The 10 Winningest College Football Programs Since 2003

1. Ohio State Buckeyes: 183-33 (84.7%)

Bama may own the last decade, but Ohio State is the winningest program since 2003, thanks in large part to Jim Tressel (94-22) and Urban Meyer (82-9). The winning tradition is directly related to the variety of talent that comes through Columbus, with 28 players being drafted in the first round since 2003. They also won the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014.

2. Boise State Broncos: 182-34 (84.3%)

Boise State has been a staple of football excellence for quite some time. Dan Hawkins (53-11) and Chris Petersen (92-12) built a dynasty in the Mountain West that is unmatched in the G5 conferences.

3. Oklahoma Sooners: 177-43 (80.5%)

When it comes to the Big 12, no team wins as consistently as Oklahoma, and it’s not even close. Oklahoma has 23 more wins than TCU (who spent the majority of this time in the Mountain West), and 31 more wins than Texas. They seem to have no plans to slow down either, having the best offensive mind in college football at head coach in Lincoln Riley.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide: 178-45 (79.8%)

Alabama is THE dynasty in college football at the moment, and has been since Saban arrived. He has won 127 of his 147 games since then, including FIVE national titles. Alabama may not own the most wins since 2003, but they certainly are the most dominant team on this list.

5. LSU Tigers: 167-47 (78.0%)

LSU always expects to win, so much so that they fired long time head coach Les Miles four games into the 2016 season after starting 2-2, despite the backlash that they would face. Over this span, LSU has claimed two national championships and remains a top college football program under Ed Orgeron.

6. Clemson Tigers: 164-55 (74.9%)

Clemson had a very tough stretch by their standards from 2004 to 2010, never winning 10 games in that time. Dabo Swinney took over in 2009 and established a winning tradition that the team had lacked for a while. Since Swinney took over, the Tigers have won seven bowl games.

7. USC Trojans: 161-54 (74.9%)

USC is likely only in the top 10 because of its success from 2003 to 2008, when the Trojans never won less than eleven games. They did have to vacate wins due to violations, but this team was the Alabama of the 2000s. USC has had great seasons since, but never have been the consistent winners that they once were.

8. Wisconsin Badgers: 162-56 (74.3%)

Wisconsin isn’t flashy. They don’t blow anyone away with great quarterback play, they run the ball and they play defense. They win despite this. In an era of spread and air raid offenses, the Wisconsin Badgers have thrived by winning in the trenches over a long period of time. They have won ten or more games in a season nine times since 2003.

9. Georgia Bulldogs: 162-57 (74.0%)

In the best conference in college football, Georgia has only had four seasons with less than nine wins since 2003. Long time head coach Mark Richt led the team to twelve bowl games and eight bowl wins in that stretch.

10. TCU Horned Frogs: 154-55 (73.7%)

If Boise State is #1 in the Mountain West, TCU was 1B. From 2005 to 2011 in the Mountain West, TCU only won less than eleven games once, and was 6-1 in bowl games in that stretch. Even though TCU hasn’t been as consistent since joining the Big 12 in 2012, they have seen their fair share of success, with three seasons of eleven or more wins.

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