Stat of the Day: Sagarin Strength of Schedule ratings (2000-2008) Be Sociable, Share! Tweet App State, Duke Blue Devils, ECU Pirates, North Carolina Tarheels, OOC, Sagarin, SOS, Stat of the Day, Wake Forest ← Ball Strikes Erin Andrews In the Chin Sunday Stuff – July 12th → 11 Responses to “Stat of the Day: Sagarin Strength of Schedule ratings (2000-2008)” highstick 07/10/2009 at 6:30 PM # Not sure how to draw a whole lot of conclusions. We’re on the “uptick” as compared to Carolina since TOB arrived. If you throw out our low and Carolina’s low, the gap gets worse. I’d speculate that if you dump a couple of the Division II’s, the SOS would jump dramatically. I guess we probably lost ground even beating the Div II national champ?? Duke’s surprises me a bit, but that’s probably cause I haven’t paid much attention to them. ECTC’s is what I would expect. TomCat 07/10/2009 at 10:21 PM # Maybe they should give out a mythical sagrin national championship. Difficult thing about SOS, college football schedules are often set many years in advance. It’s not like basketball. Tough to control the epp and flow of programs as prominent national powers. A little over a decade ago I never would’ve seen Syracuse as a weak sister or Rutgers as a factor on the national scene. Another factor is conference competition. You could be a great program but get ‘waxed’ by 3-4 conference opponents competing in the top-ten in the country (SEC). Or– you could trounce your entire division of weaker teams— and still get no respect nationally unless you find a way to wiggle into a decent bowl opportunity. Utah and Alabama bowl game last season would be a good example. On the whole, SOS is a good indicator of the level of competition in-conference—- more than anything else. newt 07/10/2009 at 11:19 PM # So the past three years, our schedule has been tougher than our average and UNC’s has been easier than their average. Also the past two years, our schedule has been tougher than UNC. You can twist numbers all sorts of ways. RegularExpression 07/11/2009 at 7:48 AM # Last year Duke played JMU, Northwestern, Navy and Vandy out of conference plus Clemson, WF and us from the coastal division. You wouldn’t think that is the 6th toughest schedule in the nation. I guess they get credit for not having awful teams on their schedule, but that should change this year since they play both Richmond and NC Central. waxhaw 07/11/2009 at 7:50 AM # I can’t remember how many people we had back out over the last few years and how many are coming up but we have had a lot of teams drop us and we’ve been left to schedule whoever we could. It might be that way for a lot of people but it seems like teams are still willing to play UNC-CH. (I wonder why? *chuckle*) RickJ 07/11/2009 at 9:15 AM # What jumps out to me is the numbers for ECU. Their fans, coaches & even some in the media love to talk about they willingness to play anybody, anywhere. That is easy to do when you have a cushy 8 game conference schedule in Conference Sorriest Teams in the USA. wolfpack95 07/11/2009 at 2:37 PM # NC State has never played Div 2 teams. We have played 1AA, now known as FBS, teams…but never Division 2. App St was 1AA/FBS Champion. choppack1 07/11/2009 at 7:26 PM # Duke is a perfect example of how being lousy can help your own SOS. Duke can’t play themselves…heck for many ACC teams, they were only conference game w/ a team w/ a losing regular season record. I really hate our schedule this year. IMHO, we’ve set up ourselves up for criticism if we have a strong year w/ the 2 D-AA opponents. If we do have a good year, I’d be interested to see if an ignorant media criticizes us for our OOC. (I think that any time you play an SEC team and a Big East team, you’ve done a pretty decent job.) As for UNC, I wouldn’t criticize them. They are quite frankly, getting the gigs that we want…and they did beat both the Domers and Sorrycuse. StateFans 07/12/2009 at 4:41 PM # What jumps out to me is the numbers for ECU. Their fans, coaches & even some in the media love to talk about they willingness to play anybody, anywhere. That is easy to do when you have a cushy 8 game conference schedule in Conference Sorriest Teams in the USA. DING! DING! DING! We have a winner. Great minds truly do think alike. Who gives a *#&$ what your “OOC schedule is when you consistently play a schedule easier than 70% to 80% of the teams in the country? highstick 07/12/2009 at 10:04 PM # Not matter how you want to PC’it, Division II is Division II. Second rate! Unworthy! You an App St cool aid drinker? And if ECU is so bad, App State is twice as bad! That’s why they call it Division II! highstick 07/12/2009 at 10:05 PM # Not matter how you want to PC’it, Division II is Division II. Second rate! Unworthy! You an App St cool aid drinker? And if ECU is that bad, App State is twice as bad! That’s why they call it Division II!! Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment. Leave your opinion here. Please be nice. Your Email address will be kept private.