College Football: Five Programs On The Rise

By Al Burke
January 19, 2013 3:31 pm
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Every year it seems that there are teams surprising the college football world and rising through the ranks to shock the status quo.

Normally, these teams don't tend to last more than a couple of years when their star players move on (Auburn anyone?), but occasionally, some teams stand their ground and develop gradually towards elite status (Boise State).

This takes more than just a decent coach and a few good recruits, often the whole university's mindset needs to alter too.

The teams I have chosen may surprise a few, but all are in a solid position to move up the rankings, or have already begun to.

My initial list had about 25 teams on it, so cutting it down to five required some further assessment. As a result there are, of course, some rules: 

1. They have to have a decent recruiting budget and facilities.

2. They have to be able to hang onto their coaches (i.e. no MAC teams)

3. Former elite teams are on the list, but they have to be off the radar for a while.


Read on, teams are in alphabetical order.


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2 years ago
Good stuff, Al. No doubt A&M's stock is skyrocketing.
2 years ago
Thanks, Todd. It sure is. I think this season will be a real test as they rebuild/reload around Manziel.
2 years ago
You know Coach Sumlin has to enjoy meeting with recruits who are leaning toward Texas and just saying, "really? are you sure you wouldn't rather come play ball for us at A&M? have you seen us play lately?" I was wanting Charlie Strong to come to Knoxville, but I get why he stayed. They ahve a pretty good thing building there and moving to a more relevant conference will be good for UofL.
2 years ago

The thing about recruiting in Texas is, the Longhorns have their players locked up as juniors, so you can feel them out that disregard them. There's enough talent for both schools, but now A&M and spread their wings into SEC country too.

I'm also glad Strong stayed at Louisville. There isn't enough loyalty today, and it's hard for programs to build up if coaches jump ship at every available opportunity.

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