Early look at Cougs' strength of schedule

A TEAM’S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE will take on more significance this season with the new NCAA playoff. Last year, the Cougs had the fifth hardest schedule in the nation according to Sagarin's rankings. Where will Washington State check in this season?

Alas, Jeff Sagarin hasn’t released his 2014 college football strength of schedule ratings just yet. Neither have many others.

But according to the NCAA formula, Washington State has the 36th toughest schedule in the nation.

The NCAA metric is inherently flawed, it is based solely on the opponents’ win/loss record from the previous season, so it takes into account starters and key reserves who are no longer there.

That understood, it remains the NCAA official metric.

So while we wait for Sagarin (and others) to release their strength of schedule ratings, we’ll make do with the NCAA’s.

The 2014 NCAA’s strength of schedule rankings for the Pac-12:
Utah: 11th
Cal: 17th
USC: 29th
Washington State: 36th
Stanford: 42nd
Arizona and Oregon: tied for 49th
ASU: 52nd
UCLA and Oregon State: tied for 60th
Colorado: 66th
Washington: 77th

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