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College Football: Great Turnarounds and Collapses

Posted by Andrew McKillop on July 9, 2011

Last season the Texas Longhorns had their greatest collapse in school history.  Texas went from 13-1 to 5-7.  Texas also became the first BCS Championship Game participant, to fail to make a bowl game the next season.

Previously the greatest collapse in Texas school history occurred in 1956, when Texas went from 5-5 in 1955 to 1-9.  Texas would bounce back with a 6-4-1 record in 1957, giving them their second greatest turnaround in winning percentage in school history.

I thought it would be interesting to see each current FBS school’s greatest turnaround, and greatest collapse in winning percentage in the last 50 years (only includes years as an FBS member).

Turnarounds

Legend: Since (Year the school joined the FBS level (current stint), or the default 50 years at the FBS level (1961)), W Pct+ (One season gain in winning percentage), Avg Impv (Average gain in winning percentage during a season of improvement)

Since School From To +W Pct
Avg Impv
1961 Air Force 1967: 2-6-2 1968: 7-3 0.400 0.179
1987 Akron 1998: 4-7 1999: 7-4 0.272 0.165
1961 Alabama 1970: 6-5-1 1971: 11-1 0.375 0.188
1961 Arizona 1967: 3-6-1 1968: 8-3 0.377 0.143
1961 Arizona St 1974: 7-5 1975: 12-0 0.417 0.199
1961 Arkansas 1963: 5-5 1964: 11-0 0.500 0.201
1990 Arkansas St 1994: 1-10 1995: 6-5 0.454 0.161
1961 Army 1983: 2-9 1984: 8-3-1 0.526 0.199
1961 Auburn 1992: 5-5-1 1993: 11-0 0.500 0.183
1975 Ball St 1999: 0-11 2000: 5-6 0.455 0.162
1961 Baylor 1973: 2-9 1974: 8-4 0.485 0.198
1996 Boise St 2005: 9-4 2006: 13-0 0.308 0.163
1961 Boston College 1978: 0-11 1979: 5-6 0.455 0.171
1962 Bowling Green St 2000: 2-9 2001: 8-3 0.545 0.173
1999 Buffalo 2006: 2-10 2007: 5-7 0.250 0.142
1961 BYU 1968: 2-8 1969: 6-4 0.400 0.174
1961 California 2001: 1-10 2002: 7-5 0.492 0.217
1996 Central Florida 2004: 0-11 2005: 8-5 0.615 0.303
1975 Central Michigan 1997: 2-9 1998: 6-5 0.363 0.153
1961 Cincinnati 1992: 3-8 1993: 8-3 0.454 0.221
1961 Clemson 1980: 6-5 1981: 12-0 0.455 0.191
1961 Colorado 1964: 2-8 1965: 6-2-2 0.500 0.233
1961 Colorado St 1988: 1-10 1989: 5-5-1 0.409 0.207
2000 Connecticut 2006: 4-8 2007: 9-4 0.359 0.309
1961 Duke 1993: 3-8 1994: 8-4 0.394 0.174
1965 East Carolina 1990: 5-6 1991: 11-1 0.462 0.177
1975 Eastern Michigan 1976: 2-9 1977: 8-3 0.545 0.166
1961 Florida 1979: 0-10-1 1980: 8-4 0.622 0.138
2004 Florida Atlantic 2005: 2-9 2006: 5-7 0.235 0.217
2004 Florida Intl 2007: 1-11 2008: 5-7 0.334 0.215
Since School From To +W Pct
Avg Impv
1961 Florida St 1963: 4-5-1 1964: 9-1-1 0.414 0.148
1969 Fresno St 1981: 5-6 1982: 11-1 0.462 0.193
1961 Georgia 1979: 6-5 1980: 12-0 0.455 0.214
1961 Georgia Tech 1981, 1994: 1-10 1982, 1995: 6-5 0.454 0.174
1974 Hawaii 1998: 0-12 1999: 9-4 0.692 0.248
1961 Houston 1975: 2-8 1976: 10-2 0.633 0.215
1996 Idaho 2008: 2-10 2009: 8-5 0.448 0.190
1961 Illinois 1962: 2-7 1963: 8-1-1 0.628 0.253
1961 Indiana 1966: 1-8-1 1967: 9-2 0.668 0.162
1961 Iowa 1967: 1-8-1 1968: 5-5 0.350 0.174
1961 Iowa St 2003: 2-10 2004: 7-5 0.416 0.222
1961 Kansas 2006: 6-6 2007: 12-1 0.423 0.195
1961 Kansas St 1989: 1-10 1990: 5-6 0.364 0.153
1962 Kent St 2000: 1-10 2001: 6-5 0.454 0.183
1961 Kentucky 1982: 0-10-1 1983: 6-5-1 0.497 0.183
1988 Louisiana Tech 2000: 3-9 2001: 7-5 0.333 0.161
1962 Louisville 1964: 1-9 1965: 6-4 0.500 0.209
1961 LSU 1999: 3-8 2000: 8-4 0.394 0.174
1997 Marshall 2000: 8-5 2001: 11-2 0.231 0.134
