The Winds of Change-Comparing College Football from 2000 to 2010

Just when you thought that everyone has posted everyone that could be said about college football, something new comes along.  I first thought about this post when I noticed that Notre Dame was playing Miami in the Sun Bowl in El Paso.  Don’t get mad, but El Paso is not the hotbed of collegiate sports and this rivalry was very hot about 20 years ago; in fact it was past hot, it was volatile.sun bowl, el paso

Let’s look at the Top 10 after the 2000 season in comparison to the current Top 10:


  1. Oklahoma
  2. Florida State
  3. Miami (FL)
  4. Virginia Tech
  5. Nebraska
  6. Washington
  7. Oregon State
  8. Kansas State
  9. Texas Christian
  10. Michigan

My first general observation is this; no team from the Southeastern Conference is in the Top 10.  The SEC has become a dominant force in the last 10 years and they are nowhere to be seen in 2000 until you get to #12 Florida.  Nebraska and Washington have dropped off a little and Oregon State has been overshawdowed by Oregon.  Seeing TCU here was a surprise.  I would have NEVER placed them in the top 10.  Seeing Michigan ranked also brought back memories.

Let’s look at our current rankings:

  1. Auburn
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. Stanford
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Arkansas
  9. Michigan State
  10. Boise State

My earlier SEC comment has been made and I’ll say no more.  The Big 10 is well represented with 3 teams in the BCS top 10.  Oklahoma and TCU both carry over and Stanford is carrying the Pac 10 banner.  The Boise State phenomena is still apparent with the Broncos being in the top 10.

In a future post I’ll go back another 10 years and see what further change we have experienced.  I find it interesting to compare and contrast changes that occur and this brief view of College Football has only reinforced how dominant programs like Oklahoma continue to be over the vast expanse of time and it also shows how times change with the growth of the Boise State program.

What will the future hold?  Stay tuned…


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