Power Ranking Every State by the Strength of Its Football Teams
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What state would you rank as the best state in the country based on the strength of its football teams? Our goal is to create a scoring system for both the NFL and NCAA Division I-A teams and then power rank all 50 states according to their final points total. Our universe will consist of the 32 NFL teams and the 124 Division I-A teams.
Then, we are going to isolate the performance of these teams during the past decade of football, (2003-2012). Teams that have been winning steadily in the last 10 years will impact where that state winds up in our final rankings. Naturally, the more college teams and NFL teams located in any state, the greater the chance to finish higher in the presentation.
Conversely, there are nine states that don't have any NFL teams or NCAA Division I-A schools, so they will all tie for last place: 42nd.
Whether we are talking about a college team or a pro team, the bottom line is winning. If you are in the NFL, your goal is to make the playoffs. Once there, your second season begins to see how far you can advance.
In college, your goal is to win enough games to qualify for a bowl game. Hopefully, you wind up with a high enough ranking that you qualify for a BCS bowl game. Ideally, you are vying for the BCS National Championship Game. Every bowl game win gives your program greater exposure and helps in your recruiting efforts.
We will award points for NFL and Division I-A NCAA teams from 2003-2012 as follows:
—10 points for winning a Super Bowl or NCAA Division I-A National Championship Game (and being crowned as the AP or BCS national champion).
—6 points for winning an NFL Conference Championship game or a NCAA bowl game.
—4 points for winning an NFL playoff game in the Wild Card or Divisional Round.
In case you are wondering how we treat teams that are named for one state but play their games in another state, the solution was to split the points between the two states in question.
Finally, the focus is on teams as opposed to individual players. As an example, Maryland will get a boost due to the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII, but even though Delaware can claim Joe Flacco as a favorite alumnus, his victory doesn't give the state of Delaware any extra points.
Now that we have established our ground rules, on with the power ranking.
42) Alaska: 0 Points
Mark Schlereth was born in Anchorage
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Alaska Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Alaska Football Teams: None
Alaska doesn't have a single NCAA Division I-A team. As a result, it is one of eight states that is tied for our bottom ranking with no points.
Since we have no football team to feature, we offer up a photo of Mark Schlereth, who played for the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.
Schlereth is now an NFL analyst for ESPN. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska.
42) Delaware: 0 Points
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens taking on Navy Midshipmen.
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Delaware Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Delaware Football Teams: None
The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens are a Division I-AA school, which is not part of our study.
Delaware falls into a tie with eight other states that also don't have a Division I-A team.
As we stated on the cover slide, Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco is a graduate of Delaware. Perhaps after he signs his big deal in the offseason, he will bestow some funds to upgrade the Delaware football program. Lord knows he will be able to afford it by then.
42) Maine: 0 Points
Mike DeVito played his college ball for the Maine Black Bears.
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Maine Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Maine Football Teams: None
The Maine Black Bears are a Division I-AA school, so the state doesn't have any teams that are part of our presentation.
42) Montana: 0 Points
Montana Grizzlies are a Division I-AA school.
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Montana Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Montana Football Teams: None
The Montana Grizzlies and Montana St. Bobcats are both Division I-AA teams, so the state doesn't have any teams that qualify for our presentation.
42) New Hampshire: 0 Points
Nick Lowery is one of Dartmouth's grads that reached the NFL.
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New Hampshire Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
New Hampshire Football Teams: None
The Dartmouth Big Green and New Hampshire Wildcats both play in Division I-AA, which means that the state of New Hampshire has no teams that qualify for our presentation.
Kicker Nick Lowery and quarterback Jay Fielder are two examples of Dartmouth players that went on to play in the NFL.
42) North Dakota: 0 Points
Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame DE Phil Hansen played football at No. Dakota St.
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North Dakota Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
North Dakota Football Teams: None
North Dakota doesn't have any Division I-A teams, so it doesn't qualify for the purposes of our presentation.
It is tied at No. 42 with the other states that have no teams in the study.
42) Rhode Island: 0 Points
Rhode Island played Syracuse in a 2011 contest.
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Rhode Island Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Rhode Island Football Teams: None
Both the Brown Bears and Rhode Island Rams are Division I-AA schools. Rhode Island doesn't have any teams that qualify for our presentation.
42) South Dakota: 0 Points
Adam Vinatieri, who was so clutch in multiple Super Bowls, is from South Dakota.
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South Dakota Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
South Dakota Football Teams: None
South Dakota doesn't have any Division I-A football teams, so it is lumped in with the other states that don't have any teams that qualify for our study.
42) Vermont: 0 Points
Pierre Garcon played one year at Norwich University.
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Vermont Power Ranking: Tied for overall rank of 42nd
Vermont Football Teams: None
Like the other earlier states that are grouped into this tie in the rankings, Vermont doesn't have any Division I-A football teams that qualify for our presentation.
41) New Mexico: 6 Points
Brian Urlacher is one of the most famous players from the New Mexico Lobos.
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New Mexico Power Ranking: No. 41 overall ranking
New Mexico Football Teams: New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State Aggies
Total New Mexico Points: 6 points
New Mexico Lobos
The Lobos have played in four bowl games during the decade, but won just one of them. The win was in their own backyard at the New Mexico Bowl in 2007. That win is the only six points for the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies haven't been to a bowl game since 1960, which is an exceptionally long drought. No points for the Aggies.
39) Nevada: 12 Points
Colin Kaepernick got the attention of NFL scouts at Nevada.
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Nevada Power Ranking: Tied with the No. 39 overall ranking with Wyoming
Nevada Football Teams: Nevada Wolf Pack and UNLV Rebels
Total Nevada Points: 12 points
Will Colin Kaepernick's success in 2012 spark an increase in talented high school players wanting to play for the Wolf Pack over the upcoming decade?
