I have found myself feeling down this bowl season. I wasn't sure if it was post Christmas blues, not getting my Red Ryder BB Gun or because I felt a little piece of my fan pride being eaten away after each bowl game. After doing this conference bowl record breakdown I found my answer.
To save you some reading the synopsis is: This bowl season has been rough for fans of the B1G, MAC and the state of Ohio.
The Big Ten, MAC and Cincinnati went a combined 2-10 (.167) and were outscored 385-274. That's an average of 32-23.
College teams from the state of Ohio went 0-4.
On the bright side 2014 is a new beginning and the bowl game slate will be wiped clean for next year. the FBS will also have a four-game playoff system in place. So, It can't get any worse for fans of the B1G, MAC and state of Ohio, right?
On to the records. With one game left in this bowl season let's take a look at the conference standings.
Conferences are ranked by winning percentage.
1. Sun Belt 2-0 (1.00)
2. SEC 7-3 (.700)
3. Pac-12 6-3 (.667)
3. Independents 2-1 (.667)
5. Big 12 3-3 (.500)
5. Conference USA 3-3 (.500)
5. Mountain West 3-3 (.500)
8. Atlantic Coast 5-6 (.455)
8. American Athletic 2-3 (.400)
10. B1G 2-5 (.286)
11. Mid American 0-5 (.000)
The conference with the best winning percentage this bowl season.
Florida State put an end to the SEC's run.
A breakdown of the winning and losing teams by conference and the Vegas prediction.
Team (team played) and Vegas Prediction
Sun Belt 2-0 (1.00) Vegas Prediction: 0-2
Arkansas State (Ball State)
The Sun Belt proved Vegas wrong.
SEC 7-3 (.700) Vegas Prediction: 8-2
Mississippi (Georgia Tech)
Mississippi State (Rice)
Missouri (Oklahoma State)
South Carolina (Wisconsin)
Texas A&M (Duke)
With a win by Auburn Vegas will have nailed the SEC.
Who predicted this? Definitely not me.
Pac-12 6-3 (.667) Vegas Prediction: 9-0
Arizona (Boston College)
Oregon State (Boise State)
Southern Cal (Fresno State)
UCLA (Virginia Tech)
Arizona State (Texas Tech)
Stanford (Michigan State)
Washington State (Colorado State)
Vegas was a little too bullish on the Pac-12. Still not a bad showing.
Rich Rod led Arizona to a 23-point victory.
Independents 2-1 (.667) Vegas Prediction: 2-1
Navy (Middle Tennessee)
Notre Dame (Rutgers)
Vegas was perfect with the Independents.
Big 12 3-3 (.500) Vegas Prediction: 2-4
Kansas State (Michigan)
Texas Tech (Arizona State)
Oklahoma State (Missouri)
The Big 12 was a little under-valued by Vegas.
Kansas State overwhelmed That Team 31-17 for the Big 12's largest margin of victory this bowl season.
Conference USA 3-3 (.500) Vegas Prediction: 4-2
East Carolina (Ohio)
North Texas (UNLV)
Middle Tennessee (Navy)
Rice (Mississippi State)
One game below Vegas' expectations.
Mountain West 3-3 (.500) Vegas Prediction: 0-6
Colorado State (Washington State)
San Diego State (Buffalo)
Utah State (Northern Illinois)
Boise State (Oregon State)
Fresno State (Southern California)
UNLV (North Texas)
Vegas gave the Mountain West the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. Three wins later and the Mountain West earned some respect.
Why you should never bet on sports. Mike Leach, just take a knee and win the game.
Atlantic Coast 5-6 (.455) Vegas Prediction: 1-9
Clemson (Ohio State)
Pittsburgh (Bowling Green)
North Carolina (Cincinnati)
Boston College (Arizona)
Duke (Texas A&M)
Georgia Tech (Mississippi)
Virginia Tech (UCLA)
Rodney Dangerfield Part II. If Florida State wins the ACC will be 5-6. Much better than Vegas' 1-9.
North Carolina defeated Cincinnati 39-17 in the Belk Bowl.
American Athletic 2-3 (.400) Vegas Prediction: 1-4
Cincinnati (North Carolina)
Rutgers (Notre Dame)
The American Athletic Conferences new slogan? "A little bit better than expected."
It was a great night for UCF. A horrible night for those with 35 points on Baylor.
B1G 2-5 (.286) Vegas Prediction: 3-4
Michigan State (Stanford)
Michigan (Kansas State)
Ohio State (Clemson)
Wisconsin (South Carolina)
We knew who we thought you were...except for Ohio State.
The B1G's best bowl win this season.
Mid American 0-5 (.000) Vegas Prediction: 3-1
Bowling Green (Pitt)
Buffalo (San Diego State)
Northern Illinois (Utah State)
Ohio (East Carolina)
The MAC's chances for a win were dashed by this blocked field goal.