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Historically, Arkansas Is Quite The High Volume Bowl Game Loser Historically, Arkansas Is Quite The High Volume Bowl Game Loser
As you can see below, Arkansas football is in the top 15 all-time when it comes to bowl game appearances, but far, far down the... Historically, Arkansas Is Quite The High Volume Bowl Game Loser

As you can see below, Arkansas football is in the top 15 all-time when it comes to bowl game appearances, but far, far down the list (at No. 62) when it comes to winning percentage.

Major College Programs By # Of Bowl Games Played Before December 29, 2015

Team Bowls Won Lost Tied Winning % Bowls Played # of Back-to-Backs Times Won At Least 2 Bowl Games in Consecutive Years
1 Alabama 35 24 3 56.5% 62 8
2 Texas 27 24 2 50.9% 53 8
3 USC 34 17 66.7% 51 8
4 Tennessee 26 24 52.0% 50 5
5 Nebraska 24 26 48.0% 50 6
6 Georgia 28 19 3 56.0% 50 9
7 Oklahoma 28 19 1 58.3% 48 8
8 LSU 23 22 1 50.0% 46 6
9 Penn State 28 15 2 62.2% 45 7
10 Ohio State 21 23 47.7% 44 4
11 Michigan 20 23 46.5% 43 4
12 Florida State 25 15 2 59.5% 42 3
13 Florida 21 20 51.2% 41 4
14 Arkansas 14 23 3 35.0% 40 0
15 Auburn 22 15 2 56.4% 39 6

Major College Programs By Bowl Game Winning Percentage (as of December 29, 2015)

Team Bowls Won Lost Tied Win% Bowls Played “Back to Backs” Longest Bowl Wins Streak In Consecutive Years
1 Utah 14 4 77.8% 18 2 7
2 USC 34 17 66.7% 51 8 6
3 Rutgers 6 3 66.7% 9 1 4
4 Oklahoma State 16 9 64.0% 25 5 3
5 Mississippi 23 13 63.9% 36 6 4
6 Penn State 28 15 2 62.2% 45 7 5
7 Syracuse 15 9 1 60.0% 25 3 6
8 Oregon State 9 6 60.0% 15 2 3
9 Wake Forest 6 4 60.0% 10 1 2
10 Army 3 2 60.0% 5 1 2
11 Florida State 25 15 2 59.5% 42 3 11
12 Oklahoma 28 19 1 58.3% 48 8 4
13 Vanderbilt 4 2 1 57.1% 7 1 2
14 Alabama 35 24 3 56.5% 62 8 6
15 Auburn 22 15 2 56.4% 39 6 3
16 Georgia 28 19 3 56.0% 50 9 4
17 Mississippi State 10 8 55.6% 18 2 2
18 Boston College 13 11 54.2% 24 2 8
19 North Carolina State 15 12 1 53.6% 28 4 3
20 Kentucky 8 7 53.3% 15 1 3
21 Purdue 9 8 52.9% 17 2 3
22 Tennessee 26 24 52.0% 50 5 3
23 Texas Tech 14 12 1 51.9% 27 4 3
24 Miami (Florida) 18 17 51.4% 35 3 5
25 Florida 21 20 51.2% 41 4 4
26 Texas 27 24 2 50.9% 53 8 5
27 LSU 23 22 1 50.0% 46 6 4
28 Clemson 18 18 50.0% 36 2 5
29 Arizona State 14 13 1 50.0% 28 3 4
30 Iowa 14 13 1 50.0% 28 4 3
31 Stanford 12 11 1 50.0% 24 5 2
32 Kansas 6 6 50.0% 12 1 2
33 Washington State 5 5 50.0% 10 0 0
34 Washington 16 16 1 48.5% 33 4 3
35 Notre Dame 16 17 48.5% 33 5 3
36 Missouri 15 16 48.4% 31 3 2
37 Nebraska 24 26 48.0% 50 6 6
38 Ohio State 21 23 47.7% 44 4 5
39 Baylor 10 11 47.6% 21 2 2
40 California 10 10 1 47.6% 21 2 4
41 Texas A&M 17 19 47.2% 36 2 4
42 UCLA 16 17 1 47.1% 34 2 7
43 TCU 14 15 1 46.7% 30 4 4
44 Michigan 20 23 46.5% 43 4 4
45 Wisconsin 12 14 46.2% 26 2 3
46 North Carolina 14 17 45.2% 31 2 4
47 Illinois 8 10 44.4% 18 1 2
48 Louisville 8 9 1 44.4% 18 1 2
49 Arizona 8 9 1 44.4% 18 2 2
50 Colorado 12 16 42.9% 28 2 4
51 Oregon 12 16 42.9% 28 3 4
52 West Virginia 14 19 42.4% 33 2 4
53 Georgia Tech 14 19 42.4% 33 5 6
54 Maryland 11 13 2 42.3% 26 2 2
55 Pittsburgh 13 18 41.9% 31 4 3
56 Michigan State 10 14 41.7% 24 2 4
57 South Carolina 8 12 40.0% 20 2 4
58 BYU 13 19 1 39.4% 33 4 4
59 Virginia Tech 11 17 39.3% 28 2 2
60 Kansas State 7 11 38.9% 18 1 2
61 Virginia 7 11 38.9% 18 2 2
62 Arkansas 14 23 3 35.0% 40 0 0
63 Indiana 3 6 33.3% 9 0 0
64 Minnesota 5 12 29.4% 17 1 3
65 Duke 3 8 27.3% 11 0 0
66 Iowa State 3 9 25.0% 12 0 0
67 Northwestern 2 9 18.2% 11 0 0

Arkansas’ overall losing percentage has led to one of the most unusual and unlikely stats in college football history: the program has never won “back-to-back” bowl games, or at least two bowls games in consecutive years despite the high number of games it has played.

As you can see in the chart based on sports-reference.com stats above, no other program which has played at least 40 programs has less than three such back-to-backs (i.e. Florida State).

Of course, on January 2, 2016, Arkansas has a chance to finally break this streak while continuing to steadily up its overall bowl winning percentage under head coach Bret Bielema. I write more about that in an upcoming piece to which I’ll soon link.


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