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Notre Dame is number one… in all-time winning percentage

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The Fighting Irish are on top of the college football world once again, sort of. Notre Dame’s victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl put the pressure on Michigan to stay in first place in terms of all-time winning percentage. With Michigan getting run over by Kansas State later in the day in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Irish moved past the Wolverines to take first place in all-time winning percentage by a narrow margin.

Break out the calculator because we are going deep past the decimal point in these calculations.

Notre Dame is now 874-305-42 all-time. That equates to a winning percentage of .7330057. Michigan drops to 910-321-36 for a winning percentage of .7324388. For those keeping score at home, or most notably in South Bend or Ann Arbor, that is a slight .0005669 in favor of the Irish.

The chase for the top spot in all-time winning percentage for Notre Dame has been a topic of discussion for a few years now. During the abysmal Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan, Notre Dame  started to catch up to Michigan, even with mediocre seasons unfolding in South Bend. The Irish got closer with an undefeated regular season last season and finally passed the Wolverines with one more win than the Wolverines ended with this season.

The team next in line chasing Notre Dame and Michigan may surprise you. Boise State is third in all-time winning percentage with a .723 mark t stay ahead of Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, USC and Nebraska.

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26 Responses to “Notre Dame is number one… in all-time winning percentage”
  1. jagtiger says: Dec 29, 2013 2:29 PM

    Boise State shouldn’t even count in this!

  2. thefiesty1 says: Dec 29, 2013 2:49 PM

    You’ve got to play REAL teams to count in the most winningest team.

  3. uwsptke says: Dec 29, 2013 2:56 PM

    Then why is Notre Dame on the list?

  4. manik56 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    How do NCAA enforced lost seasons figure into this calculation?it is never clear to me if those seasons count or do not when talking all-time.

  5. ttalarico says: Dec 29, 2013 4:02 PM


    Because they consistently have a schedule that is rated in the top 10 most difficult schedules.

    Do some research before you make a comment like this!! (And check out their 2014 schedule)

  6. Tim's Neighbor says: Dec 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    Yeah. That Notre Dame Schedule with 10 bowl teams is a joke, right?

  7. jgater1981 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:13 PM

    They only played 3 teams playing in a BCS bowl this year. Weak!

  8. waynefontes says: Dec 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Notre Dame, Michigan, Boise State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, USC and Nebraska.

    One of these things is not like the others.

  9. ttalarico says: Dec 29, 2013 4:51 PM

    And you call playing 3 teams weak ?

  10. fitz79 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:04 PM

    You can’t argue with number 1, baby. Most successful college program ever. Sorry that that hurts some of your feelings.

  11. fitz79 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    Notre Dame is one of a very few programs never to have played a FCS team. Never. Heck all SEC teams play one FCS opponent per year, which basically amounts to a “public practice.” Well, unless you’re Florida and you lose to Georgia Southern.

  12. jgater1981 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    @tta I was being sarcastic.

  13. ttalarico says: Dec 29, 2013 5:50 PM


    Go Irish!

  14. irishfbfan1 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    Awesome but,

    The Irish will always be number 1 when talking College Football! It is what it is, NOTRE DAME

    Go Irish!

    Always and Forever!

  15. bralinshan says: Dec 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    Alabama actually played two FCS teams last year when they won the national championship….

    Western Carolina and Notre Dame. I’m not sure which one of the 2 FCS was worse.

  16. jgater1981 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:07 PM

    Oh look, Brandy is jealous.

  17. dkhhuey says: Dec 29, 2013 9:56 PM

    I’ve always laughed at this stat, along with the ‘most victories’ title TTUN fans always blather about. Given the fact that a large number of those victories were acquired prior to the invention of the face mask and the introduction of the forward pass – they are fairly irrelevant talking points and have no relevance to anything in today’s college football landscape.

  18. dmcgrann says: Dec 29, 2013 10:49 PM

    Yeah., these are all-time. Notre Dame has wins counting against Chicago Dental, Case, Butler, and Albion. Ohio State had a farily long series with Oberlin. Most of the others have similar “wins”, but I’d be curios to see how Boise’s are calculated.

  19. dmcgrann says: Dec 29, 2013 11:47 PM

    Boise State’s percentage seems to include two seasons as NAIA, eight in Division II, and eighteen in FCS. Their all-time FBS record is 178-50, or .81. It’s all apples to oranges.

  20. chinahand11 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:01 AM

    Another Rodriguez hater.

  21. 24pointlead says: Dec 30, 2013 8:27 AM

    The content and the author of this article are embarrassing.

  22. dmvtransplant says: Dec 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    Just so I’m clear about Notre Dame’s History:

    1. Haven’t won a National Championship in the modern BCS era

    2. Never won a BCS bowl game

    3. Got rocked 42-14 last yr on the biggest stage

    4. They average playing at least 2 bad Big Ten teams per year and 1 service academy

    5. Since 2005 their only bowl victories are the Hawaii bowl(Hawaii) , Sun Bowl (Miami) and Pinstripe Bowl (Rutgers)

    I fail to see where all the glory is in those facts? Syracuse has never won a BCS bowl, has a Pinstripe bowl trophy, plays the Big Ten every year and Army on occasion. I guess it’s the fact that Notre Dame was great once back in the day before and right after football was integrated, but than again so was Syracuse with Jim Brown and Ernie Davis. It’s probably that few programs have Hawaii & Sun bowl trophies?

  23. tony34343434 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:18 PM

    No team in college football is like the Irish. Even in a down year they draw millions to watch their games. They get the huge NBC contract for one reason they draw like no other.

    No matter how many times bama pays their players, or michigan , usc and ohio state break the rules. They will never ever be like the Golden Dome.

    Knock us all you want haters shows you are insecure about your own school. At least ND fans root for one school not like the girls to the SEC.

    Why root for one team instead root for 12. i dont root for the cowboys but the entire NFC. GO SECCCCCC yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!

  24. 2late2matter says: Jan 2, 2014 1:45 AM

    Still remember the 1966 Michigan State v. Notre Dame classic, where the outcry was to “Tie One For The Gipper” and Ara Parseghian opted to run out the clock instead of risk losing Notre Dame’s #1 National ranking.

    It worked: both teams finished 9-0-1 and Notre Dame polled first place, Michigan State came in #2. (Alabama was #3 that year).

  25. ttalarico says: Jan 2, 2014 2:15 AM

    It’s called strategy. And you’re right 2late2matter, it worked didn’t it?

  26. trueandreasonable says: Jan 4, 2014 5:29 PM

    Great news.

    ND had the toughest 2013 schedule in College football by far. 10 of there 13 opponents made it to bowl games.


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