1961 Maryland 2009: 2-10 2010: 9-4 0.525 0.179
1961 Memphis 1982: 1-10 1983: 6-4-1 0.500 0.199
1961 Miami (FL) 1979: 5-6 1980: 9-3 0.295 0.144
1962 Miami (OH) 1976: 3-8 1977: 10-1 0.636 0.236
1961 Michigan 1963: 3-4-2 1964: 9-1 0.456 0.161
1961 Michigan St 1964: 4-5 1965: 10-1 0.465 0.168
1999 Mid Tennessee St 2008: 5-7 2009: 10-3 0.352 0.220
1961 Minnesota 2007: 1-11 2008: 7-6 0.455 0.188
1961 Mississippi 2007: 3-9 2008: 9-4 0.442 0.167
1961 Mississippi St 1979: 3-8 1980: 9-3 0.477 0.213
1961 Missouri 1971: 1-10 1972: 6-6 0.409 0.135
Since School From To +W Pct
Avg Impv
1961 Navy 2002: 2-10 2003: 8-5 0.448 0.174
1961 Nebraska 1961: 3-6-1 1962: 9-2 0.468 0.135
1992 Nevada 2004: 5-7 2005: 9-3 0.333 0.146
1961 New Mexico 1981: 4-7-1 1982: 10-1 0.534 0.157
1961 New Mexico St 1991: 2-9 1992: 6-5 0.363 0.170
1961 North Carolina 1962: 3-7 1963: 9-2 0.518 0.207
1961 North Carolina St 1971, 1985: 3-8 1972, 1986: 8-3-1 0.435 0.206
1995 North Texas 1995: 2-9 1996: 5-6 0.273 0.127
1968 Northern Illinois 1982: 5-5 1983: 10-2 0.333 0.186
1961 Northwestern 1994: 3-7-1 1995: 10-2 0.515 0.174
1961 Notre Dame 1963: 2-7 1964: 9-1 0.678 0.193
1962 Ohio 1965: 0-10 1966: 5-5 0.500 0.218
1961 Ohio St 2001: 7-5 2002: 14-0 0.417 0.153
1961 Oklahoma 1999: 7-5 2000: 13-0 0.417 0.132
1961 Oklahoma St 1991: 0-10-1 1992: 4-6-1 0.364 0.163
1961 Oregon 2004: 5-6 2005: 10-2 0.378 0.133
1961 Oregon St 1999: 7-5 2000: 11-1 0.334 0.144
1961 Penn St 2004: 4-7 2005: 11-1 0.553 0.177
1961 Pittsburgh 1972: 1-10 1973: 6-5-1 0.451 0.182
1961 Purdue 1996: 3-8 1997: 9-3 0.477 0.143
1961 Rice 2007: 3-9 2008: 10-3 0.519 0.233
1961 Rutgers 1997: 0-11 1998: 5-6 0.455 0.217
1969 San Diego St 1971: 6-5 1972: 10-1 0.364 0.171
1961 San Jose St 1985: 2-8-1 1986: 10-2 0.606 0.171
1961 SMU 2008: 1-11 2009: 8-5 0.532 0.214
1961 South Carolina 1999: 0-11 2000: 8-4 0.667 0.178
2000 South Florida 2005: 6-6 2006: 9-4 0.192 0.128
1963 Southern Miss 1976, 1993: 2-9, 2-8-1 1977, 1994: 6-6, 6-5 0.318 0.158
1961 Stanford 1960: 0-10 1961: 4-6 0.400 0.194
1961 Syracuse 1986: 5-6 1987: 11-0-1 0.503 0.194
Since School From To +W Pct
Avg Impv
1961 TCU 1997: 1-10 1998: 7-5 0.492 0.186
1971 Temple 1989: 1-10 1990: 7-4 0.545 0.186
1961 Tennessee 1988: 5-6 1989: 11-1 0.462 0.162
1961 Texas 1976: 5-5-1 1977: 11-1 0.417 0.168
1961 Texas A&M 1984: 6-5 1985: 10-2 0.288 0.157
1961 Texas Tech 1962: 1-9 1963: 5-5 0.400 0.147
1962 Toledo 1966: 2-7-1 1967: 9-1 0.650 0.269
2001 Troy 2005: 4-7 2006: 8-5 0.251 0.126
1961 Tulane 1996: 2-9 1997: 7-4 0.454 0.194
1961 Tulsa 1990: 3-8 1991: 10-2 0.560 0.251
1996 UAB 1999: 5-6 2000: 7-4 0.181 0.138
1961 UCLA 1968: 3-7 1969: 8-1-1 0.550 0.211
1973 UL Lafayette 1981: 1-9-1 1982: 7-3-1 0.546 0.219
1994 UL Monroe 2003: 1-11 2004: 5-6 0.372 0.168
1978 UNLV 1982: 3-8 1983: 7-4 0.363 0.208
1961 USC 1961: 4-5-1 1962: 11-0 0.550 0.161
1961 Utah 1968: 3-7 1969: 8-2 0.500 0.200
1961 Utah St 1966: 4-6 1967: 7-2-1 0.350 0.139
1961 UTEP 1964: 0-8-2 1965: 8-3 0.627 0.180
1961 Vanderbilt 1990: 1-10 1991: 5-6 0.364 0.179
1961 Virginia 1960: 0-10 1961: 4-6 0.400 0.174
1961 Virginia Tech 1992: 2-8-1 1993: 9-3 0.523 0.155
1961 Wake Forest 1978: 1-10 1979: 8-4 0.576 0.218
1961 Washington 1969: 1-9 1970: 6-4 0.500 0.184
1961 Washington St 2000: 4-7 2001: 10-2 0.469 0.245
1961 West Virginia 2001: 3-8 2002: 9-4 0.419 0.218
2007 Western Kentucky
1962 Western Michigan 1975, 1996, 2004: 1-10, 2-9, 1-10 1976, 1997, 2005: 7-4, 8-3, 7-4 0.545 0.247
1961 Wisconsin 1992: 5-6 1993: 10-1-1 0.420 0.172
1961 Wyoming 1975: 2-9 1976: 8-4 0.485 0.189



