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Ranking Every College Football Program's Bowl Performances In The BCS Era By Point Differential

Who came out on top?

Whether you like it or not, the days of the BCS in college football are officially over. Starting next year, we will switch to a four-team playoff system appropriately dubbed the "College Football Playoff".

To recap what's been an incredible 16-year reign, we decided to look at how each program faired during its bowl games, based on postseason point differential. We took down the stats of each winner and loser of every bowl game since 1998.

Of course, the data below does not prove which programs were the best/worst during the era - it simply shows how they performed against "equal" competition in the postseason. You could argue that the teams at the top of the list may have been consistently underrated at the end of the regular season, while the teams at the bottom could have been a bit overrated. We won't go that far, however.

Here's what we learned:

  • Utah has the best winning percentage (90.91%) of teams that have played at least ten postseason games.
  • Until this year, Georgia had the most impressive point differential, but USC and LSU both passed the Bulldogs after wins this season. UGA still has the most bowl wins in the era, however, with 11.
  • Four of out the top 10 teams (Ole Miss, SMU, Tulsa and Marshall) on our list haven't been to a BCS bowl game

Rank

School

W

L

Win %

Pts. F

Pts. A

+/-

1

USC

8

4

66.67%

379

242

137

2

LSU

9

5

64.29%

401

274

127

3

Georgia

11

5

68.75%

475

355

120

4

Utah

10

1

90.91%

278

181

97

5

Florida St.

9

6

60.00%

430

336

94

6

SMU

3

1

75.00%

130

42

88

7

Marshall

8

1

88.89%

282

194

88

8

Tulsa

5

3

62.50%

276

197

79

9

Boise St.

9

5

64.29%

448

373

75

10

Mississippi

8

1

88.89%

289

218

71

11

Rutgers

5

3

62.50%

256

187

69

12

Texas Tech

9

5

64.29%

475

406

69

13

Florida

9

7

56.25%

464

400

64

14

Maryland

5

3

62.50%

244

181

63

15

Mississippi St.

6

2

75.00%

220

161

59

16

Oregon St.

7

4

63.64%

311

254

57

17

Alabama

7

6

53.85%

342

292

50

18

TCU

9

5

64.29%

313

263

50

19

Oregon

8

7

53.33%

453

403

50

20

Wake Forest

4

2

66.67%

144

96

48

21

Nebraska

7

7

50.00%

351

307

44

22

NC State

6

4

60.00%

279

240

39

23

Oklahoma St.

6

5

54.55%

355

317

38

24

Missouri

6

4

60.00%

311

275

36

25

Vanderbilt

3

1

75.00%

119

83

36

26

Wisconsin

7

8

46.67%

361

327

34

27

Troy

2

3

40.00%

178

146

32

28

Utah St.

2

1

66.67%

85

53

32

29

Miami (OH)

2

1

66.67%

97

66

31

30

Illinois

3

2

60.00%

172

145

27

31

Washington St.

2

2

50.00%

120

93

27

32

Auburn

8

4

66.67%

279

253

26

33

South Florida

4

2

66.67%

144

120

24

34

Kansas

3

1

75.00%

134

111

23

35

California

5

3

62.50%

266

243

23

36

Florida Atlantic

2

0

100.00%

68

48

20

37

So. Mississippi

7

6

53.85%

334

314

20

38

San Diego St.

1

3

25.00%

133

113

20

39

Tulane

2

1

66.67%

98

79

19

40

Air Force

4

5

44.44%

275

257

18

41

Connecticut

3

2

60.00%

127

109

18

42

San Jose St.

2

0

100.00%

49

32

17

43

C. Michigan

3

2

60.00%

168

151

17

44

Texas

10

5

66.67%

437

422

15

45

La-Lafayette

3

0

100.00%

99

85

14

46

Temple

1

1

50.00%

58

45

13

47

Ohio St.

7

7

50.00%

370

358

12

48

Penn St.

