I think maybe we might have moved up a couple spots, but we were not a powerhouse in the SWC. The school I think is most out of line is Florida State. I can remember when they could not beat Tampa U, and until Bowden got there, they were not a very good football program. Of course, it has been since.
Bowden got to FSU 40 years ago, so I think we can go ahead and give them the credit they deserve. FSU went through a period of finishing AP Top5 for 14 seasons. Goodness! Can you imagine?
I like how AP did this. It’s all empirical data. This isn’t the opinion of a few folks. This is an aggregation of data they’ve compiled over multiple generations. For the Hogs to be in the Top 25 with having never one an NC … that’s pretty dang good, especially when you consider big program lulls in the 90s and early 10s.
Probably a typo – Arkansas was a powerhouse in the SWC for three decades, 1960-1990. Those years got the Hogs this ranking. 2 down years in the 60s, 4 in the 70s, and 1 in the 80s. 7 SWC titles that I recall. Back then there were 4 major bowls on
New Years Day, the equivalent of the CFP or BCS. The Hogs were bowling in those games 12 times – compare to the 1 BCS appearance in the last 30 years. The 70s was the worst decade in terms of won-loss and bowl appearances, but that’s when the Hogs ranked best in the AP. Year-in and year-out, Arkansas and-or Texas were always contenders for the SWC championship, the other faces changed over the years but usually A&M, Houston, Baylor, SMU.