Last season I came up with the idea of the Big Eleventy; mostly by flipping through Phil Steele's team history pages and wondering how many teams are ranked more than half the time. These team pages track the past 20 years of results from each Division 1 football team. The result is an imaginary conference of the top teams of the past 20 years and how they compare statistically (in some very general results comparisons) to each other.
This was likely an impulse of optimism following the collapse of the 10-year win streak. After coach Fuente's successful first season as head coach, I still had the urge to sit on a couch with a calculator and highlighters for a few hours and figure this out all over again.
Shortly after doing this last winter, Phil Steele put up a paywall to use his team pages. Seeing how he's based in Cleveland and I live a half hour east, I consider it supporting my local business.
I found a pretty significant error from last year - Wisconsin should have been included in the results. I would have missed Tennessee as well if it weren't for some immediate feedback; so I went back a little further and created a qualifying chart to determine by quick math who was likely to be included and who was out.
19 teams were included last season. This year, Notre Dame and Kansas State have dropped below the 50% threshold. (I like to think we helped just a little with the former ;) ). The only "new" team was Wisconsin, which should have made the Big Eleventy 20 teams strong last year.
Tennessee and Auburn are currently at risk of dropping out next season. TCU and Notre Dame are potentially in next year.
I present to you the 2016 Big Eleventy conference; 18 members strong:
Let me know if you have any questions or feedback.