Rivals Nationwide Columnist Mike Farrell is right here with a have a look at vanilla Energy 5 packages, a tremendous stat concerning the Tennessee–Vanderbilt rivalry and hypothesis about the place the Cincinnati Bearcats would rank within the every Energy 5 convention.
Final week I centered on the 2 weakest packages in every Energy 5 convention over the past 10 years or so. Right now, let’s take a look at the vanilla packages. The packages that by no means actually disappoint, but additionally hardly ever break via.
Being a fan of those groups isn’t thrilling total.
Huge Ten — Clearly, packages like Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State have had an excessive amount of total success within the final decade to be described as vanilla. Northwestern has been method too up and down whereas Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, Rutgers and Maryland have been too far down too typically. The reply is Iowa. The Hawkeyes have posted the next win totals since 2010: 8, 7, 4, 8, 7, 12, 8, 8, 9, 10 and 6 (COVID shortened). That’s one unhealthy season, one actually good season and the remaining inside 7-10 wins. Impressively vanilla.
SEC — It is a bit more durable than every other convention as a result of it’s been dominated by the large names for probably the most half. Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida have been too good total and everyone knows how up and down packages like Arkansas, South Carolina and Vanderbilt have been. The reply? Missouri. For the reason that Tigers entered the SEC in 2012 they’ve posted the next win totals: 5, 12, 11, 5, 4, 7, 8, 6 and 5 (COVID season). The 12 and 11 have been SEC East title years and 4-8 was down however, total, Missouri has been fairly constantly vanilla. For those who’re vanilla within the SEC, you’re Mizzou.
ACC — Clemson has separated itself from the pack. Florida State began the last decade contending for championships after which completed it as an enormous disappointment, so the Seminoles are clearly out. Most different packages have been very up and down aside from one. Surprisingly, for these of us who have been round for his or her reign of dominance, the Miami Hurricanes have had probably the most vanilla decade within the ACC. The ‘Canes have the next win totals since 2010: 7, 6, 7, 9, 6, 8, 9, 10, 7, 6 and eight. Boston Faculty was a thought however its 2-10 season in 2012 killed that. Virginia Tech was a candidate however began off the last decade with 32 wins within the first three seasons. The Miami Hurricanes are vanilla.
Pac-12 — As common as USC has been relative to its requirements, the Trojans nonetheless had 4 double-digit profitable seasons within the decade. Utah has had three double-digit win seasons whereas Oregon has probably the most with 5. Washington had three, so the Huskies are out as properly. That is going to return all the way down to a program that you just assume is perhaps an enormous underachiever however has been regular and vanilla all decade: Arizona State. Apart from its 2-2 season in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, the Solar Devils have not had a season within the final decade with fewer than 5 wins. Conversely, they’ve had two seasons with 10 wins and the remaining has all been massively common.
Huge 12 — Oklahoma and Kansas are out for clearly completely different causes however someplace in-between is our vanilla program. That is truly fairly straightforward due to profitable seasons from Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State and, sure, even Texas. It comes all the way down to Kansas State and West Virginia to me and, whereas it’s totally shut, the Wildcats get the sting.
My Twitter pal @cfbhome got here up with a tremendous stat about aggressive rivalries that blew my thoughts.
First off, when most school soccer followers consider rivalries, they consider the large ones: Ohio State-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, Texas-Oklahoma. However a lot of these sequence are remarkably one-sided over the past 10 years, so it would not be very correct to label these rivalries as aggressive.
Tennessee and Vanderbilt is a aggressive rivalry. What? How? The Vols and Commodores have cut up the final 10 conferences and have even scored the identical variety of factors, 273, in these video games. But, for as even because the sequence seems over the past many years, the person video games themselves have been fairly lopsided. Seven of the ten video games have been determined by two touchdowns or extra. Blowouts on this rivalry make sense however each methods? That’s how far Tennessee soccer has fallen. The Vols have misplaced to Vandy 41-18, 42-24 and 38-13 over this stretch. They misplaced three-straight from 2016-18 when Vanderbilt didn’t have a profitable season.
It is a rivalry that Tennessee owns 77-33-5 total but it surely has been dead-even over the past decade. And so as to add insult to damage, Vanderbilt has been to 5 bowl video games within the final 10 seasons and the Vols have been to 4. Earlier than the final decade, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee a complete of thrice over 35 seasons. My how issues have modified.
The very best Group of 5 crew final yr in my thoughts was Cincinnati which gave a gifted Georgia crew all it might deal with within the Peach Bowl. However the place would the Bearcats stand heading into this season within the Energy 5 energy rankings? With the return of Desmond Ridder and lots of gifted gamers, you is perhaps shocked the place I’d put them.
Huge Ten: No. 2 — Ohio State is the very best crew within the Huge Ten, however Cincinnati would beat everybody else based mostly on final yr. Michigan and Penn State weren’t good final yr whereas Indiana and Northwestern have been surprises. I really feel Cincinnati was higher. The Huge Ten total wasn’t fairly final season and whereas the Bearcats would get drubbed by Ohio State this season, I don’t see one other crew that’s higher on paper.
SEC: No. 7 — Cincinnati virtually beat Georgia within the Peach Bowl, but it surely’s price stating that the Bulldogs had a number of key decide outs in that recreation and so they have been arguably the fourth-best crew within the SEC. This yr the SEC is extra balanced and I can see Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU and Ole Miss beating them. It’s possible you’ll assume I’m an SEC homer for saying so however an SEC schedule would hammer the Bearcats.
ACC: No. 3 — Notre Dame is out of the ACC after a one-year inclusion so Cincinnati would beat everybody apart from Clemson and North Carolina.
Pac-12: No. 1 — First? With all that expertise at USC and Oregon and the potential of Washington and Arizona State? Yep. The Bearcats would win the Pac-12.
Huge 12: No. 2 — Oklahoma goes to be nice and the remaining are under the Bearcats, together with Matt Campbell’s Iowa State crew and Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns.