Were the '71 Husker's the best college football team ever?That's a tough call considering all the great teams that have played over the years,including the '95 Husker's,but many(and they are not all from Nebraska) still believe it to be true calling them the greatest collection of talent ever assembled. The Huskers started the season as the team to beat and ranked #1 by everyone ,including Sports Illistrated.Whatever their rank among the great college teams the fact remains they were an awsome mix of great football players,for instance 4 out of 5starting offensive linemen(Johnson,White,Wortman,and Dumler) played in the pro's ,and many consider the one that didn't(Ruppert) the best lineman of the bunch.

   They finished the season by beating undefeated and ranked #2 in the country Oklahoma 35-31 in the Game of the Century on Thanksgiving day in Norman.A game considered one of the greatest games ever, pitting the number 1 and 2 teams in the country,both undefeated and the Big 8 title on the line.Then the Huskers demolished Alabama in Miami 38-6 after jumping to a 28-0 lead at the half.Hall of Famer Johnny Rogers uncorked a 77 yard punt return for a TD that broke the game wide open.The victory sealed the Huskers Second undeafeated season in a row and second National championship in as many years.You be the judge!!

Team:1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Record: 13-0, National Champions
Coach: Bob Devaney
Notes: Won every game by at least 24 points,(except 35-31 victory over Oklahoma)defeated Alabama 38-6 in the Orange Bowl to clinch national title. Scored at least 31 points every game.Allowed more than seven points just three times,and posted three shutouts.

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Game of the Century

Johnny Rodgers