Monday, January 23, 2006

Bad News for Oklahoma Fans

This weekend saw a very important moment in the college football offseason: the crowning of Miss America. This year, the award went to Jennifer Berry, an affable brunette who hails from Oklahoma. Standardly, a home state should feel a great sense of pride when one of their finest takes home the hardware, but a close observation of statistics and trends show that a Miss America victory is a harbinger of underachieving college football in the upcoming season.

A look at the last fifteen Miss America winners shows that their home state's football team went a dismal .534 in the fall following a victory. And the curse seems to extend beyond the home state -- the last three Miss Americas' alma maters went 6-28 in their victory year (five of those wins coming from I-AA Samford in 2005). This is particularly bad for Oklahoma fans, as Berry is also a student at the University of Oklahoma. The last double-whammy curse came in 2003, when Miss Illinois and U of I student Erika Harold saw her beloved Illini stumble to a 1-11 season.

While this year's Alabama team was fortunate enough to avoid the bugaboo by pulling off, against all odds, an impressive 10-2 season, you can see the historical futility in this table. Other than 2005, only '93 Florida and '92 Hawaii managed very successful seasons in the wake of a Miss America victory, both claiming a share of their conference's title.



Year
Miss America's Home State
Team's Record That Year
2005
Alabama
10-2
2004
Florida
7-5
2003
Illinois
1-11
2002
Oregon
7-6
2001
Hawaii
9-3
2000
Kentucky
2-9
1999
Virginia
7-5
1998
Illinois
3-8
1997
Kansas
5-6
1996
Oklahoma
3-8
1995
Alabama
8-3
1994
South Carolina
7-5
1993
Florida
11-2
1992
Hawaii
11-2
1991
Illinois
6-6
1990
Missouri
4-7
Totals:
(101-88)
.534



1 Comments:

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Adrian Peterson being BQ's main competition for the Heisman as of now, you should also look at the coorelation between Miss America's and Heisman winners from that state.

 

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