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Unread 08-17-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Default College Football program on the rise

Name a college football program that you think is on the rise. One program that comes to mind for me is South Florida. I think that Skip Holtz is going to build the South Florida program into a really solid program. I am going to be keeping an eye on that program over the next few years.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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I'm hoping that Pitt is on the rise....
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Unread 08-17-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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South Carolina has been on the rise for about 3 years now. and I think it will continue. Spurrier has really done a nice job down there.

Texas A and M should be under this label as well, especially if Mike Sherman has as big a year as they say he will.

Gundy's Pokes in OSU are also a team on the protracted rise (we'rent they a basketball school?) seems like they came out of nowhere.

Notre Dame is another obvious one.

I guess you can put Stanford up there too. Don't get me wrong, I LIKE Stanford but the post Luck years will really show if their success can be sustained. They don't have to win the Pac every year, but be a consistent bowl and top 25 team.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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Name a college football program that you think is on the rise. One program that comes to mind for me is South Florida. I think that Skip Holtz is going to build the South Florida program into a really solid program. I am going to be keeping an eye on that program over the next few years.
What makes you say that?

All I know is the Big East needs at least TWO top 25 regulars in that conference. And they need to show that they aren't coaches' stepping stones. I like Charlie Strong at Louisville but I wonder if he will actually stay after he gets them to a big bowl.
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Unread 08-17-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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oSu is a perennial "team on the rise". LOL. This is their year though, for reals this time.

We are a team on the rise!11!!!!11!!!!

http://img.waffleimages.com/76111cfba00044690aca804f018c4cffb1e4c456/jy4wbi1c.gif (broken link)
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Unread 08-18-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Tennessee! (I wish...)


I think Michigan is def. on the rise because of OSU's fall from grace, and I believe Mississippi State will become a power in the SEC.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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Name a college football program that you think is on the rise. One program that comes to mind for me is South Florida. I think that Skip Holtz is going to build the South Florida program into a really solid program. I am going to be keeping an eye on that program over the next few years.
Turned into decent team but they will never compete with the recruiting of UF, FSU, and Miami (even after the banhammer drops). You can say the same about UCF, who also turned into a decent team and made a bowl this past season.

There is only three teams on the upswing. Mississippi St, South Carolina, and Florida State.
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Unread 08-18-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Purdue
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Unread 08-18-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Name a college football program that you think is on the rise. One program that comes to mind for me is South Florida. I think that Skip Holtz is going to build the South Florida program into a really solid program. I am going to be keeping an eye on that program over the next few years.
Nebraska is going to be back on top soon. USF isn't going to be able to beat out UF and FSU for recruits. They will probably lose out to many of the out of state schools that recruit Florida. They built that program on letting problem players in that couldn't get into other schools. Poor fanbase and playing off campus is a bad combo.
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Unread 08-19-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Poor fanbase relative to the JUGGERNAUT you SEC people have?

If a place like USF can pack in around 45,000 screaming fans playing in the Big East than that's just fine. It'd look better if it wasn't in that cavernous stadium though.

Not every team can have a Yankees or Manchester United following you know. Not to mention the fact that as long as FU and FSU are in bigger badder conference, it'll be hard to convert people.

Also the whole "gotta have your own stadium" is semantics to me. If you are a good program it doesn't matter where you play. I don't think UCLA cared about not having their own place when they were rocking under Terry Donahue.

If Holtz can have them competing for championships, they'll get some decent kids. Of course they won't be the blue chip bumper crop you Gators get, but you don't have to have that to be a respectable squad (Mizzou, Iowa, Ok St., Wisky, Arky etc.)
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