SEC still favored in (past) four-team playoffs

June, 21, 2012
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Now that we are really getting closer to a playoff in college football, we here at the SEC blog thought it would be interesting to take a look at past seasons in which the BCS standings would have determined a four-team playoff. You know, just to see if the SEC's dominance would have been hindered by an extra game added to the end of the year.

The good people at ESPN Stats & Information helped us out with the math and figures. AccuScore ran 10,000 four-team playoff simulations of the top four BCS teams entering the bowl games for the 2007-11 seasons. SEC teams came out with the highest winning percentages every year. So even in the simulated world ruled by the machines, the SEC still tops the college football world.

Here's a look at the four-team playoff winning percentages:

If college football was operating with a four-team playoff during the BCS era, the SEC might have more than its eight BCS national titles. During the first 14 years of the BCS, the SEC would have placed at least one team in a four-team playoff 11 times. Two teams would have been involved three times.

Here's a look at the top four BCS teams heading into bowl season since 1998:

2011
1. LSU
2. Alabama*

3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford

2010
1. Auburn*

2. Oregon
3. TCU
4. Stanford

2009
1. Alabama*

2. Texas
3. Cincinnati
4. TCU

2008
1. Oklahoma
2. Florida*
3. Texas
4. Alabama

2007
1. Ohio State
2. LSU*
3. Virginia Tech
4. Oklahoma

2006
1. Ohio State
2. Florida*
3. Michigan
4. LSU

2005
1. USC
2. Texas*
3. Penn State
4. Ohio State

2004
1. USC*
2. Oklahoma
3. Auburn
4. Texas

2003
1. Oklahoma
2. LSU*
3. USC
4. Michigan

2002
1. Miami
2. Ohio State*
3. Georgia
4. USC

2001
1. Miami*
2. Nebraska
3. Colorado
4. Oregon

2000
1. Oklahoma*
2. Florida State
3. Miami
4. Washington

1999
1. Florida State*
2. Virginia Tech
3. Nebraska
4. Alabama

1998
1. Tennessee*

2. Florida State
3. Kansas State
4. Ohio State

*Eventual BCS national champion

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