Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NCAA FBS Non Conference Strength of Schedule for 2013

Recently the Southeastern Conference announced a new scheduling requirement for their football teams - to play at least one non-conference game against one ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 football team starting in 2016.  So, let's take a look at last year's non-conference strength of schedule (SOS) for all of the NCAA FBS conferences.

First, here is the overall non-conference strength of schedule for all ten FBS football conferences (and the independent's grouped as a conference) along with the number of non-conference games played against FCS teams for each conference.

IND 66.138 7
MidAmerican 71.192 12
CUSA 71.895 7
MountainWest 77.589 18
SEC 78.375 14
ACC 79.911 16
P12 82.649 10
Big10 83.458 11
AAC 83.650 9
SunBelt 85.450 11
Big12 88.367 8

As you can see the "lower" conferences had a tougher (i.e. lower SOS number) non-conference strength of schedule (except for the Sun Belt conference).  Of the five major conferences, the SEC has a slight tougher non-conference schedule than the ACC, and the Big 12 has the easiest non-conference schedule last season.

Tomorrow I will look at non-conference SOS for the top five conference against other top five conferences.

Here are all the FBS-FCS games from 2013.

Team Opp Date Location
Air Force Colgate 8/31/2013 Home
Akron James Madison 9/7/2013 Home
Alabama Chattanooga 11/23/2013 Home
Arizona Northern Ariz. 8/30/2013 Home
Arizona St. Sacramento St. 9/5/2013 Home
Arkansas Samford 9/7/2013 Home
Arkansas St. Ark.-Pine Bluff 8/31/2013 Home
Army Morgan St. 8/30/2013 Home
Auburn Western Caro. 10/12/2013 Home
Ball St. Illinois St. 8/29/2013 Home
Baylor Wofford 8/31/2013 Home
Boise St. UT Martin 9/7/2013 Home
Boston College Villanova 8/31/2013 Home
Bowling Green Murray St. 9/21/2013 Home
Buffalo Stony Brook 9/14/2013 Home
BYU Idaho St. 11/16/2013 Home
California Portland St. 9/7/2013 Home
Central Mich. New Hampshire 9/7/2013 Home
Cincinnati Northwestern St. 9/14/2013 Home
Clemson South Carolina St. 9/7/2013 Home
Clemson Citadel 11/23/2013 Home
Colorado Central Ark. 9/7/2013 Home
Colorado Charlestown So 10/19/2013 Home
Colorado St. Cal Poly 9/14/2013 Home
Connecticut Towson 8/29/2013 Home
Duke N.C. Central 8/31/2013 Home
East Carolina Old Dominion 8/31/2013 Home
Eastern Mich. Howard 8/31/2013 Home
FIU Bethune-Cookman 9/14/2013 Home
Florida Ga. Southern 11/23/2013 Home
Florida St. Bethune-Cookman 9/21/2013 Home
Fresno St. Cal Poly 9/7/2013 Home
Georgia Appalachian St. 11/9/2013 Home
Georgia St. Samford 8/30/2013 Home
Georgia St. Chattanooga 9/7/2013 Home
Georgia St. Jacksonville St. 9/21/2013 Home
Georgia Tech Elon 8/31/2013 Home
Georgia Tech Alabama A&M 11/23/2013 Home
Houston Southern U. 8/30/2013 Home
Idaho Old Dominion 11/9/2013 Home
Illinois Southern Ill. 8/31/2013 Home
Indiana Indiana St. 8/29/2013 Home
Iowa Missouri St. 9/7/2013 Home
Iowa St. UNI 8/31/2013 Home
Kansas South Dakota 9/7/2013 Home
Kansas St. North Dakota St. 8/30/2013 Home
Kent St. Liberty 8/29/2013 Home
Kentucky Alabama St. 11/2/2013 Home
La.-Lafayette Nicholls St. 9/14/2013 Home
La.-Monroe Grambling 9/7/2013 Home
Louisiana Tech Lamar 9/7/2013 Home
Louisville Eastern Ky. 9/7/2013 Home
LSU Furman 10/26/2013 Home
Marshall Gardner-Webb 9/7/2013 Home
Maryland Old Dominion 9/7/2013 Home
Massachusetts Maine 9/7/2013 Home
Memphis UT Martin 11/9/2013 Home
Miami (FL) Savannah St. 9/21/2013 Home
Michigan St. Youngstown St. 9/14/2013 Home
Middle Tenn. Western Caro. 8/29/2013 Home
Minnesota Western Ill. 9/14/2013 Home
Mississippi St. Alcorn 9/7/2013 Home
Missouri Murray St. 8/31/2013 Home
Navy Delaware 9/14/2013 Home
Nebraska South Dakota St. 9/21/2013 Home
Nevada UC Davis 9/7/2013 Home
New Mexico St. Abilene Christian 10/26/2013 Home
North Carolina Old Dominion 11/23/2013 Home
North Carolina St. Richmond 9/7/2013 Home
Northern Ill. Eastern Ill. 9/21/2013 Home
Northwestern Maine 9/21/2013 Home
Ohio Austin Peay 9/21/2013 Home
Ohio St. Florida A&M 9/21/2013 Home
Oklahoma St. Lamar 9/14/2013 Home
Ole Miss Southeast Mo. St. 9/7/2013 Home
Oregon Nicholls St. 8/31/2013 Home
Oregon St. Eastern Wash. 8/31/2013 Home
Pittsburgh Old Dominion 10/19/2013 Home
Purdue Indiana St. 9/7/2013 Home
Rutgers Norfolk St. 9/7/2013 Home
San Diego St. Eastern Ill. 8/31/2013 Home
San Jose St. Sacramento St. 8/29/2013 Home
SMU Montana St. 9/7/2013 Home
South Ala. Southern Utah 8/29/2013 Home
South Carolina Coastal Caro. 11/23/2013 Home
South Fla. McNeese St. 8/31/2013 Home
Syracuse Wagner 9/14/2013 Home
TCU Southeastern La. 9/7/2013 Home
Temple Fordham 9/14/2013 Home
Tennessee Austin Peay 8/31/2013 Home
Texas A&M Sam Houston St. 9/7/2013 Home
Texas St. Praire Vew A&M 9/7/2013 Home
Texas Tech Stephen F. Austin 9/7/2013 Home
Toledo Eastern Wash. 9/14/2013 Home
Troy Savannah St. 9/7/2013 Home
Tulane Jackson St. 8/29/2013 Home
UAB Northwestern St. 9/21/2013 Home
UNLV Western Ill. 9/21/2013 Home
Utah Weber St. 9/7/2013 Home
Utah St. Weber St. 9/14/2013 Home
Vanderbilt Austin Peay 9/7/2013 Home
Virginia VMI 9/21/2013 Home
Virginia Tech Western Caro. 9/7/2013 Home
Wake Forest Presbyterian 8/29/2013 Home
Washington Idaho St. 9/21/2013 Home
Washington St. Southern Utah 9/14/2013 Home
West Virginia William & Mary 8/31/2013 Home
Western Ky. Morgan St. 9/21/2013 Home
Western Mich. Nicholls St. 9/7/2013 Home
Wisconsin Tennessee Tech 9/7/2013 Home
Wyoming Northern Colo. 9/14/2013 Home

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