Countdown – Best Football Programs in the Big South Since 2017

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This is the eleventh post in our 24-part Super Squad Series, recognizing the best programs over the last three years in every single Division I FBS & FCS Conference, as well as the upperclassmen & staff who’ve anchored them.


Congratulations Kennesaw State Owls for having the best football program in the Big South Conference for the last three years!

Kudos especially to the 33 student athletes who were on the roster each of these three seasons, 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20:

Dorian Walker, Daniel David, Tommy Bryant, TJ Reed, Shaquil Terry, Caleb O’Neal, Adeolu Adeleke, Isaac Foster, Cincere Mason, Demetrius Pettway, Brandon Simmons, Sam Outlaw, Antavius Grier, Cole Loden, Adesola Abisoye, Bronson Rechsteiner, Kevin Ficklin, Bryson Armstrong, Jack Ness, Courtney Mills, Tanner Jones, Kyle Glover, Desmond Johnson Jr., Savon Simmons, Jacob Potter, Sean Brown, William Nana Fabu, Zach Thompson, Nathan Robertson, Nicholas Jones, Kyle Arrasmith, Travis Bell, Peyton Moore

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About Super Squad Rating

Super Squad Ratings range 0-100, heavily-weighed toward zero. A 100.0 rating is only achievable for a team that finishes #1 in College Football all three years, with a 100+ power rating each year. The top three 2020 Super Squads rate in at 78, 57, and 47, respectively.

Best thought of as a notoriety score:
“How many normal people out of 100 should recognize this program’s success the last three years?”

EXAMPLE
Consider an SSR (Super Squad Rating) of 78 to abstractly mean that program deserves 78% of Americans’ attention.
Conversely a program with a 1.1 SSR would be worth the attention of only 11 out of 1,000 Americans.

Before getting deeper into our winners’ accolades, here are the conference runners-up, from worst-to-first:


7th

#243 Presbyterian College Blue Hose

1.9 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

8-25 Overall
2-13 Big South
0 Big South Titles

Average Power:

29.2

Yearly Finish:

#206, #238, #250


6th

#234 Gardner-Webb Bulldogs

2.2 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

7-27 Overall
2-13 Big South
0 Big South Titles

Average Power:

33.1

Yearly Finish:

#218, #221, #230


5th

#205 Hampton Pirates

2.6 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

18-15 Overall
1-5 Big South
5-3 MEAC
0 Big South Titles

Average Power:

37.0

Yearly Finish:

#184, #212, #215


4th

#183 Charleston Southern Buccaneers

3.2 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

17-17 Overall
9-6 Big South
0 Big South Titles

Average Power:

42.1

Yearly Finish:

#162, #175, #194


3rd

#179 Campbell Fighting Camels

3.2 Super Squad Rating

Record:

18-15 Overall
4-7 Big South Conference
5-3 Pioneer League
0 Big South Titles

Average Power:

42.3

Yearly Finish:

#175, #167, #183


2nd

#105 Monmouth Hawks

5.3 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

28-9 Overall
13-2 Big South
1 Big South Title
(2019)

Average Power:

54.2

Yearly Finish:

#116, #119, #87


WINNER

#56 Kennesaw State Owls

8.3 Super Squad Rating

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Record:

34-7 Overall
14-1 Big South
2 Big South Titles
(2017, 2018)

Average Power:

62.9

Yearly Finish:

#43, #54, #81

With only one Big South game loss and two league titles in three years, we have zero reasons to question this week’s pick.

The Owls, in a slight decline since 2017, will need to be sharp this Fall to reclaim the Big South title and protect this Super Squad honor against a rising Monmouth Hawks squad too.

Congratulations to Kennesaw State‘s coaches, staff, administrators, all players, and especially the 33 young men present on the roster all three years that earned them this title!

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Super Squad Rankings

These are our up-to-date Division I Super Squad rankings after Series Week 11. Follow along as each Sunday we fill in more teams and announce the next Super Squad!

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