Recent B1G Bowl History (January Bowls)

Submitted by stopthewnba on June 26th, 2013 at 11:50 AM
The public perception is the B1G doesn't show up to big bowls.   There's little hope in trying to fight that perception, so in the slow off-season I turned to statistics.
 
The B1G has sent 48 teams to January bowls since the 2003 Bowl season (Nebraska only counted twice, in 2012 & 2013 Cap One Bowls / I also did not remove any 'vacated' games ... cough, osu, cough)
 
Fun with numbers:
  • Overall, the B1G posted a record of 20-28 in these games (especially interesting if I could find the number of games the B1G was the underdog ... 20-28 as a dog is a pretty good record)
  • Avg score 24.6 - 29.4 / avg winning margin 6 pts / avg losing margin 13 pts
  • Biggest offenders (Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue ... combined 0-5, avg 24 pt losses)
  • Worst matchups: USC (0-5, avg. 19 pt losses), Alabama (42 pt win over Sparty, 2012), Ok St (44 pt drubbing of Purdue last year).  Houston over Penn St (16 pt loss) and Miss St over Rich Rod's 2011 squad also hurt overall average
  • ohio state's two Nat'l Champ game appearances also hurt, probably the most in terms of national perception (0-2, 21 pt avg loss)
  • Real fun with numbers?   Remove 2012 Alabama/MSU, all Rose Bowls, and all Nebraska/Purdue games?   (2-12 in those games, outscored by 16 ppg)

    • B1G is 19-15 in January bowl games !!!
Surprisingly ...
  • Against the SEC (games all in Florida, right?) the B1G is 13-14.  Their average win is by just over 5 points, but average loss is by almost 13 points
  • The B1G's failures in the Rose Bowl are well documented (1-8 over this strech).  They have been outscored by only 9 points (average) in those games.  Considering opponents (USC dynasty, Texas, etc) and location (USC's backyard), that's not as terrible as it sounds.
  • B1G went 2-12 vs Pac 10/12 and Big 12 combined
 
Source Data?
 
 
 
Charts?
Conference No of Games B1G Avg Score Opp Avg Score  
ACC 4 26 20 6
Big 12 6 30 39 -9
Pac 12 8 21 33 -12
SEC 27 25 28 -3
Other 3 22 24 -2
Team (record) Win Pct Scoring Margin
Iowa (4-2) .667 +4
ohio state (5-4) .556 -1
Penn St (3-3) .500

-5

Michigan St (2-2) .500 -15
Michigan (3-5) .375 -7
Northwestern (1-2) .333 +6
Wisconsin (2-5) .286 -1
Illinois (0-1) .000 -32
Nebraska (0-2) .000 -16
Purdue (0-2) .000 -25

 

Comments

707oxford

July 2nd, 2013 at 10:24 AM ^

It will never happen, but I would love to see the difference if there were a 10 year stretch of bowl games played in the B1G conference footprint.

The point that B1G teams play de facto away games in every relevant bowl seems to go largely overlooked by the media. Not to mention that the B1G usually plays a higher seed from the other conference.

Until these things change (they won't) we'll likely be stuck talking about whether the conference's average margin of loss is that bad.

death by trident

July 7th, 2013 at 4:53 PM ^

Here is some obvious data to add to the discussion.  This is the tale of one big conference, 4 mediocre ones, and one playing catch up.  Since 2003 the conferences have recorded the following number of wins versus opponents ranked 1-10 -

 

SEC - 69

Pac 12 - 31

Big 12 - 21

ACC - 18

Big 10 - 17

Big East - 11

 

Wins versus opponents ranked 11-25

SEC - 131

Big 12 - 91

ACC - 75

Big 10 - 70

Pac 12 - 63

Big East - 37

 

Wins versus opponents ranked 1-25

SEC - 200

Big 12 - 112

Pac 12 - 94

ACC - 93

Big 10 - 87

Big East - 48