In my recent post about how Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will never be elected president, I mentioned several ways that Minnesota outperforms Wisconsin economically despite Minnesota having fewer people than Wisconsin. Maybe because I am not as big a sports fan as Mr. Torvik, I neglected to mention that Minnesota is apparently also historically better at college football than Wisconsin.
Matt Brown at Sports on Earth has done a ranking of the 100 best college football teams of all time. 100-76 are here, 75-51 are here, 50-26 are here, and 25-1 are here. Wisconsin has one team ranked in the top 100, the 1962 team that lost the Rose Bowl to USC is ranked as the 62nd best college football team. Among the schools that have more than one team ranked in top 100 are Northwestern and Yale.
Minnesota, on the other hand, has a whopping six teams ranked in the top 100 and one in the top 25. Only two of Minnesota's six teams are ranked below the only Wisconsin squad to make the list. My native state, Iowa, has three teams ranked in the top 100. Although only the 1960 Iowa team rates higher than Wisconsin's entry.
I doubt Wisconsin's poor showing in the top 100 is another reason that Governor Walker will not be elected president. If it does maybe he can use the fact that none of the good Wisconsin football teams during Governor Walker's lifetime were ranked as proof of media bias against him.
What do you think Mr. Torvik? Is Mr. Brown's analysis sound? Are you surprised that the Wisconsin teams of your lifetime did not make the list?