LSU Wins CFP Championship - Complete Postseason Wrap-up, Facts and Info

January 14, 2020 by Dave Congrove

LSU on Monday (January 13) defeated Clemson 42-25 in the College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans as Joe Burrow set the FBS record for most touchdown passes in a season. The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from LSU set BCS and Playoff records by throwing for 5 touchdowns and 463 yards, and he ran for a 6th to set another record in the BCS/Playoff era. His 60 touchdown passes for the season eclipse the previous mark of 58 set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2006.

In just his third full season as head coach, Ed Orgeron guided LSU to program's first undefeated since 1958 when the Tigers won the national championship under head coach Paul Dietzel. The Bayou Bengals also became only the second team in the AP Poll era to finish a season 15-0 after Clemson became the first to reach that pinnacle last season.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence entered the game with a 25-0 record as the starter and he drew first blood in this game with a 1-yard TD run on his team's third possession. After LSU tied it up at 7-apiece, Clemson scored the next 10 points for a 17-7 lead with 10:38 to go in the first half. Then, Burrow and Co. took over and rattled off 21 unanswered points before the break for a 28-17 halftime lead behind two Burrow TD passes and a Burrow TD run. 

Clemson cut the deficit to 28-25 on its first possession of the second half, but that would be the last gasp. The LSU defense shut down Clemson for the rest of the evening while adding two more Burrow scoring strikes and a Travis Etienne run. Though he had just 5 catches for 36 yards, Thaddeus Moss, son of former NFL player Randy Moss, was the recipient of two of Burrow's TD tosses. JaMarr Chase had 9 catches for 221 yards and 2 TD's while Justin Jefferson hauled in 9 throws for 106 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire gave the team ground support with 110 yards on 16 carries. Overall, Clemson was outgained 628-394 yards.

28 teams in 2019 won at least 10 games, up from 25 teams in 2018. In 1993, the first year of the Congrove Computer Rankings, only 12 teams had double-digit wins.

The Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile on Monday night (January 6) wrapped up the traditional bowl season. The 27-17 win gave Louisiana a school record 11th win for the season (11-3) while Miami (O.) finished 8-6. Sun Belt schools have won the last 5 editions of this game, formerly known as the Dollar General Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl.

Southern Miss on Saturday (January 4) opened a 13-0 lead, then surrendered 30 unanswered points as Tulane captured the Armed Forces Bowl with a 30-13 win over the Golden Eagles. Both teams finished 7-6. Southern Miss led 13-6 at the break, but couldn't find any offense in the second half with 4 drives ending in punts, 2 on turnovers and another on downs. The Green Wave improved their bowl record to 6-7 with a fourth bowl win in the school's last 5 appearances, though this was just their fifth bowl trip since 1998. Southern Miss saw its bowl record fall to 11-15 with a 5th loss in that school's last 7 bowl trips.

Conference Bowl Records (Final)

Conference W-L Games Pct.
SEC 7-2 9 .778
Independents 2-1 3 .667
Sun Belt
3-2 5 .600
American 4-3 7 .571
MWC 4-3 7 .571
PAC-12 4-3 7 .571
Big 10
4-5 9 .444
MAC 3-4 7 .429
ACC 4-6 10 .400
3-5 8 .375
Big 12
1-5 6 .167
NOTE: CFP Championship game does not count in bowl standings

75-year-old Frank Solich and the Ohio Bobcats built a 30-9 lead, then survived a couple of turnovers and held off Nevada 30-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday (January 3). It was Nevada's first bowl loss since 2014 and ended a 2-bowl winning streak for the Wolf Pack. Ohio earned a third consecutive bowl victory and improved to 5-8 in bowl games. When Solich arrived on campus in 2005, the Bobcats had appeared in just two bowl games, lost both, and hadn't been invited to any bowl game since the 1968 Tangerine Bowl. Solich has guided the program to victory in 5 of its last 8 bowl trips.

Cincinnati rolled tp a 38-6 win over Boston College in the Birmingham Bowl on Thursday. The Eagles, playing under interim head coach Rich Gunnell, finished 6-7 while the Bearcats closed out an 11-3 campaign. A 1-1/2-hour delay intercepted festivities midway through the first quarter, eerily familiar to last year's Boston College bowl game that was ruled a non-contest with Boise State when lightning canceled the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl halfway through the opening stanza.

