Idle thoughts on an off week…
Teams in the BCS Top 25 : The SEC has three while the ACC has four.
Teams in the AP Top 25: The SEC has three while the ACC has four.
Teams in the Harris Poll Top 25: The SEC has three while the ACC has four.
Teams in the Sagarin Top 25: The SEC has four while the ACC has five.
Anyone else detecting the trend here? While the SEC has an admittedly strong showing at #1 and #2 with Florida and Alabama, the ACC in general has more teams ranked top to bottom. How often have we heard arguments in the past that the ACC was top heavy when FSU was sitting on the top with everyone else beneath them. Why are we not hearing how top heavy the SEC is right now?
And speaking of Sagarin ratings…which are generally considered non-biased and legit and which are published by USA Today.
Sagarin Stuff (Click here to see source details…)
Lets look at the current Top 10 BCS rated schools and compare their Sagarin rated strength of schedule…
What does this tell us?
It tells me that Georgia Tech and Alabama are the only teams rated in the BCS Top 10 who have played anything approaching a championship schedule. Tech’s schedule rates an impressive #12 while Bama’s sneaks into the Top 25 at #22.
Of course…Bama plays Chattanooga (rated #163) today and Florida plays FIU (that’s Florida International University if you didn’t know…rated #136!) so we can expect BOTH of their SoS to fall.
Sagarin also does conference rankings…lets check those out…
CONFERENCE CENTRAL MEAN SIMPLE AVERAGE TEAMS
1 PAC-10 (A) = 79.75 78.73 ( 2) 10 2 SOUTHEASTERN (A) = 78.99 79.39 ( 1) 12 3 ATLANTIC COAST (A) = 77.23 76.90 ( 3) 12 4 BIG EAST (A) = 76.98 76.76 ( 4) 8 5 BIG 12 (A) = 74.03 74.75 ( 5) 12
Maybe…just maybe…the SEC isn’t the big bully on the block this year? The PAC-10 has a nice advantage if you consider the conference as a whole rather than a few highly or lowly rated teams. They have a bigger lead on the SEC than the SEC has on the ACC, which is making up ground from past seasons.
BCS Level Competition?
If you look at the Top 10 BCS rated schools and their schedules, its very interesting to see how many of them will play BCS level competition and whether the games are at home or away…
Florida – 9 Total (4 away)
Alabama – 9 Total (4 away, 1 neutral)
Texas -8 Total (4 away)
TCU – 2 Total (2 away)
Cinn – 9 Total (5 away)
Boise – 1 Total (0 away)
GT – 11 Total (6 away)
LSU – 9 Total (5 away)
PITT – 9 Total (4 away)
Ohio St – 9 Total (4 away)
So…what jumps out at you reading that list?
The Jackets will play the most BCS conference competition (regular season) and a majority of those games will have been on the road.
The Jackets will end up playing 11 of their 12 games against BCS conference teams…three from the vaunted SEC before its all said and done.
The other thing that should jump out at you is the fact that Boise and TCU will have only played three BCS conference teams combined! Boise beat Oregon at home, which was a little impressive. And I give TCU credit for beating UVA and Clemson in addition to fairly decently respected BYU and Utah teams. But still…if you want to earn a spot in the BCS title games…play more BCS conference opponents! Boise has no excuse! Look at the #91 rated strength of schedule!
Ah well…like I said…just idle thoughts during an idle week…