As we approach the start of another glorious pre-season, everyone is trying to find ways to set up the season. Predictions, polls, and stats comparisons are great. But hey, here at ND we’re all about History right? Well, let’s have at it then, on our historical turf. Let’s take a look at our 2010 slate and compare the histories of each squad’s program. I’ll give a brief breakdown on ND here since this is the first in what I hope will be a series (lucky you!, but from #2 on I’ll focus more on a straight-up comparison between us and whatever foe lands the draw that week.
Notre Dame Football History Summary:
Overall Record: 831-285-41
Overall Winning Percentage: .736
National Championships: 13 (varies from 9 to 13 pending the source, but we go high-end here for obvious reasons, right?)
Bowl Game Appearances: 29
Bowl Game Record: 14-15 (saddest thing here is the losing streak that finally ended with Hawaii. Check out the stats on nationalchamps.net . ND was 13-6 in Bowls through 1993, and then came the horribleness of the streak with 0-9 in Bowl Games from 94 to 2006).
I’m pretty sure that most folks had a pretty good grasp on most of those facts, but figured it was a good refresher. So, let’s bring up the first opponent, and do a few comparisons. Up first? Purdue.
Yep, Purdue. YYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAWN,
SO, OKAY NOW, HERE WE GO!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOO! PURDUE, YEAH, LETS DO THIS HISTORICAL THING FOR PURDUE WHOOOOOOOOEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY RULLLLLEEEEESSSSSS!!!!
Purdue Football History Summary:
THERE ARE NO HISTORICAL-LIKE IMAGES OF PURDUE FOOTBALL SUCCESS IN GOOGLE. I LOOKED. A LOT. SORRY. DO YOUR BEST TO IMAGINE SOMETHING OLD YET COOL AND INTERESTING HERE.
Overall Record: 570-487-48. ND has won more than 250 more games than Purdue. That’s a lot.
Overall Winning Percentage: .538. Purdue has won just over half their games in their history. Watching them play is about as exciting as a coin flip, so I guess this makes sense.
National Championships: 0 (varies from 0 to 0, which makes this pretty easy). Purdue HAS, however, been CO-CHAMPIONS of the Big Tweleven an ENTIRE 7 (or 6, pending the source) times! That means they got to SHARE the title of a mediocre conference 7 whole times, which, if we say they get 50% of each ‘championship’ means 3.5 whole Conference Crowns for the Boilermakers! WOW! And hey, in 1929 they even won the entire conference outright, so make that FOUR and a HALF!!!
Compared to ND’s 13 National Championships, this is…quaint.
Bowl Game Appearances: 15. Purdue has played in about half as many bowls, despite the mediocrity of the past decade for ND, and despite the fact that bowl games are pretty freaking common now-a-days (except when you turn them down, like we did last year)
Bowl Game Record: 8-7. Percentage-wise, Purdue actually takes ND on this one, if barely. A Bowl Resume comparison (BCS vs. Sun) does shed a little light here. But we’ll give it to ’em. They’re slightly less mediocre than we’ve been. Congrats.
What does this tell us about the home opener in September? Almost nothing. Except that ND is playing with a whole ton of historical success on its side. And Purdue? Well, they have that big drum.