5 College Football Powerhouses That Have Fallen From Grace

5 College Football Powerhouses That Have Fallen From Grace

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The landscape of college football has been changing rapidly over the last decade. The speed and skill of SEC teams are the new model for aspiring championship programs. Before the SEC's dominance, these schools had success at level they haven't been able to reclaim.

5. Texas

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5. Texas

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The Longhorns probably want Vince Young back as much as he would like to relive his college days. Coach Mack Brown and Young were at the top of the collegiate football world when they upset USC in the national championship. Now both the coach and quarterback are struggling to keep a job.

4. Notre Dame

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4. Notre Dame

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The Fighting Irish haven’t seen much success since the coach Lou Holtz era, but they are consistently the media darlings. These days, Notre Dame is really good -- at getting crushed by Big 10 teams and losing bowl games. For all intents and purposes, ND may as well be the Cowboys of college football.

3. Penn State

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3. Penn State

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Even before the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions were reeling under Joe Paterno. His style of football was outdated, and he relied too heavily on character athletes. It’s unfortunate that his reign at Penn State will be marred by the Sandusky incident, because he created a vibrant culture in State College.

2. Ole Miss

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2. Ole Miss

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Eli Manning was probably the best quarterback to come out of Mississippi and the team hasn’t found anything similar since. Despite having talented recruiting classes, the Rebels have underachieved. This team needs to tailor the schemes toward the abilities of its players instead of boxing them into a strict philosophy.

1. USC

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1. USC

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It appears that the Trojan faithful would love to have the days of Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart in light of the team’s recent struggles. Although the team underperformed this year, NCAA restrictions kept the team from postseason acclaim in 2011. The major players of the Bush-Leinart regime left the team mostly unscathed (Bush was stripped of his Heisman trophy), but in their wake was a team haunted and restricted by its past.

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