FBS database work exposes an ESPN error

The final score of the Fresno State at Rice game, which took place on November 6, 2004, was 52-21, as can be seen below (from the official Western Athletics Conference site).

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ESPN has the score incorrectly listed as 52-14 on pages for both teams:

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teams that moved up the BCS rankings the most consecutive seasons

The table below lists the teams which, for the most consecutive [ongoing] seasons of the BCS era, had a final rank which was better than the first rank.

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team seasons first
Virginia Tech 6 2006
Oklahoma 5 2004
Stanford 5 2009
Florida 4 2005
BYU 4 2006
TCU 4 2008
Ohio State 4 2002

NCAA record keepers, meet the FBS database – updated

The 2013 NCAA FBS record book is available here as a PDF file.  From looking at the section seen below – and recalling this blog post, CFP HQ immediately saw that there were omissions.  A prominent case is that of Ohio State, which was last shut out on November 20, 1993 by Michigan.  Through the end of the 2012 season, its streak stood at 241.   Other teams with longer streaks (which happen to be current) than that of Central Michigan include USC, Wisconsin, Georgia, East Carolina, Texas Tech, and Kansas State.  This is a great example of how the FBS database is a uniquely useful resource in the world of college football.   An email message sent to the appropriate person at the NCAA  has not been answered.

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2014 UPDATE:   There never was a response from the NCAA, but the image below is from the new FBS record book.  (It seems that listing only the longest streak was easier than fixing the mistakes pointed out above.)   Michigan‘s streak was just broken when it was shut out by Notre Dame, 31-0.

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best and worst teams vs. unranked opponents

The table below lists the FBS teams with the highest and lowest Winning % vs. FBS opponents which were UnRanked in final BCS standings.

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team URW% team URW%
Florida 92.06 Georgia State  0.00
Ohio State 88.97 UMass 10.53
Georgia 88.06 Eastern Michigan 23.42
Texas 87.67 Army 23.49
Oklahoma 87.23 Buffalo 26.80
Boise State 85.93 New Mexico State 26.88
Virginia Tech 84.31 Duke 28.68
Oregon 84.14 South Alabama 30.43
Nebraska 82.98 Florida International 31.63
Florida State 82.39 Idaho 31.76

highest FBS winning margins of one-loss teams

In a season since 1998, the following teams, with one loss in FBS games, had the highest average Winning Margins in their FBS Wins.

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team season W WM
Boise State 2010 12 35.25
Louisville 2004 11 33.09
Boise State 2002 12 31.67
Florida 2008 12 31.67
USC 2008 12 31.42
Alabama 2011 11 29.64
Virginia Tech 1999 10 29.20
Kansas State 1999 11 29.20
Oregon 2012 11 28.91
Alabama 2012 12 28.75

smallest average losing margins of teams with no FBS wins in a season

In a season since 1998, the following teams had no wins against FBS opponents, but had the smallest average losing margins.

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team season LM
Akron 2012 15.91
Navy 2001 16.10
Troy 2002 16.13
Florida International 2006 16.50
Central Florida 2004 17.00
Kent State 2005 17.20
South Carolina 1999 17.36
Idaho 2007 17.45
Western Kentucky 2008 18.10
Southern Mississippi 2012 18.17

highest & lowest conference scoring seasons

University of Nebraska-Memorial Stadium The table shows the ten FBS conferences which, during a season since 1998,  had the highest & lowest average number of points scored (by both teams) per conference game.

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conference season PPG conference season PPG
WAC 2004 68.53 Sun Belt 2006 37.64
Big 12 2008 67.59 ACC 2006 39.98
CUSA 2007 66.98 SEC 2006 42.20
WAC 2012 66.90 ACC 2008 42.92
Big 12 2012 66.64 SEC 2005 43.88
MWC 2013 66.53 ACC 2004 43.98
Big 12 2011 65.71 Big East 2010 44.29
Big West 2000 65.60 Big Ten 1998 44.36
CUSA 2010 63.82 SEC 1999 44.76
CUSA 2012 63.16 Pac-10 2006 44.84