I disagree - tough and nasty no longer = winning in college football. We didn't lose to UCLA because they were tougher than us. Now, it's all about innovation, and we haven't had that in a long, long while.
You're right. Programs like Stanford and Alabama are having such hard times right now.
I had a bad feeling that this game was going to be pretty lopsided... and it was worse than I imagined it would be. I think the change is already underway. I think we're going to have one more year of "meh". But 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for us. And IMO, if we're not "back" by 2015, it'll be time for a change.