Following the USC Trojan Dynasty Slobber-Job/Circle Jerk that we all had to endure this year, we're wary of all these "Greatest Team Ever" articles that inevitably surface each year as national titles are crowned. All we care about is that we won the title this year; for 2005, Texas was the best team.
While we're not interested in trying to determine if the 2005 Longhorns could beat the 1983 Los Angeles Rams or 1755 Boston Muskateers, we did come across an interesting article on Fox that attempted to empirically rank the greatest -seasons- of all time. Mind you, this is not to say which team is the best, but rather, who had the best season. The rankings factor in quality wins, bad wins, elite wins, etc, and in their final analysis, there was no greater season than the 2005 Texas Longhorn season.
A few notes from the article, which you can read here.
-Somehow UL Lafayette counts as a quality win. Now, they ended up having a pretty solid season, but it's a stretch to call a home win over UL Lafayette, in the season opener, a quality win. That game ended the moment they got off the bus.
-I don't want to quibble about whether or not it was THE single greatest season of all time, but in the final analysis, when you look at what all the Horns opponents did, it really was one heck of a run. I've always had the mindset that the Horns needed to pick the right year to put it all together. In other words, catch the right teams at home, miss the right Big 12 North teams on the schedule, etc. Prior to this season, with games at Ohio State and at Texas A&M on the schedule, I wouldn't have thought this to be a favorable year for making a run. We won out anyway, and watching Ohio State wax Notre Dame just emphasized how impressive our season really was. I'm only 26 years old, but I have to face the reality that it may not get any better than this. Not that I care.
Anyway, read the article and enjoy the comparisons. And try, try, try to savor just how magical this season was. We'll have plenty of time to delve into the next journey and discuss the next wave of obstacles, but for one perfect year, it all came in to place.
I couldn't be happier.