the top “winningest, but not quality-winningest” FBS teams


From 1998 through 2013, 32 FBS teams do not have a single quality win.  The ten such teams with the most wins over other FBS teams are listed in the table below.

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team FBS wins
Toledo 108
Air Force  97
Navy  92
Ohio  83
Rice  81
Ball State  77
Western Michigan  77
Middle Tennessee  77
Central Michigan  76
Troy  68

coaches with the most upset wins

The table below lists the FBS coaches who, since 1998, have led their teams to the most upset wins.

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coach UW
Lloyd Carr 12
Tom O’Brien 12
Kirk Ferentz 11
Bob Stoops 11
Les Miles 10
Nick Saban 10
Houston Nutt  9
Urban Meyer  8
Bobby Bowden  8
Frank Beamer  8
Bo Pelini  8

teams that scored equal # of pts in a season’s Ws & Ls

There doesn’t appear to be anything other than chance to explain this fact:  Seven of the eight teams that, in a season since 1998, have put up the same number of points in wins and losses were from non-automatically qualifying conferences.

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team season PF
San Jose State 1998 137
San Diego State 2001  92
Eastern Michigan 2004 164
Ball State 2006 163
Marshall 2008 123
Louisiana Tech 2009 175
Western Michigan 2012 176
Arkansas 2012 141

teams with highest and lowest % of ranked losses

Excluding those that joined FBS in 2012 or 2013, the table below lists the teams that, since 1998, have the highest and lowest percentages of losses to FBS opponents be Ranked Losses.

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team RL% team RL%
Florida 82.14 Army  8.63
Georgia 71.43 UAB  9.40
Nebraska 63.08 Middle Tennessee 10.11
Texas 62.50 Eastern Michigan 10.37
Ohio State 61.90 Florida International 10.67
Oklahoma 60.00 Memphis 10.83
Texas A&M 59.76 Tulane 10.92
Auburn 59.42 Kent State 11.67
Alabama 58.73 Texas-El Paso 11.76
Tennessee 58.67 Buffalo 11.81

coaches with most quality wins without an upset loss

The FBS coaches who, since 1998,  have more than one quality win without ever suffering an upset loss are listed in the table below.

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coach QW coach QW
Gene Chizik 9 Ed Orgeron 2
Gus Malzahn 4 John Bunting 2
David Cutcliffe 3 Joker Phillips 2
Doug Marrone 3 June Jones 2
Mike O’Cain 3 Ron Prince 2
Rocky Long 3 Skip Holtz 2
Bill O’Brien 2 Sylvester Croom 2
Bobby Johnson 2 Terry Hoepner 2

most FBS games coached without an upset win

Since 1998, the following coaches have led their respective FBS teams for the most games without ever earning an upset win.

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coach games
Larry Blakeney 143
Dan McCarney 137
Dan Hawkins 118
Sonny Lubick 117
Charlie Weatherbie 113
Tommy West 111
Bronco Mendenhall 110
Bob Toledo 109
Joe Novak 107
Darrell Dickey 103

coaches with the most upset losses

The table below lists the coaches who, since the 1998 season, have had their teams suffer the most upset losses.

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coach UL
Frank Beamer 17
Bob Stoops 13
Mack Brown 13
Bobby Bowden 10
Les Miles 10
Mike Bellotti 10
Nick Saban 10
Mark Richt 10
Rich Rodriguez  9
Mike Gundy  8
Larry Coker  8