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Tom Orr
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October 27, 2019 10:42 pm  
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It's taken as gospel that every SEC team plays an absolutely murderous schedule. But so far this season, Alabama has played the equivalent of Illinois, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, and Rutgers again. It may be time to start asking some more questions.


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S Andrew Alexander
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October 28, 2019 12:34 am  

Silly Tom! ESPiN doesn't care about stats, it's all about the $$$. And since they own the casino they'll rig it however they please.
Great stuff though, using "their own" numbers against 'em.


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October 28, 2019 5:02 am  

What happened to schedule strength? Most are not listed?


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October 28, 2019 6:45 am  

LSU had three top 10 wins. No. 9 Texas. No. 7 Florida. No. 9 Auburn.
Alabama ahead of LSU in schedule strength is a joke.
You're writing a propaganda piece.


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October 28, 2019 6:47 am  

Tom- this is a very thorough examination of a point I've made for years. "The SEC" is code for Alabama, the only SEC team that proves itself in CFP. Before I get torn up for saying that, Alabama CLEARLY employs the SEC Jedi mind trick of schedule fixing- this year is a perfect example. The top teams find ways to dodge each other and are utterly fearful of road games against breathing opponents ( Florida went NINETEEN straight seasons in the 90s/2000s without playing ONE non conference opponent outside it's own state!!). The conference (and it's financial partner ESPN) toots it's own horn so much that, when good SEC teams can't hide and finally have to face off, even the loser is made a winner because it lost to "a great opponent". It's a pathetic approach made even more pathetic by the people who have bought into it.


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October 28, 2019 6:50 am  

Whoops, forgot this- Chris Fowler is a mouth breathing butt kisser who hasn't had an original thought in years. He's nothing more than a sneaky Mark May when it comes to OSU, pure trash.


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October 28, 2019 8:43 am  

Can I just give a 'LIKE' with a sad face...we all know this. However, we, unlike Chris Fowler or Heather Dinich, we have brains.


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October 28, 2019 9:18 am  

This is why I want Alabama to convincingly beat LSU next week. If Alabama loses they aren't going away. They will toot their horns as to how much better the SEC is than everyone, and the conference is almost guaranteed to get 2 teams in the playoffs. The Oklahoma loss paved the way for it, and an LSU win would solidify it.


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JP Robb
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October 28, 2019 9:33 am  

Eye-opening article. Thanks!


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Tom Orr
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October 28, 2019 10:05 am  

From the article: "The SP+ schedule strength ratings will be released later this week. The handful of ones listed below are sourced directly from this tweet from that aforementioned Mizzou grad, Bill Connelly, who puts the SP+ together."


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Tom Orr
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October 28, 2019 10:08 am  

1) I don't have Alabama ahead of LSU in schedule strength.
2) Neither does SP+.
3) The fact that Texas was top-10 at the time of the game means nothing. Texas has been exposed as wildly overrated. And that game is now (by SP+, not my opinion!) the functional equivalent of beating Michigan State.


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October 28, 2019 10:33 am  

The Disney overlords that own ESPIN have always been great at creating fantasies. This is just another one.


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October 28, 2019 10:34 am  

This is a great article and I think it is true this year. The one thing you have to take into account is public perception. The SEC has not been drubbed by Clemson by 31-0, or MSU's 38-0 debacle in the playoffs. True we beat Alabama and Oregon with our 3rd string QB in 2014, but the SEC just does not ever get beat down like the B1G. This year it will be different, just keep winning! Don't care by how much, just keep winning!


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Tom Orr
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October 28, 2019 11:00 am  

There's basically zero overlap between the 2016 team and this one.

And somehow, Alabama getting destroyed by 28 points by Clemson earlier this year isn't held against them.


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October 29, 2019 1:57 am  

I think this year the committee will take heed of the lack of real power in the SEC and reward the B1G with at least one team - when you look at the stats above it doesn’t reflect how bad the Big12 is and the PAC12 - so even though Clemson has tried to give all of us a gift by destroying Alabama - until Urban goes to USC and restores their program - we will have Alabama and another SEC team in the conversation - the B1Gs relationship with Fox guarantees only one team getting in. So Urby please go when the call comes - don’t wait for the Domers!


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