A summary of the weekly BCS standings from 1998-2013

By: Cody Kellner

February 27, 2014

 

Ranking college football teams and recording data on Excel spreadsheets to determine unique trends and facts has always interested me.  I have been posting the results of my college football ratings system online at www.kellnerratings.com since 2002 and I have always been fascinated with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the various polls it included.  My interests in tabulating statistics and the BCS is what prompted me to expand on what has been shown in the BCS media guide over the years regarding the weekly BCS standings dating back to 1998.

Last spring, as college football prepared to enter the last year of the BCS, I decided to produce a comprehensive database of the weekly BCS standings for each school dating back to 1998 and maybe identify some interesting facts along the way.

When I began this research, I wanted to determine the following types of information:

1.       How many times each school has been ranked in the BCS standings

2.       How many different schools appeared in the BCS standings

3.       The best BCS ranking for each school

4.       The number of times each school has been ranked No. 1

5.       The all-time BCS standings using inverse point totals

6.       The number of times each school has held each BCS ranking

Here is a summary of the information I tabulated.

-The top three teams with the most appearances in the weekly BCS standings are Texas (104), Oklahoma (100), and Florida (92).

-91 different schools appeared in the BCS standings from 1998-2013.

-17 different schools have held the No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings.  Only six of these teams did not win a BCS national championship (UCLA, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Missouri).

-The top four teams with the most No. 1 appearances in the weekly BCS standings are Oklahoma (20), Alabama (16), Ohio State (15), and USC (15).

-Florida State is the only school to have ever held all 25 possible rankings in the BCS standings at some point in time.  West Virginia has held every possible BCS ranking with the exception of No. 1.  Oklahoma has held every possible ranking with the exception of No. 21 and Texas has held every possible ranking with the exception of No. 8.


 

 

-The record for the most times of a school holding a particular ranking in the BCS standings is Oklahoma’s claim to the No. 1 ranking 20 times.  The second most times for a school to hold a particular ranking are Alabama’s claim to the No. 2 ranking and Florida’s claim to the No. 4 ranking, both schools held each of these rankings 17 times.

The all-time weekly BCS standings using inverse point totals are shown below.

       

All-Time BCS Standings Using Inverse Point Totals

Rank

School

Points

1

OKLAHOMA (20)

1821

2

OHIO STATE (15)

1626

3

TEXAS (3)

1611

4

FLORIDA (7)

1596

5

LSU (10)

1503

6

OREGON (4)

1462

7

ALABAMA (16)

1369

8

USC (15)

1338

9

FLORIDA STATE (9)

1285

10

VIRGINIA TECH

1201

11

GEORGIA

1138

12

MIAMI-FL (7)

1130

13

MICHIGAN

1026

14

NEBRASKA (5)

946

15

BOISE STATE

937

16

WISCONSIN

876

17

KANSAS STATE (1)

847

18

TENNESSEE (5)

836

19

AUBURN (3)

817

20

NOTRE DAME (3)

780

21

TCU

732

22

PENN STATE

723

23

STANFORD

721

24

OKLAHOMA STATE

680

25

WEST VIRGINIA

544

 


 

 

In addition, Oregon and Virginia Tech are the only two teams in the top 10 of the all-time BCS standings to not win a BCS national championship.

The information gathered from this research strongly emphasizes the consistency of the Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio State football programs from 1998 to 2013.  Even though these three programs won only a combined three national championships during the BCS era, they were among the most consistent programs in the nation on an annual basis. 

However, I believe the most interesting fact from this research is that Florida State was the only team to have held each possible BCS ranking and they capped the BCS era by winning the last BCS national championship.