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Predicting the Top 25 College Football Programs of the Next 10 Years

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

Predicting the Top 25 College Football Programs of the Next 10 Years

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    Auburn and Florida State played for the national title in January, but what is the likelihood they'll both remain among the top programs in the nation over the next 10 years?
    Auburn and Florida State played for the national title in January, but what is the likelihood they'll both remain among the top programs in the nation over the next 10 years?Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

    With all of this talk of autonomy, breaking off into new divisions, paying players and other off-the-field issues, college football is at a crossroads. We don't know what the future holds for this great game, one that continues to rise in popularity but also has pressing issues that need to be addressed.

    Even more uncertain is which teams will be part of the future of college football when it comes to who will reign supreme and dominate this increasingly balanced sport. It might seem like the usual suspects are always on top, but only four schools—Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Oregon—have finished in the Associated Press Top 25 each of the past five years. Eight more have been in there in four of the last five seasons.

    Predicting future success is a tricky endeavor, but we've come up with a (completely arbitrary) formula that will surely foretell which programs will be the best over the next 10 years.

    Using final AP rankings from the past five years (all unranked teams got listed as No. 26), final rankings from the past five recruiting classes, an assessment of coaching stability and a good helping of assumption and speculation, we've come up with our prediction for the top 25 college football programs of the upcoming decade.

Honorable Mention

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    There should be more than 25 good programs in college football over the next 10 years, but not all of them will be able to put together enough year-to-year consistency to warrant making this list. Some of them just missed the cut, including:

    • Arizona State
    • Boise State
    • Central Florida
    • Michigan
    • Missouri
    • Nebraska
    • Oklahoma State
    • South Carolina

    Each of these programs has had success of late, some for long periods of time, but we're not projecting that to continue through another decade. This isn't to say you won't see them pop up in rankings during that time period, but probably not every year.

25. UTSA Roadrunners

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): N/A

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 117th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    In the past decade, the FBS ranks have swelled thanks to the addition of eight new full members, with four more either joining this year or next to beef the total tally to 129. Most of these programs, though, have struggled to establish themselves as anything more than a low-end product that can only hope to reach the six wins necessary to get a bowl game.

    And then there's UTSA. With its built-in fanbase, fertile recruiting backyard and championship-level coach, the Roadrunners are primed to be the next big thing in college football.

    UTSA didn't even have a program until 2011, but since joining FBS in 2012, it's been consistent improvement, as the school went from 8-4 in the Western Athletic to 7-5 in Conference USA. Larry Coker, who won a national title with Miami (Fla.), has implemented a winning mentality into this new program and should soon be packing the Alamodome with south Texas fans interested in seeing another big winner.

    And with that success should come future advancement. Kyle Kensing of The College Football Huddle thinks UTSA and its growing region could be a prime candidate for the next wave of conference realignment, where the winning should continue.

24. Fresno State Bulldogs

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): N/A

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 88th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    It seems like a strange time to be predicting this, especially right after a record-setting quarterback has graduated following a nearly successful push for a BCS berth, but Fresno State looks ready to be the next Boise State. The Bulldogs have a promising coach, access to good recruits and a league that is begging for someone to dominate.

    The Bulldogs started 10-0 last year, then lost two of three at the end. Derek Carr has graduated, and this season could be a rebuilding one. Or it could be another solid campaign, as Tim DeRuyter has the pedigree to develop the program into more than one that has a flashy quarterback and nothing else to talk about.

    Though Fresno won't be able to compete with UCLA, USC and others for the top players in California, there's enough talent out west to build solid teams annually. And picking up transfers, like former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette, can help fill gaps and keep the Bulldogs in the running each year for that at-large spot the College Football Playoff has granted to a non-power conference team.

23. Arizona Wildcats

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): N/A

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 42nd

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    Among programs from the power conferences, few have seemed to come close to reaching the elite—then come crashing down—more often than Arizona. At least three times in the past 20 years, the Wildcats have looked to be on the cusp of becoming a player, only to stall and then severely regress.

    But under Rich Rodriguez, Arizona has had some of the most consistent play in its program's history. Though it's been just two years, back-to-back 8-5 seasons have the Wildcats looking once again to be in line to make a run of sustained success.

    The recruiting has also been fair, if not spectacular, but Arizona has been in play for more top talent under Rodriguez than with previous coaches. We're expecting at least another eight wins in 2014, if not more, and doing that on an annual basis will keep the Wildcats contending for national attention for most of the next decade.

22. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 22nd

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 57th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    After 20 years of bouncing around gigs in the SEC and Big 12, Tommy Tuberville looks like he's found his place in the American Athletic Conference. And with Cincinnati's history of being a rising coach stepping stone over the past decade, the Bearcats would love it if Tuberville stuck around and built a mid-major power.

    Cincinnati was briefly among the power teams, finishing the 2009 season ranked No. 8 and playing in back-to-back BCS bowl games in 2009 and 2010, but with the Big East becoming the American and getting downgraded in status, the Bearcats must be resigned to trying to be as prominent as Boise State and Northern Illinois have been, but on a more consistent basis.

    Smack in the middle of a very fertile recruiting area, with plenty of quality opponents to face and a winnable league, Cincinnati is primed to have a long run of success. Having Tuberville stick around longer than his past three predecessors can help ensure that.

21. Louisville Cardinals

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 21st

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 40th

    Coaching stability: Shaky

     

    The long-term future of Louisville is actually quite hard to peg, if only because the person in charge of the football team right now has already shown his knack for not sticking around. Even with Bobby Petrino's past, both at Louisville and elsewhere, it's hard not to think this school that does well in pretty much every other sport can't stay good on the gridiron.

    Athletic director Tom Jurich has already been through a Petrino departure aftermath before, watching the football program flounder under Steve Kragthorpe after Petrino left for the NFL. His hiring of Charlie Strong helped resurrect the Cardinals, and with Strong moving on, the choice to go back to Petrino wasn't a knee-jerk reaction.

    Whether Louisville can maintain whatever success Petrino is likely to have after he moves on will depend on what foundation is in place when that departure inevitably happens. This is a different Louisville than eight years ago, and we expect no major fallout down the line.

20. Wisconsin Badgers

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 16th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 44th

    Coaching stability: Too early to tell

     

    When Bret Bielema surprisingly left a really good thing at Wisconsin to take over the Arkansas program, there was concern that the status quo of prolonged success wouldn't be easy to come by for whoever replaced him. But after one season under Gary Andersen, all signs point to the Badgers remaining a player on a national level, at least when it comes to the Big Ten.

    The former Utah State coach effortlessly slipped into the program and produced another good season, and with a year under his belt, he is making minor changes to get things how he'd like them to be. While some schemes will be different, the overall approach to winning won't, and the recruiting rankings (33rd in 2014, 38th in 2013) are actually better than in Bielema's final years.

    The key to winning in the Big Ten, like in other traditional power conferences, appears to be adapting to the changes in the game. Wisconsin looks to be doing that, and Andersen will keep the Badgers relevant and dangerous.

19. Florida Gators

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 18th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Sixth

    Coaching stability: Shaky

     

    There are two scenarios through which we're projecting that Florida shakes off its uneven last few years (and woefully abysmal 2013 effort) and returns to a level of success that at least keeps them in the hunt for the SEC East title on an annual basis: Will Muschamp gets the turnaround going this season, or he gets the boot and someone else does the job.

    Either way, we can't envision Florida staying down for long, not with the program's history over the past 30 years and how the Gators routinely rack up a top-notch recruiting class almost every time out. Even after last year's 4-8 record, the worst since 1979, Muschamp landed a top-10 class. In fact, his ninth-rated class for 2014 is considered his "worst."

    With inroads throughout its own state and all over the south, as well as major recruiting hotbeds across the country, Florida won't stay down for long. Who is at the helm for this resurrection over the next decade depends on what Muschamp does this fall.

18. Clemson Tigers

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 18th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 17th

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    The Palmetto State has our vote for the best college football state in the country, but in the next decade, it will be Clemson that separates itself from rival South Carolina and remains the more consistent of the programs.

    How long the Tigers can hang in there and fight for a chance to get into the playoff discussion each year will depend on how long Dabo Swinney can hang onto talented (but sure to leave for bigger things) offensive coordinator Chad Morris. He's been the architect of Clemson's great attacks the past few years, and eventually he's going to get hired away.

    That's when the solid recruiting connections that Swinney and the rest of his staff have established will need to take root and overcome a coaching loss. We see the Tigers being able to remain successful, but title talk will have to be limited to once every few years or so.

