A Note on 2011 NCAA Schedules

When ruminating over the NFL Rankings, a commenter was asking about exactly who has played the toughest schedules in the country. In college of course, it is even more disparate, so we will add that to the weekly college update. For quick perusal, though – the Top 10 and Bottom 10 schedules to date (opponents W/L vs other teams and Sked Rating, the Winning Pct of opponents x winning pct of opponents’ opponents – the fractions W/L adjust for 1-AA opponents):

Ten Most Difficult to Date

1. Texas (23-8, .650 RPI rating)
2. Oklahoma State (20-11, .625)
3. Oklahoma (19-12, .619)
4. Texas A&M (23-8, .617)
5. Kansas (22.5-10.9, .585)
6. Auburn (25-14, .584)
7. UCLA (21-11, .578)
8. Alabama (23-16, .577)
9. Miami-FL (20.5-13.9, .574)
10. Maryland (22.5-11.9, .573)

The Ten Easiest to Date

112. Miami-OH (11-21, .406)
113. Idaho (13.5-24.9, .406)
114. Cincinnati (10.5-20.9, .400)
115. Memphis (11.5-24.9, .399)
116. Wyoming (9.9-23.9, .394)
117. Hawaii (9.5-23.9, .393)
118. Tulane (10.5-25.9, .380)
119. Middle Tennessee State (10-17, .371)
120. New Mexico State (9-24, .365)
121. Western Kentucky (5.5-24.5, .335)

Schedule Ranks of Some Contenders:

15. Boise State (21-12, .562)
33. Clemson (19.5-18.9, .536)
48. Kansas State (15.5-16.9, .509)
16. LSU (21.5-15.9, .560)
12. Oregon (17.5-10.9, .568)
71. Stanford (14-18, .481)
84. Houston (12.5-19.9, .465)
98. Wisconsin (13.5-20.9, .441)

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