The Scoop on Stats: Everything you ever wanted to know about the BCS
The BCS is on its way to a quick - but long-awaited - demise, and with it will go a horde of soon-to-be obsolete statistics. It's time to use 'em or lose 'em.
Like, for instance, this one: did you know that every single national champion in the BCS era played its home games on natural grass?
Here are a few more:
- Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and Oklahoma are the winners of BCS Bingo - the only programs to play at all four bowl sites.
- Florida (Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp), Ohio State (John Cooper, Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer), Stanford (Tyrone Willingham, Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw), Auburn (Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, Gus Malzahn) and Notre Dame (Bob Davie, Charlie Weis, Brian Kelly) are the only schools to appear in BCS games under three different head coaches.
- Oregon (Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly), Michigan (Lloyd Carr, Brady Hoke), Wisconsin (Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema), Illinois (Ron Turner, Ron Zook), LSU (Nick Saban, Les Miles), Florida State (Bobby Bowden, Jimbo Fisher), Miami (Butch Davis, Larry Coker) and West Virginia (Rich Rodriguez, Dana Holgorsen) were guided to BCS games by two different head coaches.
- Urban Meyer the only coach to take three programs (Utah, Florida, Ohio State) to a BCS game. Brian Kelly (Cincinnati, Notre Dame), Nick Saban (Alabama, LSU) and Bobby Petrino (Louisville, Arkansas) join Meyer as the only other coaches to take two programs to a BCS game.
With the 2014 BCS slate announced on Sunday night, we now know the 16th and final lineup of the BCS era. With 72 BCS matchups now in the books, I tallied up the number of appearances for each program, organized by the current conference lineup.
In all, a total of 50 programs occupied the 144 available slots in college football's most high-profile bowl games. The most frequent appearances:
1. Ohio State - 10
2. Oklahoma - 9
3. Florida State - 8
4. Florida - 7
USC - 7
6. Alabama - 6
Virginia Tech - 6
8. LSU - 5
Michigan - 5
Stanford - 5
Wisconsin - 5
Total appearances by conference:
1. Big Ten - 30
2. SEC - 28
3. ACC - 25
4. Pac-12 - 25
5. Big 12 - 23
1. Florida State - 8
2. Virginia Tech - 6
3. Miami - 4
4. Clemson - 2
5. Georgia Tech - 1
Maryland - 1
Pittsburgh - 1
Syracuse - 1
Wake Forest - 1
No shows: Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia
1. Ohio State - 10
2. Michigan - 5
Wisconsin - 5
4. Illinois - 2
Iowa - 2
Nebraska - 2
Penn State - 2
8. Michigan State - 1
Purdue - 1
No shows: Minnesota, Northwestern
1. Oklahoma - 9
2. Texas - 4
3. West Virginia - 3
4. Kansas State - 2
TCU - 2
5. Baylor - 1
Kansas - 1
Oklahoma State - 1
No shows: Iowa State, Texas Tech
1. USC - 7
2. Oregon - 6
3. Stanford - 5
4. Utah - 2
5. Colorado - 1
Oregon State - 1
UCLA - 1
Washington - 1
Washington State - 1
No shows: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal
1. Florida - 7
2. Alabama - 6
3. LSU - 5
4. Auburn - 3
Georgia - 3
6. Tennessee - 2
7. Arkansas - 1
Texas A&M - 1
No shows: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
1. Cincinnati - 2
Louisville - 2
3. Central Florida - 1
Connecticut - 1
No shows: Houston, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, South Florida, Temple
1. Notre Dame - 4
2. Boise State - 2
3. Hawaii - 1
Northern Illinois - 1
Full 2013-14 bowl lineup - all 35 games
All games on ESPN unless noted otherwise. All times Eastern.
