In ACC-SEC country, not all non-conference schedules are created equal

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Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey tackles LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey tackles LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. during the fourth quarter at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

All non-conference football schedules are not created equal, with some teams choosing a more difficult route than others.

With the release of the ACC's schedule, we now have slates for all ACC and SEC teams in hand.

Following are some numbers to ponder, based on WarrenNolan.com's 2012 power index - the football equivalent of RPI, which he provides for both FBS and FCS teams (teams from each conference are listed in descending order, from strongest to weakest):

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Division

Clemson (13): Georgia (7), S.C. State (FCS - 60), The Citadel (FCS - 32), South Carolina (8)

Florida State (15): Nevada (67), Bethune-Cookman (FCS - 14), Idaho (119), Florida (6)

Syracuse (44): Penn State (26), at Northwestern (28), Wagner (FCS - 35), Tulane (116)

N.C. State (71): Louisiana Tech (19), Richmond (FCS - 22), Central Michigan (75), East Carolina (60)

Wake Forest (87): Presbyterian (FCS - 115), Louisiana-Monroe (54), at Army (113), at Vanderbilt (30)

Maryland (101): Florida International (104), Old Dominion (FCS - 3), at Connecticut (83), West Virginia (62)

Boston College (114): Villanova (FCS - 13), at Southern California (49), Army (113), New Mexico State (122)

Coastal Division

Miami (46): Florida Atlantic (106), Florida (6), Savannah State (FCS - 119), at South Florida (102)

North Carolina (52): at South Carolina (8), Middle Tennessee (37), East Carolina (60), Old Dominion (FCS - 3)

Georgia Tech (61): Elon (FCS - 100), at BYU (43), Alabama A&M (FCS - 47), Georgia (7)

Pittsburgh (66): New Mexico (103), Old Dominion (FCS - 3), at Navy (58), Notre Dame (3)

Virginia Tech (70): Alabama (2), Western Carolina (FCS - 116), East Carolina (60), Marshall (85)

Duke (74): N.C. Central (FCS - 66), at Memphis (92), Troy (79), Navy (58)

Virginia (91): BYU (43), Oregon (1), VMI (FCS - 114), Ball State (31)

Southeastern Conference

Alabama (2): Virginia Tech (70), Georgia State (FCS - 110), Chattanooga (FCS - 49), Colorado State (96)

Texas A&M (5): Rice (65), Sam Houston State (FCS - 6), SMU (64), New Mexico (103)

Florida (6): Toledo (45), Miami (46), Georgia Southern (FCS - 10), Florida State (15)

Georgia (7): at Clemson (13), North Texas (97), Appalachian State (FCS - 31), Georgia Tech (61)

South Carolina (8): North Carolina (52), at UCF (22), Coastal Carolina (FCS - 24), Clemson (13)

LSU (21): TCU (56), UAB (107), Kent State (18), Furman (FCS - 80)

Vanderbilt (30): Austin Peay (FCS - 112), Massachusetts (120), UAB (108), Wake Forest (87)

Mississippi State (47): Oklahoma State (42), Alcorn State (FCS - 83), Bowling Green (59), Troy (79)

Ole Miss (50): Missouri State (FCS - 81), at Texas (25), Idaho (119), Troy (79)

Missouri (73): Murray State (FCS - 54), Toledo (45), at Indiana (86), Arkansas State (20)

Tennessee (77): Austin Peay (FCS - 112), Western Kentucky (72), Oregon (1), South Alabama (123)

Arkansas (80): UL-Lafayette (40), Samford (FCS - 48), Southern Miss (124), at Rutgers (27)

Auburn (98): Washington State (108), Arkansas State (20), Western Carolina (FCS - 116), Florida Atlantic (106)

Kentucky (105): Western Kentucky (72), Miami-Ohio (94), Louisville (23), Alabama State (FCS - 18)

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Comments » 9

StupidShouldHurtMore writes:

So if we derive the average power index:

ACC Schools: 64.64
SEC Schools: 43.50

No wonder it's call the All Cupcake Conference. If you want to play meaningful football in the 21st Century, there is only ONE football conference that matters.

Georgia and S. Carolina: Two automatic losses.

