BCS Programs: One Title With Plenty Of Hype For Years To Come

Brian MitchellContributor IJune 20, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators shakes hands with head coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners after the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Gators won the game 24-14.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

I am amazed at the hype that surrounds certain college football programs after they win one championship. Two championships within a 5-year span solidify the argument that the first championship was not a fraud.

The Oklahoma Sooners won one championship in 2000 under Bob Stoops and continue to be hyped as on of the top schools to beat in the land. Yes, school has rich tradition but I am not caught up with the whole tradition thing. The Sooners are almost always lurking around the top ten schools every year in the preseason rankings. This program is has currently lost 5 straight bowls games against other top teams.

The USC Trojans are perhaps the program that is all hype because of one championship. Yes, some will argue that USC has won two titles because of an AP title in the 2003-2004 season. But the record is clear that the LSU Tigers won the real BCS championship that year.  USC also gets the benefit of beating mediocre Big Ten and Pac 10 squads and playing the occasional Big 12 schools.

Ohio State won the championship in 2002 and continue to generate tons of hype even though they can't buy a win in the spotlight. Winning the Big Ten is like winning the ACC or the Big East (No one cares). The Buckeyes have top ten recruiting classes and play like a bottom ten team when push comes to shove. Even with a weak Big Ten, Ohio State drew a BCS game with two losses this past season.

Michigan won in 1997 but could never return to the title mostly because of Ohio State and dual threat quarterbacks. Even the conquering heroes from Big Blue couldn't win two championships within a 5-year span.

Texas won in 2005 and get hyped up like it was yesterday. Yes, they are definitely a good team but let's be honest they too have that one title that they live off of. But out of these teams Texas does deserve some of the hype because they have beaten USC, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Ohio State.

Why does this happen in college football? The Florida Gators have won 2 titles and still have almost the exact same team from the first title. LSU won 2 titles in 2003 and 2007 and still have key players from the last championship. 

In the NBA, the Detroit Pistons won one title (2004) and are almost an afterthought. The Spurs won 4 and are basically forgotten. In the NFL, the Patriots won multiple titles but are now best remembered as the undefeated losers of the Superbowl. The Steelers won two titles and are not even favored to repeat next year. In college football, one title can generate plenty of hype and attention but two or three can make a program reign forever.