The Decade to Come

Here’s a good look at how the next 10 years of college football might look, courtesy of Stew Mandel and Andy Staples of

UCLA and Tennessee are the picks to be rising programs.  My tabs: Notre Dame and Michigan.  I think Brian Kelly will do quite well for the Irish, while Michigan will get back to great heights under either Rich Rodriguez or, if he is fired, his replacement, Jim Harbaugh.

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5 Responses to The Decade to Come

  1. Craw Force One August 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m with you on Notre Dame, Kelly will have that thing turned around. I hope Michigan becomes nationally relevant; I really prefer to see traditional powers in the title hunt rather than the Missouris and Boise States of college football.

  2. Roby August 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I disagree. I think it is nice to see teams like Missouri, Rutgers, and Louisville spend a few years playing well.

    HP, What is it about Michigan that makes you think they are on the upswing? For ND, you cited their Head Coach. Completely understandable. But for Michigan, you pointed to a hypothetical hiring of Harbaugh (alliteration be damned). If it is not the coach, then what is it?

  3. Monty M. August 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    San Diego State will be the next Boise and member of the Pac 16 by 2020. This will be the turn-around year. Inspired by the memory of Don Coryell, QB Ryan Lindley and WR Vincent Brown will shred the Mountain West and defeat Utah in a dramatic, ‘Kardiac Kids’ no-time remaining victory. Both will get mentioned as darkhorse Heisman candidates and get invited to New York by voters making belated amends for the 1992* vote.

    Remember, you heard here first.

    *Look it up and cry. Gino Toretta won over Aztec Marshall Faulk.

  4. CloroxingTheGenePool August 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Notre Dame’s 3 hires immediately before Kelly should give any objective person reason to pause before proclaiming him a uber genius, who’s definitely going to lead the program’s resurrection (I think we have seen that proclaimed by the ND administration, fans, and even a newly hired on coach before). Foremostly, Kelly has to field a respectable defense, something which Notre Dame hasn’t had for awhile and which it’s questionable if he has ever had. Harbaugh would be a success at Michigan IF IF IF IF IF he would get hired which isn’t a certainty given that many have not forgotten, nor forgiven him for his comments pertaining to academics and athletes at the U of M. Otherwise, Rodriguez will doom that program to second class status behind Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and incoming Nebraska, all of which feature better coaches and overall programs now and for the next several years to decade.

    Why Tennessee? Because of Derek Dooley? What exactly has he done, beside fortuitously being borne of the loins of Vince Dooley? See his mishandling of Bryce Brown, the recent bar brawl involving multiple players in Knoxville, etc. for reasons as to why I wonder about his ability to run a team. I also wonder how the SEC as a whole will do if the oversigning issue is confronted and addressed (see:

    As for UCLA, why will they be good? Just because USC is on NCAA probation and suffering from rightfully handed-down sanctions and one of the Los Angeles schools has to be good, if only by default? UCLA still has academic entrance standards to overcome, does not have reputation for playing defense, and the best coaches in the state of California reside in the Bay Area.

  5. AUman76 August 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Notre Dame is the only thing golden that is tarnished. They are far from a good team and unless they improve that candy assed schedule and then defeat said good teams they will never truely deserve BCS title consideration. ND is a joke and the only thing Kelly has proved is he can win in the BIG EAST. Big FN deal! The best thing that happened to college football was the demise of ND and Michigan. Their down fall has opened the door for new comers. It’s also opened the eyes of the sports nation to how damned overrated the media darlings are these days. Hell…just a year before their NC season bammer got their asses handed to em by one of those non traditional teams. That’s exactly why the powers that be and the media detest a playoff. They know the so called big boys can be had by the not so glamourous teams and that eats their hearts out. The Vols will certainly get better but they have a long ways to go to catch Florida much less pass the Gators. So far as UCLA? LMAO….stick to basketball at least sooner or later they will rebound on the hard court. With their coach the Bruins are just a loose lip away from joining USC on the cheat sheet.