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Ranking Every College Football Team's Bowl Performance In The BCS Era, Statistically

Surprised?

We're down to just one final season of college football in the BCS era, as fans will finally get to see a 4-team playoff system beginning in 2014. As such, we figured we'd take a look at the postseason history since 1998 and compile some data from every bowl game played in that time frame. Our goal was to see which teams have consistently performed the best using a different type of metric - overall point differential.

We realize the obvious flaw in the idea here - bowl games pit teams against like opponents, meaning the playing field is anything but level. It also penalizes teams that made bowl games and underperformed, as opposed to those that weren't even bowl eligible. But we thought it'd be interesting to see how each program has performed against "equal" competition in the postseason from a purely statistical standpoint. If anything, it makes it obvious which fan bases head into the off-season optimistic.

Here's what we learned:

  • Georgia has the most bowl game wins in the BCS era with 11, and also has the highest point differential at +125
  • Of teams that have played in at least one bowl game, Notre Dame has the worst point differential at -107
  • Utah has the most impressive overall record at 10-1, and comes in fourth in point differential at +97
  • Five of the top fifteen teams play in the SEC

The Data:

Rank

School

W

L

Win %

Pts. F

Pts. A

+/-

1

Georgia

11

4

73.33%

456

331

125

2

LSU

8

5

61.54%

380

260

120

3

USC

7

4

63.64%

334

222

112

4

Utah

10

1

90.91%

278

181

97

5

Florida St.

9

6

60%

396

305

91

6

Boise St.

9

4

69.23%

425

335

90

7

SMU

3

1

75%

130

42

88

8

Rutgers

5

2

71.43%

240

158

82

9

Tulsa

5

3

62.5%

276

197

79

10

Marshall

7

1

87.5%

251

174

77

11

Maryland

5

2

71.43%

224

148

76

12

Alabama

7

5

58.33%

311

247

64

13

Florida

8

7

53.33%

464

400

64

14

Mississippi

7

1

87.5%

264

201

63

15

Texas Tech

8

5

61.54%

438

383

55

16

TCU

9

5

64.29%

313

263

50

17

Wake Forest

4

2

66.67%

144

96

48

18

Oklahoma St.

6

4

60%

324

276

48

19

Oregon St.

6

4

60%

273

231

42

20

NC State

6

4

60%

279

240

39

21

Nebraska

6

7

46.15%

327

288

39

22

Texas

10

4

71.43%

430

392

38

23

Brigham Young

6

5

54.55%

287

251

36

24

Troy

2

3

40%

178

146

32

25

Virginia Tech

7

8

46.67%

389

357

32

26

Miami (OH)

2

1

66.67%

97

66

31

27

Auburn

8

3

72.73%

248

219

29

28

Illinois

3

2

60%

172

145

27

29

Boston College

8

4

66.67%

318

291

27

30

Oregon

7

7

50%

423

396

27

31

Missouri

5

4

55.56%

270

244

26

32

Utah St.

1

1

50%

64

39

25

33

Miami (FL)

6

6

50%

287

262

25

34

South Florida

4

2

66.67%

144

120

24

35

Kansas

3

1

75%

134

111

23

36

California

5

3

62.5%

266

243

23

37

Tulane

2

0

100%

77

55

22

38

Mississippi St.

5

2

71.43%

176

154

22

39

Florida Atlantic

2

0

100%

68

48

20

40

So. Mississippi

7

6

53.85%

334

314

20

41

Rice

2

1

66.67%

88

69

19

42

Air Force

4

5

44.44%

275

257

18

43

Connecticut

3

2

60%

127

109

18

44

San Jose St.

2

0

100%

49

32

17

45

UNLV

1

0

100%

31

14

17

46

C. Michigan

3

2

60%

168

151

17

47

Iowa

6

4

60%

247

232

15

48

Temple

1

1

50%

58

45

13

49

La-Lafayette

2

0

100%

75

64

11

50

Penn St.

