Anyone can put together a football team. But putting together a long-lasting college football dynasty that breeds itself and which brings success along the way? That’s another matter entirely. While there is, of course, no quick route towards college football success, there are some attributes that every successful team seems to have. And it’s these traits that help elevate teams to the top of their sport. In this blog, we’ll run through some of the essential ingredients, many of which, you’ll be happy to learn, the Oregon Ducks possess.
Performing on the field doesn’t just happen. When you see a well-oiled team performing at its highest level, what you’re actually seeing is the end result of months worth of practice. And to train well, you need, of course, excellent facilities. In this day and age, there’s a piece of equipment for every football eventuality; if you don’t have them, then you’ll be one step behind. Of course, it’s not just about resources. It’s about showing commitment to preparation, too. And Preparation is the key in many sports
, including football. If a team takes their time to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their opposition, as well as their own strengths and weaknesses, then they’ll be more likely to come out on top.
However, it’s not just about what a team does behind closed doors that matters. The competition counts too. They say you should always play your own game, rather than the oppositions, but that’s not always possible — or even preferable. The fact is that the football teams that end up reaching their full potential nearly always have a fierce rivalry with another team, or perhaps multiple teams. This brings many advantages, but perhaps the biggest is that it keeps you focused. It’s impossible to take it easy when there are multiple games during a season that you simply cannot lose. All defeats sting, but defeats to your most hated rivals sting more than anything. It’s strange to say, but in many ways, the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies
need each other more than they realize.
A team can prepare all it likes, but if you just don’t have the players to perform, then there’s only so far you’ll be able to go. The team’s success for the next year and beyond depends on the recruiters’ ability to convince big-name players to A join their team and B stay there. If you’re an established big college football team, then mostly, you’ll just need to put the pen in their hand. If you’re slightly smaller, then you’ll need to sell them the vision — of where the team is going and how joining the organization is in their best interests.
Investment in Coaches
As well as recruiters, college teams have to invest in coaches. The biggest college coaches are household names for a reason — they win trophies. If you have a top-tier coach
at the helm, then you can create an epic footballing dynasty. That’s how much impact they can have.
Finally, there’s the matter of fans. You could break football down to its most basic level, and you’d still be nowhere near to explaining the spirit that you feel when the fans are roaring on their side. A passionate local fan base brings many benefits. For one, it helps to attract players. No football player wants to play in front of a half-empty stadium. Second, it brings glory. When you’re chasing victory, there’s nothing more effective than having thousands of people willing you to succeed. This is true of all sports.
So there we have it. If you put all these things into a pot, would you make a successful college football team? The magical thing about sport is that there are never any guarantees, so that’s a hard no. However, you would certainly be giving yourself a pretty good chance of finding glory.
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