Barry Sanders’ epic 1988 Heisman season at Oklahoma State has been named the greatest in college football history.
Sanders is mostly known for torching NFL defenses for the Detroit Lions, but he did it at the college level for the Cowboys in a fashion that is almost hard to comprehend. That’s why Sports Illustrated has deemed it the greatest single season ever witnessed.
SI - Decision
SI wrote the following when explaining the decision:
Sanders’s 1988 season started the same way as the previous season—with a kickoff return for a touchdown—and ended 2,628 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns later (records that still stand to this day). Sanders could not be stopped, leaving defenders flailing in the dust all season. He capped it off with a 222-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Holiday Bowl—and he didn’t even play in the fourth quarter of the game.
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I have to agree 100% with SI on this one. There are some other athletes who put up great performances in college, but there’s nobody who touches...