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Pac-10 Team of the Decade

First, I hope you and your families are having a very happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

For the next two weeks, I will be taking a look at the conference teams of the decade for 2000-2009. Factored into my analysis will be conference win %, conference and division titles, bowl games and bowl wins. I will also include BCS bowl wins, final AP rankings and number of national championships for the major conferences. There have been several teams who have changed conferences during that time and I will include them in the analysis for any season(s) they were affiliated with that certain conference. I will also be doing a breakdown of how the conference did in bowl games during the decade and I will emphasis the overall win/loss record, the number of BCS bowl wins, and the records against Non-BCS and ranked bowl teams.

While some conferences may have no-brainers as the top team, other conferences were very competitive over the past decade. Here is the schedule for the upcoming week with the conferences I will be analyzing on each date.

June 28 Sun Belt

June 29 MAC

June 30 WAC

July 1 CUSA

July 2 MWC

July 3-4 Big East 


Today Pac-10 


Tuesday ACC 


Wednesday Big 12 


Thursday Big 10 


Friday SEC

July 10-11 Conference Bowl Records

Unlike all the conferences I have done so far the Pac-10 has had the same members for the last couple of decades. Naturally that will change in the upcoming decade with the recent additions of Utah and Colorado. Outside of the top team, the conference has been very competitive and I was surprised to see that only 4 teams had winning conference records in the decade. Here are my rankings for Pac-10 team of the decade for 2000-2009.

Pac-10 Rankings 2000-2009

 

Rk Team Wins Losses Win % Titles # of Bowls Bowl Wins AP Top 25 AP Top 10 BCS Bowl Wins Natl Champ
1 USC 64 20 0.762 7 9 7 8 7 6 2
2 Oregon 57 27 0.679 3 9 4 6 3 1 0
3 Oregon St 51 33 0.607 1 8 6 4 1 1 0
4 California 43 41 0.512 1 7 5 3 1 0 0
5 Washington St 33 51 0.393 1 3 2 3 3 0 0

From 1950 to 1989 a period that ended with three consecutive appearances in the Rose Bowl, USC had only eight seasons in which they lost at least five games. However, Pete Carroll in 2001 took over a program that reached that five loss total nine times (includes his first season) and were one of the most underachieving teams in the country. However in the past decade USC clearly was the best team in the Pac-10 with 7 titles, 6 BCS Bowl wins, 7 AP Top 10 finishes and 2 national championships. The Trojans easily had the best win % with 76.2% as well.

Oregon comes in at #2 fresh off their Rose Bowl appearance LY as the Ducks had 3 titles, 9 bowls, 3 AP Top 10 appearances and the conference’s 2nd best win % at 67.9%.

Their in-state rival Oregon St comes in at #3 with a 60.7% win % as the Beavers went 6-2 in bowl games including a BCS win in 2000. Jeff Tedford did a great job with Cal this past decade as he inherited a program that had 5 consecutive losing seasons and were just 1-10 in 2001. Under Tedford the Bears have had 8 straight winning seasons and were 5-2 in bowl games.

Normally I would not list a team that had a losing record but the remaining six teams in the conference all were below .500 and I was surprised to see Washington St appear at #5 in my list. Despite just a 39.3 % win % don’t forget the Cougars started the decade with a Pac-10 title and 3 straight AP 10 finishes a feat none of the other remaining teams can claim. Also I was surprised to see Arizona with the worst record of all Pac-10 teams with just a 35.7% win % last decade.

Here are the bowl records for every Pac-10 team in the past decade.

Pac-10 Bowl Records ’00-’09

Team Overall vs BCS vs Non-BCS vs Ranked BCS Bowls Rec as Ranked
USC 7-2 7-1 0-1 6-1 6-1 6-1
Oregon 4-5 4-4 0-1 4-3 1-1 3-2
Oregon St 6-2 5-1 1-1 2-2 1-0 3-1
California 5-2 3-1 2-1 1-2 0-0 1-1
Washington St 2-1 2-1 0-0 1-1 0-1 2-1
Arizona St 2-4 2-3 0-1 0-2 0-0 1-1
Washington 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-1 1-0 1-1
UCLA 3-5 1-2 2-3 0-1 0-0 1-0
Stanford 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2
Arizona 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-1
Overall 31-26 25-18 6-8 16-14 9-3 18-11

 

With the help of USC, Oregon St and California (combined 18-6) the Pac-10 finished with a 31-26 overall record (54.4%). It is noteworthy that the conference really underachieved vs Non-BCS conferences with just a 6-8 record including a 5-6 mark against the MWC. The conference did have an impressive 9-3 mark in BCS games thanks in large part to USC’s 6-1 record! The conference also had a 18-11 mark for ranked teams.

