Yeah I saw the same thing. Per Sagarin, we played the 8th toughest schedule in 2016 and 2017, and then 61st last year and then most other years we're near the median. I was genuinely curious what rating system Matt saw that listed us as #1 difficulty multiple years.
Definitely have 7 home in 2021. 2020 will be 5 or 6 depending on that first game and the dome reno.ACC Network strategy of televising conference games every week of the season will make scheduling OOC even more complex going forward. I assume all teams will need to black out September dates, traditionally reserved for OOC for conference games. That being said there is still a possibility that we will have 7 home games in 2020, we already have seven for 2021 and I would expect seven to be the norm following the completion of major renovations.
2020 is Liberty plus 4 ACC plus assumed FCS as definite home games, right? Question is whether the other non-P5 OOC is home or away. I wondered if they were waiting for the final construction proposal to be accepted and the GC's plan to be reviewed before determining how early they could schedule that game as a home game.Definitely have 7 home in 2021. 2020 will be 5 or 6 depending on that first game and the dome reno.
Ha. I've never seen that video. Thanks Mark.
Does the strength of schedule change as the season progresses? For example, if your pre-season schedule is ranked #1 in the country with 6 ranked teams on it, and over the course of the season 4 or 5 of those teams don't live up to expectations, does your SOS get re-evaluated and therefore drop?Another site, teamrankings, had our SOS for 2016 and 2017 in the 30’s.
Heavy sigh.My concern is that we will have a season where we're ready to make a legitimate playoff run (e.g. Tommy's senior year), but a cupcake non-conference schedule will result in us getting left out of the playoff.
No one is saying we should schedule Bama, but I think it's important to have one legitimate P5 non-conference game to hang your hat on for building a playoff resume.
We can't always count on the ACC being tough -- such as this past season when us and Clemson were the only teams to finish in the Top 25, and the Coastal/FSU/Louisville all underperformed.
Even elite teams can stumble once in conference, and then suddenly our margin for error is gone if our non-conference schedule is similar to Washington State's this year. We are doing ourselves a disservice by playing a schedule that's artificially weak when we could handle more.Heavy sigh.
As long as we have to go thru Clemson, and 7 (and soon to be 8) other ACC teams, plus another P5 OOC team, then we will NOT be left out of the playoffs if we win all the games.
And if we do NOT win all the games, then it's irrelevant who we played.
So - let's win all the games, and then worry about the playoffs after we do so.
Yes it does. The numbers I quoted were after the season.Does the strength of schedule change as the season progresses? For example, if your pre-season schedule is ranked #1 in the country with 6 ranked teams on it, and over the course of the season 4 or 5 of those teams don't live up to expectations, does your SOS get re-evaluated and therefore drop?