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