- SSHM

TigerMarine writes:

Ya like Auburn and LSU were last year huh. Just like last year Clemson has the most ambitious non conference schedule in the ACC AND sec. I'm actually impressed with the chickens non conference schedule for once. Maybe the used car salesman is finally growing a par to match that mouth of his.

MoncksTater writes:

Did anyone check the Coot's math ? After all , he does pull for the school that lets the mentally deficient take the field. Heck, the entire conference does...save for the Medical College of Nashville. Trying to find an SEC fan that can count is tricky . Probably why the Coots have just two meaningful flags to fly down in the Bluff rd. train yard...too high a number and the fans get headaches from all the cipherin'.

Bleedsorange writes:

in response to StupidShouldHurtMore:

So if we derive the average power index:

ACC Schools: 64.64
SEC Schools: 43.50

No wonder it's call the All Cupcake Conference. If you want to play meaningful football in the 21st Century, there is only ONE football conference that matters.

Georgia and S. Carolina: Two automatic losses.

- SSHM

Considering his comments, incredible math skills, and screen name this guy should be in terrible pain.

DMM writes:

But perhaps the most important part has been overlooked about SSHM: another Shamecock/SEC loser who would rather troll free Clemson sites and post his BS than save his paper route money and pay for go.gamecocks.com. Not that I totally blame him ... just saying.

Bleedsorange writes:

Yes well stupid is what stupid does.

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

Yeah um
Texas A&M (5): Rice (65), Sam Houston State (FCS - 6), SMU (64), New Mexico (103)
compared to
Clemson (13): Georgia (7), S.C. State (FCS - 60), The Citadel (FCS - 32), South Carolina (8)
Granted Clemson faces 2 FCS schools.... A&M cant get out of the top 60 in OOC. These power indexes are based on full schedule not just OOC, So that includes IN-CONFERENCE PLAY, just like ESPN likes to "up" the power ranking of the SEC, a la the reason why A&M is #5 in this ranking without facing anyone OOC. Yeah, so the stupid coot, now looks even more stupid. Clemson has the top OOC schedule by leaps and bounds ahead of anyone else in the ACC-SEC, and now, this year, we employ the tactic of scheduling a cupcake, just like SCAR has before us for the past couple years, right before the rivalry game. Feeling at least 45 points scored by Clemson this year, with hopefully Isiah Thomas at LT.

33dtb writes:

in response to Bleedsorange:

Considering his comments, incredible math skills, and screen name this guy should be in terrible pain.

There's only two (2) real teams in the SEC and we just beat one of them (LSU).
Can't figure WHY we've been beaten 4 times by the gamecocks, but actually they've just now caught up with us on the "4-counts". We've both beaten other 4 in a row twice.
Course the series overall is STRONGLY in Clemson's favor.
And as one of our Trustees once famously said on a bumper sticker "celebrating" gamecocks 100 years of football......"Anybody can have a LOSING 100 years !"
.......................................

We've 4-peated the Lamecocks 8 times in our history to their 2,
Clemson 4-peats
1897-1900
1916-1919
1927-1930
1934-1940 (7!!)
80-83
88-91
97-2000
02-05
SCAR's 4-peats
51-54
09-12

Yeah, they've got quite a lot of catching up to do in the 4-peat department as well as the most wins in a row.

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

in response to 33dtb:

There's only two (2) real teams in the SEC and we just beat one of them (LSU).
Can't figure WHY we've been beaten 4 times by the gamecocks, but actually they've just now caught up with us on the "4-counts". We've both beaten other 4 in a row twice.
Course the series overall is STRONGLY in Clemson's favor.
And as one of our Trustees once famously said on a bumper sticker "celebrating" gamecocks 100 years of football......"Anybody can have a LOSING 100 years !"
.......................................

We've 4-peated the Lamecocks 8 times in our history to their 2,
Clemson 4-peats
1897-1900
1916-1919
1927-1930
1934-1940 (7!!)
80-83
88-91
97-2000
02-05
SCAR's 4-peats
51-54
09-12

Yeah, they've got quite a lot of catching up to do in the 4-peat department as well as the most wins in a row.

Credit that whole research done to me XD.

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