Recently, Saturday Down South did a compilation of the toughest, to easiest schedules in the 2013 college football season, in the SEC. As stated per their website:
The following is how the NCAA would rank the SEC’s strength of schedule, with the wins and losses. It takes into account the SEC Championship Game as well. The first two columns count for the mentioned team in the opponent’s record, while the last two columns don’t take into account the mentioned team into the opponent’s record.
|Team||Opp. Win %||Opp. Won-Loss||*Opp. Win%||*Opp. Won-Loss|
The interesting thing about this is one – how well the Bulldogs did against such a schedule. No, they did not beat any of the top teams on this schedule but, to keep it together, combined with all the injuries of the 2013 season; they did well to get to 6-6.
Secondly, for all the slack the Bulldogs got last year, about their strength of schedule, with this year’snumber-one ranking, Dan Mullen has seen four of his first five years in Starkville, with brutal schedule numbers.
Per PhilSteele.com – 2012 Strength of Schedule 38th in the country.
2011 Strength of Schedule 15th in the country.
2010 Strength of Schedule 4th in the country.
2009 Strength of Schedule 4th in the country.
So when your friends tell you the Bulldogs never play anyone, you now have ammo.
The 2014 schedule from ten-thousand feet looks much more manageable than this year or years past and you know what; the Bulldogs won’t complain as life is never easy in the SEC.
A break your way is needed every now and then; especially after you’ve had the toughest run in the Southeastern Conference.