Top 15 college football programs this century

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University of Florida Football Head Coach Urban Meyer is interviewed following the Gators' 56-10 win against the University of Hawaii Warriors in Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Stadium at Florida Field August 30, 2008. Photo by Harrison Diamond / The Independent Florida Alligator
University of Florida Football Head Coach Urban Meyer is interviewed following the Gators’ 56-10 win against the University of Hawaii Warriors in Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Stadium at Florida Field August 30, 2008. Photo by Harrison Diamond / The Independent Florida Alligator

Urban Meyer will now finally be making his appearances (spoilers!) on this list.

Aside from Nick Saban, no coach has dominated the 2000s quite like Meyer. His teams have been fast, tenacious, and outright dominate. His work down in Gainesville produced two national titles and one of the most well-known and polarizing college players of this era in Tim Tebow.

Meyer’s Gator teams from 2005-10 posted three 13-1 seasons. Their lone bowl defeat in that span came in the 2007 Capital One Bowl, headlined by the emotional departure of Michigan’s longtime coach Lloyd Carr. Meyer had even started his Big Ten dominance early by beating Ohio State, Iowa, and Penn State in post-season play. The biggest markup for Florida over the other schools up to this point does factor in that Florida has more than one national title. Aside from an SEC title game loss in 2009, the Gators could have possibly attained a third title as well.

As of the 2014-15 season, 35 players from Florida had been on NFL rosters and it doesn’t seem that will be stopping anytime soon. After a bumpy campaign under Will Muschamp, Florida is back on track with head coach Jim McElwain.

Look for the Gators to rule the SEC East yet again.

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