In the Gator Bowl, Tennessee rallied from a 22-9 deficit to defeat Indiana 23-22. The Hoosiers haven't won a bowl game since 1991 and are 3-9 all-time such affairs. It was Indiana's 5th straight bowl loss and the Volunteer's 4th consecutive bowl win.

The Sugar Bowl wrapped up a four-pack of New Year's Day games with Georgia stifling Baylor's offense, ultimately knocking out QB Charlie Brewer, and wining the game 26-14. Brewer suffered a concussion with about 8-1/2 minutes left in the game when his head the ground on the sideline. He was replaced by Jacob Zeno who was rendered ineffective by a Bulldog defense that spent the night in Baylor's backfield. Georgia freshman receiver George Pickens had 12 catches for 175 yards and a TD, but 11 of those catches and the score came in the first half when the 'Dawgs opened a 19-0 halftime cushion. Georgia finished the season 12-2 and improved to 32-20-3 all-time in bowl games while Baylor ended the year at 11-3 and dropped to 13-12 in bowls. The Bears came into the game on a 3-bowl winning streak. The Big 12 finished 1-5 in bowl games.

Wisconsin outgained Oregon 322-204 and had possession of the ball for 16 minutes longer, but the Ducks won the Rose Bowl 28-27. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert had 3 touchdown runs, Brady Breeze had a 31-yard fumble return, and the defense kept Jonathan Taylor under 100 yards rushing (94) and out of the end zone. The loss snapped a 5-bowl win streak for the Badgers.

The year 2020 got underway with a pair of of SEC-Big Ten matchups in traditional Florida bowls. In the Outback Bowl in Tampa, the Minnesota Golden Gophers scored a 31-24 upset of 7.5-point favorite Auburn. In the Citrus Bowl, Alabama shutout Michigan in the second half to rally from a 16-14 deficit to a 35-16 win.

Tyler Johnson's 73-yard TD off a Tanner Morgan pass with 10:26 to play proved to be the difference-maker for Minnesota which finished 11-2 for the program's most wins in a season since going 13-0 in 1904. The Golden Gophers have won 4 straight bowl games and are now 9-12 in their bowl history. Auburn finished the year 9-4 and is now 24-18-2 in its bowl history.

Alabama backup QB Mac Jones tossed 3 touchdown passes in place of Tua Tagovailoa (hip injury)to help the Tide finish the season 11-2 and improve to 40-24-3 in bowl games. It was the fifth straight bowl win for Alabama as the National Champion ship game does not count as a bowl game. The Wolverines finished 9-4 with after their 4th straight bowl loss.

Texas put an exclamation point on a 5-pack of New Year's Eve games by whipping 7-point favorite Utah 38-10 in the Alamo Bowl. The Longhorns finished the season 8-5. Utah was on the cusp of inclusion in the college football playoff's final four before falling 37-15 to Oregon in the PAC-12 Championship game. Texas improved to 30-24-2 all-time in bowl games to remain tied with Penn State for the 4th-most total bowl wins. Texas was the only Big 12 team to win a bowl game this season as the conference went 1-5. Utah fell to 18-6 in bowl games, but still owns the nation's top bowl winning percentage for schools with at least 20 bowl appearances.

Navy capped an incredible 11-2 campaign with a 20-17 win over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl. With just 29 seconds left in the game and Navy facing a 4th-and-3 on the Kansas State 46-yard line, QB Malcom Perry pitched the ball to C.J Williams who completed a 41-yard pass to Chance Warren to set up the game-winning 23-yard field goal by Bijan Nichols. Perry's 213-yard day brought him to a toal of 2,017 for the season to break the nation's QB rushing record previously set by Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois in 2013 (1,920). Perry also finished the year with 21 rushing touchdowns. The Midshipmen completed an 8-win turnaround from a 3-10 season a year ago while improving their bowl record to 12-11-1. The Wildcats finished 8-5 and saw their bowl record dropped to 9-13.

Wyoming evened its bowl record at 8-8 with a 38-17 rout of Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl. The loss left the Panthers at 7-6 on the season.

