Middling major conference teams, top mid-majors among Nos. 26-50
What are the top programs of the last decade? That's the question ESPN.com has attempted to answer this week. Fifteen college football experts and analysts ranked all 119 Division I-A programs, taking into account record, traditions, recruiting, facilities, coaches, attendance and support, among other criteria.
Editor's note: Each day, one writer will attempt to explain why these teams were ranked in this order. The rankings reflect the average from the 15 ballots cast and are not the writer's individual ballot. Mark Schlabach breaks down Nos. 26 to 50 below.
• Forde: Strivers' cruel reality
• Ranking 101-119 Tuesday: No. 76 to No. 100
• McShay: College football's quicksand
• Ranking 76-100 Wednesday: No. 51 to No. 75
• Feldman: Escaping the middle
• Ranking 51-75 Thursday: No. 26 to No. 50
• Schlabach: Hurdles to the top
• Ranking 26-50
• Curry: Rankings reveal biases
Friday: No. 1 to No. 25
• Maisel: Trojans in a league of their own
• Ranking 1-25
• Experts' top 25 ballots SportsNation
• Rank 'em: What's your top 25?
• Chat: Ivan Maisel, 1 ET