LSU should be #2 with a case for #1 IMO. I also wasn't around in 1971 or 1995 so I don't have much to say about those teams
The 1986 Miami Hurricanes were a hell of a football team, as was 1988, 1990, 2002—and especially 2000—yet none won a title. (I mean, 2002 technically did, but I digress....)There are a couple of Miami teams that would have beaten all those teams. Heck one did beat ND but got cheated by refs. Although I watched that '71 NE team beat Bama in Orange Bowl and it was pretty bad ass. But the NE team we beat for our first NC was supposed to be the greatest team ever before we introduced them to the New Age.