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Where Oklahoma State Ranks Over the Last 10 Years in College Football Wins

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I preach it as much as anyone, mostly because it’s true. Oklahoma State has been pretty dang good at college football in the last decade. I know the conference championships and national title shots haven’t followed, but there’s certainly value in winning the percentage of your games that Oklahoma State has won.

I like to do this every year before the season starts (and sometimes during the season!) just to get a little perspective on where OSU stands nationally compared to the teams we hear them ranked against. Here are a variety of ways to look at the Pokes (min. 70 percent winning percentage).

Winning Percentage Last 10 Years (National)
Team W-L Record Win %
Alabama 125-14-0 90%
Ohio State 112-21-0 84%
Boise State 111-22-0 84%
Oklahoma 105-28-0 79%
Clemson 105-32-0 77%
Oregon 100-32-0 76%
TCU 98-32-0 75%
Florida St 101-33-0 75%
Wisconsin 101-34-0 75%
Oklahoma St 96-34-0 74%
Stanford 98-35-0 74%
LSU 95-34-0 74%
USC 94-38-0 71%
Georgia 95-39-0 71%
Michigan St 93-39-0 71%

I don’t know whether to be more astonished that Alabama has lost 14 games in 10 years or that Oklahoma State has a better winning percentage than LSU (!), USC (!) and Georgia (!) The Pokes are also four wins from the elusive 100-10 club — 100 wins over a 10-year span. If only we could get 2014 out of there somehow.

Winning Percentage Last 5 Years (National)
Team W-L Record Win %
Alabama 64-7-0 90%
Ohio State 61-8-0 88%
Clemson 61-9-0 87%
Florida St 54-13-0 81%
Oklahoma 53-13-0 80%
Wisconsin 54-14-0 79%
Boise State 50-17-0 75%
Michigan St 49-17-0 74%
Stanford 50-18-0 74%
Georgia 49-18-0 73%
Oklahoma St 47-18-0 72%
Toledo 46-18-0 72%
App State 37-15-0 71%
Louisville 46-19-0 71%
USC 48-20-0 71%
San Diego St 47-20-0 70%
LSU 44-19-0 70%

Again, No. 11 in the country in winning percentage over the last five years, and that includes a 7-6 season. Also, you’ll notice TCU conspicuously doesn’t make the five-year mark after they made the 10-year one. Wonder why.

Winning Percentage Last 10 Years (Big 12 Teams)
Team W-L Record Win %
Oklahoma 105-28-0 79%
TCU 98-32-0 75%
Oklahoma St 96-34-0 74%
Nebraska 85-47-0 64%
West Virginia 80-49-0 62%
Kansas St 79-49-0 62%
Missouri 80-50-0 62%
Texas 78-50-0 61%
Texas A&M 77-52-0 60%
Baylor 73-54-0 58%
Texas Tech 71-56-0 56%
Iowa State 45-79-0 36%
Colorado 42-82-0 34%
Kansas 28-93-0 23%

A little tough to parse out considering TCU was in the Mountain USA Conference for a few of the last 10 years and now Texas A&M has to play Alabama and Auburn every year, but these are all the teams that have existed in the Big 12 over the last decade.

Winning Percentage Last 5 Years (Big 12)
Team W-L Record Win %
Oklahoma 53-13-0 80%
Oklahoma St 47-18-0 72%
TCU 44-21-0 68%
Baylor 40-24-0 63%
Kansas St 40-25-0 62%
West Virginia 36-28-0 56%
Texas 31-32-0 49%
Texas Tech 30-33-0 48%
Iowa State 19-42-0 31%
Kansas 9-51-0 15%

There’s OU, then there’s OSU and TCU, then there’s Baylor and Kansas State, then there’s everybody else, then there’s Kansas.

Winning Percentage Since 2012 (Big 12-only games)
Team W-L Record Win %
Oklahoma 46-9-0 84%
Oklahoma St 36-18-0 67%
Kansas St 34-20-0 63%
TCU 32-23-0 58%
Baylor 30-24-0 56%
Texas 29-25-0 54%
West Virginia 27-27-0 50%
Texas Tech 20-34-0 37%
Iowa State 14-40-0 26%
Kansas 3-51-0 6%

The first thing that sticks out: Kansas has three conference wins since TCU and West Virginia joined the league. Also, West Virginia might not be that good. Finally, OU might be very, very good.

Ultimately these numbers have no bearing on what happens in 2018 (stats are for losers), but they’re fun to look at and keep in mind when we’re trying to contextualize what’s happening in the world of OSU and college football.

 

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