Are The USC Trojans the BCS Champions of the 21st Century?
There have been 10 BCS title games, with nine different schools winning the National Championship. Suppose we wish to determine who is the best program of the 21st Century by comparing the 2000-2007 won—lost records of the nine different schools who have won the BCS Title?
We recognize that Tennessee and Florida State won their BCS Titles back in the 20th Century however, we will include them in this process to maintain the sample size of all BCS Champions. Other criteria may be used to determine the best program of the 21st Century, the following is my offering for such a debate. Behold:
SCHOOL YEAR CHAMPION WON/LOST RECORD WINNING %
9) FLORIDA STATE 1999 69—34 66.9%
8) TENNESSEE 1998 71—31 69.6%
7) FLORIDA 2006 74—28 72.5%
6) MIAMI 2001 76—23 76.7%
5) LSU 2003 & 2007 82—22 78.8%
4) SOUTHERN CAL 2004 81—21 79.4%
3) OHIO STATE 2002 81—20 80.1%
2) TEXAS 2005 85-17 83.3%
1) OKLAHOMA 2000 90—17 84.1%
Statistics are just a tool that can be used to encourage conversation. The above information indicates that many have undersold the value of the two powerful Big 12 Champions and that the two 20th Century Champions have fallen down during this decade.
Please note LSU & Southern Cal both round to 79%. How close are those two programs? They need to play each other. Someone needs to make a phone call.
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