Monday, October 02, 2006

The nation's premiere programs

I saw this article over on fanblogs.com and thought I'd solicit some opinons over here.

The article discusses which football programs are the elite/premiere programs in the country. We're not talking the best team in the nation. What the author is looking at are "the core ingredients of recent success, legend, and football lore" and "we're talking about THE big time football schools of our era. "

Basically, he says, if your son were set to play college football, what schools letters of interest would you be proudest for him to receive?

His Top 20:

Ohio State
Michigan
Penn State
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
USC
Texas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Texas A&M
Auburn
Alabama
Florida
Tennessee
Georgia
LSU
Florida State
Miami
Virginia Tech
West Virgina


Admittably, I was extremely proud (and surprised) to see Wisconsin on his list. It's often hard to judge how the wind blows for your team when you're on the inside looking out.


There's a ton of comments and discussion about which teams do and do not deserve this "honor" so click the link and read all about it, if you're interested.

But what do you think? Are we a Top 20 program? Did he leave anyone out? Did he include programs that shouldn't be included?

What about the conference breakdowns. Four Big Ten teams. Six SEC schools. Four ACC schools. Can we infer things about the conferences this way? Are the top 4 ACC schools comperable to the top 4 Big Ten schools?

Discuss.