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The NCAA data actually goes back to 2008.
I just averaged the 2008-13 seasons for Arkansas and Alabama for comparison, since Alabama is widely recognized as the SEC's #1 team, and according to the data here, should have played the toughest SEC schedule in past years, also. But in these six years, Arkansas' schedule rank averaged 11.5, while Alabama's averaged 18.3, despite all the high profile games Alabama has played to start recent seasons.
Arkansas hasn't played many high profile games recently, and while the difficulty of their average OOC game may still be some of the reason for their better SOS rating, I offer it as proof that Arkansas typically plays a tougher SEC schedule.
10 months ago on SEC Strength Of Schedule: 2014-2025 Comparison
They need a partnership with 247, because buying it will only lead 247 to go the way of rivals (i.e. downhill.)
1 year, 6 months ago on ESPN abandons recruiting website strategy again
John, has your attitude toward Petrino changed since he's no longer Arkansas' coach? Sure seems that way.
I couldn't read your entire piece, but I agreed with most of it. The one thing I'd disagree with is your assumption that Petrino isn't dumb enough to do it again, because who ever would have thought he was dumb enough to do it once? I mean, it's not like he didn't have good reason to be careful before wrecking his motorcycle. His reputation was already in shambles everywhere outside of Arkansas and all he did was add Arkansas to the list. What makes you think he won't do it again?
The funny thing is that I don't think Arkansas should have fired him, but as an Arkansas fan, I almost hope some other SEC school does, because I fully expect something similar will happen in his 4th year at that school.
2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino
Good stuff John!
I'm sure that I haven't studied it as much as you have, but I actually think 16 teams would make scheduling easier then it is today. Fourteen teams can work, but I think the craziness began when we expanded to have that many, because it's so unwieldy. It seems like 16 teams would only add some balance, as far as scheduling is concerned.
Twenty just seems like too many. A conference that large is really nothing more then 2 conferences under the same umbrella. For all the criticism Georgia has faced for having easy conference schedules recently, can you imagine the potential disparity in a 20 team conference?
Yea, I know you were being facetious, but it doesn't sound like it's so far-fetched, either, which I think we both can agree is unfortunate.
2 years, 4 months ago on More Expansion? The SEC Should Just Leap To 20 Teams And Be Done With It
Yea, let's just pretend that Nutt wasn't going to get fired at Arkansas and left on his own accord. And that Arkansas didn't offer him $6M in severance pay to get him to leave peacefully. After all, schools often give their departing head coach several million dollars, right?
2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Coaching Rumors: Anyone Headed Out?
I think you should switch Ole Miss and Missouri. I have no dog in the race, but I think Ole Miss upsets MSU and Missouri gets beat by Syracuse. I'm tempted to say something cocky just so you'll remember this post after it happens.
2 years, 4 months ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings - 11/13/12
Chances are that Mattingly read your blog last night and that's his source.
2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Patterson Leading Candidate At Arkansas (As We Told You Last Month)
Bo Mattingly can't be trusted. He gives out bad information all the time. Like many sports writers today, I think he throws out assumptions as facts. Unfortunately, there aren't many sports writers in Arkansas that can be trusted, but Mattingly is especially bad.
Arkansas has played the toughest schedule in the nation to this point, at least according to the NCAA, so I don't know if I'd say they've been "helped" by their schedule. But don't let those facts ruin a good story.
2 years, 5 months ago on MrSEC.com’s Power Rankings – 12/23/12