Nevada Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack have gone to bowl games in eight straight years, but their record is just 2-6 in the big games for a total of 12 points. They won the Hawaii Bowl and the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Seven times in the past 10 years, the Rebels only managed to win two games for the entire season. They haven't appeared in a bowl game since 2000. I can imagine that there are too many distractions in Las Vegas to concentrate on winning football games.
39) Wyoming: 12 Points
Malcom Floyd migrated from Wyoming to the NFL.
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Wyoming Power Ranking: Tied at No. 39 overall ranking with Nevada
Wyoming Football Team: Wyoming Cowboys
Total Wyoming Points: 12 points
The Cowboys have gone 2-1 in their three bowl game appearances in the past decade for 12 points. The came up with wins in the New Mexico Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl games.
36) Connecticut: 18 Points
Paul Pasqualoni returns to Big East Conference to lead UConn.
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Connecticut Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 36 overall ranking with Kansas and Hawaii
Connecticut Football Team: Connecticut Huskies
Total Connecticut Points: 18 points
During the past decade, ex-head coach Randy Edsall led the Huskies to five bowl game appearances. They went 3-2 in their bowl games and wound up winning three different bowl games: the Motor City Bowl, International Bowl and the PapaJohns.com Bowl. No word on how many free pizzas they won. Total points for the three bowl game wins is 18 points.
36) Hawaii: 18 Points
Hawaii Warriors took on USC in 2012.
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Hawaii Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 36 overall ranking with Connecticut and Kansas
Hawaii Football Teams: Hawaii Warriors
Total Hawaii Points: 18
Hawaii does serve as the frequent host of the NFL Pro Bowl game, but unfortunately, that doesn't net the state any points in our presentation.
Hawaii played in six bowl games during the past decade, winning three and losing three. All three wins were under head coach June Jones. As a result, Hawaii earns 18 points.
36) Kansas: 18 Points
Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein has had a solid career at Kansas St.
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Kansas Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 36 overall ranking with Connecticut and Hawaii
Kansas Football Teams: Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas St. Wildcats
Total Kansas Points: 18 points
The city of Kansas City is split by the Missouri River. The Kansas City Chiefs are located in Kansas City, Missouri, not in Kansas City, Kansas.
So that leaves the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas St. Wildcats as the only teams that Kansas can claim for our presentation purposes.
Collin Klein was the driving force behind Kansas State making a strong run in the Big 12 recently. Klein was rewarded for his efforts by being named as a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2012. Whether or not he will be able to carve out a living in the NFL remains to be seen.
The Jayhawks have played in four bowl games during the past decade, going 3-1 for 18 points. Kansas came up with wins in the Forth Worth Bowl, Orange Bowl and the Insight Bowl.
Kansas State Wildcats
Our scoring system doesn't provide any favors to the Wildcats. They are 0-5 in their bowl game appearances over the last 10 years, so generate zero points for the state of Kansas. Winning is everything.
35) Minnesota: 20 Points
Adrian Peterson led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2012.
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Minnesota Power Ranking: No. 35 overall ranking
Minnesota Football Teams: Minnesota Golden Gophers and Minnesota Vikings
Total Minnesota Points: 20 points
Minnesota Golden Gophers
After winning the Sun Bowl and Music City Bowl to start off the decade, the Golden Gophers have now lost their last five bowl games to produce just 12 points.
The Vikings won two playoff games in the past decade for a total of eight points.
33) Arkansas: 24 Points
Tyler Wilson is ready to take his game to the NFL.
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Arkansas Power Ranking: Tied for the overall No. 33 ranking with Nebraska
Arkansas Football Teams: Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas St. Red Wolves
Total Arkansas Points: 24 points
The Razorbacks have appeared in six bowl games during the past decade, going 3-3 in the six contests. They won the Cotton Bowl in 2011 and the Liberty Bowl in 2009. Both of those bowl wins came under Bobby Petrino. The three bowl victories earn Arkansas 18 points.
Arkansas St. Red Wolves
In the past decade, the Red Wolves have appeared in three bowl games, but have won only one of them. That win came in the 2012 Go Daddy.com Bowl, earning them six points.
33) Nebraska: 24 Points
Nebraska doesn't have any top-10 AP Poll rankings in past decade.
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Nebraska Power Ranking: Tied for the overall No. 33 ranking with Arkansas
Nebraska Football Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Total Nebraska Points: 24 points
The Nebraska Cornhuskers program has fallen on some rougher times during the past decade, as none of the last 10 teams have been able to crack the final AP Top 10 rankings. That has to be a major source of disappointment for proud alumni of the school.
The highest AP ranking in the past decade was No. 14 in 2009. Hopefully, better days are ahead.
The Cornhuskers have appeared in eight bowl games during the past 10 years, going 4-4 in those games for a total of 24 points. The wins came in the Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl and twice in the Alamo Bowl. The Cornhuskers have lost their last three straight bowl games.
32) Missouri: 28 Points
The St. Louis Rams suffered a heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XXXVI.
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Missouri Power Ranking: No. 32 overall ranking
Missouri Football Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Rams
Total Missouri Points: 28 points
Unfortunately for the St. Louis Rams, their two most recent Super Bowl appearances in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXIV fell beyond the scope of our look at the past decade. These games are mentioned as a source of pride and better days for Rams fans, who haven't been as fortunate since Kurt Warner left town.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are one of eight NFL teams not to win a playoff game in past decade.
Luckily, the Missouri college program has had more success than its pro teams. The Tigers have been to eight bowl games in the past decade, going 4-4, which is good for 24 points. The wins were at the Alamo Bowl, Cotton Bowl and twice at the Independence Bowl.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams scored four points due to just one playoff win in the past decade.
31) Colorado: 32 Points
Peyton Manning led Denver to the AFC West title in 2012.
