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Urban Meyer: ’08 Gators ‘the best team to ever play the game’

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Call him a little — or a lot — biased, but Urban Meyer has an idea about which team is the greatest in the history of college football.  And, in the process, gave us a topic to discuss and/or debate and/or bitch about in the midst of a slow offseason news cycle.

“I’ve been a part of a couple great teams, I think the best team to ever play the game in ’08 (at Florida). And that was (because) animal instincts took over on the field. They protected each other,” the Ohio State head coach said as he was speaking at a football camp recently. “What he said is, ‘Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal … you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”

That 2008 team, led by Tim Tebow, went 13-1 and won the BCS title.  Just a couple of things about Meyer’s proclamation, however.

One, any team that loses to a Houston Nutt-coached Ole Miss team that went 9-4 — UF lost to the Rebels in The Swamp, no less — doesn’t deserve to be in any type of GOAT discussion.

And, two, off the top of my head and without even thinking too hard, I can name three teams just in my lifetime that were head and shoulders above that ’08 UF team — with two of them coming from the Gators’ own state: the 2001 Miami Hurricanes, the 1999 Florida State Seminoles and any of the nineties Nebraska teams quarterbacked by Tommy Frazier (33-3 when the Hall of Famer started).  Hell. since I’m here, I’ll throw the 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers and the great Tony Dorsett into the discussion as well.

All four of those teams mentionedwent undefeated — the Cornhuskers in 1994 and 1995 — which means there wasn’t a home loss to a slightly above average squad to mar their title-winning seasons.

The 2008 Florida Gators were a very good football team.  GOAT?  Get that weak stuff out of here, coach.

(Tip O’ the Cap: NFL.com)

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53 Responses to “Urban Meyer: ’08 Gators ‘the best team to ever play the game’”
  1. stopthemadness101 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:25 PM

    You nailed it.

  2. afrmediaonline says: Jun 16, 2014 7:34 PM

    “Meyers” in the headline, “Myer” in the lead graf.

    0-for-2, Mr. Taylor.

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jun 16, 2014 7:43 PM

    You take a loss in a season you automatically lose any right to ever call yourself a GOAT.

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jun 16, 2014 7:48 PM

    Also, it would be comical to see that gimmick offense get on the field with a team like the ’01 Canes.

    Oh wait they did. Ask Eric Crouch how that worked out for him.

  5. fiverings37 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:29 PM

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  6. jimmy53 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:40 PM

    They’re not even in the conversation.

  7. overratedgators says: Jun 16, 2014 8:57 PM

    “You try to reason with a wild animal … you can’t reason with a wild animal.”

    http://www.ridethepine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Screen-Shot-2013-06-26-at-2.49.09-PM.png

  8. honkerdawg says: Jun 16, 2014 9:01 PM

    Think Urban’s had a brain freeze. Man is a joke

  9. bender4700 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:10 PM

    He’s a moron.

  10. bucrightoff says: Jun 16, 2014 9:16 PM

    Considering they had Jesus and a serial killer on that team, I tend to agree.

  11. jadaruler says: Jun 16, 2014 9:17 PM

    Best team to commit homicide is more like it.

  12. hockeyissweet says: Jun 16, 2014 9:21 PM

    haha no to this. the quarterback on that team cant even throw a football.

  13. thekatman says: Jun 16, 2014 9:27 PM

    They wasn’t even the best team in 2008. The USC Trojans had the best defense and an efficient offense that was unstoppable.

  14. sportsfan18 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:36 PM

    Great points Mr. Taylor…

    Being rah, rah when it’s called for is a good thing…

    But, not being able to be realistic isn’t.

    IF I were a highly rated recruit and he came into my parent’s house to visit with me, I’d ask him to DEFEND his position that a one loss team, at home to a good (not great) team is better than many other big time programs with zero losses in those seasons like you did.

    I’d ask him why I should believe what he says when he says things that are clearly not true.

