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Toughest Out of Conference Schedules

Below is a table showing the Out of Conference Schedules for the major college football programs. I've rated the opponents as follows:  5 points for an ESPN preseason top 25 pick 4 points for an unranked BCS conference opponent 2 points for an unranked, non-BCS conference, FBS opponent 1 point for an FCS opponent
I then totaled the points to come up with a rating score.

For the conference results, I averaged the totals of the conference teams scores. In the Big East, the highest ranked OOC team was dropped since they play 5 games and in the PAC-10, the fourth opponents score was an average of the three games they played, except for USC, Utah & Colorado, who actually play four OOC games. I've also incorporated the teams that jumped conferences into their new homes.

Is it flawed? Are there mistakes? I'm sure it has its shortcomings, but it is an attempt to create a totally objective rating system for the Out of Conference schedules.

Personally, I was disappointed that the Big Ten scored so poorly, but it was refreshing to see that the SEC didn't score that much higher. The two conferences with the toughest OOC schedules are the ACC & the PAC-10, and Oregon State by far had the toughest out of conference schedule, it isn't even close.

Unfortunately, my personal table had color coding for the different grades of opponents. Here only the ESPN top pre-season 25  are shown in green, the rest didn't come through. Sorry for that.

Enjoy!

Big Ten (9.67)

Penn State

Youngstown State 1

Alabama 5

Kent State 2

Temple 2

10

Ohio State

Marshall 2

Miami (FL) 5

Ohio 2

Eastern Michigan 2

11

Wisconsin

UNLV 2

San Jose State 2

Arizona State 4

Austin Peay 1

9

Iowa

Eastern Illinois 1

Iowa State 4

Arizona

Ball State 2

11

Michigan

Connecticut 4

Notre Dame 4

Massachusetts 1

Bowling Green2

11

Nebraska

Western Kentucky 2

Idaho 2

Washington 4

South Dakota State 1

9

Indiana

Eastern Kentucky 1

Western Michigan 2

Akron 2

Virginia 4

9

Illinois

Missouri 4

Southern Illinois 1

Northern Illinois 2

Fresno State 2

9

Minnesota

Middle Tennessee State2

South Dakota 1

Southern California 5

Northern Illinois 2

10

Purdue

Notre Dame 4

Western Illinois 1

Ball State 2

Toledo 2

9

Northwestern

Vanderbilt 4

Illinois State 1

Rice 2

Central Michigan 2

9

Michigan State

Western Michigan 2

Florida Atlantic 2

Notre Dame 4

Northern Colorado 1

9

SEC (10.17)

Alabama

San Jose State 2

Penn State 5

Duke 4

Georgia State 1

12

Florida

Miami (Oh) 2

South Florida 4

Appalachian State 1

Florida State 5

12

Georgia

Louisiana – Lafayette 2

Colorado 4

Idaho State 1

Georgia Tech 5

11

Arkansas

Tennessee Tech 1

Louisiana – Monroe 2

Texas A&M 4

UTEP 2

9

Tennessee

Tennessee Martin 1

Oregon 5

UAB 2

Memphis 2

10

Auburn

Arkansas State 2

Clemson 4

Louisiana – Monroe 2

Tennessee Chatanooga 1

9

Vanderbilt

Northwestern 4

Connecticut 4

Eastern Michigan 2

Wake Forest 4

14

Mississippi

Jacksonville State 1

Tulane 2

Fresno State 2

Louisiana – Lafayette 2

7

Kentucky

Louisville 4

Western Kentucky 2

Akron 2

Charleston Southern 1

9

Mississippi State

Memphis

Alcorn State 1

Houston 2

UAB 2

7

LSU

North Carolina 4

West Virginia 4

McNeese State 1

Louisiana – Monroe 2

11

South Carolina

Southern Mississippi 4

Furman 1

Troy 2

Clemson 4

11

Big 12 (10.10)

Texas

Rice 2

Wyoming 2

UCLA 4

Florida Atlantic 2

10

Texas Tech

SMU 2

New Mexico 2

Weber State 1

Houston 2

7

Oklahoma

Utah State 2

Florida State 5

Air Force 2

Cincinnati 5

14

Oklahoma State

Washington State 4

Troy 2

Tulsa 2

Louisiana – Lafayette 2

10

Texas A&M

Stephen F. Austin 1

Louisiana Tech 2

Florida International 2

Arkansas 5

10

Kansas

North Dakota State 1

Georgia Tech 5

Southern Mississippi 4

New Mexico State 2

12

Kansas State

UCLA 4

Missouri State 1

Central Florida 2

North Texas 2

9

Baylor

Sam Houston State 1

Buffalo 2

TCU 3

Rice 2

10

Iowa State

Northern Illinois 2

Iowa 5

Northern Iowa 1

Utah 4

12

Missouri

Illinois 2

McNeese State 1

San Diego State 2

Miami (OH) 2

7

Prima Donna

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame 2

Army 2

Western Michigan 2

Tulsa 2

Purdue 4

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACC (12.00)