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Colorado Power Ranking: No. 31 overall ranking
Colorado Football Teams: Air Force Falcons, Colorado Buffaloes, Colorado State Rams and Denver Broncos
Total Colorado Points: 32 points
Air Force Falcons
In six bowl game appearances in the past decade, the Falcons have a record of 2-4 for 12 points. They won the Armed Forces Bowl and the Independence Bowl games.
They have only appeared in three bowl games over the past 10 years, with a record of 1-2. The win came under head coach Gary Barnett at the Houston Bowl. A total of six points.
Colorado St. Rams
They also appeared in just three bowl games in the past decade. Like the Buffaloes, the Rams went 1-2 in their bowl games, winning the New Mexico Bowl for six points.
Eight points for two playoff wins in the past decade.
30) Virginia: 36 Points
Michael Vick demonstrated his physical skills at Virginia Tech.
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Virginia Power Ranking: No. 30 overall ranking
Virginia Football Teams: Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies
Total Virginia Points: 36 points
The Cavaliers made five bowl game appearances in the past decade, winning two and losing three for 12 points. Their wins came in the Continental Tire Bowl and the Music City Bowl.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Head coach Frank Beamer has led the Hokies to a remarkable 20 straight years of appearing in a bowl game. During the past decade, Virginia Tech has gone 4-6 in those 10 games for a total of 24 points. Their wins came in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Gator Bowl, Orange Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl games.
29) Washington: 38 Points
Russell Wilson makes the Seattle Seahawks annual contenders in the NFC West.
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Washington Power Ranking: No. 29 overall ranking
Washington Football Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Washington Huskies and Washington St. Cougars
Total Washington Points: 38 points
They've had six wins in the past decade for 26 total points, including winning the NFC Championship Game in 2005.
The Huskies didn't go to a single bowl game for the first seven years of the decade. They have since gone to three straight bowl games, picking up just one win for six points. Their lone victory came in the 2010 Holiday Bowl.
Washington St. Cougars
Just like their rival Huskies, the Cougars also won just one bowl game in the past decade, and it was also the Holiday Bowl. The year was 2003, and the Cougars haven't been to a bowl game since then. Six more points for the state of Washington.
23) Idaho: 42 Points
Boise St. has been ranked in final AP Top 10 four times this decade.
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Idaho Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
Idaho Football Teams: Boise St. Broncos and Idaho Vandals
Total Idaho Points: 42 points
The Boise St. Broncos have been one of the most successful programs in NCAA Division I over the past decade. Boise St. has been ranked in the Top 10 overall in the AP poll four times in the past decade. It was ranked No. 4 (2009), No. 5 (2006), No 8 (2011) and No. 9 (2010).
The 2009 team went 14-0, and no doubt Broncos fans feel like they deserved the national championship that year.
Boise St. Broncos
The Broncos have now gone to bowl games in 11 straight years. In the last decade, Boise State went 6-4 for 36 points. They won the Forth Worth Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Maaco Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl.
In the last 10 years, the Vandals have only been asked to play in one bowl game, which they won. It was the Humanitarian Bowl in 2009. Bowl games have been few and far between for Idaho.
23) Iowa: 42 Points
Iowa celebrates a TD in 1991 Rose Bowl game.
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Iowa Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
Iowa Football Teams: Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones
Total Iowa Points: 42 points
With eight bowl appearances in the last 10 years, the Hawkeyes have gone 5-3 to score 30 points. Their wins came in the Insight Bowl, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl and Capital One Bowl games.
The last time that the Iowa Hawkeyes went to the Rose Bowl was in 1991. The team has gone to the Rose Bowl five times in its history and has 2-3 record in those games.
Iowa St. Cyclones
The Cyclones have gone 2-3 in their five bowl game appearances in the past 10 years. They won the Insight Bowl and the Independence Bowl for a total of 12 points.
23) Kentucky: 42 Points
Louisville finished the 2012 season ranked No. 13 overall in AP Poll.
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Kentucky Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
Kentucky Football Teams: Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Total Kentucky Points: 42 points
The Wildcats had a five-year stretch in which they went to a bowl game each year. They haven't back for the last two years, however.
In bowl games, the Wildcats went 3-2 for 18 points. They won in the Music City Bowl twice and the Liberty Bowl.
Seven bowl games for the Cardinals in the last 10 years, with a record of 4-3 for 24 points. They won in the Liberty Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The program began six years ago. The Hilltoppers made their first bowl game appearance this year, but lost in the Little Caesar's Bowl. No points for the team.
23) Michigan: 42 Points
The Detroit Lions finally broke their playoff drought in 2011.
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Michigan Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
Michigan Football Teams: Central Michigan Chippewas, Detroit Lions, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Western Michigan Broncos
Total Michigan Points: 42 points
Central Michigan Chippewas
With five bowl games in the past 10 years, the Chippewas have gone 3-2 for 18 points. They won the GMAC Bowl, Motor City Bowl and the Little Caesar's Bowl.
The Lions are one of eight NFL teams not to win a playoff game in past decade.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
The Eagles haven't been to a bowl game since 1987, so they don't contribute any points to the state of Michigan.
Michigan has racked up eight bowl games over the past decade, but they haven't fared very well in them, going just 2-6 for only 12 points. Their wins came in the Capital One Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.
Michigan St. Spartans
Another major program that has struggled in bowl games. The Spartans have seven bowl games to their credit, but lost the first five times in the past decade. They finally snapped the losing streak with a win in the last two bowl games they played in for 12 points. The wins came in the 2011 Outback Bowl and the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Western Michigan Broncos
The Broncos lost all three bowl games that they played in during the past decade, so they can't contribute any points to the Michigan totals.
23) South Carolina: 42 Points
C.J. Spiller proved at Clemson that he could score from anywhere on the field.
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South Carolina Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
South Carolina Football Teams: Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks
Total South Carolina Points: 42 points
The Tigers have played in nine bowl games in the past 10 years, going 4-5 over that time for 24 points. Their wins came in the Peach Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks have made seven bowl game appearances in the past decade, going 3-4 in those games for 18 points. They won the Liberty Bowl, Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl.
