Sports :: College Football – If You Thought SEC Was the Toughest NCAA Conference, Think Again

The facts and statistics say otherwise.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. 3, California No. 4 and Colorado No. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

For the record, Nebraska is No. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.. 2, Stanford No. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10. Turns out that I am right.

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule

College Football Bowl Games

The early players were not armored-up like today-a uniform devised by the Princeton player L.P. In both these games, the field was considerably larger than it is today, each team was made up of 25 players, and there were no officials to referee the games.

Shortly thereafter, in 1870, a match was held between Columbia University and Rutgers College, and the sport soon spread to other colleges. The forward pass was introduced, and mass momentum plays like the flying wedge tackle were banned. The popularity of college football continued to grow, and was eclipsed only by the sheer brutality of the game. The game took place on College Field, which is now the site of Rutgers University’s College Avenue Gymnasium. There have also been many short-lived bowl games like the Oil Bowl, the Salad Bowl, the Cigar Bowl, the Delta Bowl, the Harbor Bowl, and the Raisin Bowl, to mention some.

College teams are ranked in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) and the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). The idea of the Rose Bowl was adapted all around the country, and gave rise to other events like the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. A week later, another game was held on the Princeton home grounds, and this time, Princeton won 8-0. The term ‘bowl’ came about from the shape of the Pasadena Stadium in California, where the first ever bowl game, the Rose Bowl, was played in 1902 between Michigan and Stanford. Smock (yes, that was really his name), some padding and a thick head with a full hair thatch, was all the protection the players had in the rough and tumble of the game. The playing rules for all the divisions are decided by the NCAA. Michigan won 49-0, a lopsided score, which freaked out the organizers into thinking that fans wouldn’t show up for another football match the following year. A team must win six games in the season to qualify for playing in a bowl game. In response to this, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was established, and they issued new rules intended to make the game less deadly. These four bowls are the main staple of the BCS championship series, but there are also other bowl games like the Gator Bowl, the Florida Citrus Bowl, and the Alamo Bowl. So, they held a chariot race instead, trying out amateurs first and then professionals, and failing miserably to please the audiences with both. So, it was back to football then. The bowl game they then get to play in depends upon what their conference ranking is. These games continued to thrive and retained a strong fan following even after the formation of the National Football League (NFL).

After playing a series of bowl games, the annual national champion is decided by a vote of non-playing sport authorities, like sports writers and commentators.

Then of course, Mr. This game took place on 6 November, 1869, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, between Rutgers College (now known as Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now called Princeton University). A game between Tufts University and Harvard, played on 4 June, 1875, bore some resemblance to its modern-day counterpart, with each team having eleven players, the players being allowed to run carrying the ball and tackle each other, and the ball itself being egg-shaped rather than spherical.. Another NCAA rule is that the players don’t receive salaries for playing; many, however, receive college scholarships and grants.

Before Camp arrived on the scene, football was played with rugby style rules, and it should be noted that the first intercollegiate football game in the USA was played in this style two whole years before an official codified rugby game was played in England. Post-season games are known as college football bowls. Rutgers won this game 6-4. Serious injuries and even deaths were not unknown, and this led to a public outcry against the game, with some colleges temporarily banning the game, and President Theodore Roosevelt threatening a more permanent ban.

The games usually begin towards August end, a few weeks before the NFL games start, and continue through December to the beginning of February. Camp came along and made the game more like it is now

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