Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
Just because Tennessee is down now doesn't mean they aren't a top program in history. Of course, I think the past success, as well as the current success should be considered when evaluating a program. WVU certainly has a lot more history and tradition of a, say Boise State. Would you consider Boise State to have a better program than WVU?
I think there is a difference between history and the quality of the program.
There are teams with a lot of tradition (Army, Navy, etc.) that can't be considered good programs in the current climate. Conversely there are schools like Boise State and Oregon that don't have a ton of tradition but have built great programs and figure to be successful going forward.
To answer the WVU vs. Boise State argument, I'd say that WVU clearly has the better history but Boise State has the better program. Boise has been more successful in recent history and are a far better bet to win a national championship in the near future.