Analyzing Who the Top BCS Teams Have Played
By Jason Caldwell
Posted Nov 4, 2010
An analysis of the schedules of the top five teams in this week's Bowl Championship Series standings shows that Auburn has played by far the most demanding schedule from that group of teams.
Inside the Auburn Tigers decided to take a look at the numbers for the top five teams in this week's BCS ratings--Oregon, Auburn, TCU, Boise State and Utah--to analyze not the impressive statistical numbers each team is putting up, but who each team has played and the quality of opponents on the schedule.
When you take the quality of opposition into account there is little argument that through nine weeks of the season one team should stand above the rest because of not only what it has accomplished on the field, but who it was against.
There is no question that at the moment Oregon is putting up ridiculous numbers on offense while its defensive numbers are solid. When you delve a little deeper though the numbers begin to look less and less imposing. This season the Ducks face seven teams that are worse than 70th in the total offense rankings in the country out of 11 BCS opponents in the regular season. Oregon has already played four games against teams ranked 89th or lower in total offense this season.
They will also face seven teams that are 70th or worse in total defense, and have already played five games against teams ranked 87th or below. Oregon