Usually a best turnaround season doesn’t lead to more improvement, of the 118 applicable turnaround seasons, 79  schools (67%) experienced a decline in their records the next season.

Also 10 schools fell apart after their best turnaround, with their school’s greatest collapse in the past 50 years.

It’s interesting that June Jones was responsible for “best” turnarounds at two schools (Hawaii 1999, and SMU 2009), and both within his first two seasons at the schools.


Listed below are all the schools that have had their best turnaround season (last 50 seasons) equal a gain of at least .600 in winning percentage.

School +W Pct
From To
Hawaii 0.692 1998: 0-12 1999: 9-4
Notre Dame 0.678 1963: 2-7 1964: 9-1
Indiana 0.668 1966: 1-8-1 1967: 9-2
South Carolina 0.667 1999: 0-11 2000: 8-4
Toledo 0.650 1966: 2-7-1 1967: 9-1
Miami (OH) 0.636 1976: 3-8 1977: 10-1
Houston 0.633 1975: 2-8 1976: 10-2
Illinois 0.628 1962: 2-7 1963: 8-1-1
UTEP 0.627 1964: 0-8-2 1965: 8-3
Florida 0.622 1979: 0-10-1 1980: 8-4
Central Florida 0.615 2004: 0-11 2005: 8-5
San Jose St 0.606 1985: 2-8-1 1986: 10-2



Listed below are the schools that have had the best average gain in winning percentage, during seasons in which they improved their records from the previous season.  In short, it indicates schools that on average have sudden turnarounds.

