I get sick of hearing about Jeff Bower and how we should have never fired him and how awesome he was. I also get sick of people saying he beat such good teams while he was here and how his schedule was so much tougher than Fedora's, so I did some research.
Jeff Bower was 26-52 all time against Current BCS schools (not including teams that may be BCS schools in the next year or further).
Of those 26 wins only 7 teams he beat had winning records. If you take away the Louisville and Cincinnati teams out of those 7 teams he only beat 2 teams with winning records. One of those was South Florida and the other was TCU.
Bower beat a 3-8 Alabama team and was 1-11 against them lifetime. He beat a 5-6 Auburn team and was 1-2 against them lifetime. He beat a 5-6 Georgia team and was 1-1 against Georgia. He beat an 0-11 Illinois team and beat a 5-7 Illinois team. Bower did beat a 10-2 TCU team, but was 1-2 against them lifetime. Bower beat a 5-6 Nebraska team and was 1-2 lifetime against them. Bower never beat Tennessee, Florida, Penn State or Texas A&M despite playing all teams many times. He beat Virgina Tech when they went 2-8-1 in one of Frank Beamers worst years and was 1-1 against them lifetime.
Bower did accomplish nice things here and for that we are forever greatful, but he was hardly the world beater some of these old USM fans would have you beleive.