23) West Virginia: 42 Points
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West Virginia Power Ranking: One of six states tied for No. 23 overall ranking
West Virginia Football Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd and West Virginia Mountaineers
Total West Virginia Points: 42 points
Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshall has played in three bowl games in the past decade, winning two of them for 12 points. It won in the Little Caesar's Bowl and the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers have played in bowl games for 11 straight years. During the last 10 years, they have split their bowl games, with a 5-5 record, good for 30 points. Their wins came in the Orange Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Gator Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.
22) Tennessee: 46 Points
Bud Adams wanted Peyton Manning to come back home.
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Tennessee Power Ranking: No. 22 overall ranking
Tennessee Football Teams: Memphis Tigers, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores
Total Tennessee Points: 46 points
In the past decade, the Tennessee Volunteers have been ranked in the AP poll four times. Their highest finish in the decade was in 2007 (No. 12), followed by 2004 (No. 13), 2003 (No. 15) and 2006 (No. 25).
Vanderbilt was ranked No. 23 in 2012, the only time it has been ranked in the past decade.
The Tigers played in five bowl games over the past 10 years, going 2-3 in that time period. They won in the Motor City Bowl and New Orleans Bowl to score 12 points for Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
The program began in 1999, and since then, the team has gone on to play in three bowl games in the last 10 years. The Blue Raiders' record is 1-2, with their only win coming in the New Orleans Bowl in 2009 for six points.
The Titans have won just one playoff game in the past decade for four points.
They have appeared in six bowl games the last 10 years, but have only won two of them for 12 points. The Volunteers won the Outback Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.
In the last 20 years, the Commodores have played in three bowl games, with all of them occurring in the last decade. They won both times they played in the Music City Bowl for 12 points.
21) Arizona: 48 Points
Kurt Warner led the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII
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Arizona Power Ranking: No. 21 overall ranking
Arizona Football Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils
Total Arizona Points: 48 points
18 points for four playoff wins, including the 2008 NFC Championship Game.
They have appeared in four bowl games over the past decade, going 2-2 in them. Their wins came in the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl, good for 12 points.
Arizona St. Sun Devils
The Sun Devils have appeared in six bowl games in the past decade, going 3-3 in those games. Their three wins came in the Fight Hunger Bowl, Sun Bowl and the Insight Bowl. That racks up 18 more points for Arizona.
20) Illinois: 50 Points
Jay Cutler led the Bears to NFC Championship Game versus Green Bay.
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Illinois Power Ranking: No. 20 overall ranking
Illinois Football Teams: Chicago Bears, Illinois Fighting Illini, Northern Illinois Huskies and Northwestern Wildcats.
Total Illinois Points: 50 points
14 points scored for three playoff wins, including a 2006 NFC Championship Game victory.
Illinois Fighting Illini:
Illinois has only gone to three bowl games in the past decade. The Illini went 2-1 in the three games for 12 points. They won the Fight Hunger Bowl and the Texas Bowl. They did have a Rose Bowl appearance in 2007, but lost the game.
Northern Illinois Huskies
The Huskies have played in seven bowl games in the last 10 years, winning three and losing four for 18 points. They won the Silicon Valley Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl and the Go Daddy.com Bowl.
The Wildcats have played in seven bowl games during the past decade. They dropped their first six bowl games before finally ending the losing streak with a win in the 2012 Gator Bowl. Six points for the state of Illinois.
19) New York: 52 Points
Eli Manning has won two Super Bowl rings in this decade.
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New York Power Ranking: No. 19 overall ranking
New York Football Teams: Army Black Knights, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bulls, New York Giants, New York Jets and Syracuse Orange
Total New York Points: 52 points
As big as New York State is, it is hard to believe that there are only six teams that qualify for our presentation—and even that number is up for debate. The New York Giants and the New York Jets both hail from New York City, but their home games are played in New Jersey. As such, we are splitting the points for these two teams between both states in question.
Western New York football fans will be very quick to tell you that the Buffalo Bills are the only true NFL team left in New York. But since they haven't been to the playoffs once in the past decade, Jets and Giants fans would have a hard time buying into that claim.
Army Black Knights
Army has made one bowl appearance in the past decade. They won the Armed Forces Bowl in 2010 for six points.
One of eight NFL teams not to win a playoff game in past decade.
The program began in 1962 and then was cancelled after the 1970 season. The Bulls resurrected football in 1999, but in the entire history of the program, it has only appeared in one bowl game. That was the 2008 International Bowl, which the team lost, so no points from the Bulls.
New York Giants
The Giants won a total of eight playoff games for 48 points, half of which go to New Jersey.
New York Jets
The Jets won five playoff games in past decade for 20 points. 10 points awarded to New Jersey.
Syracuse played in only three bowl games during the past decade. It won both of its appearances in the Pinstripe Bowl under ex-head coach Doug Marrone for 12 points.
17) Oregon: 54 Points
Chip Kelly opted to leave Oregon for Philadelphia and the NFL.
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Oregon Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 17 ranking with Wisconsin
Oregon Football Teams: Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers
Total Oregon Points: 54 points
The Ducks have played in a bowl game in 15 of the last 16 years. During the past decade, they went 4-5 in their nine bowl games. One of the losses was in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Their wins came in the Sun Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, generating 24 points.
Oregon St. Beavers
The Beavers have done a better job in their seven bowl games, as they won five straight before dropping the last two. That is another 30 points for the state of Oregon. Their wins came in the Las Vegas Bowl, Insight Bowl, Emerald Bowl and twice in the Sun Bowl.
17) Wisconsin: 54 Points
The Green Bay Packers will say goodbye to some of Aaron Rodgers' targets in 2013.
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Wisconsin Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 17 ranking with Oregon.
