After picking up the Phil Steele preseason guide the past few seasons, I have concluded this is one of the better investments one can make for the joy of statistics.
I've only recently discovered that there's a ton of efficiently stacked information on his website. On a quick glance I determined the Hokies were ranked way more than half of the past 20 seasons (his site has a 1994-2013 window that still hasn't been updated). Later I began to wonder how we stacked up to other major programs, and a project evolved.
Shortly after the Commonwealth cup I did some quick math to figure out the teams that had been ranked close to or above 40% of the 94-13 window. After the initial crunch, I grabbed the 2014 & 2015 rankings from the USA Today Coaches Wikipedia page (same poll Phil uses). The teams ranked more than half the time were the 19 "Big Dogs". Indeed these teams account for all of the championship game wins and 80% of the time in the top 5.
From the '94-'13 time-frame presented on the site, Virginia Tech did quite well. To make the stats up-to-date, I replaced the '94-95 seasons with '14-15. This made me sad. Also, Wisconsin and Penn State dropped out; Clemson jumped in. West Virginia was just outside each time.
Following the Clemson/Alabama game I compared this new "Big" super-conference out of sheer winter and boredom. Here follows those results (I used a calculator, so if you seek mistakes your effort will likely be rewarded):
(Revision 1: added 1 team for 19 total)
(Revision 2: fixed NC chart, +1 new table, + round robins, added logos)