Prepare to smudge some newsprint on your giant foam “#1″ finger. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article, which combines most of my favorite things: college football, great writing, and objective analysis. In The Real No. 1, WSJ crunches numbers to determine the top college football program, ranked by the number and effectiveness of its alumni in the NFL. The writers created a new metric–”Alumni Success Points”–to combine an individual player’s playing level (starter to benchwarmer) and that player’s team’s success. Additionally, they came up with “Draft Success Points,” determined by player draft rounds.
All that adds up to awarding Florida State the top ranking, not surprisingly.
No contest: Former Seminoles blew away the pack, finishing first by an 11% margin. Scouts say top athletes and an emphasis on teaching fundamentals make the Seminoles great pros.
Our beloved Washington Huskies came in at 19th, somewhat as well surprisingly given the dearth of wins in Seattle the past few seasons. The Huskies had only 1 player drafted in 2006.
The The Dow Jones College-Football Success Index covers only players appearing on 2005 rosters. Perhaps in the future we could see an analysis taken farther back, say to 1970 after the AFL/NFL merge.