Joe Thomas Fan Club
- May 3, 2008
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Here's so,e context on Bobby Bowden at Florida StateI started watching CFB in the early 90s. Of my era, I think he's the 3rd best coach, behind only Saban and Urbs. Bobby Bowden is a mfing legend.
Bowden is a legend there is 0 doubt. However the college football world changed when they went to the bowl championsship series.Here's so,e context on Bobby Bowden at Florida State
FSU began it's football program in 1954. Bowden took over in '76. in the 23 years before he took over, FSU was never ranked. They did go 9-1-1 once and twice otherwise won 8 games (this was back in 11 game regular seasons and no conference champ games, so 8 or 9 wins was a big deal). The 3 previous seasons to Bowden taking over, FSU went 0-11, 1-10 and 3-8, good for 4-29 (or about 12% winning percentage. For reference, Hue Jackson had a winning percentage of 7.5%.) FSU had a mediocre tradition and was in it's worst stretch when Bowden took over.
By Bowden's second year, FSU finished 14th, their first AP ranking. By his 4th year he finished 6th and then 5th the next. After some ups and downs, he finished 2nd in AP in 87. He finished 4th or better EVERY year up until 1999 and then 5th in 2000. 13 straight years of top 4 and 14 of top 5 (he won 2 recognized national titles.)
Saban finished his 16th year last year and his longest streak of top 5 finishes is 5.
Dabo finished his 12th full year, and his longest streak of top 4 is a current streak of 6.
Pete Carroll had 7 straight years of top 4 finishes.
Bob Stoops had 6 straight years of top 6 finishes.
Since 2002, Ohio State has finished in the top 6 15 of 19 years, but the longest streak is the current streak of 7. And that's with 3 different full time coaches.
Even the most dominant of programs of the last 20 years can't claim what Bowden did for almost a decade and a half. Really mind blowing.