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

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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
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Student at Loyola University of Maryland with a passion for college sports - especially basketball. Writer for the sports section of the University's paper "The Greyhound".