On 2010 College Football OOC

Five years ago the college football regular season expanded to 12 games. Since then, I have monitored the out-of-conference games played by the BCS conference teams.

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 2010 schedule has 259 OOC games

The Basic Facts
Fact 1: Of the 259 OOC games, better than one-fifth (22.4%) are against nonD1 opponents and slightly more than one-third (33.4%) are against BCS teams

Fact 2: 56 of 66 (84.8%) play at least one game against a nonD1 opponent, including two playing two games (Virginia and Arizona State).

Fact 3: 10 of 66 (15.2%) play a full D1 OOC: Cheers to Colorado, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Vanderbilt (even though schedule quality is a different question)

Fact 4: Using the 2010 averages (orange) as a baseline, Big 12 clearly has the highest rating of D1 games and the ACC the lowest; the other conferences cluster around the average.

Fact 5: Six teams fail to play any BCS Conferences opponents in their OOC. Shame to Baylor, Indiana, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, and Va. Tech.

Below are the numbers for yourself. What about the five-year trends? Well, that’s tomorrow’s post. Stay tuned.

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2009 College Football Home and Away

As a whole, BCS teams have the biggest facilities, thus home games are a financial bonanza. This year (2009) is the first time I examined the home-away breakdown of out-of-conference (OOC) games as shown on the chart below by conferences.

OOChomeAway09Notes
7 of 66 teams host all OOC games: Auburn, Florida, Michigan North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Tennessee

An additional 5 teams also don’t travel other than to a neutral site: Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M – Included with the 7 above, 12 or 66 (18.2%) lack any true away OOC games

In many cases, neutral sites are cities nearby the nonBCS school, yet (depending on the location) the BCS school may dominate the crowd. The most bizarre OOC game on a neutral site is Notre Dame-Washington State in San Antonio, Texas

Only 2 of 66 BCS teams (3%) play more OOC away games than home: UConn & USC

Cheers to the following BCS teams willing to travel to the MAC

  • UConn @ Ohio U
  • Pitt @ Buffalo
  • Cincinnati @ Miami
  • Indiana @ Akron
  • Colorado @ Toledo

Cheers to the following BCS teams willing to travel to the Sun Belt

  • Mississippi State @ Middle Tennessee
  • South Florida @ Western Kentucky
  • Kansas State @ Louisiana Lafayette

Any conclusions?

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