Obviously Alabama (and UCF) had some pretty amazing seasons, but they’re not the only ones that have received high marks for their seasons.
Alabama took home its fifth college football national championship under Nick Saban. The title is the goal for the Crimson Tide every season, and the team brought it home once again in 2017-18.
Of course, UCF finished the season undefeated, and is also claiming a national title, even if no one else will recognize it.
The two programs are among 10 that received A+ grades for their seasons by USA Today. In college football, realistic goals for different programs are all over the place, and these grades definitely reflect that. Here are the 10 teams that Paul Myerberg gave ‘A+’ to:
- Fresno State
- New Mexico State
Army won 10 games, beat Navy, and picked up a victory in one of bowl season’s best games. FAU and Fresno State quickly developed into Group of Five powers under their new head coaches. Georgia had a run to the national championship game way ahead of where most would have guessed under Kirby Smart. New Mexico State made, and won, its first bowl game since 1960. Troy continues to be one of the Group of Five’s best programs, notching an 11-win year, and has held on to head coach Neal Brown (so far). UAB came back from the dead and made a bowl right away. Wisconsin made the Big Ten title game, knocked on the door of the College Football Playoff, and smoked Miami in the Orange Bowl.
It’s hard to really argue much with that group.
As for the programs that received an F?
Bowling Green, BYU, Florida, Georgia Southern, Nebraska, New Mexico, Tennessee, Tulsa, and UTEP each took home the lowest grades.
Myerberg assigned a grade to every single college football program. Head to USA Today for the full report card.