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Home/Away Record Differences

The last two days I have gone over how all 120 teams have fared at home this decade and how they have fared on the road. Here are the results for all 120 teams combined.

120 FBS Home team records: 4593-2651 (63.4%)

120 FBS Away team records: 2602-3957 (39.7%)

That means that on the average teams in the FBS (1A) have a home winning % that is 23.7% greater than their away winning percentage. Now you guys know me by now. I cant leave things go at just that without having a few more questions answered. I wonder which teams play at a much higher level at home than they do on the road. This would be answered by taking the home winning % and subtracting the road %. Also which teams are true road warriors almost playing as well on the road as they do at home? Here are the results for all 120 teams for their home and away records this decades. I ranked them in order of biggest disparity between home and away % to the lowest.

Rk School Home % Away % Difference
1 Troy 89.13% 39.13% 50.00%
2 Arkansas St 62.26% 17.46% 44.80%
3 Louisiana Tech 67.35% 24.64% 42.71%
4 Marshall 74.14% 33.33% 40.80%
5 Kansas St 72.46% 32.61% 39.86%
6 Kansas 63.08% 25.53% 37.55%
7 Texas Tech 82.81% 47.17% 35.64%
8 Toledo 77.59% 43.10% 34.48%
9 Utah St 46.94% 13.64% 33.30%
10 Iowa 78.46% 46.00% 32.46%
11 Iowa St 59.38% 26.92% 32.45%
12 USF 78.33% 46.30% 32.04%
13 Virginia 67.19% 35.19% 32.00%
14 Arkansas 70.83% 39.53% 31.30%
15 Middle Tennessee 66.67% 35.94% 30.73%
16 Penn St 75.36% 44.68% 30.68%
17 Indiana 47.62% 16.98% 30.64%
18 Northern Illinois 73.68% 43.10% 30.58%
19 San Jose St 55.77% 25.37% 30.40%
20 Rice 56.00% 25.81% 30.19%
21 Hawaii 72.84% 42.86% 29.98%
22 Nebraska 78.87% 48.94% 29.94%
23 Syracuse 52.38% 22.64% 29.74%
24 Nevada 63.79% 34.43% 29.37%
25 Akron 58.82% 29.69% 29.14%
25 Maryland 70.31% 41.18% 29.14%
27 Oregon St 77.05% 48.21% 28.83%
28 Western Michigan 64.15% 35.48% 28.67%
29 SMU 42.37% 13.79% 28.58%
30 UTEP 55.17% 26.67% 28.51%
31 Mississippi 62.69% 34.69% 27.99%
32 Cincinnati 77.97% 50.00% 27.97%
33 Arizona St 65.67% 38.00% 27.67%
34 Wyoming 48.28% 20.69% 27.59%
35 UCF 62.07% 35.00% 27.07%
36 UCLA 67.74% 40.74% 27.00%
37 Houston 63.79% 36.84% 26.95%
38 UAB 56.60% 30.16% 26.45%
39 New Mexico St 44.64% 18.75% 25.89%
40 Baylor 41.27% 15.38% 25.89%
41 Tulane 48.28% 22.41% 25.86%
42 Boston College 79.69% 53.85% 25.84%
43 Eastern Michigan 37.25% 11.48% 25.78%
44 Purdue 66.67% 41.18% 25.49%
45 Oklahoma St 66.15% 41.18% 24.98%
46 Washington 52.31% 27.45% 24.86%
47 Colorado 59.32% 34.69% 24.63%
48 Auburn 79.17% 54.55% 24.62%
49 South Carolina 66.18% 41.67% 24.51%
50 Fresno St 76.79% 52.31% 24.48%
51 Minnesota 61.54% 37.25% 24.28%
52 Missouri 65.57% 41.30% 24.27%
53 Connecticut 62.30% 38.18% 24.11%
54 Texas A&M 63.64% 39.58% 24.05%
55 Michigan 76.81% 53.19% 23.62%
56 Clemson 74.63% 51.06% 23.56%
57 Louisville 79.03% 55.56% 23.48%
58 WKU 68.33% 45.16% 23.17%
59 Idaho 39.58% 16.42% 23.17%
60 Oklahoma 96.83% 73.81% 23.02%
61 Southern Miss 70.91% 48.39% 22.52%
62 Louisiana 48.15% 25.81% 22.34%
63 California 67.21% 45.45% 21.76%
64 Michigan St 59.70% 38.00% 21.70%
65 FIU 39.02% 17.39% 21.63%
66 Central Michigan 59.62% 38.10% 21.52%
67 ULM 44.00% 22.73% 21.27%
68 Illinois 50.00% 29.17% 20.83%
69 NC State 60.29% 39.58% 20.71%
70 TCU 87.93% 67.24% 20.69%
71 Alabama 70.42% 50.00% 20.42%
72 LSU 84.51% 64.44% 20.06%
73 Colorado St 60.00% 40.00% 20.00%
74 Ohio 53.85% 34.38% 19.47%
75 Wisconsin 75.36% 56.00% 19.36%
76 San Diego St 42.11% 22.95% 19.15%
77 Tulsa 58.33% 39.34% 18.99%
78 Utah 77.59% 58.93% 18.66%
79 UNLV 44.07% 25.42% 18.64%
80 Kentucky 47.76% 29.17% 18.59%
81 Memphis 52.38% 33.96% 18.42%
82 Miss St 42.86% 24.53% 18.33%
83 Oregon 79.69% 61.54% 18.15%
84 Florida 86.15% 68.29% 17.86%
85 Air Force 63.93% 46.30% 17.64%
86 Boise St 96.92% 79.31% 17.61%
87 North Texas 45.10% 27.69% 17.41%
88 North Carolina 52.38% 35.19% 17.20%
89 East Carolina 57.14% 40.00% 17.14%
90 Pittsburgh 68.75% 51.92% 16.83%
91 West Virginia 76.92% 60.78% 16.14%
92 Temple 37.50% 22.03% 15.47%
93 Florida Atlantic 53.49% 38.18% 15.31%
94 New Mexico 56.45% 41.38% 15.07%
95 Stanford 48.33% 33.33% 15.00%
96 Florida St 72.58% 57.69% 14.89%
97 Kent St 41.51% 27.42% 14.09%
98 Virginia Tech 85.07% 71.43% 13.65%
99 Northwestern 58.06% 44.44% 13.62%
100 Rutgers 52.31% 39.22% 13.09%
101 Army 29.09% 16.00% 13.09%
102 Tennessee 73.91% 60.87% 13.04%
103 Miami, Fl 80.95% 67.92% 13.03%
104 Buffalo 31.48% 19.35% 12.13%
105 BYU 71.67% 59.65% 12.02%
106 Bowling Green 65.38% 53.97% 11.42%
107 Miami, Oh 56.00% 44.78% 11.22%
108 Ohio St 86.96% 76.09% 10.87%
109 Arizona 46.15% 35.29% 10.86%
110 Notre Dame 61.90% 51.06% 10.84%
111 Wake Forest 53.97% 43.40% 10.57%
112 Georgia Tech 69.84% 60.38% 9.46%
113 Navy 55.56% 46.67% 8.89%
114 USC 83.61% 75.00% 8.61%
115 Vanderbilt 32.81% 25.00% 7.81%
116 Duke 20.00% 12.50% 7.50%
117 Washington St 50.00% 43.40% 6.60%
118 Ball St 47.17% 42.19% 4.98%
119 Texas 93.33% 88.64% 4.70%
120 Georgia 80.95% 81.40% -0.44%



