Longevity is the difference between a good football team and a good football program.
There’s nothing unusual about a struggling team rising up and playing championship-caliber football for a couple of seasons. It happens quite frequently.
Baylor once won championships. So did Duke. Northwestern won a Big Ten championship in 1995 and won nine games in ’96, then endured six losing seasons over the next seven years.
On the other side of the coin, Virginia Tech and Oregon – among others – once were struggling teams that have become established programs.
It makes one wonder whether upstart teams that have had recent success are due to fall back or will just get stronger. Only time will tell.