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I think all a college football program can do is place themselves into a position of being a top 10 program and then hit it big w/ the right group of players on a team every 3-4 years to make a run at a title.
So outside of the obvious #1 who are the top 10 programs in college football and is FSU in it...
#1 Alabama - not even a close 2nd to the Tide rt now
#2 LSU - put them there b/c of easy recruiting base, and SEC West love nationally
#3 Ohio St - little recruiting comp in region, great support and facilities, and I hate it but Urban can run a program
#4 Florida - SEC cache in Florida recruiting hot bed, plus great facilities and support
#5 Georgia - Same things as UF w/ Ga talent base to recruit from
#6 Oregon - Nike $$$, but think Chip Kelly's departure could really hurt
#7 Notre Dame - if they win 10+ again they shoot back up into top 5
#8 Oklahoma - Stoops > Mack Brown thus OU over UT
#9 Texas - Auto top 5 recruiting classes, great support, even if they can't seem to put it together recently
#10 FSU - Consistency is the key, not missing much, but too much of a rollercoaster for now
***I think FSU is poised to jump Okl and Tex here soon, but needs another good year...
Teams just outside looking in...
Stanford (rising fast, academic restraints only weakness rt now)
USC (fading fast, but firing Kiffin and making correct hire and they shoot back into top 7)
SoCar (think they may have peaked)
Texas A&M (rising fast, can they keep Sumlin is they key)
Clemson (not sure where their ceiling is)
Michigan (Hoke's 3rd yr will determine much)
#1 on your list proves that your first assertion is incorrect.
Top programs in terms of what?
BEST 247 site -- FSU easy!...............
Decent list, not disagreeing.... just it chances depending what values you put the most weight on.
I think you have to make a clear distinction between the top 10 programs RIGHT NOW and the top 10 programs built to sustain success over a prolonged period of time. IMO, FSU is one of a handful of schools that could make a credible claim to be in both categories.
Stanford is to academic to stay a top 10 football school. If their coach leaves they are screwed.
SoCar has peaked IMO.
Clemson has peaked IMO. Their time to shine was last year. Hopkins, Boyd, and Watkins were a amazing trio but Watkins blew it. I don't see them getting such a elite offense again in the near future.
Texas A&M. They lost a amazing OL and Manziel is letting the fame go to his head, I think he might blow his chance at success with his extracurriculars.
Michigan. OSU is ravaging Michigans own backyard in recruiting while going all over the country at the same time, they can't compete.
USC is just to much of a storied program to be down for to long, I can see Kiffin becoming a puppet like Clemson's coach if he can hire a really good OC and DC to use the talent at his disposal and call plays.
How much higher can FSU actually go is my question.
With the financial limitations of the ACC... not too far.
The TV gap is almost irrelevant. Even if we had SEC or B1G level TV revenue we'd still be well behind.
If you consider 5-10 million dollars a year to our athletic budget "almost irrelevant," te salute, Don Corleone.
When we're already 40 million plus behind in annual revenue, 5-10 is relatively insignificant.
Disagree, I think. Every little bit helps. Bet you ask nearly any person on the planet if they prefer to have an extra $5-10M in their yearly budget and you will get very few responses of "nah."
It doesn't matter if we are $100M behind. That money is a big deal and it is very silly to say otherwise.
Is this post about who is most likely to win the most moving forward or who is the best recruiting program?
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