Since School Avg Impv
2000 Connecticut 0.309
1996 Central Florida 0.303
1962 Toledo 0.269
1961 Illinois 0.253
1961 Tulsa 0.251
1974 Hawaii 0.248
1962 Western Michigan 0.247
1961 Washington St 0.245
1962 Miami (OH) 0.236
1961 Rice 0.233
1961 Colorado 0.233


Collapses

Legend: Since (Year the school joined the FBS level (current stint), or the default 50 years at the FBS level (1961)), W Pct- (One season decline in winning percentage), Avg Dec (Average decline in winning percentage during a season of improvement)

Since School From To -W Pct
Avg Dec
1961 Air Force 1973: 6-4 1974: 2-9 -0.418 -0.159
1987 Akron 1993: 5-6 1994: 1-10 -0.364 -0.149
1961 Alabama 1999: 10-3 2000: 3-8 -0.496 -0.190
1961 Arizona 1968: 8-3 1969: 3-7 -0.427 -0.180
1961 Arizona St 1975: 12-0 1976: 4-7 -0.636 -0.199
1961 Arkansas 1989: 10-2 1990: 3-8 -0.560 -0.182
1990 Arkansas St 1999: 4-7 2000: 1-10 -0.273 -0.160
1961 Army 1972: 6-4 1973: 0-10 -0.600 -0.204
1961 Auburn 1997: 10-3 1998: 3-8 -0.496 -0.209
1975 Ball St 2008: 12-2 2009: 2-10 -0.690 -0.203
1961 Baylor 1980: 10-2 1981: 5-6 -0.378 -0.180
1996 Boise St 2006: 13-0 2007: 10-3 -0.231 -0.142
1961 Boston College 1977: 6-5 1978: 0-11 -0.545 -0.186
1962 Bowling Green St 1985: 11-1 1986: 5-6 -0.462 -0.165
1999 Buffalo 2009: 5-7 2010: 2-10 -0.250 -0.171
1961 BYU 2001: 12-2 2002: 5-7 -0.440 -0.186
1961 California 1991: 10-2 1992: 4-7 -0.469 -0.171
1996 Central Florida 1998: 9-2 1999: 4-7 -0.454 -0.299
1975 Central Michigan 2009: 12-2 2010: 3-9 -0.607 -0.196
1961 Cincinnati 2009: 12-1 2010: 4-8 -0.590 -0.205
1961 Clemson 1974: 7-4 1975: 2-9 -0.454 -0.165
1961 Colorado 1961: 9-2 1962: 2-8 -0.618 -0.193
1961 Colorado St 1980: 6-4-1 1981: 0-12 -0.591 -0.205
2000 Connecticut 2004: 8-4 2005: 5-6 -0.212 -0.117
1961 Duke 1994: 8-4 1995: 3-8 -0.394 -0.146
1965 East Carolina 1983: 7-4 1984: 2-9 -0.545 -0.228
1975 Eastern Michigan 1989: 7-3-1 1990: 2-9 -0.500 -0.191
1961 Florida 1960: 9-2 1961: 4-5-1 -0.368 -0.176
2004 Florida Atlantic 2004: 9-3 2005: 2-9 -0.568 -0.213
2004 Florida Intl 2005: 5-6 2006: 0-12 -0.455 -0.311
Since School From To -W Pct
Avg Dec
1961 Florida St 1972: 7-4 1973: 0-11 -0.636 -0.138
1969 Fresno St 1977: 9-2 1978: 3-8 -0.545 -0.173
1961 Georgia 1976, 1992: 10-2 1977, 1993: 5-6 -0.378 -0.168
1961 Georgia Tech 1966: 9-2 1967: 4-6 -0.418 -0.211
1974 Hawaii 1999: 9-4 2000: 3-9 -0.442 -0.187
1961 Houston 1990: 10-1 1991: 4-7 -0.545 -0.243
1996 Idaho 2000: 5-6 2001: 1-10 -0.364 -0.174
1961 Illinois 1960: 5-4 1961: 0-9 -0.556 -0.181
1961 Indiana 1994: 6-5 1995: 2-9 -0.363 -0.178
1961 Iowa 1991: 10-1-1 1992: 5-7 -0.458 -0.186
1961 Iowa St 1978: 8-4 1979: 3-8 -0.394 -0.150
1961 Kansas 1968: 9-2 1969: 1-9 -0.718 -0.191
1961 Kansas St 2003: 11-4 2004: 4-7 -0.369 -0.154
1962 Kent St 1988: 5-6 1989: 0-11 -0.455 -0.214
1961 Kentucky 1977: 10-1 1978: 4-6-1 -0.500 -0.178
1988 Louisiana Tech 1999: 8-3 2000: 3-9 -0.477 -0.353
1962 Louisville 1990: 10-1-1 1991: 2-9 -0.693 -0.233
1961 LSU 1997: 9-3 1998: 4-7 -0.386 -0.176
1997 Marshall 1999: 13-0 2000: 8-5 -0.385 -0.193
1961 Maryland 2008: 8-5 2009: 2-10 -0.448 -0.202
1961 Memphis 2005: 7-5 2006: 2-10 -0.416 -0.172
1961 Miami (FL) 1974: 6-5 1975: 2-8 -0.345 -0.153
1962 Miami (OH) 1975: 11-1 1976: 3-8 -0.644 -0.227
1961 Michigan 1964: 9-1 1965: 4-6 -0.500 -0.162
1961 Michigan St 1966: 9-0-1 1967: 3-7 -0.650 -0.201