Wisconsin Football Teams: Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers
Total Wisconsin Points: 54 points
Green Bay Packers
36 points based on seven playoff wins in the past decade, including a win in Super Bowl XLV.
The Badgers have now appeared in a bowl game for 11 straight years. In the last 10 bowl games, they haven't had that much success, going just 3-7 for a total of 18 points. The wins came in the Champs Sports Bowl and twice in the Capital One Bowl. The Badgers have played in the last three Rose Bowl games and lost all three times.
16) New Jersey: 64 Points
Rutgers started out the 2012 season 7-0.
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New Jersey Power Ranking: No. 16 overall ranking
New Jersey Football Teams: New York Giants, New York Jets and Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Total New Jersey Points: 64 points
Both the New York Giants and New York Jets play their home games in New Jersey. Since these teams hail out of New York City, we are splitting the points for the Jets and Giants between the two states. This seems like the fairest way to treat this situation.
New York Giants
The Giants have won a total of eight playoff games for 48 points, half of which go to New Jersey.
New York Jets
The Jets have won five playoff games in the past decade for 20 points. 10 points awarded to New Jersey.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Scarlet Knights have gone to seven bowl games during the past decade. They had a five-game winning streak in bowl games snapped this year when they lost in the Russell Athletic Bowl. All of their wins came under the coaching of Greg Schiano. The wins were in the Texas Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl and the Papa Johns.com Bowl.
Rutgers racks up 30 points for New Jersey that it can claim all on its own.
15) North Carolina: 66 Points
Carolina Panthers had one Super Bowl appearance in this past decade.
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North Carolina Power Ranking: No. 15 overall ranking
North Carolina Football Teams: Carolina Panthers, Duke Blue Devils, East Carolina Pirates, North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina St. Wolfpack and Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Total North Carolina Points: 66 points
The Panthers have won four playoff games in the last 10 years, including their victory in the 2003 NFC Championship Game. That totals 18 points for North Carolina.
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils have appeared in just two bowl games in the last 20 years and have lost both times. No points for Duke.
East Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have gone to six bowl games in the last decade, but a 1-5 record only contributes six points for the state's total. Their only win came in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels have gone to five bowl games during this decade, but they only have one official win to show for it for six points. That was the 2010 Music City Bowl.
North Carolina St. Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have gone to six bowl games in the past decade and have a winning record of 4-2 for 24 points. They won in the Tangerine Bowl, Belk Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Demon Deacons have four bowl game appearances over the past decade, winning two and losing two for 12 points. They won the EagleBank Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
14) Georgia: 68 Points
Matt Ryan led the Falcons to a playoff win in 2012.
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Georgia Power Ranking: No. 14 overall ranking
Georgia Football Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Total Georgia Points: 68 points
Eight points for two playoff wins in the past decade.
The Bulldogs have a nice 16-year streak in which they have been invited to a bowl game. In the past 10 years, Georgia has gone 7-3 to generate 42 points. The bowl game wins were at the Capital One Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Independence Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl and Outback Bowl.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The team has gone to bowl games in 16-straight years. During the past decade, Georgia Tech has gone 3-7. It won two straight under Chan Gailey, then the team lost seven bowl games in a row. But the Yellow Jackets snapped the losing streak this year at the Sun Bowl.
The team's other bowl wins came in the Humanitarian Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl.
That is 18 additional points for the state of Georgia.
13) Indiana: 70 Points
Peyton Manning led the Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI.
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Indiana Power Ranking: No. 13 overall ranking
Indiana Football Teams: Ball State Cardinals, Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers.
Total Indiana Points: 70 points
The state of Indiana gets a big boost from the playoff run that Peyton Manning led during his tenure with the Colts. Indianapolis had two Super Bowl appearances in the past decade: Super Bowl XLI and XLIV.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a remarkable season in 2012, going 12-1 and finishing No. 4 overall in the AP final standings. They were clearly one of the surprise teams of the year.
Ball State Cardinals
The Cardinals have participated in three bowl games this decade, but lost all three. As a result, no points for Indiana.
Looks like the college teams aren't going to help the Colts boost the ranking for the state. The Hoosiers only played in one bowl game in the past decade, and they lost that. Just like Ball State, the Hoosiers generate no points for Indiana.
The Colts won nine playoff games in the decade, which totaled 46 points. Their biggest wins were Super Bowl XLI over Chicago and winning the AFC Championship Game in 2009.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Seven bowl trips by the Fighting Irish over the past decade, resulting in a record of 2-5 for 12 points. Notre Dame won in the Hawaii Bowl and the Sun Bowl. Of course, it had an opportunity to win the BCS title in 2012, but couldn't handle an overpowering Alabama team in the NCAA Championship Game.
Purdue made it to six bowl games this decade, going 2-4 in them. They won the Motor City Bowl and Little Caesars Bowl for 12 more points.
12) Mississippi: 72 Points
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Mississippi Power Ranking: No. 12 overall ranking
Mississippi Football Teams: Mississippi State Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels and Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Total Mississippi Points: 72 points
During the past decade, all three Mississippi football teams have been able to crack the Top 20 in the AP poll's final rankings. Ole Miss leads the way with three finishes in the Top 20: No. 13 (2003), No. 14 (2008) and No. 20 (2009). Mississippi State was ranked No. 15 in 2010, and Mississippi was ranked No. 20 in 2011.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have gone 3-1 in their four bowl games during the past decade for 18 points. They won in the Music City Bowl, Gator Bowl and Liberty Bowl.
Ole Miss Rebels
In the last 20 years, the Rebels have an impressive 8-1 record in bowl games. In the last 10 years, that record is 4-0 with three wins coming at the Cotton Bowl. The other win came this year at the BBVA Compass Bowl. That nets Mississippi 24 points.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles had gone to bowl games for 10 straight years prior to the 2012 season. In 2012, however, they went 0-12 to end the streak with a major thud.
