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ESPN ranked the last 21 national champions. Here’s how the Canes, Gators, Seminoles rank

Vince Young #10 of the Texas Longhorns runs past Frostee Rucker #90 of the USC Trojans to score a touchdown and put the Longhorns up by one in the final moments of the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl on January 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California.  Texas defeated USC 41-38.
Vince Young #10 of the Texas Longhorns runs past Frostee Rucker #90 of the USC Trojans to score a touchdown and put the Longhorns up by one in the final moments of the BCS National Championship Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl on January 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California. Texas defeated USC 41-38. Getty Images

ESPN ranked the 21 national champions over the past 20 years on Thursday. Yes, 21 as LSU and USC shared a national title in 2003.

Three of the five championships won by Florida schools were ranked in the top four.

ESPN’s top title team from the last 20 years was the 2005 Texas Longhorns. Vince Young was practically unstoppable in the 2006 Rose Bowl victory over USC for Texas.

The 2008 Florida Gators, 2001 Miami Hurricanes and 2013 Florida State Seminoles occupied the next three spots on ESPN’s rankings.

The Gators season was highlighted by quarterback Tim Tebow’s speech following a loss where he apologized for the team losing and promising to play harder than anyone else in the country going forward.

The Hurricanes were loaded with future NFL draft picks. Just look at who the Canes had at running back: Clinton Portis, Frank Gore and Willis McGahee, as ESPN stated.

The Seminoles featured lots of NFL talent, too, and had a redshirt freshman quarterback winning the Heisman Trophy in Jameis Winston.

Other years that Florida programs won national titles in the past 20 years and their ESPN ranking were the 1999 FSU team (No. 10 ranked) and 2006 UF team (No. 20).

The full list is as follows:

  1. 2005 Texas
  2. 2008 Florida
  3. 2001 Miami
  4. 2013 FSU
  5. 2004 USC
  6. 2011 Alabama
  7. 2012 Alabama
  8. 2015 Alabama
  9. 2009 Alabama
  10. 1999 FSU
  11. 2017 Alabama
  12. 2016 Clemson
  13. 2000 Oklahoma
  14. 2014 Ohio State
  15. 2010 Auburn
  16. 2003 USC
  17. 2003 LSU
  18. 1998 Tennessee
  19. 2007 LSU
  20. 2006 Florida
  21. 2002 Ohio State

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