Report Cards: Grading the Big Six Out-of-Conference Schedules

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Report Cards: Grading the Big Six Out-of-Conference Schedules
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Over the last several weeks, I have reviewed the out-of-Conference (OOC) schedules for the Big Six Conferences and ranked them inside each Conference. 

Now it's time for some grades. No real surprises here—Kansas State, Mississippi, Penn State, and Texas Tech received F's.

The Pac-10 was clearly head and shoulders above the rest, but has allowed some weaknesses to enter its scheduling of late, though the lowest grade was still a C+.

The ACC came on surprisingly strong, with two A's and one A-.

The Big East's best grade was a B, but overall very average.

The Big 10 lacked anything above a B and received one of the four F's.

The Big 12 had two A-'s, but also two F's.

The SEC had one solid A in Georgia, but the next highest grade was a C.


A        Florida State, Georgia, Oregon, Southern California, Virginia Tech

A-        Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

B+       Stanford, Washington

B       Arizona State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue

B-       Arizona, California, Clemson, Connecticut, Maryland, UCLA, Virginia, Wake Forest,     Washington State

C+       Baylor, Colorado, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon St, Pittsburgh, West Virginia

C         Auburn, North Carolina State, South Carolina, South Florida

C-       Alabama, Boston College, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

D+       Duke, Iowa State, LSU  

D         Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern, Rutgers, Texas, Texas A&M, Wisconsin

D-        Arkansas, Kansas   

F          Kansas State, Mississippi, Penn State, Texas Tech


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