Not all wins are created equal when it comes to college football. That much has been made abundantly clear in years where a one- or two-loss team ranks higher than a team with an undefeated record.
In an effort to figure out which teams’ wins aren’t quite as impressive as their record indicates, CollegeFootballNews analyst Pete Fiutak came up with a metric for measuring “bad wins.” Fiutak’s criteria for a bad win is an FBS win over either an FCS school, or a win over a school that finishes its season with three wins or fewer.
So which school has the most of these “bad wins” over the past five seasons? That would be the Sun Belt powerhouse Troy Trojans. According to CollegeFootballNews, the Trojans have 20 “bad wins” since 2015.
Under Neal Brown from 2015 to 2018 and Chip Lindsey in 2019, the Trojans regularly beat the likes of Texas State, South Alabama, Georgia State and New Mexico State.
Sixteen of those wins came under Brown, but you probably won’t find him protesting. Brown parlayed his 35-16 record and three bowl wins in four years at Troy into the head coaching job at West Virginia last year.
Here is the full breakdown of Troy’s “bad wins”:
- 2019: Campbell, at Akron, South Alabama, at Texas State – 4 bad wins, 5-7 record
- 2018: Florida A&M, Georgia State, at South Alabama, Texas State – 4 bad wins, 10-3 record
- 2017: Alabama State, Georgia Southern, at Coastal Carolina, Texas State – 4 bad wins, 11-2 record
- 2016: Austin Peay, New Mexico State, Georgia State, UMass, at Texas State – 5 bad wins, 10-3 record
- 2015: Charleston Southern, at New Mexico State, ULM – 3 bad wins, 4-8 record
Bad Wins Rankings 1-130: 2020 CFN 5-Year Program Analysis https://t.co/Tmexi9Aghm
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Among the Power Five schools, though, it was Kansas State that had the most. The Wildcats were in a six-way tie for fifth with 18 “bad wins.”
That number may be a little bit more damning for former head coach Bill Snyder. In his final four years with the Wildcats before his retirement in 2018, 15 of his 28 wins were “bad wins.”
What do you think of the “bad wins” concept?