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Strength of Schedule is a Myth


Oh yes I did. Just proclaimed for all the world to hear that the whole "strength of schedule" is not just a myth, it is the worst lie to be crammed down the throats of any college football fan. The sole reason it exists is to continue to deny a truly competitive manner in which champions are crowned. It only serves to preserve a class system that for all intents and purposes is, at its very core, corrupt. Case in Point: Alabama 2013. Should they win out they will be elected to play in the BCS Championship game.

Don't get me wrong, 'Bama is a great football team with tremendous talent across the board. Do get me right; they aren't deserving of all the accolades and should not be remotely able to boast in their strength of schedule by any stretch of the imagination.

Here are the facts: The only play on Saturday, never a short week to prep for. They play 8 home games. Two of their "away" games are less than 86 miles from campus. Currently they are not scheduled to play two consecutive SEC teams that have a winning record in the SEC. (Tennessee 1-2 and then LSU 3-2). They play only once during the season of two consecutive teams that are above .500 (Tenn. and LSU). They played 5 consecutive weeks against teams under .500. The second to last week of the year they play an FCS team. The two strongest team they played they had a bye week in between. They will never, ever play above 1,000 feet elevation or in frigid conditions. Their current SEC opponent's in-conference record is 11-19 . Remember that all conference games must end with exactly one winner and one loser. In other words: their in-conference opponents are actually weaker than the average team in the SEC conference. Total record of opponents is 46-41; a winning percentage of just 53%.

Then look at the schedule. Mick would agree with me that the dates are all hand picked to ensure that they never play two solid opponents back to back (sorry Tennessee but you aren't solid). Of the 8 SEC teams they play, only 2 have an in-conference record over .500. and they play them 3 weeks apart. After they play LSU their next opponent is Mississippi 3-3 and 0-2 in the SEC. Then they play Chattanooga before that final away game at Auburn (that 60 mile drive must be a killer to endure).

If this is the best team in college football, why does only one of their non-conference opponents have a winning record? (My apologies to Chattanooga at 5-2, but FCS schools should not be considered whatsoever as to effecting the rankings of an fBS team).

In short, they beat mediocrity, and for that they get to be #1. The system is a joke, the rankings are meaningless, and the SEC just ain't all that. Until we get a true 16 team playoff system in place-Conference winners plus 4 at large, Roll Tide.

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