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Conference Bowl Records: 1998-2012

gfx - by the numbersYesterday, we went back through every bowl game played in this century and broke down the wins and losses by conference.  That story pointed out that while the national expectation is for the SEC to go undefeated each postseason, the reality is entirely different.  As noted, the SEC has been much closer to the .600 mark over that span (in part because the SEC’s teams often face squads from other conferences who finished higher up in their own league’s standings).

Unfortunately, by stopping at 2000, we left the door open for a few Big Ten’ers to comment and email claiming bias — BIAS!  Nevermind the fact that we didn’t even mention the Big Ten other than to show their record in table-form along with every other league’s.  Again, the story was about the SEC, not the Big Ten.

But since we’ve been called out as blatant SEC homers who were working to sully the reputation of the great Big Ten, we’ve gone back and added in all the bowl games played in 1998 and 1999, too.  Those were the first two years of the BCS system, you see.  And the Big Ten had a great run at that time.  We congratulate them.

That still has nothing at all to do with our initial post, mind you, but if we need to go back 15 years to validate the Big Ten and prevent a few Midwesterners from soiling their undergarments, so be it.

Below are the updated numbers for all the bowls played from 1998 until now (including Oregon’s win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl last night).  We look forward to the emails from some other league’s conspiracy theorists claiming that we left off 1997 because their league was really, really good back then.

 

  Conference   All Bowls ’98-’12   BCS Bowls ’98-’12   All Bowls 2012   BCS Bowls 2012
  Big West   2-0 (100.0%)   0-0   0-0   0-0
  Big East   46-28 (62.1%)   8-7   3-1   1-0
  SEC   70-50 (58.3%)   16-8   3-3   0-1
  MWC   32-24 (57.1%)   3-1   1-4   0-0
  Big XII   57-62 (47.8%)   9-11   4-4   0-1
  Pac-10/12   41-45 (47.6%)   13-7   4-4   2-0
  ACC   49-55 (47.1%)   3-13   4-2   1-0
  WAC   23-28 (45.0%)   2-1   2-0   0-0
  C-USA   33-41 (44.5%)   0-0   4-1   0-0
  Big Ten   47-59 (44.3%)   12-14   2-5   0-1
  MAC   21-27 (43.7%)   0-1   2-4   0-1
  Sun Belt   9-13 (40.9%)   0-0   1-2   0-0

 

And there you have it.

As you can see, we’ve had to add in the old Big West Conference — which hasn’t been a football conference since 2000 — thanks to Idaho and Boise State reaching the Humanitarian Bowl in 1998 and 1999, respectively.

You’ll also note that, if anything, adding in two more years of bowl results only makes it more obvious that the SEC has owned the past 15 years of major college football.  Of the leagues whose teams play mostly teams from other major conferences in bowls, the SEC has been by far the best overall.

We’ve also corrected the BCS record for the WAC.  Surprisingly, we didn’t get a single email from WAC fans claiming that we’d intentionally butchered their record as part of our obvious “take down the WAC” campaign.

We’ll leave you with a rundown of the BCS champions and their home conferences since the system was introduced in ’98:

 

  Season   BCS Champion   Conference
  1998   Tennessee   SEC
  1999   Florida State   ACC
  2000   Oklahoma   Big XII
  2001   Miami, FL   Big East
  2002   Ohio State   Big Ten
  2003   LSU   SEC
  2004   Southern Cal   Pac-10/12
  2005   Texas   Big XII
  2006   Florida   SEC
  2007   LSU   SEC
  2008   Florida   SEC
  2009   Alabama   SEC
  2010   Auburn   SEC
  2011   Alabama   SEC

 


14 comments
Scott Mahan
Scott Mahan

It is significant that the little 10 has both the most BCS bowl appearances and the most losses. Over-rated? Always!

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

Just a technicality but wasn't USC's 2004 BCS title vacated? Should that count towards the Pac-10/12's total bowl record?

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

Very good article. Your last chart says it all --- SEC with 8 titles, Big 12 with 2 titles and no one else more than 1 title. Big 10 is tied in titles with ACC, PAC and Big East. Thanks.

TwoSenseWorth
TwoSenseWorth

Well after all this site is Mr. SEC not Mr. Big Ten! ;)

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

 @GeoffDawg Same with Ohio State's win over Arkansas a couple of years ago!

Go USC
Go USC

@TwoSenseWorth You do realize that this is all "mythical" right? Many years teams that should have played in the NC game were left out (example OSU last year). That (and E$PN) are the biggest reason for the SEC run, not on field performance. Playoffs will reveal this in time.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

TwoSenseWorth...

 

Though we do own MrBigTen.com and MrBig10.com if someone would like to launch it!

 

Thanks for reading,John 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @MoKelly1  @GeoffDawg 

 

We went back through 15 years of bowl results mixing and matching schools with their then- and now-conferences.  If you guys have the time to go back through each of those games as well as the NCAA's official penalties list and scratch off vacated wins one by one and school by school... you've got more time on your hands than we do.

 

We tackled this once.  Then we tackled it again when there were complaints.  That's our contribution.  And we chose to count -- for the sake of time and simplicity -- the on-field results.

 

As always, thanks for reading the site,

John

obloodyhell
obloodyhell

 @Go USC  @TwoSenseWorth "That (and E$PN) are the biggest reason for the SEC run, not on field performance. " ========================================================================================== Homer, much? LOLZ. Bring it, dude. The SEC is going to wind up being BOTH teams in the NC game in a playoff system. THEN you're going to find WHAT new and equally whiny excuse for why your team and conference isn't making the grade? The only hope the other conferences have is to limit the number of SEC teams that can be in the playoffs, as they did with the BCS bowls THIS year. Heh. The SEC goes 6-3 in bowls and everyone notes that they're "DOWN".... LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL...

aggiebama
aggiebama

It just hit me that you probably meant Oklahoma State and not Ohio State when you said OSU. The Big XII does have moe credibility when they whine about the BCS, although both Big XII co-champs being crushed by non-champs from other conferences in their bowls waters down their argument. Oregon is the team that could probably have beaten the SEC in the NC game this year, but didn't get a shot. However, they did lose to LSU and Auburn when they did get a shot.

aggiebama
aggiebama

@Go USC : it is a shame that the B1G hasn't gotten their shot to show the SEC a thing or 2 in the NC game. If only they had a few SEC champ vs B1G champ matchups to shut us SEC homers up! Just a question, though...wouldn't the B1G have almost as many BCS titles as the SEC if LSU and Florida hadn't both crushed Ohio St in the NC game? Shouldn't your argument be that it is unfair that the B1G always ends up in the NC game against the SEC? Otherwise, they could win more championships. Nobody ever talks about the B1G victories over the SEC in the title game because there isn't much to talk about...

TwoSenseWorth
TwoSenseWorth

@John at MrSEC :) thats wrong! you're just like Slive-always ahead of the curve! Actually I would sign up for Mr. ACC but that league may be gone by the time you had it up and running!

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

TwoSenseWorth...

 

We own MrACC.com, too... for what it's worth. 

 

John

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