-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden  on twitter)
In the 1980s, it was Florida State, Miami and Colorado. In the 1990s, it was Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. In the 2000s, it was Oregon, TCU, Boise State and Utah.
For a variety of reasons – coaching, support, media exposure, recruiting base – each of these programs blossomed into the full-throated college football  monsters that we see every Saturday.