On College Football Trivia: Wins

With college football only a short time away, here are a few trivia questions about all-time records. Of course answers are in terms of the date of this post. Answers are below the short video of my undergraduate college fight song. Go Falcons!

Multiple Choice Questions
1) Which school has won the most games? Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, USC

2) Which current Big 12 school has won the most games? Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas

3) Which current SEC school has won the most games? Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Tennessee

4) Which ACC school has won the most games? Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

5) Which Big East school has won the most games? Cincinnati, Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia

6) Which PAC-10 school has won the most games? Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington

7) Which MAC school is in the top 25 in terms of wins? Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo

8- Which current WAC school has won the most games? Boise, Fresno, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech

9) Which current Mountain West school has won the most games? Air Force, BYU, TCU, Utah, Wyoming

10) Which current Conference USA school has won the most games? East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa

11) Which current Sun Belt team has won the most games? Louisiana Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Troy,

12) Which service academy has won the most games? Air Force, Army, Navy

Answers
1) Which school has won the most games? Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, USC: Answer: Michigan (872), 40 more than 2nd place Texas

2) Which current Big 12 school has won the most games? Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas. Answer: Texas (832), 5 more than Nebraska

3) Which current SEC school has won the most games? Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Tennessee. Answer: Alabama (799) 7th all-time and 23 more than Tennessee

4) Which ACC school has won the most games? Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech. Answer: Georgia Tech (665), 16th all-time and 7 more than Va. Tech

5) Which Big East school has won the most games? Cincinnati, Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia. Answer: Syracuse (674), 14th all-time and 1 more than West Virginia

6) Which PAC-10 school has won the most games? Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington. Answer: USC (766), 10th all-time and 113 more than Washington

7) Which MAC school is in the top 25 in terms of wins? Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo. Answer: Miami (650), 22nd all-time and 91 more than Central Michigan

8- Which current WAC school has won the most games? Boise, Fresno, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech. Answer: Louisiana Tech (545), 52nd all-time and 7 more than Fresno

9) Which current Mountain West school has won the most games? Air Force, BYU, TCU, Utah, Wyoming. Answer: Utah (607), 34th all-time and 51 more than TCU

10) Which current Conference USA school has won the most games? East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa. Answer: Tulsa (560), 45th all-time and 27 more than Southern Mississippi

11) Which current Sun Belt team has won the most games? Louisiana Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Troy. Answer: Middle Tenneesee (509), 64th all-time and 37 more than Troy

12) Which service academy has won the most games? Air Force, Army, Navy. Answer: Army (636), 26th all-time and 3 more than Navy

Data Source: College Football Warehouse

2009 PreSeason Top 10: College Football

College football air is approaching. The stores shelves contain numerous magazines. The frequency of daily news and articles is increasing. The bloggers are firing up. Spirit attire is returning to clothing departments. Trips to games are being planned. But before the pre-season rankings, let’s establish the criteria.

Ranking Criteria

  • Last year doesn’t count
  • Nor does the year before that
  • Nor any other year
  • Traditions don’t count
  • Expectations don’t count
  • Power Conference membership doesn’t count
  • Band program doesn’t count
  • Hosting ESPN Game Day doesn’t count
  • Storied history doesn’t count
  • Home attendance doesn’t count
  • Number of times on TV doesn’t count
  • National Anthem singers don’t count
  • Number of alumni doesn’t count
  • Famous mascots don’t count
  • Fight and spirit songs don’t count
  • Number of issued press passes doesn’t count
  • Played in fabled game doesn’t count
  • Hype doesn’t count
  • Famous alumni don’t count
  • Media market doesn’t count
  • Bowl history doesn’t count
  • Number of 5-star recruits doesn’t count
  • Famous celebs in the stands don’t count
  • Amount of school clothing sold doesn’t count
  • Past legendary coaches don’t count
  • Number of players in the NFL doesn’t count
  • Loving or hating Notre Dame doesn’t count
  • Preseason predictions don’t count
  • What ESPN says doesn’t count
  • Preseason predictions by magazines don’t count
  • Number of returning lettermen doesn’t count
  • Tailgating attendance doesn’t count
  • Number of research grants doesn’t count
  • Number of past and current All-Americans doesn’t count
  • Number of televised games doesn’t count

PreSeason College Football Top 10

The only thing that matters is who the team played and did they win or lose. Nothing else and nothing more – and no games have been played.

