Ranking of Big Ten football teams by all-time winning percentage

247Sports ran an article listing the top college football teams by their win percentage, but the list only used the college’s top 50 teams. The list was used for wins and losses after the 2020 season, the 2021 season was not considered.

Although some Big Ten teams were in the top 50, not all of the conference’s teams were included in this list, making me wonder where all the Big Ten schools were by their win percentages.

Since the following schools are not in the Big Ten, we can tell you who are in the top 5. Alabama is second in win odds at .731, Notre Dame is third at .730, and Boise State is fifth at .728 — while it has half the wins that Oklahoma has in sixth place.

Now, below is the order of the 14 Big Ten schools by all-time win rate.

14 Indiana

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Overall rank: 122

All-time record: (499-696-44)

Win Percentage: 0.421

Notes: The Hoosiers began playing football in 1884 and Indiana ranks 100th overall with 499 all-time wins.

13 Northwest

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Overall rank: 112

All-time record: (558-685-44)

Win Percentage: 0.451

Notes: The Wildcats began playing football in 1882 and Northwestern ranks 80th with an all-time 558 wins.

12 Rueger

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Overall rank: 94

All-time record: (662-682-42)

Win Percentage: 0.493

Notes: The Scarlet Knights started organized football way back in 1869 and Rutgers ranks 41st with 662 all-time wins.

11 Illinois

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Overall rank: 88

All-time record: (619-613-50)

Win Percentage: 0.502

Notes: Illinois first began playing football in 1890 and the Fighting Illinois ranks 58th with 619 all-time wins in program history.

10 Maryland

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Overall Rank: 79th

All-time record: (661-614-43)

Win Percentage: 0.518

Notes: Maryland started playing football in 1892 when it went 0-3, and the Terps are ranked 42nd with an all-time 661 wins.

9 Purdue

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Overall Rank: 78th

All-time record: (629-583-48)

Win Percentage: 0.518

Notes: Purdue has an advantage over Maryland in having fewer all-time losses. The Boilermakers began playing football in 1887 and are ranked 52nd with an all-time 629 wins.


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Overall rank: 67

All-time record: (677-567-39)

Win Percentage: 0.543

Notes: Iowa went 0-1 in its freshman year of football in 1889, and the Hawkeyes are ranked 38th with an all-time 677 wins.


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Overall rank: 43

All-time record: (718-532-44)

Win Percentage: 0.572

Notes: The Gophers started playing football in 1882 when they went 1-1, and Minnesota ranks 28th with an all-time 718 wins.


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Overall rank: 33

All-time record: (728-506-53)

Win Percentage: 0.586

Notes: Wisconsin started playing football in 1889 when it went 0-2, and the Badgers are ranked 25th with an all-time 728 wins.

5 State of Michigan

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Overall rank: 26th

All-time record: (721-472-44)

Win Percentage: 0.601

Notes: The Spartans got their start in organized football in 1896 when they won 1-2-1 and MSU ranks 26th with 721 all-time wins.

4 Nebraska

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Overall rank: 10th

All-time record: (908-409-40)

Win Percentage: 0.684

Notes: Nebraska started 1890 2-0 and the Huskers are 8th with an all-time 908 wins.

3Pennsylvania State

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Overall rank: 9th

All-time record: (909-404-42)

Win Percentage: 0.686

Notes: Penn State started 1887 2-0, and the Nittany Lions are 7th with an all-time 909 wins.


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Overall rank: 4th

All-time record: (976-352-36)

Win Percentage: 0.729

Notes: Michigan began football in 1879 and the Wolverines are the most successful football program of all time with 976 victories.

1 State of Ohio

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Overall rank: 1

All-time record: (942-329-53)

Win Percentage: 0.731

Notes: The Buckeyes began playing football in 1889 and Ohio State ranks third with an all-time 942 wins.

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