So I've been at work waiting for a matter to heat up and I thought I would look at some of the narratives regarding the CFP Top 10. I wanted to look at which teams have played a tougher schedule and who won these games. The results were interesting.
Based on opponent winning percentage, here are the toughest schedules based off all oppoenents current records. I put Bama and Georgia in the SEC championship game, Clemson and Pitt in the ACC, Oklahoma and WVU in the Big 12, UM, NW, and OSU in the Big 10, and WSU and Utah in the Pac 12:
Georgia (.608), Clemson (.583), UM (.577), LSU (.562), WVU (.555), Oklahoma (.551), Bama (.543), WSU (.531), ND (.521), and OSU (.485).
Here are the opponent winning percentages based on teams that a team beat. For example, this excludes ND for us and Purdue for OSU:
Georgia (.592), Clemson (.583), WVU (.545), Bama (.543), UM (.542), Oklahoma (.538), WSU (.533), ND (.521), LSU (.505), and OSU (.483).
Finally, I did the same for the power 5 opponents each of the top 10 here are those results:
Georgia (.646), LSU (.622), UM (.582), ND (.576), Clemson (.574), WVU (.569), WSU (.560), Bama (.550), Oklahoma (.533), and OSU (.483).
Here is opponent winning percentages based on P5 teams that a team beat:
Georgia (.629), ND (.576), Clemson (.574), WSU (.567), WVU (.560), LSU (.557), Bama (.550), UM (.540), Oklahoma (.515), and OSU (.482).
Lastly, I ran some rankings based on where these numbers rank among the top 10. I assigned 10 points to the best score and 1 to the worst. I used record, Opp. win %, Opp. win % in win, Opp. win % in losses, P5 Opp. win %, and P5 Opp. win % in wins. I did not include P5 Opp. win % in losses because every top 10 that lost, lost to a P5 team.
1. Clemson, Georgia (52 points); 3. ND (41 points); 4. UM (39 points); 5. Bama (38 points); 6. WVU (35 points); 7. LSU (30 points); 8. WSU (27 points); 9. Oklahoma (25 points); 10. OSU (13 points).
All the SEC schools and WSU have only played 9 P5 opponents, Clemson, ND, UM, OU have played 10 P5 opponents, and WVU and OSU have played 11.
I apologize for the formatting, but the spreadsheet wouldn't upload. I plan to update this weekly over the rest of the season until the final rankings come out. All comments/questions/suggestions are welcome in the comments.