What 1-A college has the tuffest fball sched. this year?

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  1. robycop3

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    My vote if for NOTRE DAME. Here's this year's schedule:

    Sep 03 @ Pittsburgh
    Sep 10 @ Michigan
    Sep 17 MICHIGAN ST.
    Sep 24 @ Washington
    Oct 01 @ Purdue
    Oct 15 SOUTHERN CAL
    Oct 22 BYU
    Nov 05 TENNESSEE
    Nov 12 NAVY
    Nov 19 SYRACUSE
    Nov 26 @ Stanford

    In former years, ND lined up such tuff schedules to vie for the national title. However, their fortunes have declined the last few years. ANY team that could go undefeated thru THIS schedule should be playing for the natl. title & be the odds-on favorite.

    Starting out AT Pitt and Michigan? OUCH!

    What's YOUR choice?
     
  2. wtrsju

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    Yeah ND has a very tough schedule... my vote.. almost any team in the SEC..
     
  3. FriendofSpurgeon

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    Yes, ND does have a tough one this year - especially compared to prior years when they would have one or two tough games. Is it wrong to pray for them to go 0-11??

    I would agree though that the SEC is the conference - year in and year out.
     
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    You southerners love you percious SEC.- I do not doubt that the SEC is good, its just not as good as you think it is.

    My vote goes to ND, even though I can't stand them.

    If they would join a conferance they would have a much better schedule and a better chance at the national title.
     
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    Here is How CBS sports ranks the schedules. But what do they know? They have NC as the number 1 hardest?


