Sunday, August 20, 2006

Taking Stock of a Different Market

The Wall Street Journal took a little detour into the dark and dangerous alleys of our beloved sport and devised something called the "College Football Success Index." We won't bore you with the details behind this rankings system, we will simply spell out the result: Florida State. Yes, the Seminoles rank at the top of the list of teams with successful "alumni" in the NFL. Other items of note: Oklahoma ranks 27th and Alabama 29th, behind such teams as North Carolina (10th), Texas A&M (15th), Washington (19th) and Virginia (22nd). Last season's BCS title game participants didn't score all that well. USC is 14th and Texas is 16th. Nebraska, the Trojans' opponent on Sept. 16, ranked 13th. And Notre Dame fans, your team didn't even make the top 10! Thanks to Kevin.


Jeff said...

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Psycho Zombie From Outer Space said...

Now wait, the headline of this article leads me to believe that they're talking about the most successful college football programs, but only discuss the draft aspect of it. While I guess this is one way to weigh each program's prestige, I don't think it should be worked as a lone experiment.

Obviously this will be tilted in favor of the bigger BCS programs, but there are a few teams on that list that I truly believe the University of Utah is better than, especially more recently.

North Carolina? They haven't done anything since Mack Brown left for Texas.

Texas A&M? Maybe under R.C. Slocum, but not recently.

Washington? Maybe if we're counting success backwards and instead of using wins, we're using losses.

Virginia? Ha! Any team coached by Al Groh is not successful.

Kansas State? Maybe if this were the 90s...

Stanford? What have they done recently?

I'm sorry, but I do not believe you can peg the success rate of a college program based on its draft value alone. There is no doubt that should be apart of the formula, but draft success is not the only measuring stick to a program's success. If anything it shows how sorry some of these programs are with not producing the type of wins that go hand in hand with talented players.

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Anonymous said...

The WSJ list is pretty incompetent. It puts too much weight on average success. It says Texas has a lot more players in the league and more stars, yet we're somehow behind Texas A&M?

Their statement about the Horns that they "sent only three players to the NFL this year from the nation's top offense. One problem: Longhorns' shotgun formation isn't popular in the NFL"

One of the dumber things I've heard in a while. There was only 3 seniors and Vince Young, it has nothing to do with the shotgun offense. Our fullback (not really a starter) and backup quarterback also signed free agent deals.