BCS National Championship (Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m.): Florida State vs. Auburn
Rose Bowl (Jan. 1, 5 p.m.): Stanford vs. Michigan State
Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.): Baylor vs. Central Florida
Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.): Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Orange Bowl (Jan. 3, TBD): Ohio State vs. Clemson
New Mexico (Dec. 21, 2 p.m.): Colorado State vs. Washington State
Las Vegas (Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m., ABC): Fresno State vs. USC
Potato (Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.): San Diego State vs. Buffalo
New Orleans (Dec. 21, 9 p.m.): Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Beef 'O' Brady's (Dec. 23, 2 p.m.): East Carolina vs. Ohio
Hawaii (Dec. 24, 8 p.m.): Boise State vs. Oregon State
Pizza (Dec. 26, 6 p.m.): Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh
Poinsettia (Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m.): Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
Military (Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m.): Marshall vs. Maryland
Texas (Dec. 27, 6 p.m.): Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Fight Hunger (Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m.): Washington vs. BYU
Pinstripe (Dec. 28, noon): Notre Dame vs. Rutgers
Belk (Dec. 28, 3:20 p.m.): North Carolina vs. Cincinnati
Russell Athletic (Dec. 28, 6:45 p.m.): Louisville vs. Miami
Buffalo Wild Wings (Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m.): Michigan vs. Kansas State
Armed Forces (Dec. 30, 11:45 a.m.): Navy vs. Middle Tennessee
Music City (Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m.): Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
Alamo (Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m.): Oregon vs. Texas
Holiday (Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m.): Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
AdvoCare V100 (Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.): Arizona vs. Boston College
Sun (Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS): Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
Liberty (Dec. 31, 4 p.m.): Rice vs. Mississippi State
Chick-fil-A (Dec. 31, 8 p.m.): Duke vs. Georgia
Gator (Jan. 1, noon, ESPN2): Georgia vs. Nebraska
Heart of Dallas (Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU): North Texas vs. UNLV
Capital One (Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC): Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Outback (Jan. 1, 1 p.m.): Iowa vs. LSU
Cotton (Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m., FOX): Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
BBVA Compass (Jan. 4, 1 p.m.): Houston vs. Vanderbilt
GoDaddy (Jan. 5, 9 p.m.): Arkansas State vs. Ball State
Ever see a coach get kidnapped at practice?
Earlier this year we wrote article wondering if Jake Zweig is the most interesting coach in the country, and Sunday night you're about to find out why.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL and the owner of an MBA from the University of Michigan, Zweig is in his second year as the special teams coordinator at the University of Incarnate Word (FCS) in San Antonio, Texas. And he's about to be screwed.
Or, more specifically, he's about to appear on the Discovery Channel reality show "Dude, You're Screwed". Here's the gist of it: Zweig was kidnapped from a UIW practice and flown to an undetermined location - in this case it's on top of a mountain in the middle of Iceland- and given 100 hours to make his way back to civilization.
In addition to helping lead Incarnate Word to its second winning season in school history and hitting the road recruiting, Zweig is working with a production company on creating "Boys of Fall", a television program that would mirror HBO's "Hard Knocks". Oh, and he wants to be a head coach someday.
The show premiers Sunday night at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT on Discovery Channel.
See how every coach ranked the top 25
Thanks to USA Today, who publishes how every coach in country votes in the final coaches poll, we now get a look at how every coach in the country views the top 25.
Among the more notable rankings (and we'll update):
- Florida State was voted #1 by all 125 FBS head coaches.
- Mark Dantonio and Dana Holgorsen both ranked the Spartans #2
- Kliff Kingsbury voted Alabama 6th
- Bret Bielema ranked Louisville #6, Ohio State #12, Central Florida #15, and Iowa #25
- Mike Gundy ranked his Cowboys #10 and Oklahoma #12 despite losing the head to head matchup Saturday 33-24.
- Art Briles (#10) and Bret Bielema (#12) were the only two coaches to rank the Buckeyes worse than 9th nationally.
- Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey had his Huskies ranked 13th overall, and the team they lost the MAC title to (Bowling Green) barely in the poll at #25. BGSU head coach Dave Clawson did not have Northern Illinois in his top 25.
- Bo Pelini ranked Nebraska #25 on his poll. He was the only coach to rank the Huskers.
.....And then there was one
Numbers have a way of working themselves out, of maneuvering their way into the comfortable little boxes they're used to calling home. Trends become trends for a reason.
All season we worried there would be too many undefeated teams for the system to accommodate. There were simply too many good teams, too many teams that surely would not be beaten. Just like on the flip side of this case study, where all but two teams somehow found a way to win at least one game, six likely undefeated teams managed to whittle their way down to just one.
