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Who has the most difficult OOC Schedule?
I got to wondering which conference team has the hardest OOC schedule this year, and this is what I came up with for the East.

Based on the ESPN Power Index, I awarded points to each of the opponents in the inverse order of their power index ranking, i.e., the number 130 ranked team received one point, the 129 ranked team received two points, and so forth. (http://www.espn.com/college-football/sta...eamratings) I awarded all FCS opponents zero points.

I used the total opponents' points for each team to place them in rank order, with the team garnering the most points being ranked first with the hardest schedule, down to the team garnering the least points being ranked seventh with the easiest schedule. This is how it turned out.

1. Middle Tennessee (251 points) – Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Syracuse, Bowling Green
2. Marshall (239 points) – Miami (Ohio), NC State, Kent State, Cincinnati
3. Old Dominion (222 points) – Albany, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UMass
4. Florida International (194 points) – Alcorn State, Central Florida, Indiana, Tulane
5. Florida Atlantic (183 points) – Bethune-Cookman, Navy, Wisconsin, Buffalo
6. Western Kentucky (157 points) – Eastern Kentucky, Ball State, Illinois, Vanderbilt
7. Charlotte (140 points) – NC A&T, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Georgia State

The results look reasonable to me. Somewhat fittingly, MTSU has the toughest schedule. I was a little surprised to find that Marshall has the second hardest schedule. Charlotte having the easiest schedule seems appropriate, but I was really surprised to find that WKU is playing the sixth hardest schedule in the East.

I was going to do the full conference, but doing the East took a little more time than I intended. So -- I will do the West a little later.

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(This post was last modified: 08-06-2017 11:44 AM by ODU AGGIE.)
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Is home vs away taken into account?
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A team each from SEC, ACC, and Big 10... yep, it's gonna be tough!
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(08-06-2017 12:48 PM)techdawg28 Wrote:  Is home vs away taken into account?

No -- for two reasons, I suppose. One, not sure how I would have quantified that. Two, I didn't even think about it.

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RE: Who has the most difficult OOC Schedule?
UAB:

Alabama A&M
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Coastal Carolina
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Easy OOC schedule most are winnable, only really solid program is Wisconsin. Kansas State and Virginia Tech have had good programs also but have fallen off lately.
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A bit of a reprieve for WKU this year. In the last 7 years we've played Alabama twice, LSU, Nebraska, Tennessee. This will be an unusual year. Hope we don't embarrass ourselves with an easier schedule.
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(08-06-2017 12:54 PM)Ole Blue Wrote:  A team each from SEC, ACC, and Big 10... yep, it's gonna be tough!

Weak P5 teams, that's a perfect P5 schedule
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UTSA- Houston, Baylor, Texas St & FCS team
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Ok, here's the West and the consolidated conference rankings. As we all knew they would, Rice leads the West (and the conference), and it's not even close. UTSA comes in at number two in the West, and as we anticipated and as is appropriate, UAB has the least difficult schedule in the West. A little surprisingly, Charlotte has the overall easiest OOC schedule, with UAB sliding in just ahead of them and tied with WKU. I will repeat the East rankings here just so you can see everything all together.

1. Middle Tennessee (251 points) – Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Syracuse, Bowling Green
2. Marshall (239 points) – Miami (Ohio), NC State, Kent State, Cincinnati
3. Old Dominion (222 points) – Albany, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UMass
4. Florida International (194 points) – Alcorn State, Central Florida, Indiana, Tulane
5. Florida Atlantic (183 points) – Bethune-Cookman, Navy, Wisconsin, Buffalo
6. Western Kentucky (157 points) – Eastern Kentucky, Ball State, Illinois, Vanderbilt
7. Charlotte (140 points) – NC A&T, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Georgia State

1. Rice (345 points) – Stanford, Houston, Pitt, Army
2. UTEP (276 points) - Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico State, Army
3. Southern Miss (216 points) – Southern, Kentucky, LA-Monroe, Tennessee
4. LA Tech (211 points) – Northwestern State, South Alabama, Mississippi State, South Carolina
5. North Texas (201 points) – SMU, Lamar, Iowa, Army
6. UTSA (179 points) – Southern, Texas State, Baylor, Houston
7. UAB (157 points) – Alabama A&M, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Florida

1. Rice (345 points) – Stanford, Houston, Pitt, Army
2. UTEP (276 points) - Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico State, Army
3. Middle Tennessee (251 points) – Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Syracuse, Bowling Green
4. Marshall (239 points) – Miami (Ohio), NC State, Kent State, Cincinnati
5. Old Dominion (222 points) – Albany, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UMass
6. Southern Miss (216 points) – Southern, Kentucky, LA-Monroe, Tennessee
7. LA Tech (211 points) – Northwestern State, South Alabama, Mississippi State, South Carolina
8. North Texas (201 points) – SMU, Lamar, Iowa, Army
9. Florida International (194 points) – Alcorn State, Central Florida, Indiana, Tulane
10. Florida Atlantic (183) – Bethune-Cookman, Navy, Wisconsin, Buffalo
11. UTSA (179 points) – Southern, Texas State, Baylor, Houston
12. Western Kentucky (157) – Eastern Kentucky, Ball State, Illinois, Vanderbilt
13. UAB (157 points) – Alabama A&M, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, Florida
14. Charlotte (140) – NC A&T, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Georgia State
(This post was last modified: 08-07-2017 09:01 AM by ODU AGGIE.)
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