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2012 Bowl Notes and Facts
Computer says 14 games to be decided by 4 points or less
by Dave Congrove
Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky are each making their very first bowl appearances. The Warhawks rejoined the higher classification of teams in 1994 while the Hilltoppers have been full-fledge for only four seasons (2009).
The proliferation of bowl games over the last several years has made it easier for teams to achieve bowl eligibility and six of the last seven seasons have seen at least one team break through. Louisiana-Lafayette did so last year (New Orleans Bowl), FIU in 2010 (Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl), Buffalo in 2008 (International Bowl), FAU in 2007 (Motor City Bowl), and Middle Tennessee in 2006 (New Orleans Bowl).
Everyone Has Been Bowling
Every eligible FBS team has now made it to at least 1 bowl game. The four new teams this year - Massachusetts, South Alabama, Texas State and UTSA - were all transitioning from the FCS. All but UTSA will be eligible to compete for a bowl slot in 2013.
First Time In A Long Time
Of the teams that made it this year, these had the longest wait to get back to a bowl game:
Kent State, 1972 (lost only previous bowl game - Tangerine Bowl)
Duke, 1995 (hasn't won a bowl game since the 1960 season Cotton)
Rice, 2008 (won Texas Bowl)
Waiting To Return
These teams have the longest continuing current streaks of bowl absence:
New Mexico State, 1960
Eastern Michigan, 1987
Bowl Appearance Streak
These teams have the longest continuing current streaks of bowl appearances:
Florida State, 31
Virginia Tech, 20
Georgia Tech, 16
Bowl Winning Streak
These teams have the most consecutive bowl victories (last season of a bowl loss in parenthesis):
Mississippi State, 5 (1998)
Rutgers, 5 (2005)
Auburn, 5 (2005)
Florida, 4 (2007)
Florida State, 4 (2007)
Mississippi, 4 (2000)
USC, 4 (2005)
Bowl Losing Streak
These teams have the most consecutive bowl losses (last season of a bowl win in parenthesis):
Northwestern, 9 (1948)
Georgia Tech, 7 (2004)
Ball State, 5 (Never)
UTEP, 5 (1967)
Western Michigan, 5 (Never)
Kansas State, 4 (2002)
Minnesota, 4 (2004)
Note: Ohio, Texas A&M and Michigan State all snapped 5-bowl losing streaks last year.
Ohio edged Utah State 24-23 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Texas A&M downed Northwestern 33-22 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
Michigan State won 33-30 in triple-overtime over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.
Bowl Winless (at least 1 appearance)
Ball State, 0-5
Western Michigan, 0-5
Arkansas State, 0-2
Kent State, 0-1
Note: Ohio was 0-5 before defeating Utah State 24-23 in last year's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Best Bowl Winning Percentage
(Minimum 20 appearances. Source: College Football Data Warehouse)
USC, .667 (32-16)
Mississippi, .636 (21-12)
Oklahoma State, .636 (14-8)
Penn State, .636 (27-15-2)
Florida State, .625 (24-14-2)
Auburn, .622 (22-13-2)
Oklahoma, .611 (27-17-1)
Alabama, .602 (34-22-3)
Boston College, .591 (13-9)
Georgia, .585 (26-18-3)
Most Bowl Wins
Southern Cal, 32
Penn State, 27
Florida State, 24
Georgia Tech, 22
Ohio State, 20
FBS vs. FCS:
All of the FBS-FCS games have been played and FBS teams finished the season with a 98-10 (.907) record vs. FCS schools and are now 736-65 (.919) in such games since 2003.
101 FBS teams played a total of 108 games against FCS foes in 2012. UTSA played 4 such schools in its first year of transitioning from the FCS. Cincinnati, Florida State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M each played two such games.
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
9/29: Stony Brook 23, Army 3
9/15: Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22
9/8: Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
9/8: North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7
9/8: Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 17
9/8: Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14
9/1: Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17
9/1: Tennessee-Martin 20, Memphis 17
8/30: McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21
8/30: Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3
Notre Dame - Won 12 straight overall. The Irish face Alabama in the BCS Championship Game in Miami Gardens on January 7.
Ohio State - Won 12 straight overall. Season complete due to NCAA probation.
Northern Illinois - Won 12 straight overall, 21 straight home games and 17 straight conference games. Plays Florida State in the Orange Bowl on January 1.
LSU - Won 41 straight nonconference games. Plays Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31.
Michigan - won 14 straight home games. Plays South Carolina in the Outback Bowl Bowl on January 1.
Oregon - Won 15 straight road games. Plays Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3.
Southern Miss - Lost 12 straight overall. Season complete.
Akron - Lost 26 straight road games, 22 straight FBS games and 16 straight conference games (MAC). Season complete.
Kansas - Lost 21 straight FBS games, 21 straight conference games and 19 straight road games. Season complete.
UNLV - Lost 22 straight road games. Season complete.
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11/20: Rivalry Week Spices-Up Thanksgiving Holiday
11/13: Stanford-Oregon, USC-UCLA Top Slate
11/05: Tough Tests Again This Week For Tide, 'Cats
10/30: Alabama-LSU, Oregon-USC Top This Week's Slate
10/23: 8 Of Top 14 BCS Teams Go Toe-To-Toe
10/16: Rivalries and Key Conference Matches Take Center Stage
10/09: South Carolina Looks To Turn SEC On Its Head
10/02: Three Games Pit Top 10 Teams In Computer Against Each Other
09/24: Week 5 College Football Preview
09/17: Week 4 Of College Football Starts Wednesday
09/10: What Have We Learned In Two Weeks?
09/05: Inaugural SEC Games For Missouri, Texas A&M Highlight Week 2
08/27: BCS Championship Projection: Virginia Tech-Oklahoma
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