Prior to the season, Georgia’s 2011 football schedule was rated as the 7th toughest by The Sporting News (non-conference) and 53rd overall by Phil Steele. Let’s take a look at where their strength of schedule ended up in the final rankings.
The NCAA uses the winning percentage of the opposition for computing their “toughest schedule” ranking. Four of the six BCS computer components use their own method for calculating strength of schedule. The four indexes are Anderson & Hester, Colley Matrix, Jeff Sagarin and Kenneth Massey.
Using the five strength of schedule sources below, the average SOS ranking of Georgia’s 2011 football schedule is 19.6. That’s not bad considering the weak schedule talk that preceded the SEC Championship Game.
The NCAA ranks Georgia’s 2011 schedule as the 18th toughest. Georgia’s opponents, including Michigan State, had 96 wins and 60 losses for a .0615 winning percentage. The top 5 of the NCAA’s Toughest Schedule rankings are LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn and Penn State.
Anderson & Hester ranks Georgia’s 2011 strength of schedule 15th. The top 5 of the A&H rankings are Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa State.
Wesley N. Colley ranks the Dawgs’ 2011 schedule 22nd in his Colley Matrix. Colley’s top 5 are LSU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Kansas State and Stanford.
Jeff Sagarin’s ratings, which are published by USA Today, have Georgia’s schedule rated as the 26th toughest in the country. Sagarin’s top 5 are LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Stanford.
Georgia’s 2011 schedule strength is ranked 17th by Kenneth Massey. His top 5 are LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.