Talking of near misses in the Henson thread got me to thinking of some of our near misses. 06 will come to everyone's mind recently. But I think we forget but for a game or two here and there, how many other times we could have had a shot. (Especially when you take into consideration that there have been many a time where 1 loss teams played for the title, so we would have had a shot).
I was specifically thinking of 99, where we lost because Henson had a horrid first half against MSU, and the "I like them both" experiment ended in the second half for the season, and Illinois, blowing that huge lead, then killing the comeback with a high snap. Either one would have put us in the title game, IIRC. And Alabama was probably as good a team in the country, so we would have had a shot in the game.
But there are many others....Stanford Rose Bowl losses, Bo's last game, if you want to go historic...one or two less ties in '92....you can go backwards or forwards. So, what do you think was our best shot to be playing in the title game, if things had just been a little different?