Big Ten Record vs BCS Conferences 2010

Submitted by MGoTarHeel on September 27th, 2010 at 10:44 PM

With some talk about how the conferences compare, and the recent article disparaging the Big Ten, I thought it would be helpful to have a look at how the Big Ten is faring against the other "Big Six" conferences (and Notre Dame). I have the chart broken down into the Big Ten vs. each other conference, and included the scores for each game. Obviously I included the total record versus the conference and the total conference record versus BCS level competition. I have also included the Sagarin Rankings for each team in each matchup (Big Ten teams are listed first, regardless of outcome). Note that these rankings are updated weekly, and will be reflected as such in the charts.

Big Ten records vs. BCS Conferences  
vs SEC Win Loss Sagarin Rankings
NW 23 Vanderbilt 21 x   35 vs 59
PSU 3 Alabama 24   x 22 vs 1
  1 1  
OSU 36 Miami 24 x   6 vs 11
  1 0  
Big 12      
Iowa 35 Iowa St 7 x   27 vs 65
Illinois 13 Missouri 23   x 61 vs 30
  1 1  
Big East      
Michigan 30 Uconn 10 x   26 vs 69
  1 0  
Pac 10      
Wisconsin 20 ASU 19 x   31 vs 45
Minnesota 21 USC 32   x 102 vs 10
Iowa 27 Arizona 34   x 27 vs 12
  1 2  
Notre Dame      
Michigan 28 ND 24 x   26 vs 64
MSU 34 ND 31 x   41 vs 64
Purdue 12 ND 23   x 96 vs 64
  2 1  
Overall 7 5  


I included the Sagarin Rankings if only to give an idea of whether the Big Ten was supposed to win, compete, or lose each game. I feel that this is important for perspective, especially in the small sample sizes. I understand that the sample size is STILL small, so this should be taken with a grain of salt (a big loss to a team could be a contributor to the disparity in rankings with so few games played, instead of solely the other way around).

It seems that the Big Ten is very competitive with all the other conferences. The losses the Big Ten incurred are somewhat understandable to this point. We may revisit this chart later in the year to see how these wins and losses hold up throughout the year. Thoughts?

Note: I thought this might be diary worthy since it has a chart and might be of interest to people for more than a couple hours, and yea this is my first one. If it needs to be bumped down, do it to it. I know there are a lot of amazing diaries on here that I don't like to push back a page.



September 27th, 2010 at 10:48 PM ^

Nice little chart.  Don't forget ND - I know they are not technically a BCS conference, but they are a significant OOC team that has a special relationship with the BCS.  If you include them, the record is 7-4. 


September 28th, 2010 at 1:39 AM ^

If you drop Notre Dame, we become a modest 5-4.  I don't think that ND should be weighted the same as an entire conference with schools of varying ability, but that's a picky observation.


September 28th, 2010 at 8:10 AM ^

I just learned something new.  I hope it didnt push something old out.  I can't believe that Iowa State is B12.  I went to correct you, but after a 8.73 second google research session, I found out you are correct.  I now will ban myself from mgoblog for 3 hours b/c of my stupidity.  Back to work.


September 28th, 2010 at 9:26 AM ^

That Iowa loss to Arizona hurts.  They looked absolutely horrible in the first half.  I don't know much about playing an away game at Arizona - the fans looked into the game - but Iowa came out and laid an egg and got too far behind to come back.  It was ugly.  And Penn State's loss to Alabama was pretty bad too.  Not that they should have been expected to win, but they didn't really compete.  That one hurt the Big-10's credibility too.