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Where Does Boston College Football Rank Among The Ranks Of The FBS "Super Division?"

Where would Boston College rank in the FBS' "Super Division?"

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ACC Commissioner John Swofford turns heads the other day, telling USA Today Sports that he prefers the formation of a "super division" to a full split from the NCAA. The idea is for college football's five major conferences -- ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, PAC-12 and SEC -- to create a new band within the NCAA for football, breaking away from the rest of the FBS -- American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and the Sun Belt.

"That's a potential way of making a change that would basically retain the fundamental NCAA oversight and umbrella, if you will," Swofford said. "If the five conferences were to break off, I mean, that's a complicated move. You'd have to, in essence, duplicate the NCAA in some form or fashion, and then what does that mean for intercollegiate athletics? So if you've got another division, if that's the answer within the NCAA, you can maneuver and find an appropriate way, I think, to address those kinds of issues."

I think a new Division I-A band is a fait accompli. More when than if. The rather sizable gap between the five major conferences and the rest of the FBS only figures to grow wider over the years with the start of the College Football Playoff (the major conferences will earn 70% of the money generated from the playoff). The Power Five conferences are striking deals with each other; often at the expense of the non-power conferences. Non-power conference schools will have to continue to fight for access to the college football playoff all while falling further behind their power conference counterparts.

The question I have is where does that leave Boston College football? Where would a program with a Heisman Trophy and a claimed National Championship place among the ranks of the FBS "Super Division?" It's not a question with an easy answer and the answer varies based on the length of time studied.

There are plenty of different measures one could look at to reach an answer. I kept it simple, looking at winning percentage over the years. Where does BC rank out of the 65 teams that would make up the FBS's "Super Division" based on the last 5 years ... 10 ... 25 ... 50 ... and all-time. The results may surprise.

5 Years Out, 2008-2012

Boston College compiled a 30-34 record over the past five years for a winning percentage of .469. That places the Eagles 45th out of 65 programs and among this group of programs.

42. California
43. Mississippi
44. North Carolina
45. Boston College
46. Arizona State
47. UCLA
48. Tennessee

Surprising to see programs like UCLA and Tennessee so far down this list; a reminder that Boston College isn't the only moderately successful program historically to fall on hard times of late.

10 Years Out, 2003-2012

Ten years out, the Boston College football looks much better. The Eagles went 77-51 over the past decade for a winning percentage of .602.

24. Iowa
25. Miami
26. South Carolina
27. Boston College
28. Georgia Tech
29. Notre Dame
30. Arkansas

Oh hai, Notre Dame!

25 Years Out, 1988-2012

The quarter-century mark is less kind to BC. Boston College compiled a record of 162-138-2 for a winning percentage of .540. That's good for 36th place of 65. More or less middle-of-the-pack.

33. Syracuse
34. UCLA
35. Washington
36. Boston College
37. Arizona State
38. Michigan State
39. South Carolina

At 25 years out, we start to factor in Boston College's time as an Eastern independent, which some could argue starts to skew the winning percentage a bit based on strength of schedule. Something to keep in mind.

50 Years Out, 1963-2012

Boston College went 313-249-3 in 570 games over the last 50 years. A winning percentage of .561 would rank the Eagles 26th among the ranks of the FBS "Super Division" historically. That's the best mark for BC of any of the time periods studied.

23. Texas A&M
24. Washington
25. Texas Tech
26. Boston College
27. N.C. State
28. Utah
29. Oregon

All-Time, 1869-2012

All-time, Boston College ranks 29th in the FBS Super Division. The Eagles' all-time record of 637-453-37 over 1,127 games is good for a winning percentage of .582.

26. Colorado
27. Utah
28. UCLA
29. Boston College
30. Syracuse
31. Pittsburgh
32. Stanford

Check out the table below to find out which program ranks DFL all-time. #TheRivalry.


Even the most recent two-year stretch of terrible football (6-18) wasn't enough to place Boston College among the bottom 1/5 of the FBS "Super Division" over the last five years. Historically, Boston College places somewhere in the 25-35 range which would put the Eagles in the lower-middle half of any new FBS Division. Whether BC can get back to that level of competition is another question completely.

Complete rankings below. Thanks to Rank is approximate as ties for winning percentage were not broken. Also excludes vacated wins (see also: Penn State).

