Generally it’s the workforce that did not win all of it that we bear in mind most. This 12 months marks the 23rd season because the BCS period started in 1998, a system that finally gave method to the School Soccer Playoff, however nonetheless left us with a number of groups extra remembered for the actual fact they did not win the nationwide title.

Ohio State turned the newest workforce to lose the School Soccer Playoff championship in Monday’s 52-24 loss to Alabama, however Clemson didn’t make this record. Ohio State did based mostly on our standards of selecting one workforce per season that did not win all of it. Is that debatable? Completely given the controversy that surrounded the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss to Clemson within the Fiesta Bowl. 

We’re sticking with our selection, and Ohio State joins a listing of could-have-been-champions. 

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We did the identical train for the NCAA males’s basketball event in March.

So, which groups didn’t win all of it however stay in our minds this time of 12 months? Here’s a nearer look:

  • Report: 11-1
    Factors for/towards: 34.3 (16th), 21.3 (30th)
    All-Individuals: None
    That 12 months’s champion: Miami
    What may have been: We predict Oregon would have fared higher towards the Hurricanes than Nebraska and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch. A minimum of, we might have appreciated to see Joey Harrington give it a strive, particularly afterhe led the Geese to a 38-16 victory towards No. Three Colorado within the Fiesta Bowl. The Buffaloes had overwhelmed Nebraska 62-36 earlier within the season.

  • Report: 11-2
    Factors for/towards: 32.6 (T-35th), 15.9 (4th)
    All-Individuals: TE Fred Davis, T Sam Baker, DT Sedrick Ellis, LB Keith Rivers, S Taylor Mays
    That 12 months’s champion: LSU
    What may have been: There have been so many groups on this wild-card season that have been shut, with Ohio State finally enjoying LSU within the BCS nationwide championship recreation. We nonetheless like this USC workforce higher, which misplaced two video games by a mixed eight factors beneath Pete Carroll. The Trojans beat Illinois 49-17 within the Rose Bowl, but it surely was too little, too late.

  • Report: 12-2
    Factors for/towards: 42.9 (third), 15.3 (fifth)
    All-Individuals: QB Jason White, WR Mark Clayton, T Jammal Brown, DT Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, CB Derrick Strait, KR/PR Antonio Perkins
    That 12 months’s champions: USC, LSU
    What may have been: The Sooners ran the wire within the common season as No. 1 beneath Bob Stoops with a extremely embellished workforce that included Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. The Sooners, nonetheless, have been routed 35-7 by Kansas State within the Massive 12 championship recreation earlier than dropping to LSU 21-14 within the Sugar Bowl. On condition that USC and LSU cut up the title, there isn’t a more sensible choice for this season.

  • Report: 12-1
    Factors for/towards: 46.8 (1st), 18.7 (12th)
    All-Individuals:RB LaMichael James, S Cliff Harris
    That 12 months’s champion: Auburn
    What may have been: This was Chip Kelly’s lone championship shot with the Geese, and it was led by a high-powered offense with Darron Thomas at quarterback. That run resulted in an unsightly 22-19 loss within the BCS championship recreation to Cam Newton-led Auburn.

  • Report: 7-1
    Factors for/towards: 41.0 (11th), 25.8 (43rd)
    All-Individuals: G Wyatt Davis, CB Shaun Wade, DT Haskell Garrett
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: Ohio State made probably the most of a season impacted by COVID-19 behind quarterback Justin Fields, who led a fourth straight Massive Ten championship run in Ryan Day’s second season. The Buckeyes demolished Clemson 49-28 within the Sugar Bowl, however Alabama routed Ohio State 52-24 within the CFP championship recreation. It is exhausting to place a real rating on this workforce as a result of it did not have an opportunity to play a full season.

  • Report: 12-1
    Factors for/towards: 49.6 (2nd), 21.6 (25th)
    All-Individuals: RB Kenjon Barner, LB Dion Jordan
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: We may put Notre Dame right here. In spite of everything, the Irish beat Stanford that 12 months, and the Geese didn’t. Nonetheless, we expect Oregon was the higher workforce. Would Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense have fared higher towards the Tide with Marcus Mariota and a backfield that included Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas?

  • Report: 12-2
    Factors for/towards: 39.5 (13th), 24.7 (48th)
    All-Individuals: RB Tre Mason, KR/PR Chris Davis
    That 12 months’s champion: Florida State
    What may have been: Gus Malzahn loved a wild first season with the Tigers that included a number of thrilling wins earlier than the “Kick Six” in a 34-28 Iron Bowl victory that derailed Alabama’s bid at a three-peat. Florida State, nonetheless, beat the Tigers 34-31 in dramatic style within the last BCS championship recreation.

