NCAA Football Winless Teams First Bowl Wins Odds

NCAA Football Winless Teams First Bowl Wins Odds

Written by on March 8, 2015

There are currently 10 schools in Division I that have yet to win a bowl game in school history. Let’s examine the four that have failed in multiple attempts and their college football odds in ending that drought in the 2015 season. You may notice a Mid-American Conference trend.

Taking A Closer Look at the NCAA Football Winless Teams First Bowl Wins Odds

Ball State (0-7 all-time)

The Cardinals finished 5-7 overall last season and thus weren’t bowl eligible. Their last bowl game was in 2013 when a 10-2 Ball State team lost to Arkansas State 23-20 in the GoDaddy Bowl. BSU came oh so close to a victory as Arkansas State won the game on a 13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten to Allen Muse with 32 seconds left.  Ball State had a chance to tie it, but Scott Secor’s 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired. ASU had lost its starting quarterback in the second quarter to injury. Ball State had gone ahead 20-16 with 1:33 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahwan Edwards. Every other Ball State bowl loss has been a blowout except for an 18-15 defeat to Nevada in the 1996 Las Vegas Bowl. The 2015 Cardinals might get back to a bowl game as they welcome back 18 starters, tied for the sixth-most in NCAA football. Ball State opens the season Sept. 3 against lower-division VMI and should win that game at least.

Western Michigan (0-6 all-time)

In my mind, the Broncos are the team most likely to end their bowl drought this upcoming season. Under the youngest Division I coach in football, P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan struggled through a 1-11 season in 2013. However, bolstered by what some say was the best recruiting class in MAC history, Western bounced back for an 8-4 regular-season record in 2014 and nearly played in the Mid-American Conference title game. The Broncos reached their first bowl game since 2011 but lost to Air Force 38-24 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Western Michigan cut Air Force’s lead to six points in the fourth quarter, but a 60-yard fumble return for a TD by the Falcons’ Dexter Walker helped end the rally. Western will be a MAC favorite in 2015 on college football odds with 16 starters back, led by star running back Jarvion Franklin. He was the 2014 MAC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. WMU opens the season against Michigan State on Sept. 4.

Kent State (0-2 all-time)

The Golden Flashes weren’t close to being a bowl team in 2014 with a 2-9 record — only 11 games because one scheduled in Buffalo was canceled due to wintry weather. Kent State’s first bowl was the now-defunct Tangerine Bowl in 1972, a loss to Tampa, now a Division II team with no football program. The most recent was a 17-13 loss to Arkansas State in the 2012 GoDaddy Bowl. Kent State was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the first down with 52 seconds left.  That was the last game at Kent State for Coach Darrell Hazell, who parlayed that success into a job at Purdue. KSU brings back 16 starters for 2015 and opens at Illinois on Sept. 5.

Buffalo (0-2 all-time)

The Bulls didn’t qualify for a bowl last year, finishing 5-6. They haven’t come close to a bowl win. The school lost 38-20 to Connecticut in the 2008 International Bowl and 49-24 to San Diego State in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Buffalo brings back just 11 starters for 2015 and opens the season on Sept. 5 against Albany.