College Spun, a Fox Sports affiliate site, decided to cap off the end of the BCS era by ranking the overall bowl performance of every FBS school based on point differential in their bowl games. While a fun exercise, this method doesn’t really prove much, certainly not who the best and worst teams of the BCS era were, but it’s still interesting to see how it all shakes out. In fact, while there are some wild aberrations throughout (SMU and Tulsa in the top 10 and Michigan third to last, for instance), there are also many programs you would expect to see ranked about where they are. First, their methodology:
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.
Pretty simple. Here are the rankings:
Basically, your team looks worse if you lost some games pretty badly like Clemson and Notre Dame have both done recently, and better if you won in blowout fashion. Crazy, right? Notre Dame coming in dead last gives me a weird, happy, tingle, by the way. Some sort of evil sports boner, if you will.
Here’s how the conferences stack up in the top 25 (based on current alignment):
Big 12: 3
Big 10: 1
Pac 12: 4
Non BCS Conference: 3
Now, time to run down to the comments and talk a whole bunch of shit.
[via College Spun]