Troy St wins 89% of its home games and only 39% of the time on the road. That makes playing in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium a tough test. Of course Troy does play a lot of BCS non conference teams on the road and hosts some FCS or 1AA teams as well as the Sun Belt so that has something to do with the difference. I would expect the majority of the top 25 to be made up of non BCS schools who must take on the big boys away from home in money games. There are some surprising BCS conference schools in the Top 20 and most of those teams are ones that I equate as having solid home field edges and this bears that out. Kansas St wins 72.5% of its games at home but only 32.6% of the time on the road and their 39.9% difference is 5th highest in the NCAA. Kansas wins 63% of their games at home and just 26% on the road. Penn St and Iowa have two of the tougher home stadiums and both are in the top 20 in terms of disparity between home and away records.

I have to admit before I produced the chart my first question was is there a team or teams in the NCAA that has a higher winning % on the road than they do at home? The answer is yes. Georgia has actually won 81.4% of their true away games while winning just 80.95% between the Hedges. Teams that perform almost as well on the road as they do at home are Texas, Ball St, Wash St, Duke, Vanderbilt, USC, Navy, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Check the chart above for the exact percentages.

This is a category that I will factor into my home field edges for next season. This also has me thinking of providing a road rating for each team in next years magazine! In an upcoming blog I will provide the data that went into my home field rankings for this year.

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  • Michael Scarn

    Georgia's and Texas are anomolies because they play their toughest game each year in a neutral site. Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville while Texas plays Oklahoma in Dallas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KN6GC64Y3A27CCDAACEQHDSB7A Wayne Manion

    All these statistics prove is that BCS conference teams schedule a lot of OOC cream puffs at home.

    Just look at how comparatively low the Pac-10 teams line up in this ranking. Pac-10 teams only play three games out of conference and as such have far fewer opportunities to play guaranteed wins at home.

    A more relevant statistic would somehow involve ranking all the teams for each year and going through every matchup to determine what role home/away had on the frequency of upsets.

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

    Michael,
    While I agree to a certain extent especially with Texas, in Georgia's case you don't think road wins in the SEC mean anything? You have to remember a lot of those wins were against the likes of Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, South Carolina, etc. That is no easy feat for any team! Thanks, Phil

  • xLittleP

    Still, you have to account for the fact that Georgia won only two games against Florida in Jacksonville this decade. No one’s saying that it isn’t tough to win on the road in the SEC, but you’re removing a lot of losses from their percentage.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is a valuable tool and should be added to your magazine. How did you get such a high percentage of wins at home and road for the awful WKU?????

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

    Tom,
    Thank you for pointing that out. Their record is good because most of those wins came against FCS teams. Since they fully joined I-A in 2008, they are 1-10 at home and 1-12 on the road. Thanks!