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NCAAF Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

Updated September 7th, 2022
Published June 5, 2020
  • See the college football strength-of-schedule rankings for all 131 FBS teams in 2022
  • Auburn’s SEC slate rates as the toughest in the nation this year
  • No Group of Five team has a schedule tougher than 38th (Navy)

The 2022 college football season is set to begin with Week Zero on Saturday, August 27. The charts and graphs below set out the strength-of-schedule rankings for the season, assuming a modicum of home-field advantage still exists.

Even more so than strength of schedule calculations in the NFL, SOS in college football should not be based too heavily on last season’s power ratings. There is far too much roster turnover from year to year. The calculations and rankings below factor in opponents’ efficiency ratings from last season plus how much production teams are losing in 2022, recent recruiting rankings, and major incoming transfers.

Use the rankings below in conjunction with the 2022 NCAAF win totals to find soft spots in the underbelly of the college football futures.

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2022 NCAAF Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM RANK SOS TOTAL
Auburn Tigers 1 130.87
Indiana Hoosiers 2 117.08
Arkansas Razorbacks 3 109.24
Northwestern Wildcats 4 105.66
Vanderbilt Commodores 5 101.13
Iowa Hawkeyes 6 99.36
Florida Gators 7 92.15
Mississippi State Bulldogs 8 91.63
Louisville Cardinals 9 89.18
Texas A&M Aggies 10 88.41
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 11 85.50
LSU Tigers 12 81.68
Illinois Fighting Illini 13 75.37
Arizona Wildcats 14 71.80
Colorado Buffaloes 15 70.32
Maryland Terrapins 16 68.94
Penn State Nittany Lions 17 67.09
Michigan State Spartans 18 65.72
Stanford Cardinal 19 65.38
West Virginia Mountaineers 20 63.66
Texas Longhorns 21 62.95
Texas Tech Red Raiders 22 62.54
South Carolina Gamecocks 23 62.25
Oregon State Beavers 24 57.81
Ohio State Buckeyes 25 56.68
Kansas State Wildcats 26 53.88
Kentucky Wildcats 27 53.64
Oregon Ducks 28 53.05
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 29 51.48
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 30 50.49
Nebraska Cornhuskers 31 49.29
Ole Miss Rebels 32 45.95
Syracuse Orange 33 45.75
Wisconsin Badgers 34 43.55
Florida State Seminoles 35 43.26
Michigan Wolverines 36 41.71
North Carolina Tar Heels 37 40.75
Navy Midshipmen 38 39.69
Oklahoma Sooners 39 39.51
Kansas Jayhawks 40 38.80
TCU Horned Frogs 41 36.03
Clemson Tigers 42 36.00
Purdue Boilermakers 43 32.85
Washington State Cougars 44 30.37
South Florida Bulls 45 28.63
Alabama Crimson Tide 46 28.37
Tennessee Volunteers 47 27.66
Baylor Bears 48 25.07
Oklahoma State Cowboys 49 24.88
Virginia Tech Hokies 50 23.41
Boston College Eagles 51 23.38
Iowa State Cyclones 52 22.10
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 53 21.16
Georgia Bulldogs 54 20.41
USC Trojans 55 20.18
Missouri Tigers 56 20.02
NC State Wolfpack 57 17.71
BYU Cougars 58 14.26
Colorado State Rams 59 9.00
Utah Utes 60 8.78
Pittsburgh Panthers 61 5.50
Wyoming Cowboys 62 2.98
Minnesota Golden Gophers 63 1.65
Virginia Cavaliers 64 1.40
Old Dominion Monarchs 65 -2.02
Miami Hurricanes 66 -2.64
Boise State Broncos 67 -4.29
UL Monroe Warhawks 68 -4.73
Tulane Green Wave 69 -5.21
Arizona State Sun Devils 70 -5.23
California Golden Bears 71 -6.74
Rice Owls 72 -7.13
Washington Huskies 73 -7.96 
East Carolina Pirates 74 -8.46 
Utah State Aggies 75 -12.14 
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 76 -13.50 
UNLV Rebels 77 -15.39
UConn Huskies 78 -19.03
Georgia Southern Eagles 79 -20.65
SMU Mustangs 80 -22.99
San Diego State Aztecs 81 -24.07
New Mexico Lobos 82 -25.02
Nevada Wolf Pack 83 -27.24
Duke Blue Devils 84 -27.79
Cincinnati Bearcats 85 -29.43
Georgia State Panthers 86 -31.65
Bowling Green Falcons 87 -35.51
Akron Zips 88 -38.68
San José State Spartans 89 -38.69
Western Michigan Broncos 90 -40.60
Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors 91 -41.90
UCLA Bruins 92 -42.80
Appalachian State Mountaineers 93 -45.78
Memphis Tigers 94 -46.00 
Troy Trojans 95 -46.61 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 96 -49.48 
Temple Owls 97 -50.61
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 98  -52.69
UCF Knights 99 -53.12 
James Madison Dukes 100 -53.43 
Marshall Thundering Herd 101 -55.66 
Air Force Falcons 102 -56.01
Houston Cougars 103 -59.41
Charlotte 49ers 104 -60.35
UTSA Roadrunners 105 -61.63
Kent State Golden Flashes 106 -61.83
Fresno State Bulldogs 107 -63.22
Florida Atlantic Owls 108 -65.93
Ball State Cardinals 109 -66.66
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 110 -66.91
UAB Blazers 111 -68.68
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 112 -70.93
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 113 -71.94
New Mexico State Aggies 114 -76.59
Ohio Bobcats 115 -78.65
Eastern Michigan Eagles 116 -79.92
Buffalo Bulls 117 -80.91
Central Michigan Chippewas 118 -81.46
Toledo Rockets 119 -82.94
Arkansas State Red Wolves 120 -85.44
North Texas Mean Green 121 -87.16
UMass Minutemen 122 -89.00
Miami (OH) RedHawks 123 -92.63
Northern Illinois Huskies 124 -93.04
UTEP Miners 125 -101.40
Texas State Bobcats 126 -103.98
South Alabama Jaguars 127 -106.29
Liberty Flames 128 -107.00
Army Black Knights 129 -107.48
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns 130 -118.41
Florida International Panthers 131 -124.16
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Notes on the SOS ratings:

