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November 2, 2011

Visualizing Schedule Strength

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Pelton @ 11:54 pm

We’re going to hear a lot over the next two months about the strength of non-conference schedules for various NCAA contenders. Strength of schedule is an issue that defies easy quantification because so many different factors are involved. That’s what is so cool about the SOS piece Matt Norlander put together for CBSSports.com. Using the same Tableau software our Dan Feldman produces pretty graphs with, Norlander recorded six key data points for every BCS team and a handful of key mid-majors: average 2010-11 wins by opponent, number of 20-win opponents, number of opponentswith single-digit wins, number of NCAA Tournament opponents, number of BCS opponents and true road games.

Individually, none of those metrics are definitive. Together, they tell a compelling story, especially when combined with Norlander’s analysis. Take a look and play around. It’s an easy way to pass a half-hour of your day.

(By the way, Long Beach State. Wow.)

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