2009 College Football Home and Away

As a whole, BCS teams have the biggest facilities, thus home games are a financial bonanza. This year (2009) is the first time I examined the home-away breakdown of out-of-conference (OOC) games as shown on the chart below by conferences.

OOChomeAway09Notes
7 of 66 teams host all OOC games: Auburn, Florida, Michigan North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Tennessee

An additional 5 teams also don’t travel other than to a neutral site: Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M – Included with the 7 above, 12 or 66 (18.2%) lack any true away OOC games

In many cases, neutral sites are cities nearby the nonBCS school, yet (depending on the location) the BCS school may dominate the crowd. The most bizarre OOC game on a neutral site is Notre Dame-Washington State in San Antonio, Texas

Only 2 of 66 BCS teams (3%) play more OOC away games than home: UConn & USC

Cheers to the following BCS teams willing to travel to the MAC

  • UConn @ Ohio U
  • Pitt @ Buffalo
  • Cincinnati @ Miami
  • Indiana @ Akron
  • Colorado @ Toledo

Cheers to the following BCS teams willing to travel to the Sun Belt

  • Mississippi State @ Middle Tennessee
  • South Florida @ Western Kentucky
  • Kansas State @ Louisiana Lafayette

Any conclusions?

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On College Football Scheduling Trends

I started this study 4 years ago as I wondered about two questions:
Why are the BCS schools playing Nunchaku Poly A&M? Why aren’t the BCS schools playing each other in OOC games?

Of course to answer those answers I had to first determine who was playing who; although the answer always comes down to money.

I question if 4 years is long enough to see trends and patterns, but that’s the life of the 12-game format. With that in mind, I will leave it to the readers to draw conclusions. Just one reminder, this is about scheduling, not strength of conference.

OOCTrends09

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On BSC Teams 2009 OOC

College football is in the air. The start of the season is around the corner, so fans and pundits are already barking about their favorites and why someone should or shouldn’t be #1. Of course all of us know that even the BCS Championship Game is still a mythical national championship.

In 2006 top-division college football expanded to a 12-game season. Of course the expansion is all about money, of course in what light is a debate in itself. For the fourth consecutive year, I have crunched a few numbers concerning out-of-conference (OOC) games of the 66 teams comprising the BSC conferences. The numbers are at the end of this post, and a related post tomorrow.

Some points about the study

  • Only out-of-conference (OOC) games are counted
  • It has nothing to do with determining “the better” conference nor designed to favor one conference over another
  • I classify teams as Division 1 (D1) and nonD1
  • D1 teams are subdivided into BCS and nonBSC
  • Quality of teams is not a factor; thus playing Indiana counts the same as playing Ohio State; thus equally count as a Big 10 opponent
  • The 2009 schedule has 258 OOC games

The Basic Facts
Fact 1: Of the 258 OOC games, about one-fifth are against nonD1 opponents and slightly more than one-third are against BCS teams

Fact 2: 51 of 66 (77.3%) play at least one game against a nonD1 opponent

Fact 3: 7 of 66 (10.6%) play TWO games against nonD1 opponents; SHAME to Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi, North Carolina, NC State, Rutgers, & South Florida

Fact 4: 15 of 66 (22.7%) play a full D1 OOC: Cheers to Colorado, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Va Tech, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State (even though schedule quality is a different question)

Fact 5: Using the 2009 average (78%) as a baseline, PAC 10 clearly has the highest percentage of D1 games; the Big 12 Big 10, and SEC cluster around the average; while the Big East and ACC have the lowest rating.

Fact 6: When examining the percentage of games against BCS teams, a shuffling occurs: The PAC 10 still has the highest, followed by the ACC and Big East … all clearly above the 35.3% average, with the Big 10 slightly below the average and the Big 12 and SEC clearly below.

The Numbers … see for yourself

2009OOC

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