Who has played the toughest schedule?

October, 24, 2012
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Schedules always look a little different when we get to this point in the season.

What looked like a grueling slate back in August might not look quite as menacing right now. Likewise, a supposedly easy schedule might all of a sudden not look so easy.

So as we say goodbye to the month of October this weekend in college football, let’s take a look at who in the SEC has played the toughest schedule to this point. We’ve added up the opponents’ records (FBS foes only) for all 14 teams and also noted how many of their opponents currently have winning records and how many of their opponents are currently ranked in the BCS standings.

What immediately jumps out at you is that the four teams with the toughest schedules all have losing records. In fact, six of the seven toughest schedules to this point belong to teams with losing records. Texas A&M is the only team in that group with a winning record.

Alabama and Mississippi State, who meet this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, are both unbeaten. But between them, they've faced just one opponent ranked this week in the BCS standings. Alabama beat No. 22 Michigan 41-14 to open the season.

Florida has the most wins against teams ranked in the BCS standings with three. The Gators have beaten No. 6 LSU, No. 13 South Carolina and No. 20 Texas A&M.

Georgia has faced just one opponent to this point with a winning record. The Bulldogs lost 35-7 at South Carolina back on Sept. 29.

Below is a complete breakdown. The teams are listed in order of their opponents’ winning percentage:

1. Kentucky: 47-10 (.824), Seven of eight opponents have winning records. Five opponents in the BCS standings.

2. Tennessee: 33-10 (.767), Five of six opponents have winning records. Four opponents in the BCS standings.

3. Missouri: 32-11(.744), Five of six opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

4. Auburn: 35-15 (.700), Five of seven opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

5. Texas A&M: 30-13 (.698), Four of six opponents have winning records. Two opponents in the BCS standings.

6. Vanderbilt: 29-15 (.659), Four of six opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

7. Arkansas: 26-17 (.605), Four of six opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

8. Florida: 30-23 (.566), Four of seven opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

9. South Carolina: 33-26 (.559), Four of eight opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

10. LSU: 26-25 (.510), Three of seven opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

11. Alabama: 24-25 (.490), Three of seven opponents have winning records. One opponent in the BCS standings.

12. Ole Miss: 21-22 (.488), Three of six opponents have winning records. Three opponents in the BCS standings.

13. Georgia: 18-33 (.353), One of seven opponents has a winning record. One opponent in the BCS standings.

14. Mississippi State: 15-28 (.349), Two of six opponents have winning records. No opponents in the BCS standings.

Chris Low | email

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