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OSU up, Michigan down in recent conference standings

by Berry Tramel Published: August 26, 2014
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OU quarterback Kendal Thompson tries to elude OSU defensive end Jimmy Bean during the Bedlam game last December. OU and OSU rank 1-2 in cumulative Big 12 standings the last six years. (Photo by Bryan Terry)
OU quarterback Kendal Thompson tries to elude OSU defensive end Jimmy Bean during the Bedlam game last December. OU and OSU rank 1-2 in cumulative Big 12 standings the last six years. (Photo by Bryan Terry)

For my Friday column, I wrote about OSU having arrived as a college football heavyweight, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here.

Part of my data was the conference record of each major school over the last six years. OSU ranks ninth in the nation in conference record during that span. Here is the data for all the leagues, and some observations:

BIG 12

1. Oklahoma 39-12 .765

2. Oklahoma State 37-14 .725

3. Texas 33-18 .647

4. Missouri 20-13 .606

5. Kansas State 29-22 .569

6. Texas Tech 25-26 .490

6. Baylor 25-26 .490

8. Texas A&M 15-18 .454

9. West Virginia 6-12 .333 (26-20 .565, including our years in the Big East)

9. TCU 6-12 .333 (36-13 .735, including four years in the Mountain West)

11. Iowa State 14-37 .275

12. Kansas 7-44 .137

Nothing too surprising. Baylor caught Texas Tech rather quickly. The nation might be surprised that OSU is so far ahead of Texas.

SEC

1. Alabama 42-6 .875

2. LSU 33-15 .688

3. Georgia 32-16 .667

3. Florida 32-16 .667

5. South Carolina 30-18 .625

5. Texas A&M 10-6 .625 (25-24, .510 including four years in the Big 12)

7. Missouri 9-7 .563 (29-20, .592, including four years in the Big 12)

8. Auburn 24-24 .500

9. Mississippi State 18-30 .375

10. Arkansas 19-29 .396

11. Ole Miss 16-32 .333

11. Vanderbilt 16-32 .333

13. Tennessee 14-34 .292

14. Kentucky 9-39 .188

Auburn sure is hit-and-miss. Twice during the six-year span, the Tigers played for a national championship. Yet Auburn has gone just 24-24 in the SEC during those seasons. A&M and Missouri have fared well in the SEC. South Carolina has established itself as a legit SEC power.

PAC-12

1. Oregon 47-7 .870

2. Stanford 41-13 .759

3. Southern Cal 36-18 .667

4. Oregon State 30-24 .556

5. Arizona State 27-27 .500

6. UCLA 25-29 .463

6. Arizona 25-29 .463

8. Washington .444

9. California 20-34 .370

10. Utah 9-18 .333 (30-21 .588, including three years in the Mountain West)

11. Washington State 9-45 .167

12. Colorado 4-23 .148 (10-41 .196, including three years in the Big 12)

Only four schools have a cumulative winning conference record over the last six years. Oregon has been dominant, and Stanford is getting there. Oregon State is No. 4 in the league? The Pac-12 has changed. UCLA and Washington should be better.

BIG TEN

1. Ohio State 40-8 .833

2. Michigan State 35-13 .729

3. Nebraska 17-7 .708 (34-14 .708, including three years in the Big 12)

4. Penn State 33-15 .688

5. Wisconsin 31-17 .646

6. Iowa 26-22 .542

7. Northwestern 22-26 .458

8. Michigan 21-27 .438

9. Minnesota 16-32 .333

10. Purdue 15-33 .312

11. Illinois 12-36 .250

12. Indiana 8-40 .167

Nebraska has the exact same record the last three seasons in the Big Ten as it did the previous three seasons in the Big 12. Would anyone have guessed that Penn State has had a better record than Wisconsin? And Michigan State No. 2? The Big Ten’s version of OSU. And Michigan is six games under .500.

ACC

1. Florida State 35-13 .729

1. Virginia Tech 35-13 .729

3. Clemson 34-14 .708

4. Georgia Tech 31-17

5. Miami 27-21 .562

6. North Carolina 24-24 .500

6. Syracuse 4-4 (16-27 .372, including five years in the Big East)

8. Boston College 22-26 .458

9. North Carolina State 19-29 .396

10. Wake Forest 18-30 .375

11. Pittsburgh 3-5 .375 (25-18 .581, including five years in the Big East)

12. Maryland 16-32 .333

13. Duke 15-33 .312

14. Virginia 13-35 .271

Georgia Tech has been very consistent; better than Miami. Nothing too surprising here, other than Maryland has stunk and now moves to the Big Ten. And whatever happened to Virginia.

BIG EAST (defunct)

1. Cincinnati 33-10 .767

2. West Virginia 20-8 .714

3. Pittsburgh 22-13 .629

4. Louisville 22-21 .512

5. Rutgers 21-22. 488

6. Connecticut 19-24 .442

7. Syracuse 12-23 .343

8. South Florida 10-33 .233

Cincinnati was the best Big East program. Five of the eight schools moved to more prestigious leagues, but Cincinnati consistently has played the best football.

 

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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