The Oklahoma Sooners own the biggest home advantage in college football when playing at home, according to data compiled by PredictionMachine.com, a national website that predicts the outcomes of sports events.
Two other Big 12 teams rank in the top 10 on the list prepared by PredictionMachine.com, which ranked all 120 schools who make up the Football Bowl Subdivision category. The teams are ranked on the basis of the strength of their homefield, determined by the expected points a particular homefield adds based on a data base prepared by the research team at PredictionMachine.com.
Kansas State is No. 6 on the list, and Oklahoma State ranks 10th. Everyone around the Big 12 knows how difficult it is to win as a visiting team at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and this has become especially true during the time Bob Stoops has been the coach of the Sooners.
At one time, two seasons back, Oklahoma had the longest active home winning streak in college football at 39 games. That streak was broken by Texas Tech in October 2011. OU’s 82-5 home record during the time Stoops has been head coach (1999 to the present) is a highly impressive
The founder of PredictionMachine.com, Paul Bessier, cautions, though, that being first in the Home Field Advantage rankings isn’t necessarily a good thing. The truly elite teams, Bessier says, should actually be closer to the bottom because their performance is generally more consistent, regardless of whether they are playing at home or on the road. For example, two-time defensing national champion Alabama ranks 106th on the list, and Florida State is No. 120.
Here is how the rest of the Big 12 schools fared in the homefield advantage rankings:
15. Kansas Jayhawks
23. Iowa State Cyclones
29. Baylor Bears
35. Texas Tech Red Raiders
96. TCU Horned Frogs
105. West Virginia Mountaineers
111. Texas Longhorns