Willie Hart's 25-yard pick-6 with 10:06 left to go in the game proved to be the deciding points in Arizona State's 20-14 Sun Bowl win over Florida State on New Year's Eve afternoon in El Paso. The Sun Devils sealed the win by recovering Tamorrion Terry's fumble at their own 36-yard line with 1:18 to play. The loss gave the Seminoles their second straight losing season at 6-7 after going 5-7 a year ago and missing the bowl season for the first time since 1978. Arizona State snapped a 3-bowl losing streak to finish the season at 8-5. ACC teams have won just 2 of the last 10 Sun Bowls.

Bud Foster's last bowl game as defensive coordinator of Virginia Tech ended eerily similar to his last regular season game. Lynn Bowden, Jr.'s 13-yard pass to Josh Ali gave Kentucky a 31-30 lead with 15 seconds to play and the 'Cats added another touchdown with a scoop-and-score TD on the final play for a 37-30 Belk Bowl victory on New Year's Eve afternoon in Charlotte. That game came 32 days after Virginia Tech's 15-game winning streak over Virginia ended in the same fashion. Both teams finished the season at 8-5. Kentucky improved its over-all bowl record to 10-9 and the Hokies dropped to 13-20 with a third straight bowl loss.

Virginia never led, but put up more of a fight than most expected as Florida prevailed 36-28 in the Orange Bowl in the last of four bowl games on Monday (December 30). The Gators had a 36-21 lead until the Cavaliers scored with 38 seconds to play. Lamical Perine had 3 touchdowns and 138 yards on just 13 carries for Florida while Virginia got a 4-TD passing performance from Bryce Perkins. The Cavaliers (9-5) were looking for their first-ever win in a "heritage" bowl after a season in which they captured their first ACC Coastal division title. The Gators finished 11-2 with their 24th bowl win (24-21) and the 4th in their last 5 opportunities. Virginia fell to 8-13 all-time in bowl games.

Monday began with the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas where Cory Munson's 52-yard walk-off field goal gave Western Kentucky a 23-20 win over Western Michigan. The kick was set-up when a Hail Mary pass failed on the last play of the game, but Western Michigan was penalized for having 12 men on the field. The Hilltoppers were one of just 3 FBS teams to lose to a FCS school in 2019 when they fell 35-28 to Central Arkansas on opening weekend, but the bowl win lifted them to a 9-4 finish in Tyson Helton's first season as head coach. WKU improved its all-time bowl record to 4-2. The Broncos finished the season at 7-6 as their bowl record dropped to 1-9. Last year, this bowl game became the first in FBS history to be canceled when bad weather interrupted the contest between Boston College and Boise State. Boston College was leading 7-0 with 5:08 left in the first quarter when lightning caused an hour-and-a-half delay and showed no sign of moving out of the area. SERVPRO, the title sponsor of the game, has the appropriate marketing slogan, "Like it never even happened". This bowl began as the Ticket City Bowl in 2011 and operated as the Heart of Dallas Bowl from 2012-2013 and the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl from 2014-2017.

Next up, Cal and Louisville each notched their first bowl win since 2015 with the Golden Bears downing Illinois 35-20 in the Redbox Bowl, and Louisville rallying from a 14-0 deficit to drop Mississippi State 35-20 in the Music City Bowl. The Illini dropped to 6-7 with the loss, denying them of their first winning season since 2011. The win for Louisville completed a turnaround from a 2-win season a year ago to an 8-win campaign this year under first-year head coach Scott Satterfield.

Ohio State and Clemson staged a fantastic playoff game on Saturday night at the Fiesta Bowl which eventually saw the Tigers emerge as a 29-23 winner. The Buckeyes opened a 16-0 lead, only to see Clemson respond with a 21-0 run to go up 21-16 halfway through the 3rd quarter. Ohio State took back the lead on a 23-yard pass from Justin Fields to Chris Olave with 11:46 left in the game. After swapping punts, Clemson got the ball on its own 6-yard line with 2:55 on the clock and, with 4 perfectly executed plays, drove 94 yards in 55 seconds to recapture the lead on Trevor Lawrence's 34-yard pass to Travis Etienne. Fields then led the Buckeyes to the Clemson 23 where, on 2nd and 7, Fields was picked off in the end zone by Nolan Turner to secure the win for the defending national champions. Ohio State finished 13-1 in its first season with Ryan Day as head coach.