In the nine bowl games they played in during the past decade, the team went 5-4 for 30 points. It won the Hawaii Bowl, GMAC Bowl and in the New Orleans Bowl three times.
11) Oklahoma: 84 Points
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Oklahoma Power Ranking: No. 11 overall ranking.
Oklahoma Football Teams: Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma St. Cowboys and Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Total Oklahoma Points: 84 points
The Sooners were absent from bowl games for a four-year stretch (1995-1998) until Bob Stoops arrived in Norman. Since then, the team has appeared in bowl games in 14 straight years.
During the past decade, Oklahoma has gone 4-6 for a total of 24 points. It had one opportunity to win the BCS national championship in 2008, but lost to Florida, 24-14.
The four wins came in the Sun Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl and the Holiday Bowl.
Oklahoma St. Cowboys
The Cowboys have played in nine bowl games over the past 10 years. During that span, they went 5-4 to produce 30 points for the state of Oklahoma. Their wins came in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Insight Bowl and the Independence Bowl games.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa has also made a strong contribution with eight bowl games in the past decade, winning five and losing three for 30 points. One win came in the Hawaii Bowl, and they had two wins in both the Liberty Bowl and the GMAC Bowl.
9) Maryland: 90 Points
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Maryland Power Ranking: Tied for the No. 9 overall ranking with Utah.
Maryland Football Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Maryland Terrapins, Navy Midshipmen and Washington Redskins
Total Maryland Points: 90 points
2012 was a big year for football in the state of Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII and Robert Griffin III arrived on the scene to breathe some new life into the Washington Redskins franchise.
The Ravens have racked up nine playoff wins in the past decade, which is tied for third-most with Indianapolis. They trail the New England Patriots (14) and Pittsburgh Steelers (10). The Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII behind a stirring goal-line stand in the final minutes to hold off the San Francisco 49ers. Due to the Super Bowl title and all the playoff wins, the Ravens produced 44 points.
The Terrapins have played in five bowl games over the past 10 years, going 4-1 for a total of 24 points. They won in the Military Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Gator Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl.
Navy has been highly successful in the past decade, playing in nine bowl games in the last 10 years. The Midshipmen went 3-6 in their bowl games for 18 points. Their wins came in the Texas Bowl, Emerald Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl.
In the past decade the Redskins have only been able to claim one playoff win for only four points. You would have to think that point total will increase over the next decade with RG3 there to lead the team.
9) Utah: 90 Points
There are no Top 10 finishes for BYU in the past decade.
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Utah Power Ranking: Tied with Maryland for the No. 9 overall ranking
Utah Football Teams: BYU Cougars, Utah Utes and Utah St. Aggies
Total Utah Points: 90 points
During the past decade, BYU doesn't have any Top 10 finishes in the AP poll. Its highest finish was a No. 12 ranking in 2009.
BYU has appeared in bowl games for each of the past eight seasons, going 6-2 in those game for a total of 36 points. The Cougars' wins came in three Las Vegas Bowls, as well as in the Poinsettia Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl.
The Utes had gone to nine straight bowl games, but the streak was snapped this year. During that run, they went 8-1 to generate a whopping 48 points for the state of Utah. Their wins came in the Liberty Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Sun Bowl and two wins in the Poinsettia Bowl. You name a Bowl game, and it seems like the Utes have won it in the past decade.
Utah St. Aggies
After no bowl games from 1998-2010, the Aggies played in a bowl game in each of the past two years. They played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl each time, winning one and losing the other for a total of six points.
8) Louisiana: 91 Points
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Louisiana Power Ranking: No. 8 overall ranking
Louisiana Football Teams: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, LSU Tigers, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, New Orleans Saints and Tulane Green Wave
Total Louisiana Points: 91 points.
The state of Louisiana has been blessed with good fortune over the past decade. The New Orleans Saints captured their first Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XLIV, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
LSU won the national championship once outright, and it also shared the title with USC, giving the Tigers two titles in the past decade.
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
For the first eight years of this past decade, the Ragin' Cajuns were mired in a long losing streak. Then, new head coach Mark Hudspeth arrived on the scene, and just like that, they went 9-4 both years and won both times they played in the New Orleans Bowl game. They earned 12 points for Louisiana.
The Warhawks had never been to a bowl game in the history of their institution until they appeared in the Independence Bowl game this year. They lost the contest, however, so no points.
Nick Saban and Les Miles have led the Tigers to 13 straight bowl games. During the past 10 years, LSU has gone 6-4 in bowl games, highlighted by two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers won it all in 2007, but lost in 2011.
LSU was also the BCS national champion in 2003, but the AP voted USC the No. 1 team, so we split the points between the two schools for that year. LSU generated a total of 51 points for the state of Louisiana.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints won five playoff games over the last 10 years that total another 28 points for Louisiana. The victories includes the Saints' win in Super Bowl XLIV.
Tulane Green Wave
The Green Wave haven't made a single bowl game appearance in the last 10 years. No points for Tulane.
7) Pennsylvania: 100 Points
Ben Roethlisberger led Steelers to two Super Bowl wins this decade.
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Pennsylvania Power Ranking: No. 7 overall ranking
Pennsylvania Football Teams: Penn State Nittany Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Temple Owls
Total Pennsylvania Points: 100 points
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State had seven bowl game appearances in the last decade and won four of those games. However due to the NCAA infractions involved in the Jerry Sandusky case, all Nittany Lions wins from the decade have been stripped away by the NCAA. End result is no points.
The Eagles have won six playoff games in the past decade, totaling 26 points. They also won the 2004 NFC Championship Game.
The Panthers appeared in seven bowl games over the last 10 years, going only 2-5 in those games for a total of 12 points. They won the BBVA Compass Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl games.
The Steelers were one of two NFL teams that won at least 10 playoff games in the past decade (they won 10, while New England won 14). The Steelers racked up 56 points, including wins in Super Bowl XLIII and XL.