After games were complete on November 16, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Baylor, Fresno State and Northern Illinois held a combined record of 58-0. That group finished the year 13-5.
As it turned out, the week-in, week-out most dominant team in college football was the only team to finish the regular season unbeaten. Florida State won its 13 games by margins of 28, 55, 48, 14, 63, 37, 32, 27, 56, 56, 66, 30 and 38 points. They'll enter the BCS National Championship against Auburn as the favorite, and deservedly so.
Where does this season's one undefeated team fit in historically? Here's a list of teams to make it through the first week of December unscathed over the last 10 seasons:
2013: Florida State
2012: Notre Dame, Ohio State
2010: Auburn, Oregon, TCU
2009: Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise State
2006: Ohio State, Boise State
2005: USC, Texas
2004: USC, Oklahoma, Auburn, Utah
Of the roughly 1,200 FBS seasons played over the last decade, 22 teams managed to make it this far undefeated. That's less than two percent.
And since it's never too early to look ahead to 2014, only 2004-05 USC and 2009-10 TCU managed to go undefeated over back-to-back regular seasons.
Good luck, Seminoles.
The FootballScoop Coaches of the Week Awards - Championship Edition
Head Coach of the Week - Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
This space was supposed to belong to Urban Meyer. After receiving zero Coach of the Week honors through Ohio State's streak of 24 consecutive wins, win No. 25 felt like the right time to finally give the top Buckeye the nod.
Add this to the list of things Dantonio robbed of Meyer.
In beating No. 2 Ohio State 34-24, Dantonio becomes the first Michigan State head coach to take the Spartans to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season, and the first Spartans coach to ever win 12 games in a season. Dantonio prepared his team like it was the superior squad and the Spartans played that way on Saturday night, jumping out to a 17-0 lead and then closing the game on a 17-0 run after falling into a seven-point hole.
His reward? After spending bowl season in Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio and Tempe, Dantonio will finally get his first taste of Pasadena.
Honorable Mention: Art Briles, Baylor; David Shaw, Stanford; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma.
Offensive Staff of the Week - Auburn
Just the facts here, because that's all that's really necessary. Auburn set an SEC championship record with 59 points, 677 yards of total offense and 545 rushing yards. The Tigers rushed 74 times, averaged 7.4 yards a pop, and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. Tre Mason smashed SEC Championship records with 46 carries for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Nick Marshall added 101 yards and a score on 16 carries, plus an ultra-efficient 9-of-11 passing for 132 yards and another touchdown.
Gus Malzahn and company have to wish they could get their shot at Florida State right now, because this machine is running on every single cylinder it has.
Honorable Mention: Bowling Green, Stanford, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Bowling Green.
Defensive Staff of the Week - Michigan State
Want to know the most famous elevator ride in Michigan State football history? The one defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi took from the press box to the field on Saturday night. When things got tight for the Spartans, falling behind 24-17 after staking a 17-0 lead to open the game, Narduzzi reportedly hopped in an elevator to provide face-to-face expertise to his players.
Michigan State shutout the Buckeyes over the final frame, holding Ohio State to 46 yards on 17 plays over its final four possessions. Those possessions ended in two punts and two turnovers on downs. Ohio State's second-ranked rushing attack got its yards - rushing 40 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns - but Michigan State arrested the Buckeyes' passing game all night, holding Braxton Miller to 8-of-21 passing for just 101 yards.
Honorable Mention: Stanford, Florida State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Bowling Green, SMU.
Special Teams Staff of the Week - Auburn
The Kick Six magic continued to Atlanta, as Auburn successfully executed an onside kick and downed all three of its punts inside the Missouri 10-yard line. After the game this unit had a week ago, this is clearly the most charmed unit on the most charmed team in college football.
Sunday's Top Ten: A salute to all 10 conference champions
There are 10 conferences in FBS, so it feels only natural to devote today's top 10 column to a salute of each conference champion.
