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Big East, Big 12 and SEC Dominating College Football Bowl Games: Fan’s View
With just four bowl games left to be played in the college football season, three of the major football conferences are guaranteed to have winning records in bowl games, while three are guaranteed losing records. The three major college football conferences that are dominating the bowl games this season are the Big East, the Big 12, and the SEC.
Most college football fans will not be be surprised that the Big 12 and SEC have winning bowl records, but the Big East? I'm a college football fan of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and the Big East. All season long all Big East fans ever heard was how lousy the conference is. Well guess what? Not only is the Big East guaranteed a winning bowl record, but two of the Big East's new teams were dominant in winning bowl games over big conference opponents too.
Conferences With Winning Records in Bowl Games
Big 12 is 6-1 in Bowl Games
With a 6-1 overall record, the Big 12 has been the most dominant conference this bowl season. All six wins were over teams from the other major conferences too. The Big 12 went 4-0 vs Pac 12 teams, and 2-0 vs Big Ten teams. My Rutgers team gave the Big 12 teams their only loss to date, when we beat Iowa State, 27-13, in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Does the Big 12's 6-1 bowl record give more credence to the idea that Oklahoma State should be playing in the BCS Championship Game rather than Alabama? I'd say yes, but Oklahoma State only beat Stanford because of a missed short field goal. Still, a win is a win.
Big East is 3-1 in Bowl Games
After West Virginia completely dominated the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers, 70-33, in the Discover Orange Bowl, the Big East is 3-1 in bowl games. All three wins were against other major conference teams too. Rutgers beat Iowa State and Cincinnati beat Vanderbilt. The Big East's lone loss was when North Carolina State beat Louisville.
Before anyone says that West Virginia is leaving the Big East, two of the new teams the Big East is adding completely dominated two major conference teams. Boise State crushed Arizona State, 56-24, and Houston rolled up 600 yards in offense while beating Penn State, 30-14, in the TicketCity Bowl.
Even though West Virginia is leaving the Big East, the conference will still own the record for having the team that scored the most points in a bowl game with 70. That was a lot fun to watch.
SEC is 4-2 in Bowl Games
With a 4-2 bowl record and two games left to go, the SEC is guaranteed a winning overall bowl record. That's because of the game nobody wants to see, when Alabama plays LSU in the BCS Championship Game. The SEC will go 1-1 in that game. The other game left is Arkansas vs Kansas State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
If Arkansas wins, the SEC will go 6-3 in bowl games, if they lose, the SEC will go 5-4. I'd also say that if Arkansas loses to Big 12 Kansas State, the case for Oklahoma State to have been in the BCS Championship Game is made stronger.
Conferences With Losing Records in Bowl Games
ACC is 2-6 in Bowl Games
Florida State's 18-14 win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl, and North Carolina State's 31-24 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl are the only wins the ACC has in the bowl games. North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Clemson all lost.
Even though Clemson gave up a record 70 points to West Virginia, the worst defeat to me was Virginia Tech's loss to Michigan, 23-20. Virginia Tech was clearly the more talented team in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but Frank Beamer played for a tie at the end of the game. When you are the more talented team and you play for a tie, you deserve to lose.
Pac 12 is 2-5 in Bowl Games
Utah's win over Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, and Oregon's great win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl are the Pac 12's only bowl wins. Has a college team ever had more speed than the Oregon Ducks do?
Big Ten is 4-6 in Bowl Games
The Big Ten went 4-6 in this year's bowl games. One of the wins includes Purdue's 37-32 win over Western Michigan from the MAC. One of the losses includes Penn State's 30-14 loss to Houston from Conference USA. Not too impressive a showing for the Big Ten.
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