When you have plenty of time, but no wi-fi, there is only so much you can do. I did, however, have the handy-dandy Phil Steele College Football Preview Guide to keep me entertained. Pitt was #15 on his list of most improved teams for this year! Guessing that won’t be mentioned next year when he talks of his accuracy.
It did allow me to look over the schedules of teams over the past five years and how many BCS programs have lost to 1-AA teams in that span. Time to look at the factoids gleaned.
From 2007-2011, a 1-AA team has beaten a BCS team 11 times.
Nine teams, however, account for those 11 losses.
Minnesota and Duke account for 4 of the losses.
North Dakota State accounts for two 1-AA wins: Minnesota and Kansas
So does Richmond, but both wins came against Duke.
Average margin of loss: 5.545 points. Highest: 13. Lowest: 1.
Two teams that lost to 1-AA teams made a bowl that year: Michigan and Virginia Tech.
The man for whom Paul Chryst named his dog, Mike Riley, is on the list.
There are ten different coaches who lost to 1-AA teams from 2007-2011. Four of them are still coaching at that school (Frank Beamer, VT; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Dave Cutliffe, Duke; Mike Riley, Oregon St.)
The Big East was the only BCS conference without a 1-AA loss from 2007 until Pitt.
I’m not including Temple’s 27-24 loss to Villanova in 2009 since Temple was in the MAC at that point.
The ACC leads all conferences with four losses to 1-AA teams. (So really, you could argue that Pitt was just trying to fit in to the ACC a little early).
One coach has managed to fail upward after losing to a 1-AA team. Gene Chizik lost to Northern Iowa while coaching Iowa State and still got hired by Auburn.
Here’s the list of games by year:
Big 10, Michigan-Appalachian St., 34-32, Lloyd Carr the HC: retired at end of 2007 season.
Big 12, Iowa St.-Northern Iowa, 24-13, Gene Chizik the HC: Hired by Auburn after 2008 season.
ACC, Virginia-William & Mary, 26-14, Al Groh the HC: fired at end of 2009 season.
ACC, Duke-Richmond, 24-16, Dave Cutliffe the HC: still employed by Duke.
SEC, Ole Miss-Jacksonville St., 49-48, Houston Nutt the HC: fired after 2011 season.
Big 10, Minnesota-South Dakota, 41-38, Tim Brewster the HC: fired after 2010 season.
Big 12, Kansas-North Dakota St., 6-3, Turner Gill the HC: fired after 2011 season.
ACC, Virginia Tech-James Madison, 21-16, Frank Beamer the HC: still employed by VT.
Big 10, Minnesota-North Dakota St., 37-24, Jerry Kill the HC: still employed by Minnesota.
ACC, Duke-Richmond, 23-21, Dave Cutliffe the HC: still employed by Duke.
Pac-12, Oregon St.-Sacremento St., 29-28, Mike Riley the HC: still employed by Oregon St.