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Topic: Toughest schedules in 2019

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Cincydawg

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Toughest schedules in 2019
« on: June 01, 2019, 01:17:06 PM »
I know some of these opponents may fade, but A&M looks to have a rather large challenge:

Texas A&M plays three potential Top 5 teams away from College Station and entertains Alabama in October.




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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 01:28:47 PM »
Welcome to the SEC!
Schedule one elite OOC game, and your year could be scary-tough.  I remember Florida played 5 of the top 12 team in 2012 (the final BCS rankings).  That's nuts.  
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2019, 03:22:19 PM »
Yeah, A&M’s schedule this year on paper is stupid tough.

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2019, 03:26:39 PM »
Wisconsin.

They have to play OSU, Michael gan and Michigan State all in the same year.
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2019, 03:27:01 PM »
"Yay" for preseason worthless rankings boosting an entire conference for no reason whatsoever.

Maryland is the SEC-E reigning champion, thanks to Texas's destruction of Georgia.

At least, that's how I hear things are done in the SEC.

I don't look at them, so is FSU back in the top 25 preseason again? 

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2019, 03:30:21 PM »
Wisconsin.

They have to play OSU, Michael gan and Michigan State all in the same year.

At least it's not all in a row with 2 straight weeks in the state of Michigan.
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2019, 03:56:45 PM »
Well that's a relief. 
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2019, 04:55:56 PM »
aTm's big bad slate. 





TXST, Lamar and Utsa? 

The Cocks as their fixed crossover? 

Still ducking the schLonghorns? 

This is the best CFB can do? 

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2019, 05:38:38 PM »
Okay...other side of the coin.
They play the 2 juggernauts in college football and end with consecutive road games vs top 7 teams (from last year). 

vs Ohio State's slate:
based on last year's final playoff rankings (pre-bowl):
OSU plays-
no top-20 teams the first 10 weeks
vs #12
at #7
(no one OOC, basically)
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A&M plays-
at #2 (ooc)
vs #1
vs #18
at #5
at #11



Feel free to rank Miami-OH ahead of Lamar, or Cincinnati over UTSA, but either a team can beat you or they can't.  So logically, we can put all those teams that can't beat you in a big bin.  Doesn't matter which one you play, if none of them have a >1% chance of beating you.
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2019, 06:12:11 PM »
A&M vs. South Carolina is an interesting one.

A&M's toughest
At Clemson
Bama
At Georgia
At LSU
Auburn
Mississippi State

South Carolina's
Clemson
Bama
@UGA
Florida 
@A&M
Then a bit of drop off to Kentucky and Mizzou, both good teams last year, but question marks.

uSC has a bit more of a mess at the bottom of things. Their easiest games
FCS
North Carolina
App State (11 wins last year)
Vandy (Bowl team last year with a solid offense) or Tennessee (Feisty at points last year and recruiting like gangbusters)

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2019, 06:27:53 PM »
Don't think any P5 teams should schedule FCS. Disagree with the B1G for relaxing their rules, and chastise the SEC for gladly gobbling up those cupcakes. 

Wish the other P5 conferences would jump on board with 9 conference games too. 

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2019, 06:48:34 PM »
Okay...other side of the coin.
They play the 2 juggernauts in college football and end with consecutive road games vs top 7 teams (from last year). 

vs Ohio State's slate:
based on last year's final playoff rankings (pre-bowl):
OSU plays-
no top-20 teams the first 10 weeks
vs #12
at #7
(no one OOC, basically)
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A&M plays-
at #2 (ooc)
vs #1
vs #18
at #5
at #11



Feel free to rank Miami-OH ahead of Lamar, or Cincinnati over UTSA, but either a team can beat you or they can't.  So logically, we can put all those teams that can't beat you in a big bin.  Doesn't matter which one you play, if none of them have a >1% chance of beating you.
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You know this, I know it, we all do.  But it's the off-season and we're bored and just posting whatever.  I'll go ahead and assume that for you.

Oh yeah, OSU's schedule is awful this year.

From a purely statistical standpoint aTm has a gauntlet to navigate, no doubt about that, but if you are to factor in a variable for interesting/fun/traditional match ups, then it just falls flat.

Now I am a sucker for an in state out of Conference game, even if it is P5-G5, but they have 9 other FBS Texas teams to choose from. So they go with an FCS team, and the two most recent FCS call ups? Lame. The G5s could have at least been SMU and Houston, and have the ole SWC tie in.

Plus it is just generally irksome to look at one of their recent schedules that doesn't have the Texas Thanksgiving contest, so that's just not a very good starting point for them these days.

So other than Clemson which is obviously an awesome OOC game, and Georgia, which is a beast of a crossover draw, they scheduled the three lamest in state games any D1 Texas team could possibly schedule. 

Pass.

I'm not going to pat them on  the back for the portion of the schedule that is fixed; their division and the Cocks. They have to play those games. 
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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2019, 07:04:57 PM »
Don't think any P5 teams should schedule FCS. Disagree with the B1G for relaxing their rules, and chastise the SEC for gladly gobbling up those cupcakes.

Wish the other P5 conferences would jump on board with 9 conference games too.
It's weird, I find myself mildly disagreeing with this. Not because I love the practice, but just because I think the benefit to the non-P5 team is nice assuming we live in a world where teams want to schedule wins. 

At a point, a team is trying to get wins in the non-conference and balance home games for revenue reasons. If you say "no FCS" you make Kent State, Tulane and Western Kentucky richer, but you're just kind of moving pieces around. If you're a passible P5 team, you should beat 6-6 Central Michigan anyway, so I don't know it's worlds different than 8-4 Wofford. 

And if that's the case, I don't mind letting a bunch of FCS kids get to play in a big stadium and have a story to tell, while infusing those programs with funds they need. Heck, some of those teams turn out pretty good.

I wonder if banning those long term gives G5 teams enough leverage to get more home games, a weird side effect whose value I'm split on. I know Bama set up a 2-for-1 wit USF, though I'm not clear A. if it ever happens, B. What the upside is outside letting kids from that part of the world get a closer look at them in what I assume would be an NFL stadium. 

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Re: Toughest schedules in 2019
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2019, 07:34:51 PM »
Michigan's schedule is pretty strong, too. Notre Dame is obviously going to be good, again. Army won 11 games (against an admittedly weak schedule) and nearly beat Oklahoma. And Middle Tennessee was the #2 team in CUSA (they beat UAB before having to play them again a week later in the CUSA CG).

Purdue, USC, Colorado, UCLA, Stanford, and Georgia Tech have good arguments, as well.
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