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The Daily Beast: Top 10 College Football Programs

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Best College Football Programs

LSU football may be No. 1 right now, but how does it compare with other teams in terms of profit and player performance? The Daily Beast ranks the best college football programs.

In an effort to refocus attention back to the field and celebrate the power of the game, The Daily Beast took a look at the past half decade of results to determine the best football programs using unique metrics. Their top team makes the most money, sends the most players to the pros, and has the strongest on-field performance.

Specifically, they looked at four categories to determine ultimate success for NCAA Division I-A programs, with each category worth a total of 25 points. First, profits: they used data from the U.S. Department of Education to assess whether the program was well organized and popular enough to bring in more dollars than it spent from the 2005–09 season (the most recent data available). Next, they looked at what percentage of players were drafted into the National Football League after the 2006–10 seasons. Third, winning percentage—did the school produce winning teams or also-rans for the 2006–10 seasons? Finally, they looked at bowl performance, assigning points for appearing in and winning bowl games and points for appearing in and winning the BCS Championship during the 2006–10 seasons.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin/Rogelio V. Solis/Jay LaPrete)
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