Top 50 CFB programs of last 150 years

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Post by Turtleneck on 2019-08-24, 22:18

Across all divisions

28. Michigan State
55.2 | 3 national titles

When the Spartans emerged on the national stage after World War II, they made their presence known in a hurry. Under head coach Biggie Munn, the Spartans won the national title in 1952, the year before the Big Ten let them in. Under head coach Duffy Daugherty, they finished No. 1 again in 1965 and 1966, thanks to Daugherty's enlightened views toward integration. In recent years, under coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has reestablished itself as a force within the Big Ten.

41. Central Michigan
52.0 | 1 national title

From the end of World War II to the early 1990s, you could count on the Chippewas as a tough out. It might have had something to do with their coaches. Wild Bill Kelly led Central Michigan to seven conference titles. Roy Kramer replaced him and led Central Michigan to an NCAA Division II title in 1974, before deciding he would rather be a world-class athletic director and SEC commissioner. Herb Deromedi replaced Kramer and won three MAC titles and 110 games in 16 years on his way to the College Football Hall of Fame. In recent years, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones have used the Chippewas to climb to marquee jobs. At some schools, it's easier to win.

The formula
Basic model
Dominance, 20% -- number of national championships
Peak strength, 20% -- winning percentage for best 50 seasons in program history
Since integration, 30% -- winning percentage over the past 50 seasons (1969-2018)
Early modern, 20% -- winning percentage over the middle 50 seasons (1919-1968). Mostly pre-integration and included some games against non-college teams
Pre-modern, 10% -- winning percentage over the first 50 seasons (1869-1918) *mostly pre-standardization of current rules and many games against non-college teams

National championships below the FBS level count at 50%
National championships before the poll era (1936) count at 50%
Winning percentages when a team was not in Division I are reduced by 10%

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