On Nov. 19, 2011, when Robert Griffin scrambled around and launched that long pass that fell into the arms of Terrance Williams for a 34-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the game that gave Baylor a 45-38 upset of OU, it did more than knock the Sooners from national championship contention. Did more than hand the Heisman Trophy to RG3.
That pass removed OU-Baylor from the top of the list of the nation’s most one-sided rivalries.
The Sooners had defeated Baylor in all 19 of their meetings. No other college football series with at least 10 games played had such a one-sided record.
Now, FloridaState’s 18-0 edge over Duke reigns supreme. OU-Baylor has slipped into fifth place.
Our man Ryan Aber compiled the most one-sided series for each school, and the list is fascinating. Here are the 20 most lopsided series on the list:
1. Florida State 18-0 over Duke
2. Penn State 35-1-1 over Maryland
3. Michigan 10-0-1 over Vanderbilt (Michigan has played Vanderbilt?)
4. Notre Dame 10-0-1 over Illinois
5. OU 20-1 over Baylor
6. Penn State 16-1 over Indiana
7. Alabama 36-2-1 over Kentucky
8. Minnesota 21-1-1 over IowaState
9. Texas Tech 14-1 over Kansas
10. Alabama 12-1 over Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech is this list?)
11. Florida 9-1 over Arkansas
12. Penn State 17-2 over North Carolina State
13. Notre Dame 16-2 over North Carolina
14. LSU 17-2-1 over South Carolina
15. Ohio State 10-1-1 over Missouri (hey, I remember the Mizzou win; a big upset back in 1976).
16. Nebraska 37-5-1 over Oklahoma State (hey, I got to cover three of the Cowboys’ five wins).
17. Alabama 48-7-2 over Ole Miss
18. Southern Cal 59-9-4 over Oregon State (saw this one play out last weekend).
19. Texas Tech 26-4-2 over Arizona (interesting list; national powers dominate, except Tech shows up twice in the top 20).
20. Southern Ca 57-9-4 over Washington State (but the Cougars got USC this season).
21. Miami 16-3 over West Virginia
22. UCLA 10-2 over Utah (expect this one to even out a little)
23. Illinois 10-2 over Syracuse (Illinois?)
24. Miami 24-5 over Boston College (I remember one of the five)
25. Nebraska 76-15-3 over Kansas State.
Now, remember what this list is. This is a list of each school’s most dominant opponent. In other words, you can end up on this list dominating multiple opponents, but not being dominated. So OU-Iowa State won’t show up, because Minnesota has dominated the Cyclones even more than have the Sooners. Same with Bedlam. Nebraska has dominated OSU more than has OU.
But still, it’s a fun list.
Here are a few other things Aber’s research found:
* OU’s biggest thorn? Notre Dame, of course, 2-9, counting the victory this season in South Bend.
* Other Big 12 schools. TCU’s toughest foe? Texas, 21-58-1. Texas’? Notre Dame, 2-8. Tech’s? Arkansas, 7-28.
* The school that has most dominated Miami? Alabama, 14-3.
* That shouldn’t be surprising. Bama is the biggest thorn in the flesh to 10 – yes, 10! – major-conference opponents: Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Miami, Mississippi State 74-16-3, Clemson 12-2, Tennessee 51-37-7, Georgia 37-24-3 and Penn State 5-10.
* Some old Big 12 rivalries show up. Nebraska is 10-4 vs. Texas A&M. Texas is 10-4 vs. Nebraska. Nebraska is 48-18-2 vs. Colorado.
* Some schools haven’t really been dominated by anybody. Notre Dame’s worst record is 15-19-1 against Michigan, a winning percentage of .443. Southern Cal’s worst record is 35-45-5 vs. Notre Dame, a winning percentage of .441. Tennessee’s worst record is against Alabama, 37-51-7, a winning percentage of .426. That’s not bad. Ohio State’s worst record is 9-13-1 against Southern Cal. Georgia’s worst record is 24-37-3 against Bama, .398. Auburn’s worst record is 18-27-1 against LSU. Michigan’s worst record is 4-6 against Southern Cal.
But Alabama is the king. The Crimson Tide’s toughest foe has been Georgia Tech. Bama is 28-21-3 against the Yellowjackets. That’s right. Alabama has a losing record against no other school that it’s played at least 10 times.
* Here are some other schools’ toughest series:
Penn State 5-10 vs. Alabama
Virginia 3-14 vs. Florida State
Northwestern 3-13 vs. Penn State
Florida State 2-12-2 vs. Houston (who saw that coming?)
Georgia 6-27-1 vs. Notre Dame (the Irish show up a bunch, too; seven schools count Notre Dame as their least success)
Florida 2-7-1 vs. North Carolina
LSU 9-20-3 vs. Tennessee
Purdue 3-12-1 vs. Penn State
Michigan State 12-28 vs. Ohio State (why don’t they play more?)
Wisconsin 14-49-1 vs. Michigan
Iowa 14-47-3 vs. Ohio State
Minnesota 7-43 vs. Ohio State
Oregon 18-37-2 vs. Southern Cal (but making up ground fast)
Arizona State 10-18-1 vs. UCLA (interesting; more success against SC than UCLA)
Stanford 9-18 vs. Notre Dame
California 25-64-4 vs. Southern Cal
UCLA 3-8 vs. Michigan
Washington 3-8 vs. Ohio State
Wake Forest 6-24-1 vs. Florida State (surprised it’s that close)
Pittsburgh 5-9-1 vs. Ohio State (Buckeyes are a chief thorn to six foes).