5 10 25 50 All-Time
1 Alabama Louisiana State Florida State Nebraska Michigan
2 Oregon Ohio State Florida Ohio State Notre Dame
3 Texas Christian Southern Cal Nebraska Oklahoma Oklahoma
4 Oklahoma Oklahoma Ohio State Michigan Ohio State
5 Florida Texas Christian Miami-Florida Alabama Texas
6 Louisiana State Texas Michigan Texas Alabama
7 Oklahoma State Florida Oklahoma Southern Cal Nebraska
8 Ohio State Oregon Texas Florida State Southern Cal
9 Stanford Virginia Tech Tennessee Florida Tennessee
10 Texas Georgia Virginia Tech Georgia Florida State
11 Virginia Tech Utah Georgia Notre Dame Penn State
12 Southern Cal West Virginia Southern Cal Tennessee Louisiana State
13 Utah Wisconsin Auburn Penn State Georgia
14 Nebraska Auburn Notre Dame Auburn Florida
15 Wisconsin Alabama Oregon Louisiana State Miami-Florida
16 Florida State Nebraska Alabama Miami-Florida Auburn
17 Georgia Texas Tech Louisiana State Arkansas Washington
18 South Carolina Oklahoma State West Virginia Arizona State Arizona State
19 West Virginia Louisville Texas A&M Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
20 Michigan State Clemson Clemson West Virginia West Virginia
21 Clemson Florida State Utah Clemson Texas A&M
22 Texas Tech Michigan Texas Christian UCLA Georgia Tech
23 Notre Dame Missouri Kansas State Texas A&M Clemson
24 Missouri Iowa Wisconsin Washington Arkansas
25 Kansas State Miami-Florida Louisville Texas Tech Michigan State
26 Northwestern South Carolina Texas Tech Boston College Colorado
27 Georgia Tech Boston College Georgia Tech North Carolina State Utah
28 Rutgers Georgia Tech Virginia Utah UCLA
29 Iowa Notre Dame Iowa Oregon Boston College
30 Arkansas Arkansas Colorado Georgia Tech Syracuse
31 Pittsburgh Rutgers Arkansas Syracuse Pittsburgh
32 Auburn California North Carolina State North Carolina Stanford
33 Texas A&M Oregon State Syracuse Colorado Wisconsin
34 Miami-Florida Michigan State UCLA Michigan State Minnesota
35 North Carolina State Tennessee Washington Arizona Arizona
36 Arizona Pittsburgh Boston College Mississippi Texas Tech
37 Oregon State Kansas State Arizona State Louisville North Carolina
38 Michigan Texas A&M Michigan State Pittsburgh California
39 Louisville Northwestern South Carolina Stanford Oregon
40 Baylor Stanford Mississippi Wisconsin Mississippi
41 Mississippi State Arizona State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Missouri
42 California North Carolina State Arizona Missouri Texas Christian
43 Mississippi UCLA Penn State South Carolina Purdue
44 North Carolina Purdue Stanford Iowa Iowa
45 Boston College Virginia California Purdue Virginia
46 Arizona State Maryland North Carolina Rutgers Maryland
47 UCLA Wake Forest Pittsburgh Maryland Illinois
48 Tennessee Mississippi Missouri Virginia Louisville
49 Syracuse Minnesota Purdue California South Carolina
50 Wake Forest Kansas Mississippi State Texas Christian Rutgers
51 Kentucky Arizona Oregon State Kansas State North Carolina State
52 Purdue Mississippi State Washington State Baylor Oklahoma State
53 Washington Kentucky Maryland Minnesota Baylor
54 Vanderbilt Baylor Northwestern Illinois Kentucky
55 Iowa State North Carolina Illinois Mississippi State Vanderbilt
56 Maryland Iowa State Rutgers Washington State Kansas
57 Minnesota Syracuse Kansas Kansas Washington State
58 Virginia Vanderbilt Wake Forest Kentucky Duke
59 Illinois Colorado Minnesota Iowa State Mississippi State
60 Duke Washington Baylor Oregon State Oregon State
61 Kansas Washington State Kentucky Wake Forest Iowa State
62 Penn State Illinois Indiana Indiana Kansas State
63 Indiana Indiana Iowa State Northwestern Northwestern
64 Colorado Duke Vanderbilt Duke Indiana
65 Washington State Penn State Duke Vanderbilt Wake Forest