College sports are so much more than just wins and losses. Sure you can hold up a trophy at the end of the year, but college sports are more than that. It's because of the tradition, fun, prestige, and unpredictability that we love college sports.
Here are five of the best teams of the year (so far), with a solid mix of Blue Bloods and underdogs.
5. Coastal Carolina Baseball Team
While I still can't name a single player on the team, I sure know that this team is special. A few months ago, anyone who watches college baseball would've scoffed at the idea of the Chanticleers winning the College World Series.
But, somehow Coastal defied expectations and actually made a run in the College World Series. On their way to their huge victory, they knocked off college baseball favorites such as LSU and Florida. It was an amazing underdog performance by this team and is now the best college baseball team in 2016.
4. University of North Carolina Basketball Team
One shot is all it took to crush the dreams of Tar Heel fans across the country. As a Heels fan myself, I still can't shake off that buzzer beater loss to Nova; it still haunts me and other Heel fans from across the country. UNC looked like the total package this year.
With Marcus Paige finally stepping up and a great supporting cast, UNC looked like a dominant force and was a lock to get to the Final Four. UNC may also be known as one of the college basketball Blue Bloods and they showed why this year. A great recruiting class year after year leads the Heels to March Madness every year along with a high ranking as well.
Finishing the year off 33-7 after losing in the finals of March Madness has proved that the Heels are one of the most dominant forces in all of college basketball. Even though Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige left, the Tar Heels should be able to rebound (pun intended) and make another run in March.
3. Clemson Football Team
The Tigers showed their doubters up this year, proving that they are one of the best football colleges out there. Clemson was ranked No. 1 most of the college football season and with good reason. Yes they do play in the ACC, but that shouldn't really take into the fact how impressive Clemson is. Led by Quarterback DeShaun Watson, Clemson was undefeated going into the National Championship against Alabama.
After destroying Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, it looked like Clemson was going to win it all. However, after a breakdown in the National Championship, Clemson came up short by five points. But, losing to Alabama in the title game is far from alost season. Returning a lot of starters, including Watson, Clemson will be able to show the college football world why they're one of the top five colleges with football programs.
2. Villanova Basketball Team
I would be remiss if I did not mention the team to knock off the Tar Heels to win the March Madness Tournament. This pains me to say it, but Villanova is the best college basketball team in the U.S. right now. No matter what anyone says, whichever team holds up the title in April is the best college basketball team. Now if they can do that again is a different story for a different day.
The fact is that Nova outlasted 67 other teams in the tournament to crown themselves as the best college basketball team. Even though they play in a weak Big East conference, they still finished the season with a 35-5 record and were constantly ranked in the top 10, even the top five. It seems like a daunting task, but will Villanova be able to ride this momentum into next season a repeat as champions?
1. Alabama Football Team
Nick Saban is a terrible NFL coach. As a head coach for the Dolphins, Saban went 15-17 and missed the playoffs both years. But, as we know, the NFL is much different from college football. Saban is probably one of the best college football coaches of all time. He has over 150 wins all time and has led Alabama to four championships in seven years. If that isn't a dynastythen I don't know what is.
Since taking over as the head coach, Alabama has been one of the top colleges for football. This past year was no different. The Alabama football team held a record of 14-1 and won the National Championship against the number one ranked team, Clemson.
Besides winning the title, Alabama had seven of its players drafted in this past NFL draft. Even though Alabama lost a lot of talent, its recruiting class can definitely make up for lost ground. With such a dominant defense, it will be hard to see Alabama not repeating as the best college sports team in the country in 2017.