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Friday, September 5, 2008
Updated: September 12, 11:05 PM ET
Cupcake statistics: The BCS from top to bottom

By Thomas Neumann
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Is your favorite team a BCS bully or a formidable fighter? Check the complete rankings below.

We list all BCS schools in order of highest percentage of nonconference games played against BCS opponents to lowest percentage of nonconference games played against BCS opponents. Obviously, teams don't get to select their opponent in bowl games, so bowls are not factored into this study. The following data represent regular-season nonconference games from 1998 to 2007.

Key: Nonconf. games = total number of nonconference games; Nonconf. BCS = record vs. nonconference BCS opponents; Rec. vs. I-A non-BCS = record vs. Division I-A non-BCS opponents; Rec. vs. I-AA = record vs. I-AA opponents; Pct. of gms. vs. BCS = percentage of nonconference games vs. BCS opponents.

Team Nonconf. games Nonconf. BCS Rec. vs. I-A non-BCS Rec. vs. I-AA Pct. of gms. vs. BCS
1. Florida State 37 16-10 (.615) 9-1 (.900) 1-0 (1.000) .703
2. USC 37 18-6 (.750) 13-0 (1.000) 0-0 .649
3. Georgia Tech 35 11-9 (.550) 10-1 (.909) 4-0 (1.000) .571
4. UCLA 32 10-8 (.556) 13-1 (.929) 0-0 .563
5. North Carolina 35 5-14 (.263) 6-6 (.500) 3-1 (.750) .543
6. Michigan State 36 13-6 (.684) 14-3 (.824) 0-0 .528
7. Iowa 35 6-12 (.333) 13-2 (.867) 2-0 (1.000) .514
8. Miami (Fla.) 41 14-7 (.667) 14-1 (.933) 5-0 (1.000) .512
9. Clemson 34 10-7 (.588) 11-1 (.917) 5-0 (1.000) .500
9. Duke 34 2-15 (.118) 3-9 (.250) 4-1 (.800) .500
9. Penn State 36 10-8 (.556) 16-1 (.941) 1-0 (1.000) .500
9. Stanford 30 5-10 (.333) 8-6 (.571) 0-1 (.000) .500
9. Syracuse 46 5-18 (.217) 17-5 (.773) 1-0 (1.000) .500
9. Virginia 36 10-8 (.556) 11-5 (.688) 2-0 (1.000) .500
15. Michigan 35 8-9 (.471) 17-0 (1.000) 0-1 (.000) .486
16. Maryland 35 9-7 (.563) 12-1 (.923) 6-0 (1.000) .457
17. Cal 33 9-6 (.600) 10-6 (.625) 2-0 (1.000) .455
18. Purdue 36 8-8 (.500) 15-2 (.882) 3-0 (1.000) .444
19. South Carolina 34 5-10 (.333) 14-2 (.875) 3-0 (1.000) .441
20. Nebraska 37 13-3 (.813) 15-1 (.938) 5-0 (1.000) .432
21. Washington 33 6-8 (.429) 13-6 (.684) 0-0 .424
22. Pittsburgh 45 5-14 (.263) 16-4 (.800) 6-0 (1.000) .422
22. West Virginia 45 8-11 (.421) 19-3 (.864) 4-0 (1.000) .422
24. Ohio State 36 12-3 (.800) 20-0 (1.000) 1-0 (1.000) .417
25. Colorado 34 3-11 (.214) 14-5 (.737) 0-1 (.000) .412
25. Georgia 34 11-3 (.786) 15-0 (1.000) 5-0 (1.000) .412
25. Illinois 34 4-10 (.286) 12-4 (.750) 4-0 (1.000) .412
25. Indiana 34 3-11 (.214) .12-3 (.800) 4-1 (.800) .412
29. Arizona State 33 7-6 (.538) 15-2 (.882) 3-0 (1.000) .394
30. Wake Forest 34 8-5 (.615) 13-3 (.813) 3-2 (.600) .382
31. Boston College 42 11-5 (.688) 17-4 (.810) 5-0 (1.000) .381
31. Virginia Tech 42 12-4 (.750) 20-0 (1.000) 6-0 (1.000) .381
33. Iowa State 35 8-5 (.615) 10-4 (.714) 7-1 (.875) .371
34. Florida 34 5-7 (.417) 18-0 (1.000) 4-0 (1.000) .353
34. Tennessee 34 8-4 (.667) 22-0 (1.000) 0-0 .353
34. Vanderbilt 34 7-5 (.583) 5-9 (.357) 8-0 (1.000) .353
37. Oregon 32 7-4 (.636) 17-1 (.944) 3-0 (1.000) .344
38. Kentucky 34 7-4 (636) 10-6 (.625) 7-0 (1.000) .324
39. Oklahoma 35 7-4 (.636) 22-1 (.957) 1-0 (1.000) .314
39. Texas 35 6-5 (.545) 23-0 (1.000) 1-0 (1.000) .314
41. Rutgers 45 4-10 (.286) 18-5 (.783) 5-3 (.625) .311
42. Northwestern 36 7-4 (.636) 13-10 (.565) 1-1 (.500) .306
42. NC State 36 7-4 (.636) 12-5 (.706) 8-0 (1.000) .306
44. Auburn 34 3-7 (.300) 19-0 (1.000) 5-0 (1.000) .294
45. Texas A&M 35 3-7 (.30) 20-1 (.952) 4-0 (1.000) .286
46. Arizona 34 1-8 (.111) 15-5 (.750) 5-0 (1.000) .265
46. Missouri 34 5-4 (.555) 15-4 (.789) 6-0 (1.000) .265
48. Wisconsin 38 9-1 (.900) 21-3 (.875) 4-0 (1.000) .263
49. Wash. State 33 3-5 (.375) 19-3 (.864) 3-0 (1.000) .242
50. Baylor 34 1-6 (.143) 11-8 (.579) 8-0 (1.000) .206
51. Kansas State 36 5-2 (.714) 17-3 (.850) 9-0 (1.000) .194
52. Alabama 37 1-6 (.143) 22-6 (.786) 2-0 (1.000) .189
53. LSU 34 4-2 (.667) 22-2 (.917) 4-0 (1.000) .176
53. Miss. State 34 1-5 (.167) 15-7 (.682) 5-1 (.833) .176
55. Texas Tech 36 2-4 (.333) 21-3 (.875) 6-0 (1.000) .167
56. Oregon State 33 3-2 (.600) 16-4 (.800) 8-0 (1.000) .152
57. Mississippi 34 0-5 (.000) 21-4 (.840) 4-0 (1.000) .147
57. Okla. State 34 2-3 (.400) 15-6 (.714) 8-0 (1.000) .147
59. Kansas 35 1-4 (.200) 15-5 (.750) 10-0 (1.000) .143
60. Arkansas 34 1-3 (.250) 25-0 (1.000) 5-0 (1.000) .118
61. Minnesota 34 1-1 (.500) 21-4 (.840) 6-1 (.857) .059
Notre Dame (ind.) 115 55-41 (.573) 16-3 (.842) 0-0 .835

Note: Former Big East member Temple and current Big East members Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville and South Florida aren't tabulated in this study because they weren't BCS conference members for the entire 1998-2007 span.

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