Boise State 10th For Fewest Losing Seasons

High percentages are usually great in football but not in this case. The topic is losing seasons, and Boise State has had just two of them in major college football. That ranks 10th all-time.

Boise State ranks in the top ten in major college football history for the lowest percentage of losing seasons.  The Broncos went through losing campaigns their first two years and have not looked back; as a percentage, that's just 15.38%.  This cements a trend in the Broncos' 72-year history of playing football--they have had just 11 losing seasons in that entire time, a percentage of just 15.28%.  That percentage would also rank 10th.

Michigan ranks second in major college football despite the Wolverines' miserable 3-9 debacle last year with 9.24%.  Alabama is third (10.48%), Notre Dame fourth (10.78%) and Oklahoma fifth with 11%.  Those four each have suffered just 11 losing seasons each.  Texas comes in sixth (11.21%), followed by Yale (12.96%), USC (13.79%), Penn State (13.91%) and Boise State.

A team must have played a minimum of ten seasons in major college football to be eligible for the list.

Nevada is the second-highest ranked school in the Western Athletic Conference.  The Wolf Pack have endured seven losing seasons in 22 years for 31.82%.  Nevada is ahead of Army, Texas Tech and BYU among others.  Fresno State is #41 (32.50%) while Hawai'i is 43rd (33.33%).  Those two WAC powers are ahead of Wisconsin, BYU and Missouri to name a few.  BYU (36.90%) is behind Bowling Green and just ahead of Western Michigan.

Louisiana Tech (#70 at 46.43%) and Utah State are the other WAC schools which have enjoyed a winning season at least half the time.  Tech is just ahead of TCU, (46.60%), which is not in the top 70. Utah State is just behind the Horned Frogs.

San Jose State, which has had 31 losing seasons in 59 years of major college football (59.0)%), New Mexico State (72.97%) and Idaho (74.24%) round out the WAC list.  Other schools of note:  Washington State 48 out of 90 (53.33%), Colorado State 51 out of 101 (50.50%), Oklahoma State  48 out of 95 (50.53%) and Cincinnati 28 out of 55 (50.91%).

Here are the top 70 major college football teams.

 

Lowest Percentage of Losing Seasons:

(minimum of 10 seasons in major college football)

1.  Ohio State 8 out of 97 (8.25%)

2.  Michigan 11 out of 119 (9.24%)

3.  Alabama 11 out of 105 (10.48%)

4.  Notre Dame 11 out of 102 (10.78%)

5.  Oklahoma 11 out of 100 (11.00%)

6.  Texas 12 out of 107 (11.21%)

7.  Yale 14 out of 108 (12.96%)

8.  USC 12 out of 87 (13.79%)

9.  Penn State 16 out of 115 (13.91%)

10.  Boise State 2 out of 13 (15.38%)

11.  Princeton 18 out of 110 (16.36%

12.  Harvard 17 out of 103 (16.50%)

13.  Tennessee 18 out of 104 (17.31%)

14.  Southern Mississippi 8 out of 46 (17.39%)

15.  Carlisle 4 out of 21 (19.05%)

16.  Nebraska 21 out of 109 (19.27%)

17.  Georgia 23 out of 105 (21.90%)

18.  LSU 24 out of 108 (22.22%)

19.  Arizona State 17 out of 75 (22.67%)

20.  Florida 22 out of 97 (22.68%)

21.  Virginia Tech 26 out of 105 (24.76%)

22.  Auburn 27 out of 106 (25.47%)

23.  Washington 24 out of 92 (26.09%)

24.  Georgia Tech 28 out of 107 (26.17%)

25.  Utah 27 out of 102 (26.47%)

26.  UCLA 22 out of 81 (27.16%)

27.  Arkansas 28 out of 103 (27.18%)

28.  Santa Clara 5 out of 18 (27.77%)

29.  Miami of Florida 20 out of 72 (27.78%)

30.  West Virginia 27 out of 96 (28.13%)

31.  Clemson 31 out of 107 (28.97%)

32.  Colorado 31 out of 107 (28.97%)

33.  Texas A & M 32 out of 106 (30.19%)

34.  Boston College 23 out of 74 (31.08%)

35.  Minnesota 37 out of 117 (31.62%)

36.  Nevada 7 out of 22 (31.82%)

37.  Army 36 out of 113 (31.86%)

38.  Toledo 15 out of 47 (31.91%)

39.  Central Michigan 11 out of 34 (32.35%)

40.  Texas Tech 25 out of 77 (32.47%)

41.  Fresno State 13 out of 40 (32.50%)

42.  Pittsburgh 34 out of 104 (32.69%)

43.  Hawai'i 12 out of 36 (33.33%)

44. Houston 21 out of 60 (35.00%)

45.  Wisconsin 41 out of 117 (35.04%)

46.  North Carolina 37 out of 105 (35.23%)

47. Navy 41 out of 115 (35.65%)

48.  Bowling Green 17 out of 47 (36.17%)

49.  BYU 31 out of 84 (36.90%)

50.  Missouri 40 out of 107 (37.38%)

51.  Western Michigan 18 out of 47 (38.30%)

52.  Air Force 20 out of 52 (38.46%)

53.  Stanford 34 out of 88 (38.64%)

54.  Tulsa 30 out of 77 (38.96%)

55.  Purdue 46 out of 117 (39.32)

56.  California 37 out of 93 (39.78%)

57.  Mississippi 41 out of 103 (39.81%)

58.  Arizona 30 out of 75 (40.00%)

59. Oregon 37 out of 91 (40.66%)

60. Virginia 43 out of 105 (40.95%)

61.  Iowa 46 out of 110 (41.82%)

62. Illinois 49 out of 117 (41.88%)

63.  Maryland 39 out of 92 (42.39%)

64.  Louisville 20 out of 47 (42.55%)

65. Memphis 21 out of 49 (42.86%)

66. Ball State 15 out of 34 (44.12%)

67. Rutgers 42 out of 94 (44.68%)

68. San Diego State 18 out of 40 (45.00%)

69.  East Carolina 20 out of 44 (45.45%)

70.  Louisiana Tech 13 out of 28 (46.43%)

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South Florida 1 out of 9 (11.11%)

Troy 2 out of 8 (25.00%)

Connecticut 5 out of 10 (50.00%)

 

 

Others:

TCU 48 out of 103 (46.60%)

Oregon State 45 out of 91 (49.45%)

Utah State 47 out of 94 (50.00%)

Colorado State 51 out of 101 (50.50%)

Washington State 48 out of 90 (53.33%)

San Jose State 31 out of 59 (59.00%)

Marshall 21 out of 32 (65.63%)

New Mexico State 54 out of 74 (72.97%)

Idaho 49 out of 66 (74.24%)


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