One Dominant Team In College Football

Facts don't lie. When you compare college football records over any period in the last 13 years, one team and one team only emerges as the best. No matter how many times a group of people makes up their own list, only one team has dominated college football.

When I was growing up, the kids in our neighborhood were quite active.  We would meet every day after school and nearly every day in the summer and play football, basketball, baseball or soccer.  In the summer of 1972, inspired by the Summer Olympics that year, we decided to have a competition amongst us involving the events of the Olympics.  

We didn't compete in every Olympic event, but we did as many as we could.  We raced against each other in all the track events, competed in things like the high lump, long jump and triple jump, did all the swimming events and even put the gloves on and boxed.  

We even handed out medals for gold, silver and bronze.  We used different sized coke lids, cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit inside, wrapped it up with gold and silver aluminum and put a blue ribbon through it.   

It was quite fun, and it felt pretty neat to win the gold medal!  No kids from other neighborhoods were included—it was just us.  

Of course we weren't the fastest, the strongest, or the best athletes in the world.  But we had gold medals nonetheless and we were proud.  

I use this analogy because it reminds me of the Bowl Championship Series in football.  For years now, a group of people have gotten together and handed out hardware and other various rankings and ratings.  They have gone to extreme lengths to come up with elaborate systems to decide who the top college football teams in the nation were.   

The teams that they decided were the best rarely played anyone farther than their back yard.  They mostly just played each other and had fun doing it.  If other teams wanted to join in on the fun, they just told them "no" and went on with their business of playing each other and handing out their awards.  

They had all these #1 rankings and bowl trophies.  All this time they thought they were the best there could be, when actually, there were different teams in different neighborhoods—ones that they had never heard of or given much though to.  

Turns out that one of these teams that they had always ignored and refused to play is better than they are.  Imagine the surprise and consternation when this group of kids—I mean teams found out that all the honors and awards they had bestowed on each other all these years meant nothing because they had never tested their skills against the team they had always put down.   

This team was from another neighborhood, a land far, far away from theirs.  This team began competing with the same teams that they had been playing…and winning.  They realized that they could not compete with this new threat and refused to play them, even on their home turf.  So the team scheduled the games they could and won.  

Now this team was dominating the game they thought they played exclusively among themselves.  They were grabbing all the attention away from them.   

All the rankings, the honors, the medals, seemed hollow.  

Because as much as they'd like to believe it, they could no longer claim that they were the best at what they did because they had not beaten the new team.  

When an exclusive neighborhood holds its own competitions and its own awards, it makes them oblivious to the truth.  

There is one dominant team in college football over the last 13 years and that team is Boise State .  And the fact that the exclusive neighborhood teams have refused to play them makes their accomplishments rock solid.   

To borrow a phrase from our juvenile days, if they think they are better, then Prove It!  

Coach Chris Petersen's Boise State team is now tied or #1 for the best record this season (13-0), over the last two years (26-1), the last three seasons (36-4), four seasons (49-4), five seasons (58-8), six seasons (69-9), seven seasons (82-10), eight seasons (94-11), nine seasons (102-15), 10 seasons (112-17), 11 seasons (122-20), 12 seasons (128-25) and 13 seasons (132-32).    

In fact the only time period in which Boise State doesn't have the best record is over the last 14 seasons, which includes Boise State's first year in major college football.  Even when including that 2-10 year, Boise State is still fourth in the country with a 134-42 record.   

The Broncos may not win medals made out of Styrofoam or be invited to play in the exclusive neighborhood's games, but they are the best team in the nation.  Have been for quite some time.  Although they haven't won the Styrofoam medals or been crowned "national champion" by the exclusive neighborhood, they are the best team in the land.  

The Bronco players can take solace in that.

 

2009:

 

1t

Boise State

1.00000

14

0

1t

Alabama

1.00000

14

0

3t

Florida

0.92857

13

1

3t

Texas

0.92857

13

1

5t

Cincinnati

0.92308

12

1

5t

Texas Christian

0.92308

12

1

7

Central Michigan

0.85714

12

2

8t

Brigham Young

0.84615

11

2

8t

Iowa

0.84615

11

2

8t

Ohio State

0.84615

11

2

8t

Penn State

0.84615

11

2

 

 

2008-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.96296

26

1

2t

Alabama

0.92857

26

2

2t

Florida

0.92857

26

2

4

Texas

0.92593

25

2

5t

Texas Christian

0.88462

23

3

5t

Utah

0.88462

23

3

7

Cincinnati

0.85185

23

4

8

Penn State

0.84615

22

4

9t

Brigham Young

0.80769

21

5

9t

Ohio State

0.80769

21

5

9t

Southern Cal

0.80769

21

5

 

 

2007-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.90000

36

4

2

Texas

0.87500

35

5

3

Florida

0.85366

35

6

4

Cincinnati

0.82500

33

7

5t

Brigham Young

0.82051

32

7

5t

Ohio State

0.82051

32

7

5t

Southern Cal

0.82051

32

7

5t

Utah

0.82051

32

7

9

Alabama

0.80488

33

8

10t

Penn State

0.79487

31

8

10t

Texas Christian

0.79487

31

8

 

