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The College Football and Basketball All-Decade Teams

Choosing the best of the past decade

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To celebrate the end of the 2010s, I locked myself in a room and spent many hours on Google Sheets crafting various all-decade teams. I made 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams for college football, college basketball, the NFL, the NBA, MLB and soccer, as well as CU-specific teams for both football and basketball. I’m tempted to publish all of these lists — I have zero editorial oversight lmao — but I’m only going to publish the CFB and CBB lists here, and the All-Colorado teams will be on another post because content.

All-Decade College Football

The All-Decade CFB list was designed to include the most defining players of the decade. There’s equal weight given to one-and-done superstars (like Cam Newton) and long-time who were consistently great but never superstars (like Barrett Jones). When in doubt, I chose who I think is the better player, which is why Lamar Jackson made second-team over Marcus Mariota, and why Jabrill Peppers isn’t on any team.

(These tables might be funky on mobile. Not my fault but I’m sorry.)

All-Decade CFB

Offense First Team Second Team Third Team
Offense First Team Second Team Third Team
Pro-Style QB Deshaun Watson Baker Mayfield Tua Tagovailoa
Dual-Threat QB Cam Newton Lamar Jackson Marcus Mariota
RB Melvin Gordon Jonathan Taylor Montee Ball
RB LaMichael James Saquon Barkley Derrick Henry
AP Keenan Reynolds Tavon Austin Christian McCaffrey
WR Justin Blackmon Amari Cooper James Washington
WR Corey Davis Marqise Lee Brandin Cooks
TE Evan Engram Mark Andrews Jace Amaro
T Cam Robinson Penei Sewell Game Carimi
T Luke Joeckel Brandon Scherff Taylor Lewan
G Quenton Nelson Spencer Drango Joshua Garnett
G David DeCastro Chance Warmack Pat Elflein
C Barrett Jones Ryan Kelly Billy Price
Defense
DE Chase Young Joey Bosa Derek Barnett
DE Jadeveon Clowney Jonathan Allen Myles Garrett
DT Aaron Donald Christian Wilkins Nick Fairley
DT Quinnen Williams Ed Oliver Derrick Brown
LB Luke Kuechly Josh Allen Scooby Wright
LB Manti Te'o Jarvis Jones Khalil Mack
LB C.J. Mosley Roquan Smith Jaylon Smith
CB Patrick Peterson Vernon Hargreaves Tre'Davious White
CB Morris Claiborne Desmond King Jalen Ramsey
Flex Minkah Fitzpatrick Lamarcus Joyner Adoree' Jackson
S Mark Barron Malik Hooker Budda Baker
S Tyrann Mathieu Derwin James Grant Delpit
Special Teams
K Zane Gonzalez Rodrigo Blankenship Roberto Aguayo
P Tom Hackett Michael Dickson Braden Mann
KR Tony Pollard De'Anthony Thomas Tyler Lockett
PR Dante Pettis Ryan Switzer Joe Adams

All-Decade College Basketball

Like with the CFB team, I’ve tried to weigh single-season dominance with multi-season greatness. I mostly put the best college players, regardless of duration, on the first team because they were the best. The less good but more prolific players made second and third teams. I also included Evan Turner because I hate myself. (Also for some reason the guard and forward positiins didn’t convert into the table, but I trust you know Zion Williamson is a forward.)

All-Decade CBB

First Team Second Team Third Team
First Team Second Team Third Team
Kemba Walker Jimmer Fredette Trey Burke
John Wall Malcolm Brogdon Buddy Hield
Evan Turner Doug McDermott Draymond Green
Zion Williamson Jared Sullinger Grant Williams
Anthony Davis Frank Kaminsky Montrezl Harrell