2016-17 Final Bowl Standings By Conference
The ACC “won” bowl season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference were the big winners in the 2016-17 final bowl standings, if a conference can “win” bowl season.
The ACC won nine bowl games, including more prominent ones such as the Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and of course the National Championship over Alabama. Hard to argue with that win percentage. One could make the argument that they’re the best conference in college football, but one could more simply say they kicked ass in bowl season when a lot of other big conferences were at best mediocre.
Meanwhile, check out the MAC. Zero wins and six losses for the Mid-American Conference. That’s embarrassing, and even their best (Western Michigan) wasn’t good enough, though Wisconsin was a tough draw.
The complete standings:
2016-17 Final Bowl Standings
|Ind.||2-0 (1.000)||Poinsettia, Heart of Dallas|
|ACC||9-3 (.750)||Quick Lane, Independence, Military, Russell Athletic, Belk, Orange, Fiesta, TaxSlayer, National Championship|
|Big 12||4-2 (.667)||Cactus, Texas, Alamo, Sugar|
|Sun Belt||4-2 (.667)||Camellia, Cure, Famous Idaho Potato, Dollar General|
|C-USA||4-3 (.571)||New Orleans, Boca Raton, Bahamas, Armed Forces|
|MWC||4-3 (.571)||New Mexico, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Arizona|
|Pac-12||3-3 (.500)||Foster Farms, Sun, Rose|
|SEC||6-7 (.462)||St. Petersburg, Music City, Liberty, Peach, Citrus, Outback|
|Big Ten||3-7 (.300)||Holiday, Pinstripe, Cotton|
|AAC||2-5 (.286)||Miami Beach, Birmingham|
2016-17 Final Bowl Standings: What We’ve Learned
Bowl season this year highlighted the success of the ACC, culminating in a national championship. Alabama ruined Clemson’s perfect season in 2015, and Clemson returned the favor. Take Alabama out of the mixture, however, and the SEC top to bottom is not as impressive as the ACC.
The SEC ended up with just one school with double-digit wins — Alabama. As for the Atlantic Coast Conference, this number was three: Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. As a counterpoint, the ACC had five teams ranked in the final poll of the season, which is the same number as the SEC.
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