Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NCAA FBS Non-Conference SOS Part II

Yesterday I blogged about the NCAA FBS non-conference strength of schedule (SOS) from last season.  Today I am going to look at how the top five conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, SEC and Pac 12) compared in terms of strength of schedule against other top five conferences during the regular season.  Here I have decided to drop all the independent teams, which dropping Notre Dame may or may not be acceptable.

Note that in terms of the amount of games, since both the Big 12 and the Pac 12 played nine games against conference teams - they each had fewer non-conference games and the Pac 12 had more non-conference games given they have more teams.

As shown in the table below the Big 12 played the fewest number of games against teams in the other four conferences, while the SEC played the most.  In terms of SOS, the SEC, Big 12 and ACC all played against similar schedules and the Pac 12 and Big 10 also played against easier strength of schedules.

Conf Total NCG Power 5 NCG Percentage SOS
ACC 56 13 0.232 44.231
Big 12 30 5 0.167 43.400
Big 10 48 9 0.188 63.333
Pac 12 37 9 0.243 58.111
SEC 56 14 0.250 42.143

Total NCG = total number of non-conference games played by the conference during the regular season.
Power 5 NCG = total number of ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 or SEC games played outside the teams in the conference during the regular season.
Percentage = Power 5 NCG / Total NCG
SOS = average Strength of Schedule of non-conference games against ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 or SEC opponents.

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