The Owls have only appeared in two bowl games since 1980, both of which were in the past decade. They split the two games, with their only win coming in the New Mexico Bowl for six points.
6) Ohio: 102 Points
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Ohio Power Ranking: No. 6 overall ranking
Ohio Football Teams: Akron Zips, Bowling Green Falcons, Cincinnati Bearcats, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Kent State Golden Eagles, Miami (OH) RedHawks, Ohio Bobcats, Ohio State Buckeyes and Toledo Rockets
Total Ohio Points: 102 points
Our scorecard resulted in no help for the state of Ohio from its two NFL franchises, so it will be up to the eight college teams to propel the state of Ohio up in the rankings.
The Ohio State Buckeyes went a perfect 12-0 under Urban Meyer in 2012, but due to NCAA penalties, they were prohibited from participating in any bowl games. The Buckeyes did have two chances to win a national championship, but lost both BCS title games in 2006 and 2007.
The Zips appeared in just one bowl game in school history: the 2005 Motor City Bowl. They lost the game, so that results in zip points for the Zips.
Bowling Green Falcons
They started out the decade with wins in the GMAC Bowl and Motor City Bowl for 12 points. Since then, they've lost all three of their other bowl game appearances.
Seven bowl games for the Bearcats in the past decade, with a record of 5-2 for a total of 30 points for Ohio. The wins came in the Belk Bowl, Liberty Bowl, PapaJohns.com Bowl, International Bowl and Fort Worth Bowl games.
The Bengals are one of eight NFL teams to not win a playoff game in past decade.
The Browns are also one of the eight NFL teams that have not won a playoff game in past decade.
Kent State Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles played in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl and then waited 40 long years before they finally played in another bowl game. That was the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl game. They lost both bowl games, for the record, so no points from Kent State.
Miami (OH) Redhawks
They played in three bowl games during the last 10 years, going 2-1 in those games. The Redhawks won the GoDaddy.com Bowl and the GMAC Bowl for 12 points.
The Bobcats have now gone to bowl games in the last four straight years—this after going to just one bowl game in the first six years of the decade. Their record is 2-3 for 12 points, with wins in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the Independence Bowl.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes have appeared in nine bowl games in the past decade, winning five times and losing four. The 2010 Sugar Bowl win is moot since the NCAA reduced the Buckeyes' record to 0-0 that year due to penalties placed on the program. That results in 24 total points. The wins came in the Rose Bowl, Alamo Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl (twice).
The Rockets have played in five bowl games in the past 10 years, going 2-3 in those appearances for 12 points. They won in the GMAC Bowl and the Military Bowl games.
5) Massachusetts: 106 Points
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Massachusetts Power Ranking: No. 5 overall ranking
Massachusetts Football Teams: Boston College Eagles, Massachusetts Minutemen and New England Patriots
Total Massachusetts Points: 106 points
The New England Patriots captured two Super Bowl championships during the decade in question. They won Super Bowls XXXIX and XXXVIII thanks to the play of Tom Brady and some clutch field goals from Adam Vinatieri.
Boston College Eagles
The Eagles started out the decade hot, with five straight bowl game wins, but then dropped their next three bowl games. Since then, they haven't played in a bowl game in the last two years. The wins give Massachusetts a total of 30 points.
Their wins came in the San Francisco Bowl, Continental Tire Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl.
Talk about rising from the grave—that would define the Minutemen program, which existed from 1882-1906. It was then dormant for over 100 years until it was revived in 2012. No bowl game appearances in school history, so zero points.
New England Patriots
No team won more playoff games in this past decade than the Patriots (14 total playoff wins). As a result, the Patriots racked up 76 points, highlighted by winning Super Bowls XXIX and XXXVIII. The Patriots also had two other AFC Championship Game wins, but were upset both of those years by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
4) Alabama: 130 Points
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Alabama Power Ranking: No. 4 overall ranking
Alabama Football Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, South Alabama Jaguars, Troy Trojans and UAB Blazers
Total Alabama Points: 130 points
Alabama Crimson Tide
The most dominant team in the past decade, with three national championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Alabama has been to a bowl game in each of the past nine years, going 6-3 in those. Besides the BCS championships, Alabama has also won the Capital One Bowl, Independence Bowl and Cotton Bowl. The Crimson Tide racked up a total of 66 points for the state of Alabama.
The Tigers have played in eight bowl games in the past decade, going a very impressive 7-1 in those games, totaling 52 total points. Auburn also won the national championship in 2010. Other bowl wins include the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Music City Bowl.
South Alabama Jaguars
They began play in 2012. No bowl game appearances.
The school has made five bowl games, winning two of them for 12 points. Both wins came at the New Orleans Bowl.
The Blazers have only one bowl game appearance in their history: the Hawaii Bowl in 2004. They lost the game, so no points.
3) California: 161 Points
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California Power Ranking: No. 3 overall ranking
California Football Teams: California Golden Bears, Fresno St. Bulldogs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, San Diego State Aztecs, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose State Spartans, Stanford Cardinal, UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans
Total Points for California: 161 points
California Golden Bears
Cal has made eight bowl game appearances in the decade, going 5-3 in those games. The five bowl wins gives the Bears 30 points. The wins came in the following bowl games: Emerald Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and the Insight Bowl.
Fresno St. Bulldogs
Fresno St. made it into eight bowl games during the decade, going 3-5 for a total of 18 points. The wins came in the Silicon Valley Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl and Humanitarian Bowl. All the wins came under ex-head coach Pat Hill.
They were one of eight NFL teams that failed to win any playoff games in the past decade.
San Diego Chargers
12 points for three playoff wins in the decade.
San Diego St. Aztecs
The team was in a bad stretch, as it didn't make a single bowl game for first seven years of the decade. Now, the Aztecs have gone to a bowl game in each of past three years, going 1-2. However, their only win was in the Poinsettia Bowl for six points.
