College Football’s Rising Middle Class

Now, though, there’s also a rising middle class. Former also-rans like Michigan State, Missouri and Oklahoma State are working on potential breakthrough seasons. How these upstart teams are doing it varies: Recruiting coups, inspired staff hires, retro offensive strategies and plain-old program stability have all played a part. Now these teams have a rare opportunity to finally get over the hump.

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10/21/10