  • The toughest hypothetical schedule (12 road games vs Ohio State) would score 420.51.
  • The toughest schedule a team could play against 12 different opponents would score 275.34.
  • The toughest real schedule (Auburn) scores 130.87, which is 31.12% as tough as the toughest hypothetical schedule.
  • The easiest hypothetical schedule against an FBS opponent (12 home games vs New Mexico State) would score -394.07.
  • The easiest real schedule (FIU) scores -171.68 , which is 31.51% as easy as the easiest hypothetical schedule.
  • In theory, if FBS teams only played other FBS teams, the cumulative total of all the SOS scores would be zero. The team scores are a certain percentage above or below average. But in reality, the cumulative total of all the SOS scores is well below zero, because of dozens of games against FCS competition.

ACC Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM CONF. RANK NAT’L RANK SOS TOTAL
Louisville Cardinals 1 9 89.18
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2 11 85.50
Syracuse Orange 3 33 45.95
Florida State Seminoles 4 35 43.26
North Carolina Tar Heels 5 37 40.75
Clemson Tigers 6 42 36.00
Virginia Tech Hokies 7 50 23.41
Boston College Eagles 8 51 23.38
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 9 53 21.16
NC State Wolfpack 10 57 17.71
Pittsburgh Panthers 11 61 5.50
Virginia Cavaliers 12 64 1.40
Miami Hurricanes 13 66 -2.64
Duke Blue Devils 14 84 -27.79

Big Ten Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM CONF. RANK NAT’L RANK SOS TOTAL
Indiana Hoosiers 1 2 117.08
Northwestern Wildcats 2 4 105.66
Iowa Hawkeyes 3 6 99.36
Illinois Fighting Illini 4 13 75.37
Maryland Terrapins 5 16 68.94
Penn State Nittany Lions 6 17 67.09
Michigan State Spartans 7 18 65.72
Ohio State Buckeyes 8 25 56.68
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9 29 51.48
Nebraska Cornhuskers 10 31 49.29
Wisconsin Badgers 11 34 43.55
Michigan Wolverines 12 36 41.71
Purdue Boilermakers 13 43 32.85
Minnesota Golden Gophers 14 63 1.65

Big 12 Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM CONF. RANK NAT’L RANK SOS TOTAL
West Virginia Mountaineers 1 20 63.66
Texas Longhorns 2 21 62.95
Texas Tech Red Raiders 3 22 62.54
Kansas State Wildcats 4 26 53.88
Oklahoma Sooners 5 39 39.51
Kansas Jayhawks 6 40 38.80
TCU Horned Frogs 7 41 36.03
Baylor Bears 8 48 25.07
Oklahoma State Cowboys 9 49 24.88
Iowa State Cyclones 10 52 22.10

Pac-12 Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM CONF. RANK  NAT’L RANK  SOS TOTAL
Arizona Wildcats 1 14 71.80
Colorado Buffaloes 2 15 70.32
Stanford Cardinal 3 19 65.38
Oregon State Beavers 4 24 57.81
Oregon Ducks 5 28 53.05
Washington State Cougars 6 44 30.37
USC Trojans 7 55 20.18
Utah Utes 8 60 8.78
Arizona State Sun Devils 9 70 -5.23
California Golden Bears 10 71 -6.74
Washington Huskies 11 73 -7.96
UCLA Bruins 12 92 -42.80

SEC Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

TEAM CONF. RANK NAT’L RANK SOS TOTAL
Auburn Tigers 1 1 130.87
Arkansas Razorbacks 2 3 109.24
Vanderbilt Commodores 3 5 101.13
Florida Gators 4 7 92.15
Mississippi State Bulldogs 5 8 91.63
Texas A&M Aggies 6 10 88.41
LSU Tigers 7 12 81.68
South Carolina Gamecocks 8 23 62.25
Kentucky Wildcats 9 27 53.88
Ole Miss Rebels 10 32 46.97
Alabama Crimson Tide 11 46 28.37
Tennessee Volunteers 12 47 27.66
Georgia Bulldogs 13 54 20.41
Missouri Tigers 14 56 20.02

 

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