    Then I’d ask about his retirement…

    Then Hernandez and the Pouncy brothers since he likes to talk about wild animals so much…

    Then I’d thank him for his entertainment and tell him I was going to Michigan…

    See ya on the field next season coach…

  15. patbocam says: Jun 16, 2014 9:42 PM

    If we do this lets do it right, right?
    The Best one loss team is

    1983Auburn
    Bo Jackson
    Boom /

  16. huck222 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:59 PM

    They shouldn’t had been in the Title game period! It should have been the USC Trojans who finished 12-1 losing to the Cal Bears on the road in OT early on in the season…. The Trijans would beat the Hell out of Florida or Oklahoma that year! The BCS wanted a more regional National title game in the Sugar Bowl… It’s was all about the money them as it will be with this playoff system…

  17. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 16, 2014 10:05 PM

    Yeah. Also had 30 guys arrested on that team.

    Meyer is a complete scumbag. He makes Jackie Sherill and Barry Switzer look like saints.

  18. blueslovr2002 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:09 PM

    Ok folks !!!! Obviously Urb is smoking some of what Aaron sold him while at G’Ville. This is the same man who realized that he couldn’t last without homicidal thugs and faked a rapid heartbeat.

    Funny that ” Suckeyes ” who are always hanging around the SEC stories are hiding under the rocks knowing this story and Urb’s statement stinks more than a third world latrine. It’s only a matter of time before he realizes that winning in Columbus is lot more harder and fakes another illness and waits for Brian Kelly to move to NFL so he can contaminate the catholics.

  19. Love and Warrick Dunn says: Jun 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    “So, then, after splitting games with Memphis, Wake, Samford and Vanderbilt, the 2008 (5-4) Ole Miss Rebels beat the greatest team of all time.”

    Urban just sold another car to a Reb fan.

  20. noleitup says: Jun 16, 2014 10:13 PM

    This past years noles team would have ate them

  21. deadeye says: Jun 16, 2014 10:17 PM

    JT is right.

    Urban Myers is crazy to throw that term around. What is he trying to do, sabotage his own legacy?

  22. thefiesty1 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:21 PM

    No doubt about it. Timmy is God and Urban is responsible.

  23. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jun 16, 2014 10:28 PM

    @huck222,

    I happen to agree with you that the 2008 USC team would have beaten florida or oklahoma, but they lost to oregon st, not Cal. And it didnt help that they lost to Oregon St a week or two after Oregon St got curb-stomped at Penn St by 31 (although that would be the same Penn St team USC beat up in the Rose bowl later that year).

    Since we’re talking about the best one loss teams ever, I’ll go with 1988 Hurricanes. Not a Miami fan, but their only loss was to Notre Dame (eventual national champion ) on the road by one point because they went for two (pre-overtime era)

  24. eagles512 says: Jun 16, 2014 10:40 PM

    94 Penn St was better than 08 Florida and 94 Nebraska

  25. ballin99999 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:21 PM

    “Have you ever tried to reason with a wild animal?’ Think about that. Think about what I just said. You try to reason with a wild animal … you can’t reason with a wild animal. They protect each other. Have you ever tried to negotiate, evaluate, take a play off? If you’re a wild animal, that doesn’t happen.”

    Sounds to me like the words of a man who just sniffed an 8 ball of pure Colombian.

  26. mogogo1 says: Jun 16, 2014 11:27 PM

    From the headline, I thought “Urban Meyers” was a fake Twitter handle or something. Then I realized that it’s just that nobody proofreads anything on here.

    And extra credit for misspelling it a totally different way in the body of the story.

  27. huskerguy says: Jun 16, 2014 11:53 PM

    94 Penn State- bwaaaahhahahaha!!!

    That’s why they did great the following year too. And the preceding year… Oh wait, that was the Huskers.

    The 97 Huskers had a pretty rockin’ team too. Totally stymied some dude named Manning in that game. Michigan barely got by a dude named Leaf.

