Sagarin ratings: WKU football No. 12 in strength of schedule

27 09 2010

An interesting note to pass along on a slow bye week.

Through the nonconference portion of the season, the Western Kentucky football team currently has the highest rated schedule in terms of difficulty in the Sun Belt – and the 12th toughest in the country, according to Jeff Sagarin’s college football ratings for USA Today.

Here’s a list of the highest-rated slates in the Sun Belt:

WKU (0-4) – 12

FIU (0-3) – 21

Arkansas State (1-3) – 80

North Texas (1-3) – 84

Troy (2-2) – 86

FAU (1-2) – 100

Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2) – 102

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) – 111

Middle Tennessee (2-2) – 154

Also, despite being winless (and likely because of the schedule strength) WKU is actually rated higher than both North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe at this point in the season, according to Sagarin’s rankings.

Some rough news for the Sun Belt as a whole in these ratings, though, is that the league is currently dead last in the overall rankings in terms of conferences currently aligned with the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.

In fact, both the Sun Belt and the MAC are currently rated lower than the FCS’ Colonial Athletic Association.

The conference rankings:

      CONFERENCE          CENTRAL MEAN    SIMPLE AVERAGE  TEAMS      WIN50%

   1  SOUTHEASTERN        (A) =  80.21      80.69  (  1)     12      80.57  (  1)
   2  PAC-10              (A) =  79.48      78.79  (  2)     10      79.07  (  2)
   3  BIG 12              (A) =  77.36      77.44  (  3)     12      77.42  (  3)
   4  ATLANTIC COAST      (A) =  76.73      76.41  (  4)     12      76.53  (  4)
   5  BIG TEN             (A) =  75.98      75.30  (  5)     11      75.43  (  5)
   6  BIG EAST            (A) =  71.23      71.65  (  6)      8      71.59  (  6)
   7  I-A INDEPENDENTS    (A) =  70.05      69.58  (  8 )      3      69.60  (  8 )
   8  MOUNTAIN WEST       (A) =  69.61      70.28  (  7)      9      70.02  (  7)
   9  WESTERN ATHLETIC    (A) =  67.08      68.07  (  9)      9      67.49  (  9)
  10  CONFERENCE USA      (A) =  66.02      65.71  ( 10)     12      65.75  ( 10)
  11  COLONIAL            (AA)=  62.12      61.48  ( 11)     10      61.75  ( 11)
  12  MID-AMERICAN        (A) =  61.16      60.88  ( 12)     13      60.94  ( 12)
  13  SUN BELT            (A) =  58.38      58.72  ( 13)      9      58.67  ( 13)
  14  BIG SKY             (AA)=  56.28      55.04  ( 15)      9      55.33  ( 15)
  15  SOUTHERN            (AA)=  55.88      56.28  ( 14)      9      56.23  ( 14)
  16  MISSOURI VALLEY     (AA)=  55.20      54.50  ( 16)      9      54.73  ( 16)
  17  GREAT WEST          (AA)=  52.57      53.16  ( 17)      5      53.11  ( 17)
  18  IVY LEAGUE          (AA)=  49.17      48.51  ( 18)      8      48.81  ( 18)
  19  SOUTHLAND           (AA)=  46.78      46.88  ( 19)      8      46.94  ( 19)
  20  BIG SOUTH           (AA)=  45.42      46.06  ( 20)      7      45.98  ( 20)
  21  PATRIOT LEAGUE      (AA)=  44.64      43.66  ( 22)      7      43.93  ( 22)
  22  OHIO VALLEY         (AA)=  43.75      44.92  ( 21)      9      44.56  ( 21)
  23  NORTHEAST           (AA)=  41.22      40.54  ( 23)      9      40.62  ( 23)
  24  MID-EASTERN         (AA)=  40.12      39.64  ( 24)      9      39.73  ( 24)
  25  SOUTHWESTERN        (AA)=  38.12      37.87  ( 25)     10      37.99  ( 25)
  26  PIONEER             (AA)=  34.06      33.83  ( 26)     10      33.95  ( 26)
  27  I-AA INDEPENDENTS   (AA)=  33.46      33.81  ( 27)      6      33.74  ( 27)
  28  ***UNRATED***       (**)= -90.00     -90.00  ( 28)      1     -90.00  ( 28)
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28 09 2010
TopperFan

Great Stuff Nick…..

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