Football The Best Division I Independent Football Teams  

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The best Division I FBS Independent teams have created many future NFL stars. Only six teams are on the list of Division I Independent schools as of 2019, but despite the lack of depth, each school has a history of talented players finding success on a bigger level.

Joe Montana, Steve Young, Tim Brown, and Jerome Bettis are among the legendary talents to spend time on college football teams in Independent action.

Even beyond fielding some the best players in NFL history, the independent schools have found tremendous success, racking up 19 national championships. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish alone have 13.

Is that enough to make the Fighting Irish the best of the FBS Independent programs? Vote for the teams you think should top the list and check back to see what other college football fans have to say.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish foot... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Division I Independent Football Teams
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All-time record: 841-310-33
Bowl wins: 18
National championships: 13

Notable players: Joe Montana, Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, Joe Theismann, Golden Tate

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

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Army Black Knights football is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Division I Independent Football Teams
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All-time record: 678-511-51
Bowl wins: 6
National championships: 5

Notable players: Glenn Davis

Location: West Point, New York

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BYU Cougars football is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Division I Independent Football Teams
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All-time record: 575-421-26
Bowl wins: 15
National championships: 1

Notable players: Steve Young, Brian Billick

Location: Provo, Utah

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New Mexico State Aggies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Division I Independent Football Teams
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New Mexico State Aggies

All-time record: 314-579-14
Bowl wins: 3
National championships: 0

Notable players: Jaleel Scott

Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico

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