BCS Rankings: College Football Teams Ranked Historically
BCS Rankings: College Football Teams Ranked Historically – The best college football teams of all time
BCS Rankings: A few weeks ago someone left us a suggestion in our comment section: they said we should rank all of the BCS? CFP? College football teams ranked historically? What exactly are we calling big boy college football now? I didn’t give it a second look at first; seemed like something someone would’ve done long ago. I was wrong, though, as my 15 year old informed me that night.
Not only has no one bothered to do this, its a harder question to answer than you’d think. Could be why no one has done it.
You look at the question: if you look at every team, and judge them by their entire body of work, not just this year, or decade, or even era…. every game of top tier football they’ve ever played… who’s best? Who’s worst?
We started in what seemed like the most obvious place: Wins. You want to know who wins the most, it seems like a reasonable place to begin. Only… it wasn’t. The top few teams were the ones we’d all expect, but beyond that, you started to see teams you know damn well aren’t anything close to one of the best teams. It turns out there are a lot of teams high up on that list not because they’ve been good, but because they’ve been playing damn near since the civil war.
So we tried the next obvious stop: Winning percentage. Only that proved just as worthless when we saw the top team on that list…. the team with the highest winning percentage in history? Boise State.
We realized this was going to be a matter of gathering the info. But we didn’t want to just make a subjective list. Big dreams here. We wanted to build a little system… one based on numbers, not opinions. But nothing too damn complicated; you ever seen the formula to figure out QB Rating? Holy sh@t. No, we wanted to make something that answers the question, but in a way everybody can understand. And damned if, after a good two weeks of bumbling around and experimenting, we don’t think we did.
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Here’s how it works. 7 categories for the college football teams ranked historically.
We ranked all 130 teams in each category. Yes, there were others we could have included, but these covered the basics well enough to gather a good size cross section. And these numbers are all fixed points; how many wins and conference titles aren’t questions… they’re facts. And we kept it simple. The number one team gets 130. Number 2 gets 129, and so on, all the way to 130, which gets one point. Because we wanted to make it so anyone can understand it, we plugged those numbers into this:
You’ll notice “conf. titles” is in red. In the actual rankings, you can click any of them. Click “wins” and you’ll go straight to the actual list of teams’ wins ranked. The last two columns? + seasons are simply seasons in which they won more games than they lost. – seasons? You guessed it… the years in which they didn’t. 2 points were given for each +, and one deducted for each minus.
That’s it. we added the totals, put the teams in order, and below is what you get. Looking at it all after nearly 3 weeks, it’s a pretty damn good list. Most of it is hard to argue with.
If you’re a football nerd or a stat geek, which we obviously are, you’ll probably enjoy this. Some of the numbers, if you’re any kind of student of the game, are actually really damned interesting.
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BCS Rankings: College Football Teams Ranked Historically – Which are best college football teams of all time?
130 Charlotte 49ers
127 UMass Minutemen
124 UTSA Roadrunners
121 FIU Panthers
121 ULM Warhawks
119 Akron Zips
118 UAB Blazers
117 Buffalo Bulls
116 UNLV Runnin Rebels
114 FAU Owls
113 UConn Huskies
109 Liberty Flames
108 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
107 UTEP Miners
106 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns
105 New Mexico Lobos
103 Ohio Bobcats
102 Troy Trojans
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100 USF Bulls
99 Temple Owls
94 Northern Illinois Huskies
83 Nevada Wolfpack
82 Rice Owls
81 UCF Knights
58 SMU Mustangs
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44 Baylor Bears
42 Cal Golden Bears
39 North Carolina Tarheels
37 Utah Utes
36 TCU Horned Frogs
33 Oregon Ducks
31 BYU Cougars
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21 UCLA Bruins
20 Miami Hurricanes
13 Texas A&M
11 LSU Tigers
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