San Francisco 49ers
14 points for three playoff wins, including the 2012 NFC Championship Game.
San Jose St. Spartans
The Spartans have only played in two bowl games in the past decade, and they won them both for 12 points. They were the Military Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl.
The Cardinals were shut out for the first six seasons of the decade from any bowl game. But they've made four bowl games in the last four years, appearing in the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sun Bowl. Stanford won the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl for a total of 12 points.
The Bruins have appeared in eight bowl games this past decade, picking up 12 points with just two bowl wins. Their wins came in the Sun Bowl and Eagle Bank Bowl.
The Trojans have played in eight bowl games in the past decade, going 6-2. Their wins include the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl and Emerald Bowl. USC was also the NCAA national champion in 2004, and it split the national title with LSU in 2003. So the Trojans contribute a total of 45 points for the state of California.
2) Florida: 174 Points
Urban Meyer led Flordia Gators to two national titles in the last decade.
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Florida Power Ranking: No. 2 overall ranking
Florida Football Teams: Florida Gators, Florida Atlantic Owls, Florida International Golden Panthers, Florida St. Seminoles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes, South Florida Bulls, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and UCF Knights
Total Florida Points: 174 points
This has been a rough decade for the three Florida NFL teams. The three teams have combined for just one playoff win in the past 10 years. Maybe too many distractions in Florida? Good question.
The Gators currently sport a streak of 22 straight bowl games. During the past decade, Florida has won six and lost four bowl games, including two national championship games under head coach Urban Meyer. Other bowl wins include the Gator Bowl, Outback Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The national titles came in 2006 and 2008. Florida racks up 56 points thanks to the Gators.
Florida Atlantic Owls
The Owls went to two bowl games under Howard Schnellenberger and won them both for 12 points. Those bowl games were the Motor City Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl.
Florida International Golden Panthers
The Panthers have also made appearances in two bowl games, but they only won one of them. That was the Little Ceasars Bowl in 2010 for six points.
Florida St. Seminoles
The Seminoles have gone to bowl games for an impressive 31 straight years. In the last decade, the team went 4-3 under Bobby Bowden and 3-0 under Jimbo Fisher. The seven wins gives the state 42 more points. The bowl wins came in the Gator Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl.
Four points for one playoff win in the past decade.
One of eight NFL teams to not win a playoff game in past decade.
The Hurricanes have appeared in seven bowl games during the past decade. They have a record of 3-4 for 18 points. Wins came at the Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl and MPC Computers Bowl. Every one of those wins came under head coach Larry Coker, and they haven't won a bowl game since he left the program.
South Florida Bulls
The Bulls went to six straight bowl games, but now haven't appeared in one in the last two years. Their record in bowl games is 4-2, generating 24 more points for Florida. Their wins came in the Independence Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl and Papa Johns.com Bowl.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of eight NFL teams not to win a playoff game in past decade.
In five bowl games for the Knights in the past decade, the team has won two and lost three for 12 more points. The wins came in the Liberty Bowl and the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
1) Texas: 208 Points
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Texas Power Ranking: No. 1 overall ranking
Texas Football Teams: Baylor Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Cougars, Houston Texans, North Texas Mean Green, Rice Owls, SMU Mustangs, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas State Bobcats, Texas Tech Red Raiders, UTEP Miners and UTSA Roadrunners
Total Texas Points: 208 points
TCU went a perfect 13-0 in 2011, and it had three votes for first place in the AP poll. It wound up being ranked second overall, behind national champion Alabama.
No bowl game appearances for the Bears from 1995-2009, but they've played in a bowl game in each of the last three years. Their record is 2-1 in those games for a total of 12 points. The Bears came up with wins in the Alamo Bowl and Holiday Bowl games.
The Cowboys had just one playoff win in the past decade for four points.
Seven bowl games for the Cougars in the past decade, with a 2-5 record for 12 points. They came away with wins in the Armed Forces Bowl and the Ticket City Bowl.
The Texans had two playoff wins in the past decade for eight points.
North Texas Mean Green
The Mean Green played in the 2003 and 2004 New Orleans Bowl, but they haven't appeared in a bowl game since. They lost both times, so that generated zero points.
The Owls have gone 2-1 in their three bowl games over the past 10 years for 12 points. They won in the Armed Forces Bowl and the Texas Bowl.
The SMU program didn't play in any bowl games from 1985-2008. But the school has now played in bowl games in the last four years, so things have turned around. The Mustangs went 3-1 in those games for 18 points, with victories in the BBVA Compass Bowl and two wins in the Hawaii Bowl.
TCU Horned Frogs
The Horned Frogs have played in nine bowl games in the last decade, going 6-3 to add 36 points to the Texas total. Their wins have come in the Houston Bowl, Texas Bowl, Rose Bowl and three wins from the Poinsettia Bowl.
Texas went a perfect 13-0 to capture the 2005 national championship, defeating USC in a thriller at the Rose Bowl. The Longhorns had another chance for a title in 2009, but lost in the BCS title game to Alabama at the Rose Bowl. In all, the Longhorns appeared in nine bowl games in the decade, going 7-2 overall in those bowl games. They added a big 52 points to Texas' state total.
Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies lost their first five bowl games in the decade, but then rebounded to win a bowl game in the past two years for 12 more points for Texas. They won in the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, as Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel proved to be too much for Oklahoma's defense.
Texas State Bobcats
2012 was this program's first year in FBS. No bowl appearances yet. Zero points.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders have played in nine bowl games in the past decade, going an impressive 7-2 to add another 42 points to the Texas totals. The bowl game wins came in the Houston Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Gator Bowl, Insight Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Ticket City Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
The Miners had three bowl game appearances in last decade, losing all three times. Zero points.
This program started in 2012, so no bowl game appearances yet. Zero points.