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

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