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Oversigning Update: To the Cheaters belong the Bowls

Oversigning is a clear-cut competitive advantage that drastically tips the playing field in favor of the, for lack of a better word, Cheater. (I realize that there are glaring loopholes in this rule, so cheating is not the legally correct word.)

The results of oversigning on competitive balance are clearly shown by analyzing the results of this year’s bowl games. Teams offering more scholarships than their opponents went 16-4 in this year’s bowls. Almost all of these bowl winners are oversigning cheaters.

The website oversigning.com compiles data on most major teams in the country, listing the number of scholarships granted per year since 2002. The table below lists the number of scholarships granted during the last five years for this year’s bowl opponents, instead of the score. The results show, without doubt, that oversigning tilts the field in favor of the team offering the most scholarships.

Winner

Loser

Diff

Miss State

137

W Forest

94

43

Auburn

144

Virginia

108

36

OK State

133

Stanford

99

34

Tx A&M

116

NW

91

25

Florida

120

Ohio St

98

22

W Va

121

Clemson

103

18

Fl State

127

Notre D

110

17

Illinois

120

UCLA

106

14

OKLA

122

Iowa

109

13

S Carolina

130

Nebraska

118

12

Cincy

113

Vandy

102

11

Oregon

121

Wisconsin

112

9

Baylor

132

Wash

125

7

Texas

111

Cal

108

3

Mich St

116

Georgia

114

2

Missouri

124

North Car

126

-2

Arkansas

135

K State

139

-4

Michigan

112

Va Tech

122

-10

Rutgers

116

Iowa St

134

-18

This table includes only those games where both teams data are available on oversigning.com. If strict adherence to the NCAA 85/25 rule was adhered to, the maximum number of schollys would be 85 plus 25 over five years, or 110.

Bama, 136 beat LSU, 131 in the BCS Championship game. That makes is 80% for schools with more scholarships than their competitors.

The SEC, which clearly leads the country in oversigning, boasts of producing the BCS Champion for the last six years. Looking at this data, it can be argued that any SEC team that loses a non-conference game or a bowl game should fire their coach! I have highlighted teams with more than 115 scholarships granted during the last five years, which is ‘cheating’ by one per year. Of the nineteen bowl winners on this list, only Texas and Michigan fall into the Non-Cheater category.

In my opinion, this situation should be changed, so that all teams are compelled to play by the same rules.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors.

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