Lose yourself in The Big Lead’s terrific ranking of the nation’s Top 25 college football programs over the last twenty five years.
Fantastic stuff here for any red-blooded college football fanatic – and, yes, Michigan State fans can strut their stuff in knowing that The Big Lead’s Top 25 college football programs ranking over the last twenty five years does, indeed, include the Spartans.
It’s possible that Spartans who are lucky enough to only have foggy memories of Bobby Williams will complain that Michigan State came in at #24 in this ranking.
But, for those of us who lived through the dysfunction of that Williams Era and the circus of the John L Smith Era, seeing Michigan State in this Top 25 over the last twenty five years is a tangible reminder that Mark Dantonio’s tenure has been nothing short of miraculous.
It’s one of the more fascinating debates to have at the tavern – what are the “best” programs over the last twenty, twenty five, fifty years?
I’m having a tough time finding a program that Michigan State deserves to be ahead of in this ranking.
But if I’m splitting hairs, it’s possible to argue that Michigan State’s last ten years have earned the Spartans a spot within the Top 20 – but who gets displaced?
Kansas State? Overall winning percentage alone puts them ahead of Michigan State. And it will always be seen as a modern day miracle that Bill Snyder exhumed the nation’s most awful program across any sport and turned it into a winner, let alone a Top 25 program.
As much as we’d all want to argue that the Spartans deserve to be ahead of Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish have the wins and that appearance in the National Championship to warrant an advantage over the Green & White.
TCU? Maybe. But the Horned Frogs have been a regular player on the national stage and have won while competing with Texas every day of the year for recruits and general hype. Let’s give TCU the respect the Frogs deserve.
Michigan State’s #24 spot in this ranking really does speak to the power of the results during Mark Dantonio’s time as head coach. And it really boils down to the last five years or so with Top 10 finishes – and I’d suspect that the dramatic victories in massive battles with UMAA, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Stanford, Penn State, and Wisconsin all help to get Michigan State into this spot.
If you think the Spartans should be ranked higher in this rundown, let us know where you think the program belongs and tell us why.
In the meantime, enjoy breaking down this terrific ranking……