While I'll give all due credit to Street & Smith's for their excellent college football coverage over the years, I'm concerned that there may be some bad water floating around their office. The magazine has just released its top 50 football programs of all time, and let's just say that its curious. To begin with, take a look at the top 10:
1. University of Notre Dame
2. University of Southern California
3. University of Oklahoma
4. University of Alabama
5. University of Nebraska
6. University of Michigan
7. Yale University
8. Ohio State University
9. University of Texas
10. Princeton University
How much weight do you have to give to graduation rates in order to get Yale and Princeton on this list? When was the last time either of those programs produced anything resembling a respectable college football team? Ok, if that serves to give their list a little credibility, a hint of something other than winning games and producing a product that is college football, then I'll accept that. And I guess you could argue that the Ivy League was college football for the first half-century of the game's existence. But still...
So I took a look at the complete list (available in pdf form only) and found my favorite team, Auburn, at #21, just points ahead of Harvard and six spots behind national powerhouse Minnesota. Minnesota?
Their scoring system is a little suspect, to say the least. One category was the "ferocity of the mascot." So how does a team known as the Quakers make the list? And Golden Gophers?
I guess lucky for S&S that Vanderbilt didn't show up. Who knows, though, another win or two for the Commodores, which lost this weekend to the previously winless Middle Tennessee State, and they might just crack the top 20.