ACC Football 2012 Midseason Strength of Schedule

What Do ACC Teams’ Strength of Schedules Look Like Halfway Through the Season?

First and foremost, big nod to FBSchedules.com for putting this information together in one place earlier today. And while the overall strength of schedule data is interesting fodder, what we’re focusing on here is the ACC. How difficult have the league’s teams’ schedules been so far, and what lies ahead? This also relates to Clemson and Florida State’s very fleeting national championship hopes, and whether or not their upcoming opponents could provide enough of a boost to get them into the title game.

Strength of Schedule, Based on Previous Opponents (FBS & FCS Combined)

*Number to the left is based on the overall rankings

6. Syracuse (.762 opposing winning percentage)

13. Virginia (.714)

18. Miami (.704)

57. NC State (.607)

61. Wake Forest (.593)

64. Maryland (.591)

77. Boston College (.565)

92. Florida State (.552)

115. North Carolina (.500)

115. Georgia Tech (.500)

115. Pittsburgh (.500)

147. Clemson (.464)

149. Duke (.462)

162. Virginia Tech (.444)

Strength of Schedule, Based on All Opponents (FBS & FCS Combined)

9. Syracuse (.702)

24. Virginia (.651)

31. Miami (.635)

43. Boston College (.603)

51. Florida State (.597)

55. Pittsburgh (.589)

56. Clemson (.587)

60. Wake Forest (.583)

62. Georgia Tech (.581)

70. Maryland (.571)

72. Duke (.565)

72. NC State (.565)

80. Virginia Tech (.548)

87. North Carolina (.540)

Given the collective strength of schedules for the Big 12 and SEC, even a quick glance at these numbers says that FSU and Clemson have no chance when put up against their undefeated counterparts in stronger leagues. Still, it’s not out of the question that either could position themselves for a top-five slot come the end of the season — granted they win the Orange Bowl of course. Some other quick notes:

  • Duke’s strength of schedule jumps up quite a bit in the second half, so they’ll need to get to that six-win plateau as soon as possible if they hope to end their postseason drought.
  • With several top teams still on the slate, Virginia will likely continue to struggle toward a disappointing finish.
  • Virginia Tech, while still possessing one of the ACC’s easier remaining schedules, actually face a stiffer challenge in the second half, instilling some doubts about their ability to contend for the division title.
  • Syracuse, already up against one of the toughest opening schedules this season, faces off with three separate undefeated teams in the second half of the year (starting this weekend).

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