FBS Programs With The Worst Bowl Game Records

Detailed view of Iowa State Cyclones helmet on the field during the Camping World Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Camping World Stadium on Dec. 28, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. Notre Dame defeated Iowa State 33-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

We recently looked at FBS programs with the most bowl game wins. While that article was all about the positives, we’re about to get a little negative. Because for every college football betting favorite, there’s always that other team you rarely put your money on.

Everyone knows about the Alabamas, Georgias, and Oklahomas of the FBS world. Blueblood programs with a stacked trophy case of bowl game trophies. What about the other teams, though? What about the teams with a sad history of bowl game performances? Or teams that have never won one bowl game?

The history of the bowl game dates back to 1902 with the Tournament East-West football game, which was sponsored by the Tournament of Roses Association and is now known as the Rose Bowl. There were 41 bowl games in the 2019-2020 season. 

There have been a ridiculous number of these postseason games played. But for the teams below — although some are newer to the FBS level — the bowl series hasn’t treated them well.

Worst Bowl Game Records

TeamWinsLossesWinning %
Texas State00
Coastal Carolina010.000
South Alabama020.000
Western Michigan190.100
Ball State170.125
North Texas290.182
Central Michigan390.250
Eastern Michigan130.250
Middle Tennessee260.250
Northern Illinois490.308
Iowa State5110.313
Kent State120.333
New Mexico480.346
Colorado State6110.353
Texas Tech14230.382
Utah State580.385
South Carolina9140.391
Virginia Tech13200.394

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.