Playboy Top 10 College Football Programs: UM @ #9

One of the dominant programs in the late ‘80’s/early ‘90’s, the Hurricanes have won five national championships and produced two Heisman winners—Vinny Testaverde and Gino Torretta. Overall, Miami has won 15 bowl games and produced 81 All Americas.

While Playboy may be best known for its photography of beautiful women, Hugh Hefner understood from the magazine’s inception back in 1953 that men had other significant interests in life in addition to the girl next door. And so Playboy’s editorial mix included humor, fiction, interviews, lifestyle, food and drink, fashion, and, of course, football. That’s why Hef introduced Playboy’s Pigskin Preview back in 1957, a feature repeated annually that predicts the best teams and players in each coming college football season.
Playboy’s coverage of college football truly corresponds to the explosion in popularity of the game in the modern era. The late Fifties saw the introduction of two-platoon football and over the decades the game has undergone multiple revolutions as players got bigger, stronger and faster, offenses opened up with sophisticated passing schemes, television coverage ballooned into a billion-dollar industry, and instant replay, overtime and a dizzying number of bowl games became commonplace.
Schools rise and fall from the Top 25, some toppled by scandal or suspensions, some emerging under the right coach at the right time. However, a handful of gridiron programs have been able to sustain their success with a remarkable consistency over the 55 years Playboy has been observing the college football scene.
source: the305