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Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

Posted on: July 9, 2010 11:58 am
With the start of the new college football season right around the corner, I thought I would put together my top 10 programs of the BCS era.  A new decade of college football begins, and I'm sure the new decade will produce not only excitement amongst the fans, but some surprises as well.  Will a "mid-major" team play for or win a BCS National Championship?  Will a previous powerhouse program return to prominence?  Will a recent dynasty fall?  College football is a sport, like all college sports, that changes every year.  Teams change with graduation and early NFL draft enrollments, and season anticipation is like no other in the world of sports. 

Although I'm not completely satisfied personally with the current BCS system, we all have to agree it is much better than what we had pre-1998.  There has been controversy, and changes to the system continue to occur.  The primary purpose of the BCS is to determine the top two teams in the country each season.  The BCS method for determining the #1 and #2 teams in the country is still subjective with the use of human and computer rankings, and I can't say, without reasonable doubt, that part is better than pre-1998.  Therefore, my top 10 of the BCS era is also subjective and arguable.  But it's fun to put together and talk about anyway.

The only way to accurately determine a true national champion is to have a playoff of some sort.  It doesn't have to be anything elaborate such as the NCAA basketball tournament, which would be impossible in football.  With conference expansion teasers taking place last month, the future of college football could be unfolding right before our eyes.  My next blog will concentrate on how I think the expansions unfold, and how the landscape of college football with four 16-team conferences could lead to a playoff to determine a true national champion.  Many things about college football as we know it today would have to change, and I'll discuss all of that in a later blog.

For now, let's look at my top 10 programs of the BCS era.  I used many criteria for determining this top 10, and awarded points for each.

- Total wins and winning percentage
- Wins over season-ranked top 25 teams and winning percentage
- Wins over season-ranked top 10 teams and winning percentage
- Number of 10+ win seasons
- Number of undefeated seasons
- Number of winning seasons
- Number of losing seasons (points deducted)
- Number of wins over major opponents
- Bowl wins
- Top 25 season-rankings
- Top 10 season-rankings
- Conference championships
- National championships

National championships and top finishes received the most points while other criteria earned a considerable amount less.  Teams sharing a national championship both received national championship points. 

1.  Texas (393 points)  Five top finishes (alone or tied) in my criteria, two Big 12 championships and one national championship

2.  Southern California (386 points)  Three top finishes (alone or tied) in my criteria, seven PAC 10 and two national championships  

3.  Florida (383 points)  Five top finishes (alone or tied), three SEC and two national championships

4.  Ohio State (375 points)  Two top finishes (alone or tied), seven Big 10 championships and one national championship

5.  Oklahoma (347 points)  Zero top finishes (alone or tied), six Big 12 championships and one national championship

6.  Florida State (336 points)  Two top finishes (alone or tied), six ACC championships and one national championship

7.  Miami (FL) (322 points)  Zero top finishes (alone or tied), four Big East championships and one national championship

8.  Boise State (299 points)  Seven top finishes (alone or tied), nine WAC championships

9.  Virginia Tech (291 points)  Two top finishes (alone or tied), three ACC and one Big East championships

10.  Georgia (275 points)  Three top finishes (alone or tied), two SEC championships

Honorable mention:  LSU (271 points), Tennessee (234 points), Michigan (208 points), Wisconsin (203 points), Oregon (187 points)

I always have a lot of fun putting these era rankings together.  I love crunching the numbers and seeing how programs line up.  There are many ways to do something like this as you've probably seen with all of the different era rankings out there.  This is just a different way of doing it, and although it might not be considered accurate by many, this is just the result of my way of doing it.  Enjoy and let the debates begin!
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Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 4:04 pm

Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

Hard to believe Texas makes the number one over Florida and USC. I like Texas better, but i think the computer lies. I would go OBJECTIVELY:

1. Florida
2. USC
3. LSU
4. Texas
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma
7. Miami
8. Florida State
9. Boise State
10. Virginia Tech

I think two national championships should put you in the top 5 no matter how many ups and downs you have had (LSU). Don't get me wrong, huge Bucks fan and I hate the SEC, but fair is fair. Maybe we can get this decade.

Great post though Bullet.

Go Bucks!

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:39 pm

Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

I guess they must not do anything until the appeal is over even though USC is only appealing certain aspects of the sanctions. From what I have heard, it looks like they aren't looking to appeal vacated wins, etc. Just the bowl ban and the scholarship reductions. Last I heard they were looking to get those basically cut in half. The way they are going about the appeal seems like the first smart thing that they have done since the investigation started. They are basing the appeal on previous precedent and not trying to stop the vacating of wins, etc.

Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 7:12 pm

Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

Thanks Observer for the explanation.  Nothing is yet official in the USC case.  On another note, I'm not sure if any of the allegations had a direct affect on the outcome of any of their games.  It's difficult to ignore the success USC had under coach Pete, vacated or not.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:09 pm

Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

The records do not alter until the appeal is past.  How it works:

NCAA releases report, with sanctions in it.

USC looks at sanctions, files appeal.

NCAA looks at appeal and either denies it, or removes some of the sanctions.

USC evalutes the post-appeal report and alters the record.

In this case, the AFCA is going to have to decide to vacate the championship or not.

As it stands now, no records have changed.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:24 pm

Bullet's Top 10 CFB Programs of the BCS Era

Did the USC sanctions get taken into account?

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