defeat the Auburn Tigers for their programs third national title.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three national titles in the past ten years and I personally believe their 2011 team was the best of the three. This 2011 team did not go undefeated, but had the most NFL talent and I feel put more fear in their opponents than their other two national title teams of 2009 and 2012.

This game would provide star power and two of the greatest teams, not only of the past decade, but of all-time.

In our 1 vs. 4 matchup we would have the 2005 Texas Longhorns going up against the 2010 Auburn Tigers. This game would offer a matchup of two quarterbacks that changed the sport of college football forever. The 2010 Auburn Tigers were led by Cam Newton, who had one of the greatest individual seasons in the history of the game.

He led Auburn to an amazing 14-0 season, which was capped off by a double digit comeback in Tuscaloosa, Alabama against the defending national champion, Alabama Crimson Tide.

Auburn then defeated Oregon 22-19 in the 2010 national title game, despite a subpar effort from Newton in that contest.

The number one overall seed would be the 2005 Texas Longhorns. Their incredible 2005 season was something we haven’t seen, nor will we ever see again in the sport of college football again.

They outscored their opponents 652-213 during the 2005 season, which included victories over Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC, in the most dramatic and exciting national title game ever played in the sport.

Texas was led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Vince Young, simply known as VY, or Invincible. His remarkable comeback against USC in their back yard, otherwise known as the Rose Bowl, was something that will never be forgotten.

Young led Texas back from a 38-26 deficit with 6:42 remaining to capture a 41-38 victory on a winning touchdown with 19 seconds remaining.

This battle would be one for the ages in itself, not to mention this would just be a semi-final game in our ultimate college football Final Four. This would be something that is amazing to watch and we can only imagine just how this four team bracket would turn out.

The college basketball season is winding down, but that can only mean one thing, spring football is just around the corner.


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