UCLA, Virginia, and 20 'Big-Name' College Football Programs That Need to Improve

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UCLA, Virginia, and 20 'Big-Name' College Football Programs That Need to Improve
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What happens when one of the “big-name” college football programs continuously fails to live up to their status as a supposed elite program? Can their status as one of football's power programs be taken away?

College football has always had a nebulous dividing line separating what is now the FBS into two decidedly unequal parts.

The majority of programs reside in relative obscurity. It's not often that teams like North Texas, Western Michigan, Tulane or New Mexico State make headlines, and when they do, it's usually for something negative.

Then there are the “big boys.” Michigan, Alabama, USC, Texas, Florida State and so on. These big-time programs find their way into the Top 25 every season, and they collectively have a stranglehold on the top 10.

But a few of these elite programs have been failing to make the grade as of late. Improvement is necessary or slipping from the ranks of relevance is a very real possibility.

Programs like UCLA and Virginia, who have combined for just one bowl win over the past six seasons, could find themselves on the societal chopping block soon, and they head our list of 20 other FBS programs that are in similar danger.

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