10 best & 10 worst AQ non-conference schedules

Submitted by Cold War on February 27th, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Strength of Schedule - 2014


10 best AQ non-conference schedules

Texas: North Texas, BYU, UCLA

Iowa State: North Dakota State, at Iowa, Toledo

West Virginia: Alabama, Towson, at Maryland

USC: Fresno State, at Boston College, Notre Dame

Missouri: South Dakota State, at Toledo, UCF, Indiana

Oklahoma State: Florida State, Missouri State, UTSA

Florida State: Oklahoma State, The Citadel, Notre Dame, Florida

North Carolina: Liberty, San Diego State, at East Carolina, at Notre Dame

Minnesota: Eastern Illinois, Middle Tennessee, at TCU, San Jose State

Ohio State: Navy, Virginia Tech, Kent State, Cincinnati


10 worst AQ non-conference schedules

NC State: Old Dominion, Georgia Southern, USF, Presbyterian

Vanderbilt: Temple, UMass, Charleston Southern, Old Dominion

Mississippi State: Southern Miss, UAB, at South Alabama, UT-Martin

Alabama: West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Western Carolina

Florida: Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky, at Florida State

Arizona State: Weber State, at New Mexico, Notre Dame

Duke: Elon, at Troy, Kansas, Tulane

Pittsburgh: Delaware, at Florida International, Iowa, Akron

Texas Tech: Central Arkansas, at UTEP, Arkansas

Colorado: Colorado State, at UMass, Hawaii



turd ferguson

February 27th, 2014 at 8:17 PM ^

Yeah, I'm confused.  Is this really one of the best 10 schedules?  If so, this non-conference season will be awful.

Missouri: South Dakota State, at Toledo, UCF, Indiana

Edit:  Or this, for that matter...

Minnesota: Eastern Illinois, Middle Tennessee, at TCU, San Jose State


February 27th, 2014 at 8:32 PM ^

The full table at the end is worth a look actually - the vast spread with the Sagarin numbers is interesting really . I see that Marshall went bold there with Miami (OH), Rhode Island, Ohio (NTO) and Akron, and Southern Methodist gets a rather rough run through Texas with Baylor, North Texas, Texas A&M and then TCU - the Mustangs will have fun that first month, I am sure. 


February 28th, 2014 at 10:47 AM ^

Wow. Those are some crap schedules. One of the big issues is that non conference slates are filling up years ahead of time. When OSU scheduled Cal, I'm sure they expected Cal to at least be decent. But alot can happen in 6-8 years. We have Virginia Tech on a future schedule. They are mediocre right now. They could be awful when we play them. They could be elite. Or they could still be mediocre. And because schedules fill up so fast, even if a team wanted a quality nonconference opponent, there's not a great chance that the open weeks of the team you want to schedule matches up with yours.

The other problem is college football is such a big money business and the huge bump in all areas that comes from getting to BCS games is very beneficial. Why should you give up a home games vs Kent St and Troy in back to back years when you sell out, or close to it, in favor of a home and home vs Georgia or UCLA? And nobody is rewarded for a good nonconference schedule. Most SEC teams play crap OOC schedules. They get a bump because their conference is perceived as tough and thus, their conference schedule is "difficult" (alot of variation in the conference though because there's 14 teams and you can't play them all. We'll have this problem too w/in the conference). Why bother scheduling tough OOC games?

I'm becoming more and more in favor of an expanded playoff just because you'll see better schedules as a result IMO. A team with a tough schedule could qualify for a 16 team playoff if they finish 9-3. But they can't qualify for a BCS bowl if they don't win their conference. So they'll schedule 4 cupcakes to get to 10-2 or 11-1 and be able to secure an at large bid.