If you were to walk around a college campus today, you would see posters everywhere advertising sports programs. The posters are as varied as the players who participate in them.
This slideshow will prove to you that the on-field powerhouses of college football aren't necessarily so powerful off the field. The biggest names in college football market themselves. The best marketing departments tend to live in the lower ranks.
Presented from weakest to strongest, here are 2012's top 50 posters.
UPDATE (9/18/12): Washington emailed us with a high-resolution original, so now the Huskies' poster can be seen in its intended state rather than as a photo of a poster.
UPDATE (9/13/12): Baylor's poster is no longer shown as a leaked version. Major differences are the coach's presence in the center and sponsorship logos.
UPDATE (9/9/12): Ohio State has submitted its official poster, and it has been graded and put in its proper position in the list.
UPDATE (9/6/12): Colorado State has submitted its poster. The Rams had an awesome poster this year, and you may be surprised at the position.
Note: Pictured on this slide is this year's worst schedule poster: that of Terry Bowden's University of Akron.
Qualities that received evaluation were:
1. Clarity: Is it obvious what team is depicted?
2. Schedule layout: Is it easy to follow? Was it designed, or does it look like an afterthought?
3. Photo quality: Is the resolution good or bad? Is the photo itself composed well?
4. Uniqueness/creativity: Does it look like a bunch of other posters all over the country?
5. Eye appeal: Does the poster grab your attention? If so, does it keep it?
6. Coolness factor: If this design were applied to something else, would you want to own it?
In the event of a tie, teams with the same score were placed head-to-head (or in a tournament, when the need arose) for a final overall evaluation.