“The numbers don’t lie.”

The Sporting News purports to rank the top programs in college football by assigning point values to the following accomplishments:

Sporting News ranked all the FBS programs by their past 10 seasons with a statistical formula that bridges the Bowl Championship Series and College Football Playoff eras to determine the top 25 college football programs.

Here are the categories we used:

National championships: 10 points each
National title game appearances: 5 points each
College Football Playoff appearances: 5 points each
New Year’s Day Six/BCS bowl appearances: 3 points each
Heisman Trophy winners: 2 points each

Overall winning percentage, All-Americans and NFL Draft first-round picks were awarded with a poll style 15-1 score. Ties were broken by the team with the best overall record since 2010.

Notice what’s missing there?  Does anybody care about winning conference titles any more?  And if not, why even bother with conferences?


Filed under College Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

16 responses to ““The numbers don’t lie.”

  1. Gaskilldawg

    Your observation is the sad consequence of the playoff fixation.


  2. Agree 1000%. I’d add conference championships to my list of qualifiers and drop Heisman winners.

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  3. Why does it matter what 32 general managers think of individual players as an input to the best college programs?

    The ESPN media darling award … sorry, I meant the Heisman Trophy? Hahahahahaha!

    A BCS/NY6 bowl appearance means more than a conference championship? Give me a break.

    The Sporting News was a great publication back in the day when it was printed in newsprint. Now, it’s just another clickbait rag.

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  4. spur21

    The longer Covid keeps us from meaningful football reporting the more we will suffer these click bait pieces.

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  5. David H.

    The fans, coaches, and players still care about conference championships. But when trying to rank all FBS teams, it may not make sense to equate (for example) an SEC championship with a Pac-12 championship with a Sun Belt championship.


  6. junkyardawg41

    I agree that the Conference Champion/Runner-up should be a criteria. I would also point out that most Playoff participants or BCS/NY6 participants have been Conference Champions/Runner-ups. (Yes, Bama is an outlier and I am sure there are a few more Notre Dame)

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  7. mddawg

    I would add division titles too. Obviously winning the conference title (and beyond) is the goal, but you’ve gotta win your division first to get there. Plus a team that produces a ton of Heisman winners but can’t even make it to the conference championship doesn’t scream top program to me.


  8. Valdawgsta

    The Heisman piece is silly to me. Consider this, would you rather go 12-2 with no Heisman winner or 10-4 with a Heisman winner?

    It’s an individual award that is cool, but I’ll take wins over rivals instead of a trophy for one really good player.

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  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    Ignoring strength of schedule just adds to the mistakes in this methodology. We have to play USCe every year for God’s sake!


  10. stoopnagle

    The Heisman is a dumb addition.

    I can see one reason to leave off conference titles. NY6 appearance is correlated with conference championships. A P5 conference champ is in a NY6 game, so why count it twice?


    • Busta

      You’ve got to think of the turds/MuLLLen here, all he’s done since becoming the biggest patch of moss in the swamp is make NY6 bowls…even if they were played before New Years eve/day. He/they didn’t even win their division, but appeared in NY6 games.


  11. CB

    I’ll stick to my guns here. A singular game that determines a champion after an entire season’s body of work proves little. It’s nice to win the game, but CCG’s are a waste of time at least 50% of the time.

    One could argue winning the division is more of an accomplishment. You can’t do that in one day.


  12. Faltering Memory

    The Heisman Trophy, irrelevent since 1956 (err, since ESPN took over).


  13. Yet the team’s conference or/and division is mentioned in almost every single one of the posts about said team. piece-meal hackdom


  14. Bigshot

    National championship or bust. Like it or not that’s the way it is.