The January 13th title game will be an all-Tigers affair as LSU annihilated Oklahoma 63-28 in the Peach Bowl in the first of the back-to-back semifinal games. LSU scored on its first possession and Oklahoma answered for a 7-7 tie with just over 7 minutes left in the 1st quarter. Then, seemingly in the blink of an eye, the Sooners were looking up at a 35-7 deficit less than 13 minutes later. LSU would post a 49-14 halftime score on a record-breaking first-half that saw Joe Burrow throw for 403 yards and 7 TD passes. Receiver Justin Jefferson caught 4 of the first 5.

Oklahoma is now 0-4 in the College Football Playoff, and Ohio State is now 0-4 all-time versus Clemson.

The Season Preview at, based on the Congrove Computer Rankings, projected a LSU-Michigan championship game with Clemson and Oregon as the other Final Four teams. The computer has correctly forecast nearly 50% (11 of 24) of the teams in the first 6 years of the playoff. It also has preseason-picked at least one of the national title game contestants 15 times in its 27 years of existence.

In a pair of Noon (eastern time) kickoff games on Saturday (December 28), Penn State beat Memphis 53-39 in the Cotton Bowl and Notre Dame put away Iowa State 33-9 in the Camping World Bowl. A 28-point second quarter put the Nittany Lions in front for good as they handed the Tigers a fifth straight bowl loss. Memphis finished 12-2 as it played this game under new head coach Ryan Silverfield who was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Mike Norvell. Norvell was lured away by Florida State. Penn State finished 11-2.

Meanwhile, the Irish never trailed as they evened their bowl record  at 19-19 and concluded the season at 11-2. Iowa State dropped to 7-6 and its all-time bowl record slipped to 4-11.

The Cheez-It Bowl wrapped up a 5-pack of bowl games played on Friday, December 27. The game - formerly known as the Cactus Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and Insight Bowl and Cooper Bowl - saw Air Force run roughshod over Washington State in a 31-21 win. The Falcons outgained the Cougars 371 yards to 15 on the ground while controlling the ball for 43 minutes, 23 seconds of the 60-minute game. Wazzu had the advantage through the air, 351 yards to 30 but twice turned the ball over on downs in the red zone. The Air Force finished the season 11-2 while Washington fell to 6-7. It was the first bowl game for the Falcons since 2016. The final result left both teams at .500 in bowl games as Air Force improved to 13-13-1 and Washington State dropped to 8-8. PAC-12 teams have lost their last 5 appearances in this bowl game.

Ihmir Smith-Marsette pulled a touchdown hat trick for Iowa in the Holiday Bowl as the Hawkeyes put away USC 49-24 on Friday night in San Diego. In a !0 minute, 4 second span of the second quarter, Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception..Iowa finished a 10-3 season with its 3rd straight bowl win while giving the Big Ten its fifth straight win over the PAC-12 in this bowl game. The Trojans ended the season at 8-5.

Oklahoma State posted the first 14 points of the Texas Bowl on Friday, but its 3-bowl winning streak came to an end as Texas A&M tallied the next 24 and toppled the Cowboys 24-21. It was the first bowl game of the season for the Big 12 and SEC.

The Big Ten beat the ACC for the fourth straight time in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday with Michigan State's 27-21 win over Wake Forest. The loss snapped a 3-bowl win streak for the Demon Deacons. This was the first bowl game of the season for the Big Ten.

Playing in its first bowl game since 2016, North Carolina snapped a 3-bowl losing streak with a 55-13 romp over Temple in the Military Bowl at Annapolis, Maryland in the first of Friday's 5-pack of games. The Tar Heels capped a 7-6 season in Mack Brown's first year of his second stint as the head coach in Chapel Hill. The loss dropped the Owls to 8-5 for the season as they became the first team to allow 55 or more points in consecutive bowl games following last year's 56-27 loss to Duke in the Independence Bowl.

Pittsburgh on Thursday night (December 26) needed a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to Taysir Mack with 47 seconds left to beat Eastern Michigan 34-30 in the Quick Lane Bowl and avoid the same embarrassment dealt Miami earlier in the day. Eastern Michigan hadn't won a bowl game since its first attempt in 1987 and was just 1-2 all-time, but the 16.78-point computer underdogs never trailed until that final Panther score. EMU and Pitt had two previous meetings in 1995 and 2007 with the Panthers winning 66-30 and 27-3. The Panthers ended a 4-bowl losing streak to improve to 14-21 all-time.