    2005 Strength of Schedule

    Rnk School Conf. Rating
    1 North Carolina ACC 1.3893
    1 Georgia Tech ACC 1.3893
    3 West Virginia Big East 1.385
    3 Rutgers Big East 1.385
    5 Notre Dame Independent 1.380
    6 Kentucky SEC 1.369
    7 Syracuse Big East 1.320
    8 South Florida Big East 1.293
    9 Georgia SEC 1.287
    10 Connecticut Big East 1.276
    10 Pittsburgh Big East 1.276
    12 Cincinnati Big East 1.258
    13 Arizona Pac-10 1.2718
    13 Stanford Pac-10 1.2718
    15 South Carolina SEC 1.269
    16 UCLA Pac-10 1.262
    17 Arkansas SEC 1.260
    18 Duke ACC 1.235
    19 Baylor Big 12 1.229
    20 Maryland ACC 1.226
    21 Kansas Big 12 1.2208
    21 Oklahoma State Big 12 1.2208
    21 Texas A&M Big 12 1.2208
    24 Ohio State Big Ten 1.213
    25 Texas Tech Big 12 1.211
    26 Illinois Big Ten 1.189
    27 Florida SEC 1.178
    28 Louisville Big East 1.030
    29 LSU SEC 1.1697
    30 Mississippi SEC 1.1697
    31 Alabama SEC 1.1608
    32 Kansas State Big 12 1.1565
    33 Missouri Big 12 1.1565
    34 Washington Pac-10 1.153
    35 Oregon Pac-10 1.144
    36 Colorado Big 12 1.1386
    36 Iowa State Big 12 1.1386
    36 Oklahoma Big 12 1.1386
    36 Texas Big 12 1.1386
    40 Washington State Pac-10 1.136
    41 Virginia ACC 1.1356
    42 Miami (Fla) ACC 1.1356
    43 Mississippi State SEC 1.134
    43 Vanderbilt SEC 1.134
    45 Nebraska Big 12 1.129
    46 NC State ACC 1.1178
    46 Boston College ACC 1.1178
    48 Temple Independent 1.101
    49 Tennessee SEC 1.087
    50 Penn State Big Ten 1.0861
    50 Michigan Big Ten 1.0861
    50 Northwestern Big Ten 1.0861
    50 Purdue Big Ten 1.0861
    54 Indiana Big Ten 1.0683
    54 Wisconsin Big Ten 1.0683
    56 Arizona State Pac-10 1.0449
    56 Southern Cal Pac-10 1.0449
    58 Florida State ACC 1.0445
    59 Auburn SEC 1.042
    60 Clemson ACC 1.0266
    60 Virginia Tech ACC 1.0266
    62 California Pac-10 1.018
    63 Hawaii WAC 1.011
    64 Wake Forest ACC 1.008
    65 Army Independent 1.004
    66 Air Force Mountain West .9857
    66 TCU Conf. USA .9857
    68 Fresno State WAC .9851
    68 Utah State WAC .9851
    70 Ball State MAC .9778
    71 Michigan State Big Ten .9771
    72 Iowa Big Ten .968
    73 Minnesota Big Ten .959
    74 Oregon State Pac-10 .944
    75 Rice Conf. USA .927
    76 San Diego State Mountain West .912
    77 New Mexico State WAC .902
    78 Colorado State Mountain West .894
    79 Boise State WAC .893
    80 BYU Mountain West .8767
    80 Wyoming Mountain West .8767
    82 Louisiana Tech WAC .867
    83 Navy Independent .866
    84 New Mexico Mountain West .8589
    84 UNLV Mountain West .8589
    86 Bowling Green MAC .8511
    86 Ohio MAC .8511
    88 Idaho WAC .8494
    88 Nevada WAC .8494
    90 San Jose State WAC .840
    91 Kent State MAC .8332
    91 Miami (Ohio) MAC .8332
    93 Tulsa Conf. USA .818
    94 Marshall Conf. USA .7734
    94 Memphis Conf. USA .7734
    94 Tulane Conf. USA .7734
    94 UAB Conf. USA .7734
    98 Utah Mountain West .767
    99 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt .7536
    100 Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt .7535
    101 Buffalo MAC .7421
    102 Eastern Michigan MAC .7240
    103 Western Michigan MAC .733
    104 Akron MAC .7242
    105 Northern Illinois MAC .7152
    105 Toledo MAC .7152
    107 Central Michigan MAC .706
    108 East Carolina Conf. USA .6734
    109 SMU Conf. USA .6734
    109 UCF Conf. USA .6734
    111 Southern Miss Conf. USA .6644
    111 UTEP Conf. USA .6644
    113 Florida Atlantic Sun Belt .6535
    113 Middle Tennessee Sun Belt .6535
    115 Houston Conf. USA .646
    116 North Texas Sun Belt .6356
    116 Troy Sun Belt .6356
    118 Arkansas State Sun Belt .626
    119 Florida International Sun Belt .617
     
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    Tough to argue with the UNC schedule being the toughest. The ACC is tougher than ever with Miami, VA Tech, and Boston College in there. And UNC probably has the toughest non-conference schedule out there with Wisconsin, Louisville and Utah.

    WOW -- toughest schedule in the Big 11 is Ohio State at #24. Most of the schools' schedules are in the 50's. Who would've thought???
     
  7. 4His_glory

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    Who cares about sheduale stteangth anyhow, ultimatly it comes down to winning football games, and certain teams do that better than anyone else.
     
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    Guess Texas will be glad to hear they're #36. Perhaps can finish third in nation this year. :eek: :D ;)
     
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    My GA Tech Yellow Jackets came in 2nd on that CBS list.

    With non conference games against Auburn and Georgia and then an ACC schedule that includes Miami and VA Tech we have a tough year. I guess the only bright spot is we don't have to play Florida State.

    I think the ACC has topped out the SEC with the new additions. I do have to admit that the SEC does have better tailgate parties and prettier girls.
     
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    Agreed. The ACC has now topped the SEC in football. (We were already ahead in basketball and football -- and way ahead in academics.)

    They probably do have better tailgate parties - but then again, aren't you a Baptist preacher??

    Prettier girls than the ones at GaTech??? That goes without saying doesn't it, though University of Miami helps in this regard.

    GO JACKETS! (But I'm expecting a long year ahead.)
     
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    Houston is 115 out of 119.

