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NCAA Football : Biggest year to year improvements

        Largest changes in year-to-year win percentages since 1960.  Changes greater than
        50% are listed below.

    Team                         Years    Win % change          Records each season    
  1 Hawaii                     1998->1999   0.692       0-12 (0.000) ->     9-4 (0.692)
  2 Notre Dame                 1963->1964   0.678        2-7 (0.222) ->     9-1 (0.900)
  2 Toledo                     1966->1967   0.678        2-7 (0.222) ->     9-1 (0.900)
  4 Indiana                    1966->1967   0.668      1-8-1 (0.150) ->     9-2 (0.818)
  5 South Carolina             1999->2000   0.667       0-11 (0.000) ->     8-4 (0.667)
  6 Miami OH                   1976->1977   0.636        3-8 (0.273) ->    10-1 (0.909)
  7 Houston                    1975->1976   0.633        2-8 (0.200) ->    10-2 (0.833)
  8 Fresno St                  2016->2017   0.631       1-11 (0.083) ->    10-4 (0.714)
  8 Miami OH                   2009->2010   0.631       1-11 (0.083) ->    10-4 (0.714)
 10 Illinois                   1962->1963   0.628        2-7 (0.222) ->   8-1-1 (0.850)
 11 UTEP                       1964->1965   0.627      0-8-2 (0.100) ->     8-3 (0.727)
 12 Florida                    1979->1980   0.621     0-10-1 (0.045) ->     8-4 (0.667)
 13 Central Florida            2004->2005   0.615       0-11 (0.000) ->     8-5 (0.615)
 13 Navy                       2018->2019   0.615       3-10 (0.231) ->    11-2 (0.846)
 15 Auburn                     2012->2013   0.607        3-9 (0.250) ->    12-2 (0.857)
 16 San Jose St                1985->1986   0.606      2-8-1 (0.227) ->    10-2 (0.833)
 17 Air Force                  2013->2014   0.603       2-10 (0.167) ->    10-3 (0.769)
 17 Georgia Southern           2017->2018   0.603       2-10 (0.167) ->    10-3 (0.769)
 19 TCU                        2013->2014   0.590        4-8 (0.333) ->    12-1 (0.923)
 20 Wake Forest                1978->1979   0.576       1-10 (0.091) ->     8-4 (0.667)
 21 Louisiana Lafayette        1981->1982   0.564      1-9-1 (0.136) ->     7-3 (0.700)
 22 Tulsa                      1990->1991   0.561        3-8 (0.273) ->    10-2 (0.833)
 23 Penn St                    2004->2005   0.553        4-7 (0.364) ->    11-1 (0.917)
 24 UCLA                       1968->1969   0.550        3-7 (0.300) ->   8-1-1 (0.850)
 24 USC                        1961->1962   0.550      4-5-1 (0.450) ->    11-0 (1.000)
 26 Bowling Green              2000->2001   0.545        2-9 (0.182) ->     8-3 (0.727)
 26 Eastern Michigan           1976->1977   0.545        2-9 (0.182) ->     8-3 (0.727)
 26 Louisiana Lafayette        1992->1993   0.545        2-9 (0.182) ->     8-3 (0.727)
 26 Temple                     1989->1990   0.545       1-10 (0.091) ->     7-4 (0.636)
 26 Tulsa                      1977->1978   0.545        3-8 (0.273) ->     9-2 (0.818)
 26 Western Michigan           1975->1976   0.545       1-10 (0.091) ->     7-4 (0.636)
 26 Western Michigan           1996->1997   0.545        2-9 (0.182) ->     8-3 (0.727)
 26 Western Michigan           2004->2005   0.545       1-10 (0.091) ->     7-4 (0.636)
 34 Central Florida            2016->2017   0.538        6-7 (0.462) ->    13-0 (1.000)
 34 Ohio St                    2011->2012   0.538        6-7 (0.462) ->    12-0 (1.000)
 36 Florida Atlantic           2016->2017   0.536        3-9 (0.250) ->    11-3 (0.786)
 37 New Mexico                 1981->1982   0.534      4-7-1 (0.375) ->    10-1 (0.909)
 38 SMU                        2008->2009   0.532       1-11 (0.083) ->     8-5 (0.615)
 38 Tulsa                      2002->2003   0.532       1-11 (0.083) ->     8-5 (0.615)
 38 Western Michigan           2013->2014   0.532       1-11 (0.083) ->     8-5 (0.615)
 41 Northwestern               2019->2020   0.528        3-9 (0.250) ->     7-2 (0.778)
 42 Army                       1983->1984   0.527        2-9 (0.182) ->   8-3-1 (0.708)
 43 Illinois                   2006->2007   0.526       2-10 (0.167) ->     9-4 (0.692)
 43 Maryland                   2009->2010   0.526       2-10 (0.167) ->     9-4 (0.692)
 45 Virginia Tech              1992->1993   0.523      2-8-1 (0.227) ->     9-3 (0.750)
 46 Memphis                    2013->2014   0.519        3-9 (0.250) ->    10-3 (0.769)
 46 Michigan St                2016->2017   0.519        3-9 (0.250) ->    10-3 (0.769)
 46 Rice                       2007->2008   0.519        3-9 (0.250) ->    10-3 (0.769)
 49 North Carolina             1962->1963   0.518        3-7 (0.300) ->     9-2 (0.818)
 50 Bowling Green              1990->1991   0.517      3-5-2 (0.400) ->    11-1 (0.917)
 51 Northwestern               1994->1995   0.515      3-7-1 (0.318) ->    10-2 (0.833)
 52 Cincinnati                 2017->2018   0.513        4-8 (0.333) ->    11-2 (0.846)
 52 UTEP                       2003->2004   0.513       2-11 (0.154) ->     8-4 (0.667)
 54 Houston                    2010->2011   0.512        5-7 (0.417) ->    13-1 (0.929)
 55 Memphis                    1982->1983   0.509       1-10 (0.091) ->     6-4 (0.600)
 56 Syracuse                   1986->1987   0.504        5-6 (0.455) ->  11-0-1 (0.958)
 57 Arkansas                   1963->1964   0.500        5-5 (0.500) ->    11-0 (1.000)
 57 Auburn                     1992->1993   0.500      5-5-1 (0.500) ->    11-0 (1.000)
 57 Colorado                   1964->1965   0.500        2-8 (0.200) ->   6-2-2 (0.700)
 57 Hawaii                     2000->2001   0.500        3-9 (0.250) ->     9-3 (0.750)
 57 Louisville                 1964->1965   0.500        1-9 (0.100) ->     6-4 (0.600)
 57 Middle Tennessee St        2011->2012   0.500       2-10 (0.167) ->     8-4 (0.667)
 57 North Carolina             1989->1990   0.500       1-10 (0.091) ->   6-4-1 (0.591)
 57 North Texas                1965->1966   0.500        3-7 (0.300) ->     8-2 (0.800)
 57 Ohio                       1965->1966   0.500       0-10 (0.000) ->     5-5 (0.500)
 57 Toledo                     1978->1979   0.500        2-9 (0.182) ->   7-3-1 (0.682)
 57 Tulsa                      1969->1970   0.500        1-9 (0.100) ->     6-4 (0.600)
 57 Utah                       1968->1969   0.500        3-7 (0.300) ->     8-2 (0.800)
 57 Washington                 1969->1970   0.500        1-9 (0.100) ->     6-4 (0.600)
    
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