  • Report: 11-1
    Factors for/towards:35.8 (12th), 12.0 (2nd)
    All-Individuals: WR David Boston, G Rob Murphy, CB Antoine Winfield, S Damon Moore
    That 12 months’s champion: Tennessee
    What may have been: This was a loaded workforce beneath John Cooper, led by quarterback Joe Germaine and linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer. The Buckeyes stayed No. 1 within the WR Ballot till a surprising 28-24 loss to Nick Saban-led Michigan State. Ohio State needed to accept a berth within the Sugar Bowl, the place it beat No. Eight Texas A&M, whereas Tennessee performed Florida State for the primary BCS nationwide championship.

  • Report: 12-2
    Factors for/towards: 36.9 (16th), 18.4 (sixth)
    All-Individuals: WR Amari Cooper, G Arie Kouandjio, LB Trey DePriest, S Landon Collins, P JK Scott
    That 12 months’s champion: Ohio State
    What may have been: New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin introduced a record-setting offense to Tuscaloosa, leading to a breakout 12 months for Blake Sims and Cooper, a Heisman finalist. The Tide, nonetheless, misplaced 42-35 in an exhilarating School Soccer Playoff semifinal that felt just like the championship recreation. That’s why we give Alabama the nod over Florida State and Oregon.

  • Report: 11-1
    Factors for/towards: 40.3 (1st), 13.5 (fifth)
    All-Individuals: QB Michael Vick, DE Corey Moore, CB Ike Charlton
    That 12 months’schampion: Florida State
    What may have been: Florida State went wire to wire at No. 1, and Nebraska and Penn State had nice groups this season as nicely. However Virginia Tech took the No. 2 spot on Nov. 7and stayed undefeated till theBCS championship recreation (which is remembered for the present Vick and Peter Warrick put onmore than the 46-29 last rating).

  • Report: 12-2
    Factors for/towards: 51.1 (1st), 24.5 (57th)
    All-Individuals: QBSam Bradford, TE Jermaine Gresham, T Phil Loadholt, G Duke Robinson, DT Gerald McCoy
    That 12 months’s champion: Florida
    What may have been: Bradford gained the Heisman Trophy and led a ridiculous offense that averaged greater than 50 factors per recreation. The Sooners made the title recreation regardless of dropping to Texas — due to a three-way tiebreaker with Texas Tech — earlier than dropping 24-14 to Florida within the title recreation.

  • Report: 13-1
    Factors for/towards: 39.3 (third), 16.7 (12th)
    All-Individuals: QB Colt McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, C Chris Corridor, LB Sergio Kindle, S Earl Thomas
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: If you wish to put the 2009 Florida workforce, whose lone loss was to Alabama within the SEC championship, that’s wonderful, too. We’re sticking with the Longhorns, and like everyone else, we’re questioning how a lot nearer that 37-21 Rose Bowl loss to the Tide could be if Colt McCoy had performed the entire recreation.

  • Report: 13-2
    Factors for/towards: 35.4 (20th), 13.2 (4th)
    All-Individuals: LB Roquan Smith
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: The Bulldogs had a loaded backfield with senior operating backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb and freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who improved with every week. Smith, who gained the Butkus Award, paced the protection. Georgia avenged its solely lack of the season towards Auburn in a 28-7 SEC championship romp over the Tigers. Sadly, the Bulldogs blew a 13-Zero lead in a 26-23 loss to Alabama within the championship recreation.

  • Report: 13-0
    Factors for/towards: 32.1 (18th), 11.3 (1st)
    All-Individuals: RB Cadillac Williams, T Marcus McNeill, CB Carlos Rogers, S Junior Rosegreen
    That 12 months’s champion: USC
    What may have been:The lone undefeated workforce on this record, Auburn wore down opponents with a backfield that included quarterback Jason Campbell and the operating again duo of Williams and Ronnie Brown. The Tigers by no means received that swing on the USC juggernaut although, and we expect this Tommy Tuberville-led workforce would have stored it nearer than the 55-19 beatdown the Trojans placed on Oklahoma. How a lot nearer? We’ll by no means know.

  • Report: 13-1
    Factors for/towards: 46.9 (third), 13.7 (4th)
    All-Individuals: RB J.Okay. Dobbins, G Wyatt Davis, DE Chase Younger, CB Jeff Okudah
    That 12 months’s champion: LSU
    What may have been: The Buckeyes spent all of November at No. 2 within the polls earlier than the School Soccer Playoff pairings have been launched. The Buckeyes had two Heisman Trophy finalists in Justin Fields and Chase Younger and so they gained each recreation earlier than the CFP semifinal by double-digits. Clemson beat Ohio State 29-23 within the Fiesta Bowl, however a couple of unhealthy calls contributed to that record. If you wish to put the Tigers on right here, that is wonderful. This Ohio State workforce, nonetheless, will likely be kicking itself longer for not successful all of it.