17. Michigan State Spartans

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 16th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 30th

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    There's no question that Michigan State is one of the fast-rising programs in FBS at this point, coming off of a spectacular Big Ten- and Rose Bowl-winning season and primed to be ranked in the Top Five or 10 in most preseason polls. Whether that can become the norm, though, is still uncertain.

    The Spartans have twice before had big pushes toward the top, going 9-4 in Mark Dantonio's second year and then firing off back-to-back 11-win campaigns in 2010 and 2011. But each of those was followed by a 6-6 regular-season mark, so prolonged success hasn't been there yet.

    The recruiting is slowly getting better, with MSU creeping back into the top 25 in 2014 thanks to the late commitment and signing of 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell. The defense has been how the Spartans have built the foundation of their potential dynasty, but it will take some consistent offensive results to keep this going for an extended period of time.

16. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 20th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 12th

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    For what seems like forever, Notre Dame was always in the mix. Then, for what seemed like far too long, the Fighting Irish were an afterthought that just happened to be on television every weekend. But with Brian Kelly in place, Notre Dame is trending back to its old glory, and the program is set up for another extended run of success.

    Kelly has restored pride to arguably the most popular college football team in the country, making Notre Dame a recruiting destination once again. The Irish once again have a shot at most of the top players each year, and with their new agreement with the ACC, they get to make further inroads to the south while also maintaining a schedule strength that keeps them in the playoff discussion.

    Being independent has kept Notre Dame from being more consistent with its involvement in championship football, needing to go unbeaten most years to have a shot. But it won't have to worry about being undesirable to top-tier bowl games, either, thanks to Kelly's early work.

15. USC Trojans

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 20th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Eighth

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    As compelling of a story as it was to have an interim coach turn around USC in the midst of a disastrous start to the 2013 season, many critics of the Trojans were pointing to one very notable thing: Coaching chaos or not, USC will always get big recruits.

    That continues even with a new coach in place, as Steve Sarkisian's return from Washington hasn't knocked USC off its perch as the go-to destination for recruits looking to head west. The Trojans also have a healthy rivalry to feed off of, one that's become more pronounced now that UCLA has returned to prominence, while a football-hungry fanbase looks to the program as a pseudo-professional franchise.

    The lights are very bright in Hollywood, and at times, the blemishes are easier to see than at other places. But with Sarkisian's local roots and recruits consistently keeping USC on their short lists, no major falloff will happen even with coaching uncertainty.

14. LSU Tigers

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 11th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Eighth

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    Since playing for the national title three years ago, it's been a couple of off years for LSU marked by losses early enough in the season to knock the Tigers out of the national title picture. But not out of the rankings, as they've stayed in there nearly every week in the past five seasons.

    This will continue to be the case for LSU as long as Les Miles is on board, and with a new contract through 2019, we don't see The Mad Hatter going anywhere. Miles fought hard to get to this point, and while the Tigers haven't contended for a championship the past two years, they continue to churn out NFL talent and, therefore, continue to recruit top players.

    No. 1 overall recruit Leonard Fournette will usher in the next decade of LSU prominence this fall, and future recruiting classes will keep the Tigers in business.

13. Georgia Bulldogs

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 20th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Ninth

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    The last time a coach went from Georgia to Florida State following a national championship, the Bulldogs ushered in one of their best stretches in program history. And with Jeremy Pruitt coming over from the Seminoles to coach Georgia's defense this season, Mark Richt might be getting the pieces in place for another long run of prominence.

    It's not that Georgia has been down as of late, but rather just not as successful as in the past. The Bulldogs have been inconsistent over the years, yet thanks to continuously solid recruiting, they're able to weather these lulls of performance and bounce back rather quickly.

    We see the Bulldogs getting back to the old way of controlling the SEC East and using that as a springboard into the national title conversation, starting as early as this year and continuing on for the next 10.

12. Texas Longhorns

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 20th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Eighth

    Coaching stability: Too early to tell

     

    One of the most storied and successful programs in college football history is at a crossroads, led by a new coach for the first time in 17 years and facing a major push from in-state competitors for talent and market share. Charlie Strong has been tabbed to take Texas into the future, and after a (brief) transition period, we see this happening.

    The most important step, though, is regaining a stronghold on the recruits the Longhorns need to pick up to remain successful. Baylor and Texas A&M have stepped it up, and now Texas has to fight back to maintain its legacy.

    Strong brings a completely different culture to the program, but whether it will be able to get back to Mack Brown's golden age from 2001-2009 remains to be seen.

