ESPN The Magazine asked a bunch of smaht guys from MIT to rank college football programs using a handful of variables such as recruiting, revenue and the prowess of the coach in charge.
While the top 10 shapes up about how you would expect, with the likes of Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma, a number of schools outside the top 25 have the earmarks of programs on the rise, teams that could become elite in the next few years.
Here is the likeliest to leap in each of the six BCS conferences, as well as an honorable mention.
North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 46 in Mag rankings)
The NCAA's recent ruling, surprising as it was to some, removed the black cloud that had been hanging over campus -- and namely new coach Larry Fedora and new AD Bubba Cunningham. Besides the punishments already handed down, the team can proceed.
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