  28. chex1868 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:37 AM

    Author can’t even spell Urban’s name right. Flapjack

  29. jrs45 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:50 AM

    Go Buckeyes!!!

  30. psly2124 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:44 AM

    Any fsu team in the late 80’s threw the 90’s. They were better then the canes only wide rights cost them the greatest dynasty. Those Nebraska teams were way overrated. USC was a joke. PAC 10 was extremely weak, they would have been 8-3 every year in the sec.

  31. huck222 says: Jun 17, 2014 8:55 AM

    The SEC players are dumb and that’s why they’re not really good pros… Only the Manning’s are smart out of the SEC…. The media is pumping the SEC up! JaMarcus Russlle was the greatest QB to come out of the SEC! Lol…. The SEC is a bunch of “kissing cousin” conference!

  32. stevequinn says: Jun 17, 2014 9:06 AM

    In 2008, Florida had a “killer” offense. Just ask Hernandez.

  33. dmvtransplant says: Jun 17, 2014 9:34 AM

    Utah was a better team in 2008 and he knows it.

  34. manik56 says: Jun 17, 2014 9:37 AM

    2001 Canes takes it

  35. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 17, 2014 10:03 AM

    huck222 says:
    Jun 17, 2014 8:55 AM

    The SEC players are dumb and that’s why they’re not really good pros… Only the Manning’s are smart out of the SEC…. The media is pumping the SEC up! JaMarcus Russlle was the greatest QB to come out of the SEC! Lol…. The SEC is a bunch of “kissing cousin” conference!
    ____________________________

    Rule# If you’re going to insult someone’s intelligence, don’t sound stupid when you do it.

    ” The SEC is a bunch of “kissing cousin” conference!”

    Not to mention the obvious grammatical errors there, what does that even mean?

  36. slartibartfast4242 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:10 AM

    Maybe a bit outdated but 1971 Nebraska tops for me. ’01 Canes come close as well.

  37. txstatebobcats1868 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:25 AM

    ’05 Longhorns better than ’08 UF as well. What a joke.

  38. marooncat79 says: Jun 17, 2014 12:50 PM

    Hey Urb, there are several teams that would disagree

    Signed several teams from

    The U
    The Noles
    The real USC
    Oklahoma
    Alabama
    LSU

    But thanks for giving us something to talk about during this sloooow June month

  39. mcjon22 says: Jun 17, 2014 1:06 PM

    As a Nole, they weren’t even the greatest UF team of all time. There’s probably 3 of those Spurrier teams from the 90’s that would have crushed that 08′ team.

  40. barbarogarbey says: Jun 17, 2014 1:30 PM

    Well, they got the opinion of Urban Myer and Urban Meyers. Maybe they can ask Urban Meier, Urban Mayer, and Urban Mire.

    Or maybe they can just ask Urban Meyer.

  41. Scott Hevel says: Jun 17, 2014 2:05 PM

    The Miami team was near the top for sure. If that entire team could have been drafted into the NFL as one team, they probably would have won multiple super bowls. Several Alabama teams were at the top (clearly better than that UF team Urban loves), Texas and USC 2005 and the 94 Penn State team.

    To the person who felt the need to insist why Nebraska was better, they won because of the love for TO and, for some reason, he got they sympathy. It certainly wasn’t done on the field. Here were some of the great offensive displays that year from Nebraska:

    17 @ KState (#19)
    13 @ OU (Not ranked)
    24 vs Miami (#6)
    24 vs CU (#3)
    31 vs WVU (Not ranked)

    There were only 4 quality opponents that year (OU was 6-6 but a rival so I’ll almost give them #5). Throw in the near loss to Wyoming and I certainly wouldn’t call that team dominating. They were very good but not all time great.

    Compare to PSU that year,

    31 v Michigan (#12)
    38 v USC (#13)
    38 v Oregon (#11) – and that’s after PSU gave up hope
    63 v Ohio St (14)
    35 @ Illinois (Best defense in cfb in 1994) and that was with hotel-gate

    They scored 45+ seven times and 50+ 5 times with a coach notorious for not running up the score….in 1994. NU scored 45+ twice and 50+ once.