1999 Mid Tennessee St 2001: 8-3 2002: 4-8 -0.394 -0.228
1961 Minnesota 1962: 6-2-1 1963: 3-6 -0.389 -0.172
1961 Mississippi 1986: 8-3-1 1987: 3-8 -0.435 -0.179
1961 Mississippi St 1994, 2000: 8-4 1995, 2001: 3-8 -0.394 -0.204
1961 Missouri 1970: 5-6 1971: 1-10 -0.364 -0.141
Since School From To -W Pct
Avg Dec
1961 Navy 1963: 9-2 1964: 3-6-1 -0.468 -0.172
1961 Nebraska 2001: 11-2 2002: 7-7 -0.346 -0.133
1992 Nevada 1996: 9-3 1997: 5-6 -0.295 -0.159
1961 New Mexico 1964: 9-2 1965: 3-7 -0.518 -0.182
1961 New Mexico St 2004: 5-6 2005: 0-12 -0.455 -0.169
1961 North Carolina 1972: 11-1 1973: 4-7 -0.553 -0.203
1961 North Carolina St 1994: 9-3 1995: 3-8 -0.477 -0.172
1995 North Texas 2004: 7-5 2005: 2-9 -0.401 -0.136
1968 Northern Illinois 1983: 10-2 1984: 4-6-1 -0.424 -0.184
1961 Northwestern 1971: 7-4 1972: 2-9 -0.454 -0.160
1961 Notre Dame 2006: 10-3 2007: 3-9 -0.519 -0.183
1962 Ohio 1964: 5-4-1 1965: 0-10 -0.550 -0.223
1961 Ohio St 1998: 11-1 1999: 6-6 -0.417 -0.161
1961 Oklahoma 1964: 6-4-1 1965: 3-7 -0.291 -0.183
1961 Oklahoma St 1988: 10-2 1989: 4-7 -0.469 -0.208
1961 Oregon 1980: 6-3-2 1981: 2-9 -0.454 -0.205
1961 Oregon St 2000: 11-1 2001: 5-6 -0.462 -0.155
1961 Penn St 2002: 9-4 2003: 3-9 -0.442 -0.211
1961 Pittsburgh 1963: 9-1 1964: 3-5-2 -0.500 -0.207
1961 Purdue 1969: 8-2 1970: 4-6 -0.400 -0.138
1961 Rice 2008: 10-3 2009: 2-10 -0.602 -0.207
1961 Rutgers 1961: 9-0 1962: 5-5 -0.500 -0.196
1969 San Diego St 1977: 10-1 1978: 4-7 -0.545 -0.207
1961 San Jose St 1987: 10-2 1988: 4-8 -0.500 -0.191
1961 SMU 1966, 1968: 8-3 1967, 1969: 3-7 -0.427 -0.175
1961 South Carolina 1965: 5-5 1966: 1-9 -0.400 -0.181
2000 South Florida 2003: 7-4 2004: 4-7 -0.272 -0.177
1963 Southern Miss 1975: 7-4 1976: 2-9 -0.454 -0.182
1961 Stanford 2001: 9-3 2002: 2-9 -0.568 -0.187
1961 Syracuse 2001: 10-3 2002: 4-8 -0.436 -0.161
Since School From To -W Pct
Avg Dec
1961 TCU 1991: 7-4 1992: 2-8-1 -0.409 -0.189
1971 Temple 1979: 10-2 1980: 4-7 -0.469 -0.189
1961 Tennessee 1987: 10-2-1 1988: 5-6 -0.353 -0.146
1961 Texas 2009: 13-1 2010: 5-7 -0.512 -0.187
1961 Texas A&M 1967: 7-4 1968: 3-7 -0.336 -0.158
1961 Texas Tech 1989: 9-3 1990: 4-7 -0.386 -0.169
1962 Toledo 1971: 12-0 1972: 6-5 -0.455 -0.221
2001 Troy 2001: 7-4 2002: 4-8 -0.303 -0.163
1961 Tulane 1998: 12-0 1999: 3-8 -0.727 -0.203
1961 Tulsa 1991: 10-2 1992: 4-7 -0.469 -0.219
1996 UAB 2005: 5-6 2006: 3-9 -0.205 -0.116
1961 UCLA 1988: 10-2 1989: 3-7-1 -0.515 -0.220
1973 UL Lafayette 1980: 7-4 1981: 1-9-1 -0.500 -0.204
1994 UL Monroe 1999: 5-6 2000: 1-10 -0.364 -0.147
1978 UNLV 1994: 7-5 1995: 2-9 -0.401 -0.213
1961 USC 1990: 8-4-1 1991: 3-8 -0.381 -0.173
1961 Utah 1964: 9-2 1965: 3-7 -0.518 -0.246
1961 Utah St 1965, 1968: 8-2, 7-3 1966, 1969: 4-6, 3-7 -0.400 -0.171
1961 UTEP 1988: 10-3 1989: 2-10 -0.602 -0.165
1961 Vanderbilt 1982: 8-4 1983: 2-9 -0.485 -0.161
1961 Virginia 1968: 7-3 1969: 3-7 -0.400 -0.153
1961 Virginia Tech 1986: 9-2-1 1987: 2-9 -0.610 -0.168
1961 Wake Forest 1992: 8-4 1993: 2-9 -0.485 -0.188
1961 Washington 1972: 8-3 1973: 2-9 -0.545 -0.184
1961 Washington St 1997: 10-2 1998: 3-8 -0.560 -0.199
1961 West Virginia 1962: 8-2 1963: 4-6 -0.400 -0.200
2007 Western Kentucky 2007: 7-5 2008: 2-10 -0.417 -0.139
1962 Western Michigan 1995: 7-4 1996: 2-9 -0.454 -0.167
1961 Wisconsin 1966: 3-6-1 1967: 0-9-1 -0.300 -0.154
1961 Wyoming 1999: 7-4 2000: 1-10 -0.545 -0.204



