fighting muskie wrote:
If a Big 12 school is left out the 4 team playoff it will not be because of the lack of a title game; it will be because of the weak OOC scheduling that is rampant in that league:
Baylor---Wofford (FCS), Buffalo (MAC), ULM (SBC)
Iowa St---Northern Iowa (FCS), Iowa (B1G), at Tulsa (C-USA-->AAC)
Kansas---South Dakota (FCS), at Rice (C-USA), LA Tech (C-USA)
Kansas St---SD St (FCS), ULL (SBC), UMass (MAC)
Oklahoma---ULM (SBC), Tulsa (C-USA-->AAC), at Notre Dame (Indy)
Oklahoma St---vs Miss St (SEC), at UTSA (C-USA), Lamar (FCS)
TCU---vs LSU (SEC), SE LA (FCS), SMU (AAC)
Texas---New Mexico St (Indy), at BYU (Indy), Ole Miss (SEC)
Texas Tech---at SMU (AAC), S.F. Austin (FCS), Texas St (SBC)
WVU---Wm & Mary (FCS), Georgia St (SBC), vs Maryland (ACC--> B1G)
To recap, out of 30 OOC games:
8 are against FCS
16 are against SBC (5), MAC (2), C-USA (5), AAC (2), and non-BCS independents(2)----only 3 of these are away games
6 are against other Power 5 conference members and Notre Dame----3 of these are neutral site games, Oklahoma will be the only B12 team traveling to a hostile stadium to face an elite foe)
Alabama - vs VA Tech (ACC), CO St (MWC), GA St (FCS), Chattanooga (FCS)
Auburn - WA St (P12), Ark St (SBC), Western Carolina (FCS), FAU (CUSA)
Arkansas - ULL (SBC), Samford (FCS), SoMiss (CUSA), @ Rutgers (AAC)
Florida - Toledo (MAC), @ Miami (ACC), GA Southern (FCS), FSU (ACC)
Georgia - @ Clemson (ACC), UNT (CUSA), App St (FCS), @ GA Tech (ACC)
Kentucky - vs WKU (SBC), Miami OH (MAC), Lville (AAC), AL St (FCS)
LSU - vs TCU (B12), UAB (CUSA), Kent St (MAC), Furman (FCS)
Ole Miss - SEMU (FCS), @ Texas (B12), Idaho (Indy), Troy (SBC)
Mississippi St - vs OK St (B12), Alcorn St (FCS), Troy (SBC), Bowling Green (MAC)
Mizzou - Murray St (FCS), Toledo (MAC), @ Indiana (B1G), Ark St (SBC)
South Carolina - UNC (ACC), @ UCF (AAC), Coastal Carolina (FCS), Clemson (ACC)
Tennessee - Austin Peavy (FCS), WKU (SBC), @ Oregon (P12), USA (SBC)Texas A&M - Rice (CUSA), SHSU (FCS), SMU (AAC), UTEP (CUSA)
Vanderbilt - Austin Peavy (FCS), @ UMass (MAC), UAB (CUSA), WF (ACC)
To recap, out of 56 OOC games:
EVERY SEC school plays an FCS team (compared to only 8 in the Big 12) and Alabama even plays 2.
27 are against SBC (8), MAC (6), C-USA (7), AAC (4), MWC (1) and non-BCS independent (1)----only 3 of these are away games
(that's 1 game shy of half of the SEC's OOC schedule which is about the same as the Big 12 which is 1 game more than half, plus when you factor in nonBCS+FCS the Big 12 clearly has more qualitly non BCS OOC games).
14 are against other Power 5 conference members...here's the difference all the rest is B/S.
The Big 12 plays a 9 game conference schedule meaning everyone plays 9 BCS level opponents + they have 6 of them have a 10th on the schedule and 4 others do not (KU, KSU, TT, Baylor).
The SEC plays an 8 game conference schedule schedule meaning everyone plays 8 BCS level opponents + they all try to have a 9th on the schedule, however 3 do not (Texas A&M, Kentucky, Arkansas) but 3 have a 10th BCS level rival scheduled to make up for it (FL, GA, SC).
If you want to say FL/GA/SC are better than KU/KSU/TT/Bay then fine but to insinuate that the SEC just has flat out more difficult OOC schedules than the Big 12 is mostly false. The SEC has a tougher conference schedule granted, which is why their champ will make the playoff 90% of the time, however that's besides the point.
If any B12 team goes undefeated they'll make it in regardless of the SOS, with 1 loss most likely Texas/OU/OkSU/TCU/WVU would still make it in with their recently history and OOC schedule but likely not TT/KU/KSU/Baylor or ISU.