11. Stanford Cardinal

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 11th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 24th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    As one of the most successful young coaches in college football, it's not surprising that David Shaw's name comes up in relation to a possible jump to the NFL. And though he's said that's not in his plans anytime soon, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Stanford has to be prepared for it to happen eventually.

    And the Cardinal is equipped to handle such a departure, just as it did when Jim Harbaugh resurrected the program and almost as quickly left for the San Francisco 49ers. The program has also weathered the seemingly annual storm of losing an irreplaceable player, like quarterback Andrew Luck or defensive standouts.

    Because so much success has occurred over the past four years despite seemingly constant change, there's no reason to think winning won't continue in Palo Alto no matter what happens in the next 10 years. Stanford is entrenched in football prosperity.

10. Baylor Bears

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 21st

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 33rd

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    With an eye-pleasing offense, a dedicated coach and a brand new stadium, Baylor is here to stay. The Bears may not contend for national titles every year, like some of the programs above them on this list, but no longer will they be considered second-tier citizens in their own state.

    Baylor is coming off of its first conference title of any sort since the 1980s, and with four straight winning seasons, it is on its best run in 30 years. According to the Baylor Bears' official website, Art Briles has publicly stated his commitment to the school numerous times, most recently when his name was mentioned in connection with the Texas opening.

    The players are coming along as well, drawn in by a high-flying offense that has produced one Heisman winner and might have another contender this season in Bryce Petty. And with a gleaming new football facility, McLane Stadium, opening this fall, Baylor is here to stay.

9. Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 22nd

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 28th

    Coaching stability: Too early to tell

     

    Penn State is entering the third season of a four-year NCAA sanction package, complete with postseason ban and scholarship reductions. It has a new coach, who has all of three years of experience under his belt. And the Nittany Lions play in a conference that, while not considered the best, still has plenty of tough opponents.

    Yet despite all of that, we're jumping on the PSU bandwagon as early as possible, in full belief that James Franklin has a plan to get the Lions back into the national picture in regards to success on the football field.

    Franklin, architect of a great turnaround at Vanderbilt, brings a level of energy and intensity that old-school Penn State hasn't seen in decades. Though getting onto the recruiting trail late in the game, he managed to pull in the Lions' first top-25 class since 2010, and the early results for 2015 show Franklin's plan is moving fast.

8. Oregon Ducks

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): Sixth

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 15th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    For those trying to claim Oregon's second-half slump during the 2013 regular season as a sign the program won't be able to maintain its lofty standards, it's time to rethink that opinion. Two bad losses don't make for a downward trend, and starting with 2014, the Ducks should be once again a staple in the national title conversation.

    As long as Oregon remains a solid choice with recruits and a pioneer in the uniform industry—the two have seemed to go hand-in-hand during the program's ascension since the late 1990s—there's no reason to think it won't continue to not just be among the best in the Pac-12 but also in the country.

    Mark Helfrich is another version of Chip Kelly, just a little more understated, but he's got the same approach. He's in it to win big, and he'll do so to a level that keeps Oregon a contender for at least the next 10 years.

7. UCLA Bruins

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 24th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 20th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    UCLA has two battles on its hands: win Los Angeles, then take over the rest of the country. It's doing pretty good on the former and looks on pace to fare well on the latter in the near future.

    Since Jim Mora came into town, the Bruins have handled in-town rival USC on the field and matched the Trojans player for player on the recruiting trail. UCLA has become just as much a destination for top prospects interested in playing in southern California as USC, which is the best piece of news UCLA can hope for.

    The Bruins were in a dormant period for more than a decade, but they appear to be returning to the national picture as we move further into the 21st century. And this isn't just our opinion, or that of those on the West Coast: Tim Brando, a nationally known broadcaster who will work for the SEC Network this season, has picked UCLA No. 1 in his preseason poll.

6. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 19th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 17th

    Coaching stability: Pretty solid

     

    What Kevin Sumlin has accomplished in his two-plus years at Texas A&M is nothing short of phenomenal, reversing a decade of inconsistency with some of the most promising results (and even more hopeful) recruiting of any program in the country.

    The 2014 season will be a make-or-break one for how this rising program moves in the next decade, according to Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee, as it will be the first with Sumlin's own recruits in key positions. Judging by who he's managed to bring in, though, we don't expect a backslide.

