With most teams spring games over, it is time to start really looking ahead to the actual season.
Power ranking a schedule is an inexact science, but it has a great deal to do with a team's BCS rankings. Some of the most controversial issues arise when a national champion has an alleged weak schedule.
How do the teams in the SEC stack up to one another this year in terms of scheduling?
I am going to assign a point to each team on the schedule. My point system will work as following:
One point for subdivision opponents or below average mid major teams.
Two points for mid-major teams or below average conference teams.
Three points for average conference teams.
Four points for highly ranked or above average non-conference teams.
Is this exact? No way. However, it is a much better attempt to compare strengths of schedules. Let's see how the SEC teams rank in terms of strength of schedule.
There are a few ties... however, the tie breaker method is based on home versus away for tough games, and the amount of level 3 (average difficulty) games they have.
Having a strong out of conference helps as well... but it goes mostly by my gut.