Pure Numbers: Ranking The Top 50 College Programs of the Past Decade

Philip DodsonCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2010

Pure Numbers: Ranking The Top 50 College Programs of the Past Decade

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    Today, it is time to post an unbiased list based simply on a programs winning percentage over the past decade. Much like baseball, the variables are going to be thrown out and statistics will rule the college football world.  

    Regardless of conferences, competition, and bowl games, these are the top fifty college programs based on winning percentage since the 2000 season.  

49. (tie) Oklahoma State

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    Oklahoma State Cowboys

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 67-56

    Winning Percentage: 0.5447

49. (tie) Marshall

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    Marshall Thundering Herd

    Mid-American Conference

    Overall Record: 67-56

    Winning Percentage: 0.5447

48. Alabama

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    Alabama Crimson Tide

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 58-48

    Winning Percentage: 0.5471

46. (tie) South Carolina

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    South Carolina Gamecocks

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 68-54

    Winning Percentage: 0.5573

46. (tie) Air Force

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    Air Force Academy Falcons

    Mountain West Conference

    Overall Record: 68-54

    Winning Percentage: 0.5573

45. Troy

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    Troy Trojans

    Sun Belt Conference

    Overall Record: 61-48

    Winning Percentage: 0.5596

44. Northern Illinois

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    Northern Illinois Huskies

    Mid-American Conference

    Overall Record: 68-53

    Winning Percentage: 0.5619

43. Missouri

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    Missouri Tigers

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 70-54

    Winning Percentage: 0.5645

     

41. (tie) Kansas State

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    Kansas State Wildcats

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 71-54

    Winning Percentage: 0.5680

41. (tie) Arkansas

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    Arkansas Razaorbacks

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 71-54

    Winning Percentage: 0.5680

40. California

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    California Golden Bears

    Pac-10 Conference

    Overall Record: 71-53

    Winning Percentage: 0.5725

39. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    Independent

    Overall Record: 70-52

    Winning Percentage: 0.5737

38. Maryland

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    Maryland Terrapins

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 71-52

    Winning Percentage: 0.5772

37. Bowling Green

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    Bowling Green Falcons

    Mid-American Conference

    Overall Record: 70-51

    Winning Percentage: 0.5785

36. Southern Mississippi

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    Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

    Conference USA

    Overall Record: 74-52

    Winning Percentage: 0.5873

35. Toledo

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    Toledo Rockets

    Mid-American Conference

    Overall Record: 73-49

    Winning Percentage: 0.5983

34. Pittsburgh

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    Pittsburgh Panthers

    Big East Conference

    Overall Record: 74-49

    Winning Percentage: 0.6016

33. Hawaii

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    Hawaii Warriors

    Western Athletic Conference

    Overall Record: 80-51

    Winning Percentage: 0.6106

32. Cincinnati

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    Cincinnati Bearcats

    Big East Conference

    Overall Record: 78-48

    Winning Percentage: 0.6190

31. Fresno State

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    Fresno State Bulldogs

    Western Athletic Conference

    Overall Record: 81-49

    Winning Percentage: 0.6230

30. Florida State

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    Florida State Seminoles

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 73-44

    Winning Percentage: 0.6239

29. Penn State

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    Penn State Nittany Lions

    Big Ten Conference

    Overall Record: 77-46

    Winning Percentage: 0.6260

28. Clemson

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    Clemson Tigers

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 79-47

    Winning Percentage: 0.6269

27. Georgia Tech

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    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 81-48

    Winning Percentage: 0.6279

26. South Florida

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    South Florida Bulls

    Big East Conference

    Overall Record: 68-40

    Winning Percentage: 0.6296

24. (tie) Oregon State

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    Oregon State Beavers

    Pac-10 Conference

    Overall Record: 80-45

    Winning Percentage: 0.6400

24. (tie) Iowa

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    Iowa Hawkeyes

    Big Ten Conference

    Overall Record: 80-45

    Winning Percentage: 0.6400

23. Brigham Young

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    Brigham Young Cougars

    Mountain West Conference

    Overall Record: 81-44

    Winning Percentage: 0.6480

22. Michigan

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    Michigan Wolverines

    Big Ten Conference

    Overall Record: 81-43

    Winning Percentage: 0.6532

21. Tennessee

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    Tennessee Volunteers

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 83-44

    Winning Percentage: 0.6535

20. Nebraska

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    Nebraska Cornhuskers

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 84-44

    Winning Percentage: 0.6562

19. Texas Tech

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    Texas Tech Red Raiders

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 85-43

    Winning Percentage: 0.6640

18. Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin Badgers

    Big Ten Conference

    Overall Record: 86-43

    Winning Percentage: 0.6666

17. Louisville

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    Louisville Cardinals

    Big East Conference

    Overall Record: 83-41

    Winning Percentage: 0.6693

16. Boston College

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    Boston College Eagles

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 88-40

    Winning Percentage: 0.6875

15. West Virginia

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    West Virginia Mountaineers

    Big East Conference

    Overall Record: 86-39

    Winning Percentage: 0.6880

14. Auburn

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    Auburn Tigers

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 88-39

    Winning Percentage: 0.6929

13. Oregon

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    Oregon Ducks

    Pac-10 Conference

    Overall Record: 87-38

    Winning Percentage: 0.6960

12. Utah

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    Utah Utes

    Mountain West Conference

    Overall Record: 86-36

    Winning Percentage: 0.7049

11. Miami (Florida)

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    Miami Hurricanes

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 92-33

    Winning Percentage: 0.7360

10. Virginia Tech

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    Virginia Tech Hokies

    Atlantic Coast Conference

    Overall Record: 99-32

    Winning Percentage: 0.7557

9. Georgia

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    Georgia Bulldogs

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 98-31

    Winning Percentage: 0.7596

8. Louisiana State

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    LSU Tigers

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 99-31

    Winning Percentage: 0.7615

7. Texas Christian

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    TCU Horned Frogs

    Mountain West Conference

    Overall Record: 95-29

    Winning Percentage: 0.7661

6. Florida

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    Florida Gators

    Southeastern Conference

    Overall Record: 100-30

    Winning Percentage: 0.7692

5. Southern California

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    USC Trojans

    Pac-10 Conference

    Overall Record: 102-26

    Winning Percentage: 0.7968

4. Ohio State

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    Ohio State Buckeyes

    Big Ten Conference

    Overall Record: 102-25

    Winning Percentage: 0.8031

3. Oklahoma

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    Oklahoma Sooners

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 110-24

    Winning Percentage: 0.8209

2. Texas

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    Texas Longhorns

    Big 12 Conference

    Overall Record: 110-19

    Winning Percentage: 0.8527

1. Boise State

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    Boise State Broncos

    Western Athletic Conference

    Overall Record: 112-17

    Winning Percentage: 0.8682

    Regardless of the level of competition, the Broncos are the most successful program over the past decade in terms of winning percentage.  The program left the Big West conference after the 2000 season, and has dominated the WAC ever since joining.  Boise State recorded at least ten wins in a season, eight times since 2000.