Usually a worst collapse season doesn’t lead to more decline.    Of the 120 applicable worst collapse seasons, 93 schools (78%) improved their records the next season.

Also 13 schools bounced back from their worst collapse, with their school’s best turnaround in the past 50 years.

Listed below are all the schools that have had their worst collapse (last 50 seasons) equal a decline of at least .600 in winning percentage.

School -W Pct
From To
Tulane -0.727 1998: 12-0 1999: 3-8
Kansas -0.718 1968: 9-2 1969: 1-9
Louisville -0.693 1990: 10-1-1 1991: 2-9
Ball St -0.690 2008: 12-2 2009: 2-10
Michigan St -0.650 1966: 9-0-1 1967: 3-7
Miami (OH) -0.644 1975: 11-1 1976: 3-8
Arizona St -0.636 1975: 12-0 1976: 4-7
Florida St -0.636 1972: 7-4 1973: 0-11
Colorado -0.618 1961: 9-2 1962: 2-8
Virginia Tech -0.610 1986: 9-2-1 1987: 2-9
Central Michigan -0.607 2009: 12-2 2010: 3-9
Rice -0.602 2008: 10-3 2009: 2-10
UTEP -0.602 1988: 10-3 1989: 2-10
Army -0.600 1972: 6-4 1973: 0-10


Listed below are the schools that have had the worst average decline in winning percentage, during seasons in which their records declined from the previous season.  In short, it indicates schools that on average have sudden collapses.

Since School Avg Dec
1988 Louisiana Tech -0.353
2004 Florida Intl -0.311
1996 Central Florida -0.299
1961 Utah -0.246
1961 Houston -0.243
1962 Louisville -0.233
1965 East Carolina -0.228
1999 Mid Tennessee St -0.228
1962 Miami (OH) -0.227
1962 Ohio -0.223


Central Florida and Miami (OH) made both the top ten lists of best average gain, and worst average decline.


Reference: Sports-Reference/College Football


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