Also please check PhilSteele.com everyday to get my FCS Top 25 Countdown, which continues with #16 Weber St. Thru July 20th, I will post both magazine pages on a new team ranked in the Top 25 and you can get an early look on how I breakdown your favorite FCS team. Remember those magazine pages are available for only 24 hours for you to download as the next team will be posted the following day.

Only 60 Days Until the First College Football Game!!!

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  • Maxs 1987

    On the “Pac-10 Bowl Records ‘00-’09″ chart, you have Oregon as 0-1 in BCS games, they actually went 1-1, with a Fiesta Bowl victory against Colorado on Jan 1, 2002.

  • DUCKe

    Phil, the Pac-10 Bowl Records “00-09″ BCS Bowls total should be 8-3 not 7-3, as Oregons BCS bowl record was 1-1 not 0-1. You had it right in the Pac-10 Rankings 2000-2009 table but somehow lost lost track of that BCS win in your next table. Come on now, you’re a big stat guy, you can do better than that.

  • DUCKe

    Phil, the Pac-10 Bowl Records “00-09″ BCS Bowls total should be 8-3 not 7-3, as Oregons BCS bowl record was 1-1 not 0-1. You had it right in the Pac-10 Rankings 2000-2009 table but somehow lost lost track of that BCS win in your next table. Come on now, you’re a big stat guy, you can do better than that.

  • Mikefitz_mcguire

    you have oregon 0-1 in bcs bowls. they are actually 1-1. 2001 season they beat colorado in the fiesta bowl, and lost in the rose last year.

  • guest

    What about Oregon's win over Colorado in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl (after the 2001-2002 season)? Doesn't that count as a BCS bowl win thus bringing Oregon's BCS bowl record to 1-1 (win over Colorado and loss to Ohio State)?

  • Thekiserprince

    O did win a BCS bowl. Fiesta against Colorado in 2001 (2000 Season) 38-16. They only ended up #2 BCS @11-1. Miami won the NC but should have played O instead of a Husker team that lost in Conf. Champ. to Colorado and gave if something like 65,

  • Thekiserprince

    O did win a BCS bowl. Fiesta against Colorado in 2001 (2000 Season) 38-16. They only ended up #2 BCS @11-1. Miami won the NC but should have played O instead of a Husker team that lost in Conf. Champ. to Colorado and gave if something like 65,

  • GiantSante

    Oregon is 1-1 in BCS bowl games, not 0-1. Won 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

  • GiantSante

    Oregon is 1-1 in BCS bowl games, not 0-1. Won 2001 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Kevin Mcshane

    Didn't he miss two BCS bowl victories- the Fiesta Bowl victories for Oregon State and Oregon both happened in the time period.

  • Coastal Duck

    Duck BCS Bowl record should be 1-1 – they embarrassed Colorado in the Fiesta in '01.

  • kevin

    Doesn't Oregon's Fiesta bowl win over Colorado in 2001 count towards this? You gave them a BCS bowl win in the rankings section, but not in the bowl records? I think you need to do a double check.

  • Brianlibby

    You have Oregon incorrectly listed as O-1 in BCS bowls. The Ducks won the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.

  • Tandaian

    Oregon Ducks BCS bowl record is 1-1. All the other records for the Ducks appear correct.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    It is corrected thank you.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Thanks for catching that Brian!

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Kevin,
    I doubled checked and forgot to add that Fiesta in the bowl records. Thanks

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    It is now fixed on the blog. Thank You for noticing.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Kevin,
    You are correct. I included both BCS wins at the top but my both records were coming from a different file and for some reason did not include the Pac-10 wins from the Fiesta Bowl. Chalk it up as a formula error. Thank you for noticing.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    It is now corrected on there. Thanks

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Yup. I did forget to include it in the bowl records but I have not forgot about that Duck team that deserved to play for the national title. Thanks

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Chalk it up as a formula error as my bowl records were coming from a separate file and there was a formula that was not adding up Pac-10 Fiesta bowl wins. (Also did not include Oregon St's win over Notre Dame in 2000). Thanks.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    I counted it at the top but it was missed in the bowl section. It is now fixed.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Mike,
    Thanks for catching that.

  • http://www.philsteele.com Phil Steele

    Yup it does count and was included at the top but for some reason did not make the next chart. It is fixed now. Thanks

  • CT

    Cougars didn't win their conference title until 2002. The Oregon schools and UW split the conference title in 2000.

  • CT

    Cougars didn't win their conference title until 2002. The Oregon schools and UW split the conference title in 2000.