Head coach: Gus Malzahn (12-1, first year)
Last conference title: 2010
Clinched: With a 59-42 win in the SEC championship over Missouri
Likely postseason destination: BCS National Championship vs. Florida State
When it looked bleakest: No one was thinking SEC championship after the Tigers' 35-21 loss to LSU in late September. Orange and blue confetti also seemed unlikely when Alabama had the ball with a 28-21 lead last Saturday.
Best performance: Auburn put on an absolute clinic Saturday, but these past eight days have been Week of the Malzahn.
Head coach: David Shaw (34-6, 3rd year)
Last conference title: 2012
Clinched: With a 38-14 win over Arizona State on Saturday night
Likely postseason destination: Rose Bowl vs. Michigan State
When it looked bleakest: Stanford seemed to have voided its Pac-12 North stranglehold with its loss at USC on November 16, but the Cardinal was re-gifted control of the division a week later when Oregon lost at Arizona.
Best performance: Demolishing a white-hot Arizona State squad was mighty impressive, but not everyone can grab a 26-0 lead over Oregon and physically impose its will on the Ducks the way Stanford did on November 7.
Big 12: Baylor
Head coach: Art Briles (44-31, 6th year)
Last conference title: 1994 (shared), 1980 (outright)
Clinched: With a 30-10 win over Texas on Saturday
Likely postseason destination: Fiesta Bowl vs. Central Florida
When it looked bleakest: Oklahoma State looked every bit the class of the Big 12 with its 49-17 blowout of Baylor on November 23, and again appeared Fiesta-bound after taking a 24-20 lead over Oklahoma with 1:46 to play on Saturday. But the Cowboys couldn't close the deal.
Best performance: If we can't submit the Bears' play over the entire month of September, how about spanking a 10-win Oklahoma team 41-12 on November 7?
Big Ten: Michigan State
Head coach: Mark Dantonio (63-29, 7th year)
Last conference title: 2010 (shared), 1987 (outright)
Clinched: With a 34-24 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday night
When it looked bleakest: The Spartans couldn't have felt confident after building a 17-0 lead, only to see the No. 2 team in the country take a 24-17 lead in what felt like about 47 seconds.
Best performance: There are plenty to choose from. This was a special season for Michigan State. You can't go wrong with either the upset of Ohio State or the 29-6 crunching of Michigan on November 2.
ACC: Florida State
Head coach: Jimbo Fisher (44-10, 4th year)
Last conference title: 2012
Clinched: With a 45-7 win over Duke in the ACC Championship on Saturday night
Likely postseason destination: BCS National Championship vs. Ohio State
When it looked bleakest: Never. The Seminoles dominated every opponent they've faced from opening kickoff to final gun.
Best performance: A 51-14 win on the road, at night, against an undefeated and then-No. 3 ranked Clemson was a sight to behold on September 28.
American: Central Florida
Head coach: George O'Leary (71-54, 10th year)
Last conference title: 2010
Clinched: With Louisville's 31-24 overtime win over Cincinnati on Thursday night
Likely postseason destination: Fiesta Bowl vs. Baylor
When it looked bleakest: The Fiesta Bowl was the furthest thing on the Knights' minds after they fell behind heavy conference favorite Louisville 28-7 on October 18....
Best performance: .... then UCF outscored Louisville 31-7, on the road, over the game's final 20 minutes to take down a darn good football team.
Mountain West: Fresno State
Head coach: Tim DeRuyter (20-5, 2nd year)
Last conference title: 2012 (shared), 1991 (outright)
Clinched: With a 24-17 win over Utah State late Saturday night (or Sunday morning, depending on where you watched) in the Mountain West title game
Likely postseason destination: Las Vegas Bowl vs. USC
When it looked bleakest: Never. Disappointing as that San Jose State loss was, Fresno State controlled the Mountain West from that 41-40 win over Boise State on.
Best performance: Hw about Saturday? Fresno didn't put up their typical gaudy numbers, but those figures came against a schedule that featured eight teams ranked 92nd or worse in scoring defense, plus an FCS team. Utah State ranked seventh. And the Bulldogs' defense rose to the occasion, collecting two late stops when Utah State could've forced overtime with a touchdown.