5

5

50.00%

210

199

11

49

Iowa

6

5

54.55%

261

253

8

50

Idaho

2

0

100.00%

85

77

8

51

Colorado

3

4

42.86%

224

217

7

52

Central Florida

3

3

50.00%

175

169

6

53

Stanford

2

5

28.57%

168

163

5

54

North Carolina

4

4

50.00%

200

195

5

55

Army

1

0

100.00%

16

14

2

56

Syracuse

5

2

71.43%

165

163

2

57

Boston College

8

5

61.54%

337

336

1

58

South Carolina

5

4

55.56%

227

227

0

59

Oklahoma

8

7

53.33%

384

384

0

60

UCLA

3

8

27.27%

313

314

-1

61

Miami (FL)

6

7

46.15%

296

298

-2

62

W. Kentucky

0

1

0.00%

21

24

-3

63

Kent St.

0

1

0.00%

13

17

-4

64

UNLV

1

1

50.00%

45

50

-5

65

Akron

0

1

0.00%

31

38

-7

66

Fl. International

1

1

50.00%

44

52

-8

67

Virginia Tech

7

8

46.67%

401

411

-10

68

Baylor

2

2

50.00%

162

172

-10

69

Cincinnati

5

5

50.00%

249

260

-11

70

Wyoming

2

1

66.67%

74

86

-12

71

Washington

3

6

33.33%

278

292

-14

72

Indiana

0

1

0.00%

33

49

-16

73

Louisville

6

7

46.15%

364

380

-16

74

Colorado St.

3

4

42.86%

226

243

-17

75

Navy

4

6

40.00%

275

292

-17

76

Rice

2

2

50.00%

95

113

-18

77

Duke

0

2

0.00%

82

100

-18

78

UAB

0

1

0.00%

40

59

-19

79

Arizona

4

2

66.67%

155

177

-22

80

Kentucky

3

4

42.86%

138

161

-23

81

Arkansas St.

2

2

50.00%

79

102

-23

82

Kansas St.

4

7

36.36%

280

303

-23

83

Louisiana Tech

1

2

33.33%

65

90

-25

84

Minnesota

3

8

27.27%

284

311

-27

85

Pittsburgh

5

6

45.45%

223

250

-27

86

North Texas

2

3

40.00%

107

136

-29

87

Tennessee

5

6

45.45%

237

267

-30

88

La-Monroe

0

1

0.00%

14

45

-31

89

W. Michigan

0

3

0.00%

70

102

-32

90

Buffalo

0

2

0.00%

44

77

-33

91

Georgia Tech

5

10

33.33%

372

406

-34

92

Northern Illinois

3

5

37.50%

156

191

-35

93

Iowa St.

3

5

37.50%

151

188

-37

94

MTSU

1

3

25.00%

83

122

-39

95

Arkansas

4

7

36.36%

212

254

-42

96

Toledo

3

4

42.86%

192

235

-43

97

Ohio

2

4

33.33%

127

171

-44

98

Memphis

2

3

40.00%

141

185

-44

99

Hawaii

4

4

50.00%

271

317

-46

100

Bowling Green

2

3

40.00%

176

224

-48

101

West Virginia

6

7

46.15%

394

446

-52

102

New Mexico

1

4

20.00%

81

136

-55

103

Virginia

3

6

33.33%

259

315

-56

104

East Carolina

2

7

22.22%

280

340

-60

105

Michigan St.

5

5

50.00%

205

270

-65

106

Nevada

3

5

37.50%

199

265

-66

107

Purdue

4

7

36.36%

306

376

-70

108

Houston

2

6

25.00%

218

290

-72

109

Clemson

6

8

42.86%

303

376

-73

110

Ball St.

0

4

0.00%

80

158

-78

111

Brigham Young

6

6

50.00%

203

282

-79

112

Arizona St.

3

6

33.33%

286

365

-79

113

Northwestern

1

7

12.50%

231

310

-79

114

UTEP

0

4

0.00%

88

168

-80

115

Fresno St.

4

9

30.77%

343

424

-81

116

Michigan

6

8

42.86%

383

469

-86

117

Texas A&M

4

8

33.33%

287

375

-88

118

Notre Dame

3

8

27.27%

237

331

-94