How can SOS be a fair metric?
Posted: 30 October 2019 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m guilty of using it one way or the other depending on the season as we all are.  But how can it be made into a fair metric to gauge by?  On one hand you can say we played X, Y, and Z which are perceived to be tough teams.  On the other hand you can say, we scheduled A, B, C 15 years ago when they were perceived as the toughest teams but now they suck….it’s not our fault.

Clemson is in a position this year where we are getting penalized for our schedule, but it was made years ago.  We have no real control over how good teams are when we play them especially in conference.  Also, let me point out once again that the ACC has 2 teams with a losing record while the SEC has 6 with a losing record, yet the ACC is perceived weak and we are penalized for it.

Is there any way to use SOS fairly so both sides benefit?

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Posted: 30 October 2019 06:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Probably not in this subjectivity plagued sport. The other side of the sword is that there would be a lot less talk if there wasn’t that subjectivity.

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Posted: 30 October 2019 10:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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SOS doesn’t mean much for most of the season.  Just now is it starting to come into focus but it’s far from locked in.  The low amount of regular season cross conference play can make even an entire season and inaccurate bead on a teams abilities. 

It’s also worth arguing that playing many decent teams is tougher than a few good ones.  These are kids and getting them to consistently prepare and perform is tough but getting them pumped for “big” matchups is pretty easy.  ESPN has hyped UGA as being in the same league as Clemson and Bama for the last 3 years and here they lost to a miserable USCjr who would be a below average ACC team.

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Posted: 01 November 2019 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It’s not really a fair metric on its own. It’s decided completely off the field years in advance and means something about the teams on the schedule but has no real meaning on it’s own about the team in question. The schedule is however part of a measuring stick - how well the team looks against the teams they play.

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Posted: 01 November 2019 12:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Here’s my problem with SOS…People aren’t supposed to “rank” or use last years performance of a team to form a narrative yet in September SOS’s are based upon last years performance to project SOS..

What was a team like Louisville suppose to be in the SOS debate?..Baylor?..Minnesota? and in the other direction Nebraska?

Only now can you really tell what a teams SOS is…

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