    Penn State scored less than 38 points in 1 game all season…. in 1994. 15 people on the offensive side of the football started at some point in the NFL. And this came from a team that prides itself on defense first.

    They were the best team in college football that year. Period. And they, along with several others, were better than Florida

  42. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 17, 2014 4:02 PM

    Tone deaf Penn State homer on here wanting to talk about his program’s legacy.

    Seriously?

  43. arizonahusker says: Jun 17, 2014 6:35 PM

    @ Scott Hevel:

    I noticed that Penn State never played a Top 10 team in 1994 yet Nebraska played and beat 2 (Colorado and Miami).

    “Here were some of the great offensive displays that year from Nebraska:

    17 @ KState (#19)
    13 @ OU (Not ranked)
    24 vs Miami (#6)
    24 vs CU (#3)
    31 vs WVU (Not ranked)

    There were only 4 quality opponents that year (OU was 6-6 but a rival so I’ll almost give them #5). Throw in the near loss to Wyoming and I certainly wouldn’t call that team dominating. They were very good but not all time great.

    Compare to PSU that year,

    31 v Michigan (#12)
    38 v USC (#13)
    38 v Oregon (#11) – and that’s after PSU gave up hope
    63 v Ohio St (14)
    35 @ Illinois (Best defense in cfb in 1994) and that was with hotel-gate.”

  44. huskersippi says: Jun 17, 2014 8:04 PM

    Sounds like sour grapes to me…… Although you choose to dissect the 94 team how about a few facts concerning the 95 team. Averaged 53 points per game for the season ….. Opponents average only 14 points per game ….Won by at least 23 points in every game. Schedule consisted of 4 top 10 teams. Easily hands down the most dominant team ever.

  45. auburntigers34 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:57 PM

    2 down votes for the 83 Auburn team? they played 5 top 10 teams that year….while also playing teams like bama, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, and Ga tech.

    if anyone has ever played a tougher schedule and came out of it with only one loss, i’d love to know who it was.

  46. auburntigers34 says: Jun 17, 2014 11:58 PM

    27 down votes, not 2. it’d be great to be able to edit posts on here.

  47. scbaby2013 says: Jun 18, 2014 12:12 AM

    Hahhaha yeah right ask the USC 2003-2004 back to back Trojans and see what they think Meyer

  48. atmason says: Jun 18, 2014 3:54 AM

    They don’t even qualify for top 20 of best teams.

  49. mogogo1 says: Jun 18, 2014 1:32 PM

    All jokes aside, they used to fix obvious mistakes on here when they were called on it. Now, a headline misspelled won’t even get a correction days later. Ouch.

  50. howthenfcwestwaswon says: Jun 18, 2014 6:13 PM

    LOL, not even close subUrban……..the 1991 Huskies would’ve stomped that team.

  51. mgavin78 says: Jun 18, 2014 8:33 PM

    01 canes. Hands down the best.

  52. Walk says: Jun 19, 2014 2:32 PM

    I am an alabama fan but when i compare alabama’s recent success to any team i compare them to nebraska. Nebraska had national championships in 1994, 1995, and 1997. Nebraska dominated and were great fun to watch. Florida had some good teams but i think they were a notch below nebraska and alabama. They are not the only great teams of course, but they are the ones that come to mind readily for me.

  53. draconian1111 says: Jun 20, 2014 2:54 AM

    Not forgetting the other great teams that have played – I’ll just say that Tebow against the Huskers best teams would not have been pretty – for Tebow.
    Urban touts his team as the best – while sports writers and others (unbiased, in other words) mention Nebraska, Canes, etc.
    Wasn’t the UF team that NU thrashed 62-24 supposed to be unstoppable?95 Huskers, still the best in my book – there are others up for consideration – but Tebows UF ….wouldn’t be in the conversation for best.

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