5

5

50%

210

199

11

51

Baylor

2

1

66.67%

130

120

10

52

Vanderbilt

2

1

66.67%

78

69

9

53

Stanford

2

4

33.33%

148

139

9

54

Idaho

2

0

100%

85

77

8

55

Colorado

3

4

42.86%

224

217

7

56

Ohio St.

7

6

53.85%

325

318

7

57

Army

1

0

100%

16

14

2

58

South Carolina

5

4

55.56%

227

227

0

59

Syracuse

4

2

66.67%

144

146

-2

60

W. Kentucky

0

1

0%

21

24

-3

61

Kent St.

0

1

0%

13

17

-4

62

Central Florida

2

3

40%

123

127

-4

63

San Diego St.

1

3

25%

84

89

-5

64

Washington St.

2

1

66.67%

75

81

-6

65

Akron

0

1

0%

31

38

-7

66

Fl. International

1

1

50%

44

52

-8

67

Cincinnati

5

5

50%

249

260

-11

68

Wyoming

2

1

66.67%

74

86

-12

69

Duke

0

1

0%

34

48

-14

70

Oklahoma

7

7

50%

339

353

-14

71

Indiana

0

1

0%

33

49

-16

72

North Carolina

3

4

42.86%

161

178

-17

73

Buffalo

0

1

0%

20

38

-18

74

UAB

0

1

0%

40

59

-19

75

Colorado St.

3

4

42.86%

178

198

-20

76

MTSU

1

2

33.33%

77

98

-21

77

Minnesota

3

7

30%

267

290

-23

78

Kentucky

3

4

42.86%

138

161

-23

79

Wisconsin

7

7

50%

304

327

-23

80

Louisiana Tech

1

2

33.33%

65

90

-25

81

Arkansas St.

1

2

33.33%

56

82

-26

82

Georgia Tech

5

10

33.33%

355

381

-26

83

Ohio

2

3

40%

107

134

-27

84

Northern Illinois

3

4

42.86%

142

170

-28

85

Washington

2

6

25%

247

276

-29

86

Pittsburgh

4

6

40%

193

223

-30

87

Tennessee

5

6

45.45%

237

267

-30

88

La-Monroe

0

1

0%

14

45

-31

89

UCLA

3

8

27.27%

271

302

-31

90

W. Michigan

0

3

0%

70

102

-32

91

Navy

3

6

33.33%

251

286

-35

92

Iowa St.

3

5

37.5%

151

188

-37

93

Arkansas

4

7

36.36%

212

254

-42

94

Toledo

3

4

42.86%

192

235

-43

95

Louisville

5

7

41.67%

328

371

-43

96

Memphis

2

3

40%

141

185

-44

97

Arizona

3

2

60%

113

158

-45

98

Bowling Green

2

3

40%

149

194

-45

99

Hawaii

4

4

50%

271

317

-46

100

North Texas

1

3

25%

71

122

-51

101

West Virginia

6

7

46.15%

394

446

-52

102

Houston

2

5

28.57%

194

249

-55

103

New Mexico

1

4

20%

81

136

-55

104

Fresno St.

4

8

33.33%

323

379

-56

105

Virginia

3

6

33.33%

259

315

-56

106

Michigan St.

4

5

44.44%

205

270

-65

107

Arizona St.

3

6

33.33%

263

328

-65

108

Nevada

3

5

37.5%

199

265

-66

109

East Carolina

2

7

22.22%

253

320

-67

110

Kansas St.

3

7

30%

235

303

-68

111

Michigan

6

7

46.15%

369

438

-69

112

Purdue

4

7

36.36%

306

376

-70

113

Clemson

5

8

38.46%

303

376

-73

114

Ball St.

0

3

0%

60

135

-75

115

Northwestern

1

7

12.5%

231

310

-79

116

UTEP

0

4

0%

88

168

-80

117

Texas A&M

3

8

27.27%

235

327

-92

118

Notre Dame

2

8

20%

208

315

-107

You can also check out our statistical piece on the most overrated teams in the BCS era here.