In the past decade, these programs have proven their worth. Some have overcome tremendous setbacks, ugly losing streaks, and downright tragedies. Others have been good in the past, but have reached a whole new elite level in recent years.
In football, motivation breeds success. These teams have tons of it, and will be riding it during the 2010 season and beyond.
The programs on this list are a diverse bunch. Some are simply overshadowed in a BCS conference, others are climbing the ranks as a mid-major, and yet, even some are former Divison 1-AA schools who are seeing just what big-time college football is all about. And they're finding success.
Watch for these programs to find new success in the following years. With coaches who have a knack for winning, these teams are on the rise, and plan on making a statement to those who may doubt them.