In the only other Thursday game, Miami was blanked 14-0 in the Independence Bowl by Louisiana Tech. The schools had met four previous times from 1979-2004 with the Hurricanes winning by an average of 36-10. Miami has now lost 3 straight postseason games and is 1-9 in its last 10 while the Bulldogs won their 6th in-a-row. It's the first time Miami has been shut out in 56 games, and the first time in a bowl game since a 29-0 loss to Arizona and the Desert Storm defense in the Fiesta Bowl at the end of the 1993 season. Louisiana Tech hadn't shut out an opponent since a 44-0 win over Mew Mexico State in 2011. Miami fired offensive coordinator Dan Enos the next day.

Cole McDonald's 4th TD pass of the game with 1:17 remaining lifted Hawaii to a 38-34 Hawaii Bowl win over BYU in the lone bowl game on Christmas Eve. Hawaii surrender a 21-7 lead to fall behind 34-31 in the 4th quarter before rallying for their 9th win over the Cougars in 32 tries. The victory lifted the Warriors to a 10-5 finish while dropping to BYU to 7-6.

The lone game on Monday (December 23) saw UCF score on a 39-yard pick-6 just 56 seconds into the game and the Knights went on to rout Marshall 48-25 in the Gasparilla Bowl in rainy Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. UCF scored its third TD of the first quarter on a 45-yard fumble return. The win gave the Knights their third straight 10-win season (10-3) and improved their bowl record to 5-6. The loss snapped Marshall's 7-bowl winning streak, 3 of which came in the many variations of this game, including a victory over South Florida last year. The Herd finished the season 8-5 as their all-time bowl record dropped to a still-sterling 12-3.

A 6-pack of games on Saturday (December 21) saw Appalachian State win its 5th straight bowl contest, while Washington, FAU, Arkansas State, Liberty and San Diego State also emerged victorious.

The New Orleans Bowl was the last game in the queue and saw Appalachian State fight back from an early 14-0 deficit to overpower UAB 31-17. Their second straight win in this bowl game lifted the Mountaineers to 5-0 in their short bowl history after moving up from the FCS in 2014. The game saw former offensive line coach Shawn Clark win his inaugural game as the head coach after Eliah Drinkwitz took the HC job with Missouri. Appalachian State put the icing on a 13-1 campaign. UAB fell to 1-3 in bowl games and finished the season 9-5.

The Chris Petersen Bowl was a blowout for his current team over his former team. In his last game as head coach, Petersen led the Huskies to a 38-7 destruction of Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday (December 21). The 31-point loss was the worst in the Broncos' bowl history, and the first by more than 30 points since Washington also did the honors in the 2013 season-opener. The Huskies had lost 3 straight bowl games. This was the first loss for Boise State in five Las Vegas Bowl appearances.

Arkansas State improve to 4-6 all-time in bowl games with a 34-26 win in the Camellia Bowl over FIU. The Red Wolves ended a 2-game slide in bowl games while dropping the Golden Panthers to 2-3.

Even without Lane Kiffin leading the troops, FAU rolled to a 52-28 win at home in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday. The Owls finished the season 11-3 by adding their 4th bowl win in 4 tries. FAU moved up to the FBS in 2005 after beginning its program in 2001 with Howard Schnellenberger as the head coach. This was only SMU's second bowl appearance since its last bowl victory in 2012. The Mustangs finished the season 10-3. Kiffin left FAU for Ole Miss after routing UAB in the conference championship game which was also played at home.

Liberty earned a bowl bid in its first season of eligibility (second year as a FBS program) and made the most of it with a 23-16 upset of Georgia Southern in the Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Flames accomplished the feat under first-year head coach Hugh Freeze who began the season coaching from the press box in a hospital bed due to a life-threatening staph infection. it was Georgia Southern's first-ever loss in a bowl game (2-1) which ironically also won a bowl game in its first season of eligibility in 2015..

For the MAC, Saturday's encore didn't come close to living up to opening day. Buffalo and Kent State delivered a two-game victory sweep on Friday, but Central Michigan began Saturday by taking a 48-11 thumping at the hands of San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl. The Aztecs improved to 6-9 all-time in bowl games while the Chippewas fell to 3-9 with their 5th straight bowl loss. CMU has been outscored by a cumulative 140-35 over its last three bowl games.

