The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine took a bold step towards ranking the top 120 BCS franchises/schools. The evaluated each school under the following categories and ranking each school out of 120.
ON-FIELD SUCCESS (45%)
–Title Track (national titles since 1936; BCS bowl bids and wins; league titles; years in final AP Top 25 poll and AP top 10) 25%
–Head Coach (Tenure–CFB & NFL–; winning percentage; average turnover margin; average penalties per game–all since 2001) 10%
–Strength of Schedule (average strength since 2001) 10%
OFF-FIELD SUCCESS (20%)
–Academics (US News & World Report ranking n 2012; Academic Progress Rate in 2010-2011) 10%
–Recruiting (total ESPN 150 signees since 2007) 10%
TRADITIONS OF SUCCESS (35%)
–Player Success (NFL draft picks weighted by round; Heisman winners–all) 15%
–Stadium Edge (SportsNation poll results for game-day experience; home win percentage; and differential between home and road win percentages) 10%
–Football Revenue (2010 figures, per U.S. Department of Education) 10%
–NCAA Violations (Grade based on severity of sanctions since 1998) 10%
According to this breakdown, the #1 BCS school is…drum roll…OKLAHOMA. ESPN The Magazine ranked the Oklahoma Sooners as #2 in Title Track; #3 for Head Coach; #1 for Strength of Schedule; #33 for Academics, #10 in Recruiting; #7 in Player Success; #2 in Stadium Edge; #12 in Football Revenue, and a Grade of B in NCAA Violations.
My beloved North Carolina State WOLFPACK came in at #50 out of 120, which is not bad but hopefully will look better in years to come. NC State was ranked at #81 in Title Track; #12 for Head Coach; #42 in Strength of Schedule; #88 for Academics; #44 in Recruiting; #41 in Player Success; #64 in Stadium Edge; #50 in Football Revenue, and a Grade of A in NCAA Violations.
For more on this study by ESPN The Magazine, grab your copy in stores today (or request in my comments for info on a specific school).