Two of UM’s five National Championship teams have been listed among the Top 10 greatest college football teams ever by Sporting News. The 1987 team - led by Jimmy Johnson - is ranked as the 10th-best team ever while the most recent title team, the 2001 Canes, are ranked ninth.
Here are the write-ups on each….and a link to the full countdown HERE
10. 1987 Miami
12-0, National Champions
• Opened with wins against No. 20 Florida (31-4), No. 10 Arkansas (51-7) and No. 4 Florida State (26-25) and finished with wins against No. 10 Notre Dame (24-0), No. 8 South Carolina (20-16) and No. 1 Oklahoma (20-14).
• Were coached by Jimmy Johnson and three more future NFL head coaches: Dave Wannstedt ( defensive coordinator), Butch Davis (defensive line) and Dave Campo (defensive backs).
• Featured few individual standouts on offense despite outscoring opponents 412-125. Steve Walsh threw for 2,249 yards, Warren Williams rushed for 673, and Michael Irvin had 715 receiving.
• Were led by consensus All-Americans on defense, end Daniel Stubbs, the U’s career leader in sacks (39-1/2), and free safety Bennie Blades.
9. 2001 Miami
12-0, BCS National Champions
• Outscored opponents 512-117, a staggering margin of victory of 32.9 points. Also scored eight touchdowns on defense and led the nation in scoring defense, passing defense and turnover margin.
• Built a 34-0 halftime lead against No. 2 Nebraska in the Rose Bowl, that season’s national championship game. The Hurricanes called off the dogs in the final 30 minutes and went on to win, 37-14.
• Featured 17 future first-round picks on the roster, including five who were selected in the 2002 draft: offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, tight end Jeremy Shockey, cornerback Phillip Buchanon, safety Ed Reed and cornerback Mike Rumph. McKinnie won the Outland Trophy and quarterback Ken Dorsey the Maxwell award.
• Looked invincible in the last two weeks of the regular season. They beat No. 14 Syracuse, 59-0, and then routed No. 12 Washington, 65-7. The 124-7 margin is the largest against consecutive ranked opponents in NCAA history.