Vandy Football Strength of Schedule Ranked 29

The NCAA has a fairly archaic method of ranking the strength of schedule of their FBS teams prior to the year actually beginning. The way the NCAA does this is by strictly taking the win/loss record from a team’s opponents the year before and converting this into a percentage.

By this method the ‘Dores schedule for 2015 is actually pretty impressive for the upcoming season. Vanderbilt’s strength of schedule, by using this method, is 29th out of the 128 teams playing FBS football. Last fall their opponents for the upcoming season went a combined 87-66, which is good for a winning percentage of 56.86%. To put that into some sort of perspective the stat puts the Commodores SOS in the same region as the likes of Mississippi State (26), LSU (28), and Michigan (31).

The SEC, as you would expect, has a number of teams with exceptionally high strengths of schedule. This is due to the fact that the top half of the league was so strong last fall and that some of the teams are playing out of conference games against teams with high win percentages. This group of schools is led by Arkansas, who has the number two most difficult schedule in the country, along with Alabama (4), Kentucky (5), Auburn (8), and Texas A&M and Georgia (tied at ten) all making an appearance in the top ten.

The Vandy schedule is a mixed bag of teams. The ‘Dores do play three of the top 10 schedules as they face Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas A&M. South Carolina (22) and Tennessee (24) are other schools the Commodores will face who are rocking a strong SOS. The other side of this equation are teams like Missouri (73 somehow despite being in the SEC), Middle Tennessee State (81), Western Kentucky (101), and Houston (110).

The Commodores open their 2015 schedule with the visit of Western Kentucky to Nashville, before getting straight down to SEC business with a game against Georgia. With only one FCS school on the schedule (Austin Peay) every single game is going to be important this fall as the ‘Dores strive to be more successful than the team was in 2014.

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