If the pressure of being in a National Championship hunt where the biggest challenge remaining is themselves isn't enough, the 2009 season will determine what school gets team of the decade bragging rights. By most any measure the Texas Longhorns belong in the middle of that conversation, along with Florida, Louisiana State, Southern California, Oklahoma and Ohio State. No other schools got anywhere near this elite level in the first decade of the 21st century.
The facts 2000-2009*:
Boise St 108, Oklahoma 108, Texas 107, USC 101, Ohio St 100, LSU 98, Florida 97
Best Winning %:
Boise St 86.4, Texas 85.6, Oklahoma 82.44, USC 80.8, Ohio St 80.0, LSU 77.17, Florida 76.98
Most National Championships:
Florida 2, LSU 2, USC 1.5, Texas 1, Oklahoma 1, Ohio St 1,
Most National Championship Appearances:
Oklahoma 4, Ohio St 3, USC 2.5, Florida 2, LSU 2, Texas 1,
Miami 2, Nebraska 1, Florida St 1
If Florida wins out then no doubt about it with 3 NC's the Gators get T-O-D honors.
But if Texas wins out then we'll have three teams holding 2 NC's apiece, with the Longhorns holding the most overall wins and best overall winning percentage of them all.
Sure, both OU and tOSU will have been there more often (UT missed by a whisker in both 2004 and 2008). But when the T-O-D chatter starts in December as they hype builds for Pasadena our Texas Longhorns are probably playing the Florida Gators for the elite of elite honors: 2000-2009 Team of the Decade!