Iowa Has Played a Tough Schedule? Looking at the BCS Top Seven

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Iowa Has Played a Tough Schedule? Looking at the BCS Top Seven
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In spite of a No. 4 ranking in the latest BCS standings and a No. 2 ranking among BCS computers, the Iowa Athletic Department has seen fit to produce a press release hyping Iowa football.

Lobbying for your team is a bit classless (You hear that, Mack Brown?), but not that unusual. After all, the SEC is basically a non-stop hype machine already talking about having a rematch of the SEC title game for the BCS title.

Determining an accurate schedule difficulty because a simple opponent win-loss total is misleading, given the large number of out-of-conference (OOC) games against FCS, MAC, and Sun Belt schools.

A better way is to look at opponents' wins, especially wins over BCS schools out-of-conference. That way, it is relatively easy to see that Iowa has played a schedule versus teams that scheduled a bunch of cupcakes OOC.

So, let's go through each of the top seven in the BCS standings and clearly set forth their opponents' wins to really see where things add up.

 

1. Florida

Charleston Southern (zero FBS wins)

Troy (six FBS wins—mostly over Sun Belt teams, zero BCS wins, lost to Bowling Green of the MAC)

Tennessee (four FBS wins, two BCS wins, OOC loss at home to UCLA)

Kentucky (four FBS wins, two BCS wins, OOC BCS win over Louisville—But does that really count?)

LSU (eight FBS wins, five BCS wins, one OOC BCS win at Washington)

Arkansas (three FBS wins, two BCS wins, one OOC win over Texas A&M)

Mississippi State (two FBS wins, two BCS wins, zero OOC wins over BCS schools, OOC losses to Houston and Georgia Tech)

Georgia (four FBS wins, four BCS wins, one BCS OOC win over Arizona State, OOC loss to Oklahoma State)

Totals for Florida's opponents: 31 FBS wins; 17 BCS wins; four OOC BCS wins—Louisville, Washington, Texas A&M, and Arizona State

 

2. Texas

Louisiana-Monroe (three FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Wyoming (three FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Texas Tech (five FBS wins, three BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

UTEP (three FBS wins (including Houston), zero BCS wins)

Colorado (two FBS wins, one BCS win, OOC losses to Colorado State and Toledo, both with losing records)

Oklahoma (four FBS wins, three BCS wins (Baylor, Kansas State, and Kansas, not exactly murder's row), zero BCS OOC wins, lost to BYU in a virtual home game)

Missouri (four FBS wins, two BCS wins (Colorado and Illinois—I do not think I should count those), one OOC BCS win (Illinois at neutral site))

Oklahoma State (five FBS wins, four BCS wins, one OOC BCS win, lost to Houston at home)

Total for Texas' opponents: 29 FBS wins; 13 BCS wins; two OOC BCS wins—Georgia and Illinois

 

3. Alabama

Virginia Tech (five FBS wins, four BCS wins, one OOC BCS win)

Florida International (two FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

North Texas (two FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Arkansas (three FBS wins, two BCS wins—Texas A&M and Auburn, one OOC BCS win)

Kentucky (four FBS wins, two BCS wins—Louisville and Auburn, one OOC BCS win)

Mississippi (three FBS wins, two BCS wins—Arkansas and Vanderbilt, zero OOC BCS wins)

South Carolina (five FBS wins, four BCS wins, one OOC BCS win over North Carolina State)

Tennessee (four FBS wins, two home BCS wins—Georgia and South Carolina, OOC loss at home to UCLA)

Total for Alabama's opponents: 28 FBS wins; 20 BCS wins; four OOC BCS wins—North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Louisville, and Nebraska

 

4. Iowa

Northern Iowa (zero FBS, zero BCS wins)

Iowa State (four FBS wins, two BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

Arizona (four FBS wins, three BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

Penn State (seven FBS wins, five BCS wins, one OOC BCS win against Syracuse—which should not count, but one OOC over Temple that maybe should)

Arkansas State (one FBS win, zero BCS wins)

Michigan (four FBS wins, two BCS wins (but only if you count Notre Dame), one OOC BCS win (again, only if you count ND)

Wisconsin (five FBS wins, three BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

Michigan State (three FBS wins, three BCS wins, lost to Central Michigan and Notre Dame OOC)

Indiana (three FBS wins, one BCS win (Illinois), zero OOC BCS wins)

Total for Iowa's nine opponents: 34r FBS wins; 19 BCS wins (mostly over bad Big Ten teams), two OOC BCS wins—Syracuse and Notre Dame

 

5. Cincinnati

Rutgers (four FBS wins, two BCS wins, one BCS OOC win—Maryland)

SE Missouri State (zero FBS wins)

Oregon State (four FBS wins, three BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

Fresno State (four FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Miami University (one FBS win, zero BCS wins)

South Florida (four FBS wins, three BCS wins, one OOC BCS win over Florida State)

Louisville (two FBS wins, zero BCS wins, lost to Utah)

Syracuse (two FBS wins, one BCS win, one OOC BCS win over Northwestern)

Total for Cincinnati's opponents: 25 FBS wins, 10 BCS wins, three OOC BCS wins over Maryland, Florida State, and Northwestern)

 

6. TCU

Virginia (three FBS wins, three BCS wins, OOC BCS win over Indiana, lost to FCS school and Southern Miss)

Texas State (zero FBS wins)

Clemson (four FBS wins, three BCS wins, zero OOC BCS wins)

SMU (three FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Air Force (four FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Colorado State (two FBS wins, one BCS win, one OOC BCS win)

BYU (six FBS wins, one BCS win, one OOC BCS win, lost at home OOC to Florida State)

UNLV (two FBS wins)

Total for TCU's opponents: 24 FBS wins, eight BCS wins, three BCS OOC wins—Oklahoma, Colorado, and Indiana

 

7. Boise State

Oregon (seven FBS wins, six BCS wins, one OOC BCS win)

Miami (oOhio) (one FBS win, zero BCS wins)

Fresno State (four FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Bowling Green (three FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

UC-Davis (zero FBS wins)

Tulsa (three FBS wins, zero BCS wins)

Hawaii (one FBS win, one BCS win, one OOC BCS win—Washington State)

San Jose State (zero FBS wins)

Total for Boise State's opponents: 19 FBS wins, seven BCS wins, two OOC BCS wins—Purdue and Washington State

 

While this shows the current weakness overall in out-of-conference scheduling, it demonstrates how few good teams most schools play.

Clearly the best OOC win for any of these seven teams' opponents was BYU's victory over Oklahoma, with USF's win over FSU as the next best win. Oregon's win over Utah should be there as well.

Of course, Boise State and TCU cannot rack up cheap wins over BCS schools like the other five teams, so their totals for BCS wins naturally reflect that. Even so, they are not far behind Texas and Cincinnati, both of which have faced relatively easy schedules to date.

Iowa's nine opponents have faced less than challenging schedules, especially since Michigan's win over Notre Dame is the only significant OOC win.

Looking forward, Iowa's future opponents have no OOC BCS wins.

So, Iowa, next time, before putting forth your propaganda, take a closer look at the easy path you have taken so far. The numbers you put forth are inflated by cupcake victories, including many inside the Big Ten.

Even Mack Brown was too smart to put out this silly propaganda.

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