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College football has undergone some drastic changes in the last 20 years. The NCAA has changed how they crown their champion twice; once with the BCS system and now currently with a four-team College Football Playoff.
With all of these changes, some programs have grown and rose above their past, while others have asserted even more of their dominance over the rest of the NCAA. With these changes and alterations, which programs have done the best? How do the old “blue bloods” stack up against the new risers?
My criterion for this list is five-fold: year-over-year consistency, bowl game performance, number of losing/underachieving seasons, national championship game victories/appearances and progression of the program since the year 2000.
Here’s a list of the Top Ten college football programs since the start of the 21st Century:
[tps_title]15. Oregon Ducks[/tps_title]
We start our list with the house that Chip Kelly built. Arguably no brand has had more success in the digital era than the Oregon Ducks. The internet has done great for an Oregon program that was little more than an after-thought before Kelly got to Eugene. Flashy alternate jerseys, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and a revolutionary offensive style have put Oregon on the map.
The drawback to the Ducks’ ranking has to do with their overall performances in the spotlight. Despite capturing six conference titles (five outright) while playing in a relatively weak Pac-12, Oregon has only played for two national titles and was shown up in both games.
Also, the Ducks lack of bowl victories and the recent collapse in the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl add to them being at the bottom of the top.