On Friday, Buffalo and Kent State notched the fist bowl wins in each program's history.

The Bahamas Bowl got it all started with a convincing 31-9 win by Buffalo over Charlotte. The bowl routinely matches the MAC against CUSA and the conference's are now tied at 3-3. The Bulls improved to 1-3 all-time in bowl games, notching their first bowl win in the second season of the Lance Leipold head coaching era. Buffalo became a FBS program and joined the MAC in 1999. Charlotte was playing in its first bowl game in Will Healy's first season as head coach. The 49ers, whch only began playing at the FBS level in 2015, became bowl eligible by winning 5 straight to end the regular season after a 2-5 start.

Another MAC team, Kent State, picked up its first-ever bowl win in a 51-41 shootout with Utah State in the Frisco Bowl in its first season under head coach Sean Lewis. The Golden Flashes had only appeared in two previous bowls, the 1970 Tangerine Bowl and the 2012 GoDaddy,com Bowl. The ESPN announcers during the broadcast referenced the 1952 Refrigerator Bowl but that was not an officially recognized NCAA bowl game. The Aggies dropped to 5-8 in bowl games in the first season of Gary Andersen's second head coaching stint at the Logan school. Andersen was 26-24 from 2009-2012.

Never Been To A Bowl Game

Coastal Carolina
Texas State

First Time Ever In A Bowl Game

Charlotte - Lost 31-9 to Buffalo in Bahamas Bowl
Liberty - Won 23-16 over Georgia Southern in Cure Bowl

First Time In A Long Time

Of the teams that made it this year, these had the longest wait to get back to a bowl game:
Kent State, 2012 - Won 51-41 over Utah State in Frisco Bowl
Illinois, 2014 - Lost 35-20 to California in the Red Box Bowl

Waiting To Return

This teams have the longest continuing current streak of bowl absence:
Kansas, 2008
Louisiana-Monroe, 2012
Ball State, 2013
Oregon State, 2013
UNLV, 2013
East Carolina, 2014
Maryland, 2014
Rice, 2014
Rutgers, 2014
UTEP, 2014
Mississippi, 2015
San Jose State, 2015

Bowl Appearance Streak

These teams have the longest continuing current streaks of bowl appearances:
Virginia Tech, 27 - Lost 37-30 to Kentucky in the Belk Bowl
Georgia, 23 - Won 26-14 over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma, 21 - Lost 63-28 to LSU in College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl

Bowl Winning Streak

These teams have the most consecutive bowl victories (last season of a bowl loss in parenthesis. CFP Championship games are NOT bowl games.):

Louisiana Tech, 6 (2011) - Won 14-0 over Miami (Fla.) in the Independence Bowl
Alabama, 5  (2014) - Won 35-16 over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl (National Championship games are not a bowl game)
Appalachian State, 5 (Never) - Won 31-17 over UAB in the New Orleans Bowl
Army, 4 (1996) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
FAU, 4 (Never) - Won 52-28 over SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl
Minnesota, 4 (2013) - Won 31-24 over Auburn in the Outback Bowl
San Jose State, 4 (1987) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Syracuse, 4 (2004) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Tennessee, 4 (2010) - Won 23-22 over Indiana in the Gator Bowl
Troy, 4 (2009) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Duke, 3 (2014) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Iowa, 3 (2016) - Won 49-24 over USC in the Holiday Bowl
Kansas, 3 (2003) - Hasn't appeared in a bowl game since 2008
Northwestern, 3 (2015) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Ohio, 3 (2016) - Won 30-21 over Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Texas, 3 (2014) - Won 38-10 over Utah in the Alamo Bowl

NOTE: Marshall had a 7-bowl winning streak snapped with a 48-25 loss to UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl.
Oklahoma State had a 3-bowl winning streak snapped with a 24-21 loss to Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.
Wake Forest had a 3-bowl winning streak snapped with a 27-21 loss to Michigan State in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Wisconsin had a 5-bowl winning streak snapped with a 28-27 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Baylor had a 3-game winning streak snapped with a 26-14 loss to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