Conference USA: Rice
Head coach: David Bailiff (40-43, 7th year)
Last conference title: 1994 (shared), 1957 (outright)
Clinched: With a 41-24 win over Marshall Saturday in the Conference USA title game
Likely postseason destination: Liberty Bowl vs. Mississippi State
When it looked bleakest: The Owls lost control of the C-USA West with a 28-16 loss to North Texas on Halloween night and didn't get it back until North Texas lost to UTSA on November 23. The Owls had to beat Tulane 17-13 on November 30 to clinch the division.
Best performance: How about Saturday? Rice took a Marshall team scoring 53 points a game since late October and winners of five in a row and made it look average. The Owls out-gained Marshall by 116 yards and led 14-0 after one quarter and 34-10 through three.
MAC: Bowling Green
Head coach: Dave Clawson (32-31, 5th year)
Last conference title: 1992
Clinched: With a 47-27 win over Northern Illinois on Friday
Likely postseason destination: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Arkansas State
When it looked bleakest: The Falcons fell into second place in the MAC East with a 28-25 loss to Toledo on October 26, and didn't regain first place until Northern Illinois beat Toledo on November 20.
Best performance: This one's easy. Bowling Green ended Northern Illinois' undefeated season and forcefully snapped its 25-game MAC winning streak by tattooing the Huskies for 574 yards of total offense. The Falcons led 17-7 after one, 31-13 at the half and ran off 16 straight points to start the fourth after Northern Illinois pulled within 31-20.
Sun Belt: Louisiana-Lafayette
Head coach: Mark Hudspeth (26-11, 3rd year)
Last conference title: 2005 (shared), 1940 (outright)
Clinched: With Arkansas State's 34-31 loss to Western Kentucky on November 30
Postseason destination (announced): New Orleans Bowl vs. Tulane
When it looked bleakest: The Ragin' Cajuns appeared to have everything under wraps after getting off to a 5-0 start in Sun Belt play, but then they lost two straight games to close the season. It took Arkansas State's losing to Western Kentucky on Thanksgiving Saturday to give Hudspeth's team the crown.
Best performance: Over a game-and-a-half period from the second quarter of the Western Kentucky game on October 15 through the first three quarters of the Arkansas State game a week later, Louisiana-Lafayette outscored a pair of teams that finished 15-7 this season by a combined score of 60-17.
Wyoming to reportedly hire Craig Bohl
Wyoming has reportedly tabbed North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl to fill its vacant head coaching position, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com. We heard the same thing throughout the day Saturday but were not able to confirm the news.
Wyoming has called a 7 p.m. ET press conference for Sunday.
Any way you slice it, this would be an absolutely fantastic hire for the Cowboys.
Bohl has led North Dakota State to the past two Football Championship Subdivision national championships, and the 12-0, top-seeded Bison are odds on favorites to bring home a third consecutive crown. North Dakota State defeated Furman 38-7 on Saturday, securing the program's fourth consecutive trip to the FCS quarterfinals.
North Dakota State has won its last 21 games and holds a 40-2 record since the beginning of the 2011 season. Bohl is 101-32 in 11 seasons in Fargo. He is 4-0 over the last four seasons against FBS competition, including a 24-21 win over Kansas State to open this season and a 22-7 defeat of his new rival Colorado State in 2012.
For Bohl, taking the Wyoming job is a guarantee at more money, a shot to prove himself at the highest level of college football and the chance to secure a BCS job down the road. And with 40 wins in his last 42 games, his stock will never be higher.
There really is no risk attached to taking the Wyoming job considering Bohl would likely have his pick of FCS jobs should things not work out in Laramie.
However, we fully expect Bohl to win at Wyoming. It's what he does.
In the last 5 mins I’ve had about 10 coaches text / DM me. Each says: “Great hire” “Great coach” “Surprised he took it” “He’ll win"— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
His coaching staff loves him. Coaches around the country respect and praise him. Just a great hire— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
A guy at Wyoming told me that Bohl beat them on several recruits. Well, now he’ll bring them to Laramie.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 8, 2013
@footballscoop he came to NDSU just as I was leaving. Stopped and talked to me for 30 minutes at the school paper. Very engaging guy.— Neal Coolong (@NealCoolong) December 8, 2013