DIVISION I-A FOOTBALL COMPARISON OF FIRST EIGHT SEASONS
We have heard
often of the storied histories of some of the great Division I-A college
football teams—Michigan, USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska. We have also heard that teams such as
This table shows
that, despite the strength of the last several years,
that the results show is that success can be fleeting if successful coaches
leave, fans do not support the program by attendance and/or financial
donations, etc. Observe the fast start
by Vanderbilt, for example, (the 2nd best record among the 113
schools) and compare that to their 2003 record of 2-10.
Boise State, then, has enjoyed very good comparative success in it's first eight seasons in Division I-A football, ranking in the top third of all I-A schools in that category. Their start is not as good as some, but better than most. The future, however, can never be predicted, and to continue along the road that has been set will depend on many factors, including fundraising at this critical juncture in the school's history. There will definitely be ups and downs in the years and decades to come, but it has been a great beginning!
(Note: Each team's "first year" is the season in which there is a record of at least 5 games. The results of this table also include the first eight years in which there is a record of the team's performance. Tie games count ½ win and ½ loss in figuring each school's winning percentage. Connecticut, South Florida, Middle Tennessee State and Troy State have not played 8 seasons in I-A.)