Top 10 College Football Programs of the BCS Era

RealClearSports.com compiled a ranking of the top 10 college football programs of the BCS era, complete with YouTube clips and a summary.

#1 USC

What, were you expecting Duke?

USC spotted everyone four years and yet still emerged as the top program in the BCS Era on the sheer dominance of its latter six seasons. After beginning his tenure at Troy with a 6-6 record in 2001, Pete Carroll has led the Trojans to six consecutive BCS bowl berths and Pac-10 championships, at least 11 victories each season and no worse than 4th in the final AP poll.

After starting 2-5 in 2001, the Trojans have gone 67-7 under Carroll and won 34 consecutive games between 2003-2005. USC won two national championships and lost its bid for an unprecedented third in a heartbreaking loss to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl – USC’s only BCS bowl loss. The Men of Troy also hauled home three more Heisman Trophies (Carson Palmer 2002, Matt Leinart 2004, Reggie Bush 2005), matching Notre Dame with seven winners all-time.

About the only thing that might stop this college football hegemon is the NCAA. With the Bush investigation wrapping up, there are indications that stiff penalties including forfeiture of games, recruiting losses and postseason sanctions may be imposed. Short of that, there is no end of this Trojan Dynasty in sight.

The rest of the top five: #2 Ohio State; #3 Oklahoma; #4 Miami; #5 LSU.

Obviously this ranking is up for interpretation because it mostly focuses on records and doesn’t get into each programs’ difficulty of schedule or opponents, but it’s a pretty cool list nonetheless.

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