Bowl Losing Streak

These teams have the most consecutive bowl losses (last season of a bowl win in parenthesis):

Ball State, 7 (Never) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Northern Illinois, 6 (2011) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
UTEP, 6 (1967) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Central Michigan, 5 (2012) - Lost 48-11 to San Diego State in New Mexico Bowl/
Indiana, 5 (1991) - Lost 23-22 to Tennessee in the Gator Bowl
Memphis, 5 (2014) - Lost 53-39 to Penn State in the Cotton Bowl
Colorado State, 4 (2013) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Michigan, 4 (2015) - Lost 35-16 to Alabama in the Citrus Bowl

Note: Pitt ended a 4-bowl losing streak with a 34-30 win over Eastern Michigan in the Quick lane Bowl.

Bowl Winless (at least 1 appearance)

Ball State, 0-7 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
South Alabama, 0-2 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
UTSA, 0-1 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season

NOTE: Buffalo and Kent State each dropped from this list by winning their respective bowl game this season. Buffalo entered the 2019 bowl season 0-3, while Kent State came in 0-2.

Best Bowl Winning Percentage

(Minimum 20 appearances)
Utah, 18-6 (.750) - Lost 38-10 to Texas in the Alamo Bowl
Mississippi, 24-13 (.649) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
USC, 35-20 (.636) - Lost 49-24 to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl
Oklahoma State, 19-11 (.6333) - Lost 24-21 to Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl
Penn State, 30-17-2 (.6326) - Won 53-39 over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl
Syracuse, 15-9-1 (.620) - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Alabama, 40-24-3 (.619) - Won 35-16 over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl
Florida State, 28-17-2 (.617) - Lost 20-14 to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl
Georgia, 32-20-3 (.609) - Won 26-14 over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl

Most Bowl Wins

Alabama, 40 - Won 35-16 over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl
USC, 35 - Lost 49-24 to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl
Georgia, 32 - Won 26-14 over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl
Penn State, 30 - Won 53-39 over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl
Texas, 30 - Won 38-10 over Utah in the Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma, 29 - Lost 63-28 to LSU in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl
Tennessee, 29 - Won 23-22 over Indiana in the Gator Bowl
Florida State, 28 - Lost 20-14 to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl
LSU, 26 - Won 63-28 over Oklahoma in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl
Nebraska, 26 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Georgia Tech, 25 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Auburn, 24 - Lost 31-24 to Minnesota in the Outback Bowl
Florida, 24 - Won 36-28 over Virginia in the Orange Bowl
Mississippi, 24 - Failed to qualify for the bowl season
Ohio State, 23 - Lost 29-23 to Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Fiesta Bowl
Clemson, 22 - Won 29-23 over Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal in the Fiesta Bowl
Michigan, 21 - Lost 35-16 to Alabama in the Citrus Bowl


114 games this year pit FBS teams against FCS schools. That's two more than a season ago when FBS teams won 105 of 112 games.

FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) for the season. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS schools are 1,435-127 (.919).

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2019:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)

FCS victories over FBS teams in 2018
August 29: UC Davis 44, San Jose State 31
September 1: Villanova 19, Temple 17
September 1: Northern Arizona 30, UTEP 10
September 1: Nicholls State 26, Kansas 23 (OT)
September 2: North Carolina A&T 28, East Carolina 23
September 8: Maine 31, Western Kentucky 28
September 22: Illinois State 35, Colorado State 19


CLEMSON - Over-all winning streak ends at 29 (was FBS longest). Won 29 straight regular season games (FBS longest) games. Won 21 straight conference games (FBS longest). Won 22 straight home games (FBS longest). Won 12 straight true road games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 42-25 to LSU in the national championship in New Orleans on January 13.
Next: Season complete.

LSU - 16-game over-all winning streak (FBS longest).
Last: Won 42-25 over Clemson in the national champion ship game in New Orleans on January 13.
Next: Season complete.

RUTGERS - Lost 21 straight conference games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 27-6 at Penn State on November 30.
Next: Season complete.

AKRON - Lost 17 straight overall (FBS longest). Lost 8 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: Lost 52-3 at home to Ohio on November 26.
Next: Season complete.

SOUTH ALABAMA - Lost 15 straight road games (FBS longest).
Last: Won 34-30 at home over Arkansas State on November 30.
Next: Season complete.