I do sporcle trivia quizzes to get the brain juices flowing in the morning. I usually just do random quizzes, so every now and then I happen to hit on one which astounds me.
The one I just finished was the top 15 BCS standings each year from 1998 through 2012. That is 15 seasons' worth of opportunities to finish in the top 15. And since there are 5 BCS games (4 back in the day before the championship game), there are plenty of teams in the top 15 who are playing in places like San Diego and in bowl games like the Chick-Fil-A bowl. So this is not necessarily a high bar.
How many times has UCLA finished in the top 15? Once- OUCH. 1998, when the Bruins finished 5th, and would have been in the top 2 except for a blown call by an official on a non-fumble.
Here are some of the football powers who have been in the top 15 since UCLA's one and only appearance in this not necessarily elite company-
Marshall (1999), Miami (Ohio) (2003), Wake Forest (2006), Kansas (2007), Hawaii (2007), Nevada (2010)
Every school in the Pac-12 except Arizona is on the list since 1998- Arizona's only time in the top 15 was also in 1998. Washington State is on the list 2 times, Stanford is on the list 4 times, Oregon State is on the list 2 times
For all those who like moral victories, and who think we are turning the corner, keep this history in mind. Top 15 in BCS has been too high a hurdle for 15 straight seasons. The streak will extend to 16 straight seasons after this year, because there is no way a team ranked 22, with a game left against a team ranked 23, and then a bullshit 2nd or 3rd tier bowl game against a team most likely not ranked in the top 25, would climb into the top 15.
We need results. And for those who say we are impatient, isn't 16 years long enough?