Boston College

Weber State 1

Kent State 2

Notre Dame 4

Syracuse 4

11

Florida State

Samford 1

Oklahoma 5

BYU 2

Florida 5

13

North Carolina

LSU 5

Rutgers 4

East Carolina 2

William & Mary 1

12

Miami (FL)

Florida A&M 1

Ohio State 5

Pittsburgh 5

South Florida 4

15

Virginia Tech

Boise State 5

James Madison 1

East Carolina 2

Central Michigan

10

Georgia Tech

South Carolina State 1

Kansas 4

Middle Tennessee State 2

Georgia 5

12

Duke

Elon 1

Alabama 5

Army 2

Navy 5

13

Maryland

Navy 5

Morgan State 1

West Virginia 4

Florida International 2

12

Wake Forest

Presbyterian 1

Stanford

Navy 5

Vanderbilt

15

North Carolina State

Western Carolina 1

Central Florida 2

Cincinnati 5

East Carolina 2

10

Virginia

Richmond 1

Southern Cal 5

VMI 2

Eastern Michigan 2

10

Clemson

North Texas 2

Presbyterian 1

Auburn 4

South Carolina  4

11

Big East 7 (9.38)

Pittsburgh

Utah 4

New Hampshire 1

Florida International 2

Miami (FL) 5

12

Connecticut

Michigan 4

Texas Southern 1

Temple 2

Buffalo 2

9

West Virginia

Coastal Carolina 1

Marshall 2

UNLV 2

LSU 5

10

Rutgers

Norfolk State 1

Florida International 2

Tulane 2

Army 2

7

Louisville

Kentucky 4

Eastern Kentucky 1

Arkansas State 2

Memphis 2

9

Syracuse

Akron 2

Washington 4

Colgate 1

Maine 1

8

South Florida

Stony Brook 1

Florida 5

Western Kentucky 2

Florida Atlantic 2

10

Cincinnati

Fresno State 2

Indiana State 1

Oklahoma 5

Miami (Oh) 2

10

Pac 10 8 (11.92)

USC

Hawaii 2

Virginia 4

Minnesota 4

Notre Dame 4

14

Oregon

New Mexico 2

Tennessee 4

Portland State 1

2

9

Stanford

Sacramento State 1

Wake Forest 4

Notre Dame 4

3

12

Washington

BYU 2

Syracuse 4

Nebraska 5

4

15

California

UC Davis 1

Colorado 4

Nevada 2

2

9

Oregon State

TCU 5

Boise State 5

Louisville 4

5

19

Arizona

Toledo 2

The Citadel 1

Iowa 5

3

11

Arizona State

Portland State 1

Northern Arizona 1

Wisconsin 5

2

9

Colorado

Colorado State 1

California 4

Hawaii 2

Georgia 5

12

UCLA

Kansas State 4

Houston 2

Texas 5

4

15

Washington State

Oklahoma State 4

Montana State 1

SMU 2

2

9

Utah

Pittsburgh 5

UNLV 2

New Mexico 2

San Jose State 2

11

MWC

TCU

Oregon State 4

Tennessee Tech 1

Baylor 4

SMU 2

11

BYU

Washington 4

Florida State 5

Nevada 2

Utah State 2

13

Boise State

Virginia Tech 5

Wyoming 2

Oregon State 5

Toledo 2

14

 

Color Code Legend

FCS Schools

Unranked, non-BCS,

FBS Schools

Unranked BCS Schools & Notre Dame

ESPN Top 25

 

1 Division 1 FCS School (1 point)               

2 Remaining FBS Schools (2 points)

4 BCS Conference Team outside the ESPN top 25 + Notre Dame (4 points)

5 ESPN pre-season top 25 (5 points)

6 Since Notre Dame’s entire schedule is OOC, only their weakest opponents are shown

7 Big East Schools play 5 OOC games, one OOC game against a BCS conference foe is not counted.

8 Except USC, Utah & Colorado, and since PAC 10 schools only play 3 OOC games, the last game score will count as the rounded average of the three games.

 

 

Toughest Out of Conference Schedules

Score

Oregon State

19

Miami (FL), UCLA, Washington, Wake Forest

15

Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Boise State, USC

14

Duke, Florida State, BYU

13

 

 

Conference Toughest OOC Schedule Standings

Score

ACC

12.00

Pac - 10

11.92

SEC

10.17

Big 12

10.10

Big Ten

9.67

Big East

9.38


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