 

2006-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.92453

49

4

2

Florida

0.87273

48

7

3

Texas

0.84906

45

8

4

Ohio State

0.84615

44

8

5t

Brigham Young

0.82692

43

9

5t

Southern Cal

0.82692

43

9

7

Texas Christian

0.80769

42

10

8

Cincinnati

0.77358

41

12

9t

Penn State

0.76923

40

12

9t

Utah

0.76923

40

12

9t

West Virginia

0.76923

40

12

 

 

2005-2009:

 

1t

Boise State

0.87879

58

8

1t

Texas

0.87879

58

8

3

Florida

0.85075

57

10

4

Southern Cal

0.84615

55

10

5

Ohio State

0.84375

54

10

6

Texas Christian

0.82812

53

11

7t

Penn State

0.79688

51

13

7t

West Virginia

0.79688

51

13

9

Virginia Tech

0.77612

52

15

10

Louisiana State

0.77273

51

15

 

 

2004-2009:

 

1t

Boise State

0.88462

69

9

1t

Texas

0.88462

69

9

3

Southern Cal

0.87179

68

10

4

Ohio State

0.81579

62

14

5

Florida

0.81013

64

15

6t

Utah

0.77632

59

17

6t

West Virginia

0.77632

59

17

8t

Oklahoma

0.77500

62

18

8t

Virginia Tech

0.77500

62

18

10

Texas Christian

0.77333

58

17

 

 

2003-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.89130

82

10

2

Southern Cal

0.87912

80

11

3

Texas

0.86813

79

12

4

Ohio State

0.82022

73

16

5

Louisiana State

0.79348

73

19

6

Oklahoma

0.78723

74

20

7t

Texas Christian

0.78409

69

19

7t

Utah

0.78409

69

19

9

Florida

0.78261

72

20

10

Georgia

0.75824

69

22

 

 

2002-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.89524

94

11

2

Southern Cal

0.87500

91

13

3

Texas

0.86538

90

14

4

Ohio State

0.84466

87

16

5

Oklahoma

0.79630

86

22

6

Texas Christian

0.79000

79

21

7

Georgia

0.78095

82

23

8

Louisiana State

0.77143

81

24

9

Florida

0.76190

80

25

10

Virginia Tech

0.74766

80

27

 

 

2001-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.87179

102

15

2

Texas

0.86325

101

16

3

Southern Cal

0.83621

97

19

4

Ohio State

0.81739

94

21

5

Oklahoma

0.80165

97

24

6

Louisiana State

0.77119

91

27

7t

Florida

0.76923

90

27

7t

Georgia

0.76923

90

27

9

Texas Christian

0.75893

85

27

10

Virginia Tech

0.73950

88

31

 

 

2000-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.86822

112

17

2

Texas

0.85271

110

19

3

Oklahoma

0.82090

110

24

4

Ohio State

0.80315

102

25

5

Southern Cal

0.79688

102

26

6

Florida

0.76923

100

30

7

Texas Christian

0.76613

95

29

8

Louisiana State

0.76154

99

31

9

Georgia

0.75969

98

31

10

Virginia Tech

0.75573

99

32

 

 

1999-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.85915

122

20

2

Texas

0.83217

119

24

3

Oklahoma

0.80137

117

29

4

Ohio State

0.77698

108

31

5

Southern Cal

0.77143

108

32

6

Virginia Tech

0.76923

110

33

7

Florida

0.76224

109

34

8

Texas Christian

0.75735

103

33

9

Georgia

0.75177

106

35

10

Miami-Florida

0.73188

101

37

 

 

1998-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.83660

128

25

2

Texas

0.82581

128

27

3

Ohio State

0.78808

119

32

4

Oklahoma

0.77707

122

35

5t

Florida

0.76774

119

36

5t

Virginia Tech

0.76774

119

36

7

Southern Cal

0.75817

116

37

8

Georgia

0.75163

115

38

9

Texas Christian

0.74324

110

38

10

Miami-Florida

0.73333

110

40

 

 

1997-2009:

 

1

Boise State

0.80488

132

32

2

Texas

0.79518

132

34

3

Ohio State

0.78659

129

35

4

Florida

0.77246

129

38

5

Georgia

0.75758

125

40

6

Virginia Tech

0.75449

126

41

7

Oklahoma

0.74556

126

43

8

Southern Cal

0.74390

122

42

9

Florida State

0.71687

119

47

10

Miami-Florida

0.71429

115

46

 

 

1996-2009:

 

1

Ohio State

0.79545

140

36

2

Florida

0.78333

141

39

3

Texas

0.78212

140

39

4

Boise State

0.76136

134

42

5

Virginia Tech

0.75978

136

43

6

Georgia

0.73864

130

46

7

Florida State

0.73034

130

48

8

Southern Cal

0.72727

128

48

9

Miami-Florida

0.71676

124

49

10t

Nebraska

0.71667

129

51

10t

Oklahoma

0.71667

129

51

 



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