On Saturday, we were welcomed back by college football as it kicked off it’s 2018 debut.
With a loaded slate of intriguing matchups, not many of them turned out to be as entertaining as most hoped they would be.
When I think of college football Saturday’s, I think of the blue collared programs of old like Texas, Nebraska, Michigan and Tennessee. I think of the dominance they once held in the world of college football. I think of how badly teams like Maryland and West Virginia would dread to play these powerhouse programs.
On Saturday, we watched the 23rd ranked Texas Longhorns, who have 4 National Championship trophies in their trophy case, lose to Maryland for the second year in a row. A program that is ranked 5th in all time wins in college football history. They lost to a Maryland team that is currently undergoing an investigation regarding the death of an offensive lineman, Jordan McNair. The Terrapins were led by interim head coach, Matt Canada.
Since 2009, the Longhorns are 66-50. From 1995 to 2004, the Longhorns were 92-33.
As sad as that loss was, it proved something far more disappointing to me. They aren’t the only one.
We saw Tennessee get demolished by West Virginia. Tennessee, ranked 10th in all time wins in college football history with 833 wins, got beat by West Virginia. After coming off of the worst season in school history, a 2017 campaign that didn’t win a single game in the Southeastern Conference, we witnessed a total and complete mess in Charlotte. A team that was getting blown off the ball. A team that was scared. A team that had no confidence. Just like Texas, it was so damning to watch.
Since 2009, Tennessee is 57-57 against their competition. To put it in clear perspective for you, from 1995 to 2004, Tennessee was 101-25.
Then, we have Michigan. Good ole Michigan. Nobody in college football has won more football games than the Michigan Wolverines. They are ranked #1 with 943 victories in their programs history. We watched them get bullied by Notre Dame, who almost made this list of blue bloods that have fallen from glory. Jim Harbaugh might just be the most overrated football coach in history based off of how much you’re being paid to coach.
Jim Harbaugh is now 9-9 in his past eighteen games. That’s more losses in his past 18 games than Urban Meyer has had in six full seasons at Ohio State.
Worse than that, Harbaugh’s record is almost identical to Brady Hoke’s through 40 games. Harbaugh is 28-12, Hoke was 27-13. Harbaugh’s also 1-5 against the big two rivals at Michigan — Ohio State and Michigan State.
Since 2009, Michigan is 71-45. From 1995 to 2004, Michigan was 95-29.
At this point, Nebraska is just Nebraska. It has to be incredibly tough to recruit a kid to live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I believe Scott Frost will be the coach there for a long time, and I believe they have average success over the next couple of years, but the Big 10 has changed drastically since their glory days. Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are the programs fighting for the hardware in that conference. It’s going to take a long time to build a program that can consistently beat those teams. The Cornhuskers are ranked 6th all time in all time victories with 893 wins.
Since 2009, Nebraska is 76-43. Sounds fairly decent, right? From 1995 to 2004, the Huskers were 100-27.
Don’t tell me these blue bloods haven’t fallen from glory. Don’t tell yourself that bold faced lie. They have, and they’ve fallen very far. They’ve been through numerous coaching changes, multiple losing seasons and many fans aren’t getting the big picture. The glory days are over. All of these programs have been “rebuilding” for over two decades. Smaller tier schools are beating these programs regularly, and it’s so sad to see. What happened to them? Recruiting plunge? Coaching? What exactly is it that has made these once feared programs turn into punching bags?
I’m here to tell you that Michigan, Tennessee, Nebraska and Texas will not win a National Championship for a very long time, if ever again. Statistics are in favor of that statement.