    A&M has more or less taken over Texas when it comes to hauling in the best talent, and the Aggies' offensive system is one that seemingly every top recruit wants to be a part of. The school is also landing major defensive prospects, despite a lack of results on that end, which is as good of a piece of evidence as any that A&M is going to continue to trend upward.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 10th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Eighth

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    Urban Meyer looked worn out toward the end of his time at Florida, and his final few teams showed that decrease in their leader's energy. The exact opposite has been the case since coming to Ohio State, where, after the messy divorce with Jim Tressel, this strong program appears to be back on track and locked in for another decade of superiority.

    Back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons have helped keep the Buckeyes a favored choice of many of the nation's top recruits, with Meyer pulling in a top-three class the past two years. A desire to beef up the schedule in the long term, with future series set against Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, is a nod toward not just being the best in the Big Ten, but also beating the best all over.

    OSU is a national brand, and Meyer has the program on pace to stay in the national championship picture for the next 10 years.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 14th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): 12th

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    It's been 14 years since Oklahoma last won a national title, but since then, the times when the Sooners weren't at least part of the championship conversation come November have been minimal. This is a program that's always contending, and as long as Bob Stoops decides to oversee this wildly successful team, that isn't going to change in the next decade.

    Stoops might be fielding his best defense in a while this fall, and he's also landing some of the best offensive recruits he's ever had. The 2014 class features 5-star running back Joe Mixon, a California native who is one of eight signees from the West Coast headed to Norman this season. This is an adjustment to how Baylor and Texas A&M have ramped up the recruiting in Texas, a sign Stoops is intent on staying near the top.

    The Big 12 has almost become the forgotten league among the power conferences, but it will be hard to ignore what Oklahoma will do the next decade.

3. Auburn Tigers

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 16th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Eighth

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    Don't let the 3-9 season from 2012 fool you: Auburn has been a program on the rise for a while, and now that it has an energetic coach with a dominant offensive system, the Tigers aren't going to be putting up many subpar records.

    While the 2010 national title and the 2013 runner-up finish are in contrast to three seasons outside of the top 25, Auburn hasn't been inconsistent when it comes to collecting talent. Gus Malzahn was able to collect a solid class even when coming in late in the 2013 recruiting process, and this past year, he loaded up with one of the best groups the program has ever signed.

    Throw in the never-dying competition with Alabama for statewide (not to mention conference and national) superiority, and you've got a program that won't settle for anything less than the best. And with that dedication, we don't see much drop-off over the next 10 years.

2. Florida State Seminoles

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): 15th

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Fifth

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    It took a while for one of the most consistent programs of the 1980s and 1990s to regain its footing, but now that Jimbo Fisher has his system in place (and has the crystal football from last year's national championship to prove it), look for Florida State to stay in the mix for the foreseeable future.

    The Seminoles have managed to pull in a top-10 recruiting class each of the past five years, blending their cut of the rich talent base in Florida with stud prospects from all over the country. Amazing depth has been built up on both sides of the ball, making it possible for mass early-entry departures to have minimal effect on the program's stability.

    And Fisher himself seems locked in for the duration. The man who once interviewed for the UAB job—only to have the University of Alabama trustees veto his contract offer—and who turned down a chance to be Nick Saban's offensive coordinator with Alabama seems to have had the stars align when he went to Florida State in 2007 and succeeded the legendary Bobby Bowden in 2010.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Average final AP ranking (2009-2013): Fourth

    Average recruiting class ranking (2010-2014): Second

    Coaching stability: Solid

     

    It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Alabama tops our list of the best programs over the next 10 years. The Crimson Tide have been at or near the pinnacle for most of the past decade, and there's no sign that's going to change anytime soon.

    Nick Saban welcomes his fourth consecutive No. 1 recruiting class, bolstered by six 5-star prospects, while the existing roster remains jam-packed with so much talent he almost doesn't know what to do with it all. The Crimson Tide might have too much talent, if that's possible, but Saban still manages to get the best 22 on the field each game and will always be in the mix for national championships.

    A new massive contract extension has Saban locked up until 2022, though what will really matter is if the challenge to keep Alabama on top is enough to make him stick around. Gaining a 2015 commitment from Blake Barnett, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback who chose 'Bama over Oregon, is proof that Saban is adaptable to the changes in the game and plans on keeping the Tide in the mix for a long time.

     

    All recruiting rankings and info courtesy of 247Sports.

    Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.

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