  • Report: 14-1
    Factors for/towards: 38.5 (16th), 20.2 (22nd)
    All-Individuals: QB Deshaun Watson, TE Jordan Leggett, DE Shaq Lawson, CB Mackensie Alexander, S Jayron Kearse
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: We have been tempted to place Ohio State right here, which could have had extra expertise than the Tigers however by no means fairly performed like a No. 1 workforce till it was too late. Clemson, in the meantime, completed the season undefeated and stood as much as Alabama in a 45-40 loss within the School Soccer Playoff championship.

  • Report: 12-1
    Factors for/towards: 34.1 (eighth), 10.4 (2nd)
    All-Individuals: QB Troy Smith, T Alex Boone, DE Quinn Pitcock, LB James Laurinaitis, KR/PR Ted Ginn Jr.
    That 12 months’s champion: Florida
    What may have been: Jim Tressel led this workforce to an ideal common season that included No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdowns towards each Texas and Michigan. Smith gained the Heisman Trophy and the Buckeyes ran the wire at No. 1 earlier than — a 41-14 loss to City Meyer’s Florida workforce within the BCS championship recreation.

  • Report: 11-1
    Factors for/towards: 42.2 (third), 15.8 (seventh)
    All-Individuals: Joaquin Gonzalez, Bryant McKinnie, Dan Morgan, Ed Reed, Santana Moss
    That 12 months’s champion: Oklahoma
    What may have been: An early-season loss to Washington (which completed the season ranked No. 3) stored this loaded Butch Davis workforce out of the BCS championship recreation, regardless of beating No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia Tech in the course of the season. In a four-team playoff, this workforce may need simply gained all of it given all Miami’s NFL expertise. The Hurricanes needed to accept a 37-20 victory over No. 7 Florida within the Sugar Bowl.

  • Report: 13-1
    Factors for/towards: 35.7 (17th), 11.3 (2nd)
    All-Individuals: GWill Blackwell, DE Sam Montgomery, CB Morris Claiborne, CB Tyrann Mathieu, P Brad Wing
    That 12 months’s champion: Alabama
    What may have been: The 21-Zero championship recreation loss to Alabama takes away from a workforce that completed the common season undefeated and dominated up till the title shot beneath Les Miles. The Tigers allowed greater than 20 factors in simply three video games that season, which noticed them beat eight ranked opponents, together with three top-three groups.

  • Report: 14-1
    Factors for/towards: 38.8 (16th), 11.8 (1st)
    All-Individuals: T Cam Robinson, TE O.J. Howard, DE/DT Jonathan Allen, LB Reuben Foster, CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, S Marlon Humphrey
    That 12 months’s champion: Clemson
    What may have been:Nick Saban had this workforce one drive — one second — away from successful one other nationwide title. That workforce would have been on the record of biggest all-time groups. Clemson, nonetheless, had different concepts. Deshaun Watson placed on a masterful efficiency within the last minutes of a 35-31 victory. Would this recreation have performed out in another way had Kiffin stayed on for the championship recreation?

  • Report: 14-1
    Factors for/towards: 45.3 (third), 18.1 (10th)
    All-Individuals: QB Tua Tagovailoa, WR Jerry Jeudy, T Jonah Williams, DL Quinnen Williams, DB Deionte Thompson
    That 12 months’s champion: Clemson
    What may have been: The Crimson Tide had the possibility to be the primary 15-Zero workforce since 1897, however they suffered a 44-16 blowout loss to Clemson within the School Soccer Playoff championship recreation. Nonetheless, the offense with Tagovailoa and Jeudy confirmed Nick Saban’s evolution to the offensive recreation, and so they earned a fifth Playoff berth in 5 seasons.

  • Report: 12-1
    Factors for/towards: 40.5 (4th), 19.1 (22nd)
    All-Individuals: QB Ken Dorsey, RB Willis McGahee, C Brett Romberg, DT Jerome McDougle
    That 12 months’s champion: Ohio State
    What may have been: The Hurricanes had a 34-game win streak earlier than a 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State within the Fiesta Bowl. How loaded was this workforce? Kellen Winslow II and Sean Taylor weren’t All-Individuals. The Hurricanes had two Heisman Trophy finalists in Dorsey and McGahee beneath coach Larry Coker, and you continue to marvel may need occurred had McGahee not suffered a game-ending harm towards the Buckeyes.

  • Report: 12-1
    Factors for/towards:50.2 (1st), 22.3 (27th)
    All-Individuals: QBMatt Leinart, RB Reggie Bush, WR Dwayne Jarrett, G Taitusi Lutui, T Sam Baker, LB Darnell Bing
    That 12 months’s champion: Texas
    What may have been: Bear in mind the buildup? USC was being put towards the best groups in faculty soccer historical past. The Trojans took a 34-game win streak into the BCS championship recreation towards Texas and had two Heisman Trophy winners in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. The Longhorns gained a 41-38 on the spot traditional which stored Pete Carroll’s workforce from successful a 3rd consecutive nationwide title. They merely bumped into one of many biggest groups of all time in Texas.