The SEC's Toughest Schedule 2011 and Weakest Ranked Opponents

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The SEC's Toughest Schedule 2011 and Weakest Ranked Opponents
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This is the end of your rainbow...almost.

Based on the USA Today's coaches poll I've decided to make the tough list. I would use ESPN's power rankings, but let's be truthful, when has ESPN been correct in reporting anything that was going to happen that hadn't already happened?

The idea here is to not only use the ranked teams but also the site of each game played and which game of the season, e.g., game one, two, or eight.

The scoring system is as follows:

A preseason ranking of playing a top five team gets five points, six through 10 gets four points, 11 through 15 is three points, 16 through 20 is two points, and 21 through 25 equals one point.

A home game equals minus-two points.

An away game equals plus-1.5 points.

Neutral Site favors team by proximity for home game. For example, Cocktail Party is a home for UF.

Playing more than two ranked opponents in a row adds two points for the third time and increases by one point thereafter. So, your fourth in a row ranked opponent will be plus-3 points, etc.

Game one equals .25 points, game two equals .5, game three equals .75, game four equals one, game five equals 1.25, and so forth.

When I speak of weakest ranked opponent remember we are calculating those based on date of game, and location coupled with ranking. So, it may not appear the way you think or want. And, I am not saying that this opponent will be a win for the team.

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