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Dominated by the SEC and PAC 12. Only 1 from each of the Big Ten, Big 12-2, and ACC.
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Difficult to believe there are ten teams in front of us.
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I do not agree
Bifferton Bobber Squat
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These rankings reflect a significant delusion that the Pac12 is a football conference.
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I agree that South Carolina's schedule is brutal and just might be the toughest.

Not sure about the rest.
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SCar, Auburn, and us.

Those are the 3 toughest. It's a real stretch to argue otherwise.
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If we didn't schedule a dang division 2 team every year then we would have a much stronger strength of schedule.

Division 2 teams are quite harmful to strengths of schedule on the espn FPI.
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Schrute Farms
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This has been a conversation on r/CFB all off season. It is almost always SCAR & A&M at 1a and 1b. No one really argues with it.
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Stanford. LOL
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Lateralus Ag said:

Stanford. LOL


They play PAC10, UCF and Notre Dame. Number 3 behind USC for sure and USC also plays Notre dame therefore definitely toughest schedule
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Bifferton Bobber Squat said:

These rankings reflect a significant delusion that the Pac12 is a football conference.
Agree they also appear to overestimate Notre Dame.

Here is the Notre Dame college football life cycle

September- Elite
December- Playoff Bound
January - Fraud (Well we are too academically strong to compete with the likes of Bama and Clemson)
September- Elite Again
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Haha what a crock
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And of course the two favorites to win the NC are not even listed.
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I think they must not only look at who you're playing but also your team's abilities.

So if your team kinda sucks then of course your SOS is going to be rated higher..
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If we didn't schedule a dang division 2 team and pay them a million dollars, they wouldn't make enough money to sustain a program and go under.
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Alpha Texan said:

If we didn't schedule a dang division 2 team and pay them a million dollars, they wouldn't make enough money to sustain a program and go under.
It's okay to play 2 subdivision teams.... it's not okay to schedule 3 of them, which we currently have.
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Gotta keep those West coast viewers emotionally invested in watching ESPN matchups.


If you're still taking a Bob Iger owned Sports network at face value when there's zero competition in sports entertainment than you are doomed for perpetual dissatisfaction.
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USC and Stanford at 2/3????

LOL
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LSU > A&M???????

Georgia is better than Florida. Clemson is better than tu. Everything else is comparable.
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Jbob88 said:

Alpha Texan said:

If we didn't schedule a dang division 2 team and pay them a million dollars, they wouldn't make enough money to sustain a program and go under.
It's okay to play 2 subdivision teams.... it's not okay to schedule 3 of them, which we currently have.


Every school we play offers 85 scholarships except Texas State which gives the Division 1 FCS allowed 63. All are D1, just not P5 or G5. Are you expecting us to play 12 P5 games?
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Because they don't have to play themselves
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Stanford and USC getting a bump from playing a 9 game conference schedule plus ND. The only problem with that is only about 4 teams in the Pac12 are worth a crap.
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Emilio Fantastico said:

Stanford and USC getting a bump from playing a 9 game conference schedule plus ND. The only problem with that is only about 4 teams in the Pac12 are worth a crap.
Notice that ND gets no bump for playing Stanford and USC. That tells you all you need to know about their conference strength.
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West Virginia basically has the same strength of schedule as us???
They play the Big 12 and then James Madison, Missouri and NC State
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WTF is this garbage lol
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Stanford and USC play Washington, Oregon, and ND... that's it

Clemson, Georgia, Bama > Washington, Oregon, ND LOL
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They probably base it off of average difficulty. Which lets be honest, is scheduling an automatic win over a FCS opponent much different than scheduling a likely win with a below average FBS team? In the end it's still a blowout win. With this method you're basically asking 'how hard is it to go 6-6'.

USC plays 11 power 5 schools, which is great. But only 4 of them are ranked and not a single team is top 10.

Stanford plays 5 ranked teams. None of them top 10.

Florida plays just 3 ranked teams.

Auburn plays 6 ranked teams.

A&M plays 5 ranked teams including 4 top 10 teams. Give me a break.
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OldShadeOfBlue said:

They probably base it off of average difficulty. Which lets be honest, is scheduling an automatic win over a FCS opponent much different than scheduling a likely win with a below average FBS team? In the end it's still a blowout win. With this method you're basically asking 'how hard is it to go 6-6'.

USC plays 11 power 5 schools, which is great. But only 4 of them are ranked and not a single team is top 10.

Stanford plays 5 ranked teams. None of them top 10.

Florida plays just 3 ranked teams.

Auburn plays 6 ranked teams.

A&M plays 5 ranked teams including 4 top 10 teams. Give me a break.
It's 100% math.

Play 9 conference games, plus no fcs, gets you higher avg.

FCS schools kill the math. It's why math is cool, but doesn't always tell the whole story.
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Typical espn bs makes no sense that west coast teams are ranked ahead of the good guys let the season play out we will revisit say week 7.
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Brought to you by ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) and the PAC-10.

"The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily."

Full SOS ESPN (FPI):
http://www.espn.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings/_/sort/sosRemainingRank/order/false
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This list is pure garbage lol
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Not saying I agree with this methodology but Lamar, Texas State, and UTSA might as well be Katy Middle School. Because we get absolute zero credit for winning those games. Now maybe you think all group of 5 and FCS opponents are the same; but sometimes those teams actually do win. With this schedule, we've made sure there is not even a remote possibility that happens.
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AvidAggie said:

I agree that South Carolina's schedule is brutal and just might be the toughest.

Not sure about the rest.
Poor guys have Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson.
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