    Maybe we can actually win a game or two this year. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Scott J

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    Any schedule ranking that has Tennessee 49th this year is flawed.

    They play at UF and LSU in consecutive weeks on the road and also travel to ND and Alabama. Both UF and LSU have been picked by experts to play for the national title. ND is what it is. The concensus is that Alabama has one of the best defenses, if not the best, in the country. Georgia is the only good team that UT gets at home.

    Florida, OTOH ranked 27, gets UT and FSU at home and travels to LSU the week after the terrible Miss. State. UGA is played at a neutral site after a off week.

    UT and UF both play LSU, Vandy, and Alabama from the west but UT gets a decent Ole Miss team rather than MSU.

    Out of conference, UT has ND (away), UAB, and Memphis which are all better than Wyoming or La Tech. FSU (in the Swamp) provides balance for UF.

    Out of conference is about a wash, while UT definitely has the tougher in conference schedule.

    Who ever did the list was either biased or needs to change their medication.
     
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    Tennessee's schedule is regarded by most as one of the toughest 3 or 4 in the country. Tennessee's schedule ranks near the top of the toughest in nation category yearly.

    I would also agree that Notre Dame has a tough schedule (for once, jettisoning the military academies).

    I just cannot concede that the ACC is better in football than the SEC. Time needs to prove some things in the ACC.
     
  14. Scott J

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    UT only gets tougher next year when the open with Cal, Air Force, UF, and Marshall.

    The ACC improved significantly with the Big East additions. Kentucky, Vandy, Ole Miss, and MSU don't help the conference the way they are playing now. The four lowest teams in the ACC are probably better right now- Duke, UNC, Wake, Maryland.

    The SEC looks better 2-8. Whoever is SEC #1 will probably prove that they're at least as good as Miami.
     
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    Just noticed that the list only had USC 7 places below the Vols.

    Gimme a break.

    The PAC-10 is so weak that any team in the SEC or ACC except for Duke or Miss State would finish in the top half. Out of conference, USC plays ND, Hawaii, Arkansas, and Fresno State.

    Nope. Don't see any LSU's, UF's, UT's, FSU's, or Miami's on that schedule.
     
  16. FriendofSpurgeon

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    Sorry that you cannot concede that the ACC is better. I grew up on SEC football. It has always been the best conference -- much better than the Big 11 or Pac 10, so I can understand your feelings. Plus, the ACC was always the BASKETBALL conference.

    However, with the addition of VTech, Miami, and Boston College, plus the others -- FSU, Clemson, GTech, UNC, Maryland, NCState, etc., I think the ACC surpasses the SEC in football too. Plus, there are fewer weak schools in the ACC.

    It's also interesting that the ACC (on average) are the smaller, private and/or more academic colleges compared to the big, state liberal arts universities you find in the SEC.
     
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    ACC has not been much better than the big ten in Basketball. Look how many Big Ten teams make deep runs into the NCAA tournament.

    As for ACC football being better than the SEC this year, that is a tough call. I think that the ACC has a slight edge this year.
     
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    Agreed that the Big 11 is better than most at BBall and close to the ACC. I would definitely put them at a strong second. However year to year, the ACC is always at/near the top and is stronger top to bottom -- Duke, UNC, GTech, Maryland, Wake, etc. (Also, didn't Michigan cheat the year they won the title and have to go on probation because of that? Sorry, just had to bring that up.)
     
  19. Scott J

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    Hold on a minute.

    Vandy is the only year-in, year-out push over in the SEC. Though MSU and UK have hit rough times lately, both have played competitive in the last few years. Duke hasn't been consistently competitive in my lifetime nor has WFU. NCSU is very inconsistent as are UNC and Maryland.

    Clemson hasn't achieved consistency either.
     
  20. Pronto

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    The strength of schedule is determined BEFORE the teams play? What a bunch of nonsense! How in the world could anyone know this, do they have a magic 8 ball of something?

    Hey, how about this, why don't we let them play a few games before we start ranking them, even the BCS as dumb as they are, doesn't rank folks until several weeks into the season!
     

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