Since I referenced Virginia's brief rise to No. 1 in 1990, and since we discuss in today's Virginia profile just how ridiculously difficult it is to get to No. 1* in today's landscape (just as it was then, really)...
Weeks As Number One, Last Eight Years
USC: 38 weeks
Ohio State: 21 weeks
Oklahoma: 19 weeks
Florida: 14 weeks
Alabama: 12 weeks
Everybody Else: 17 weeks (LSU 4, Oregon 4, Texas 4, Auburn 3, Georgia 1, Missouri 1)
When something is so elite that even Texas and LSU have barely managed to attain it ... well ... what's a word stronger than "elite"?
In other news ... man, did I love Herman Moore.
Also: you really do owe it to yourself to get to know that 1990 Georgia Tech-Virginia game. In fact, I think I know what Saturday's What I Love subject will be...
* As mentioned in the profile, "No. 1" is, in this case, defined as No. 1 in the AP Poll for the first half of the season, No. 1 in the BCS rankings for the last half of the season.