Sporting News released its pick for the Top 15 football programs since 2000 on Monday in an effort to get ready for the 2015 football season. That might have some asking the question: Why isn’t Alabama No. 1?
The Crimson Tide do have the most national championships since 2000, but we measured each program based on the following categories and point system:
National championships: 8 points each (LSU and USC were given four points each for splitting 2003 national title)
National title game appearances: 4 points each
College Football Playoff appearances: 4 points each
Heisman Trophies: 2 points each
The Top 15 schools in overall winning percentage, bowl wins, NFL Draft picks (starting with 2001 NFL Draft), NFL first-round picks, consensus All-Americans and combined BCS bowl appearances/New Year’s Six appearances were awarded points poll style (15-1). So the best school got 15 points.
It’s a lot of research, but here's how that looked at the end of the day. It’s not perfect science, but it’s our science.
When the numbers come out, USC and Alabama are close. But the best football program since 2000 remains the defending national champion Buckeyes.