On BSC Teams 2009 OOC

College football is in the air. The start of the season is around the corner, so fans and pundits are already barking about their favorites and why someone should or shouldn’t be #1. Of course all of us know that even the BCS Championship Game is still a mythical national championship.

In 2006 top-division college football expanded to a 12-game season. Of course the expansion is all about money, of course in what light is a debate in itself. For the fourth consecutive year, I have crunched a few numbers concerning out-of-conference (OOC) games of the 66 teams comprising the BSC conferences. The numbers are at the end of this post, and a related post tomorrow.

Some points about the study

  • Only out-of-conference (OOC) games are counted
  • It has nothing to do with determining “the better” conference nor designed to favor one conference over another
  • I classify teams as Division 1 (D1) and nonD1
  • D1 teams are subdivided into BCS and nonBSC
  • Quality of teams is not a factor; thus playing Indiana counts the same as playing Ohio State; thus equally count as a Big 10 opponent
  • The 2009 schedule has 258 OOC games

The Basic Facts
Fact 1: Of the 258 OOC games, about one-fifth are against nonD1 opponents and slightly more than one-third are against BCS teams

Fact 2: 51 of 66 (77.3%) play at least one game against a nonD1 opponent

Fact 3: 7 of 66 (10.6%) play TWO games against nonD1 opponents; SHAME to Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi, North Carolina, NC State, Rutgers, & South Florida

Fact 4: 15 of 66 (22.7%) play a full D1 OOC: Cheers to Colorado, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Va Tech, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State (even though schedule quality is a different question)

Fact 5: Using the 2009 average (78%) as a baseline, PAC 10 clearly has the highest percentage of D1 games; the Big 12 Big 10, and SEC cluster around the average; while the Big East and ACC have the lowest rating.

Fact 6: When examining the percentage of games against BCS teams, a shuffling occurs: The PAC 10 still has the highest, followed by the ACC and Big East … all clearly above the 35.3% average, with the Big 10 slightly below the average and the Big 12 and SEC clearly below.

The Numbers … see for yourself


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15 thoughts on “On BSC Teams 2009 OOC

    • BobbyGee,
      No question, and as you said it is a mess. In this post I’ve tried to show some aspects of scheduling, which also plays into the mess.
      Thanks for visiting.


  1. Very interesting info. It’s such a mess. Not only do you have to figure out who is playing the tougher schedules, but the preseason rankings are usually off, which throws things off. You can beat a top 25 team early, that is awful at the end of the year, yet it counts for a top 25 win.


    • Lester,
      Knowing that you enjoy numbers, thought you would appreciate this post.
      Oh how true … the start of college football season is also the renewal of the mess and all the crap that goes with it.
      In crunching these numbers, I’ve left the rankings out of it … simply looking at conference affiliations, thus for this purpose, playing Baylor counts the same as Oklahoma.
      Thanks for the visit.


  2. Good job of crunching! We finally have visual evidence that the SEC is truly overrated. None of their top teams ever leave the Deep South to play OOC, including bowl games. That said, a playoff is still desperately needed.


    • Jose,
      My intent was never to use the numbers to determine conference strength. It’s possible I may say more about what really drove me into this 4 years ago on an upcoming related post … but not the next one.

      Tomorrow’s post will show the 4-year data.

      Thanks for the kind words and the visit.


  3. Nice job with the numbers. I’ve never been a fan of preseason polls because of the obvious bias that goes into them. I’m not going to argue a playoff system because it is what it is right now.

    No surprise to see K-State playing two OOC games against non-D1 opponents. They’ve done that for years, and have been constantly criticized for it.

    Nice job Frank!


    • David,
      Knowing you’re a college football fan, I knew you would like this.

      Yep, I noticed K-State’s schedule through the years. Believe me, they aren’t the only one. Even some of the 15 teams having all D1 OOC games are weak.

      Speaking of preseason polls, I will have one … maybe next week. Thanks for the visit and comment. Hope all is going well with you.


  4. It’s funny how numbers always seem to put different perspective on things…I love college football…But the end of the year always drives me crazy….All other college sports use a playoff system…Football needs to go that way too.

    Grea job Frank.


    • Beeze,
      Besides the end-of-the-season mess, sure appears that most time either don’t take risks or pad their schedule. Let’s see … schedule 4 cupcakes, go 3-5 in conference, it’s bowl time!
      Thanks for the visit.


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  7. This is good. CBSsportsline did a similiar study earlier this year that showed pretty much the same stuff, but your spin on it didn’t try to protect the East Coast schools 😉 The SEC hides behind its “powerful” conference while the Pac-10 is always playing tougher competition. Overall strength of schedule is always interesting. Good stuff!


    • Jacob,
      I knew you would appreciate this and I hope you viewed all three parts. I examined each BCS conference through the same lens and after 4 years, one can start to see trends.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.


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