SB Nation stats guru Bill Connelly loves crunching data to draw out conclusions about college football. This time he's used advanced stats to come up with a list of the best college football teams in each decade dating all the way back to the 1890s.
While the Oregon Ducks only make the list for one decade, it's the best one to be on if you like living in the present. Connelly has Oregon listed as the fifth-best team of the 2010s based on his S&P+ ratings.
The Ducks come in behind, in order, Alabama, Stanford, Oklahoma and LSU, though they have more wins (69) and less losses (12) than anyone except for the Tide.
Here's Connelly's comments on the rankings:
Alabama's surge, which began in 2008, has been as good as anything we've ever seen. At 98.4 percent, the Tide's current percentile average is higher than even Bryant's best decade (1970s) and ties what FSU did in the 1990s. Now Saban's squad just has to keep it up. The 2010s still have another four seasons to go.
No. 1 on this list is anything but surprising. No. 2, however? While Urban Meyer's Ohio State, Bob Stoops' Oklahoma, Les Miles' LSU, Chip Kelly's and Mark Helfrich's Oregon, and Jimbo Fisher's FSU have all had elite runs, no team has been as steadily great as Stanford. And that's even with the Cardinal's brief step backward in 2014.
The rest of the top 10 consists of Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Georgia and Michigan State.
The No. 5 spot is the same one USC holds for the 2000s, the only Pac-12 team on the list for the previous decade. With Dakota Prukop at quarterback and Brady Hoke now running the defense, Oregon will look to add to its great decade this fall.