"Oklahoma’s one loss came in a rivalry game against the Longhorns. And the Longhorns’ upset win at Baylor on Saturday makes the earlier loss look a little better than Michigan State’s loss at lowly Nebraska. It also shouldn’t be forgotten that the Sooners’ strength of schedule was much stronger than the Spartans."Our first response on reading that was published as: Debunking Drew Sharp: MSUSpartan76 Proves Michigan State had a Tougher Schedule than Oklahoma.
- MSU has more opponents ranked in the CFP top 15
- MSU opponents had an equal win-loss record
- MSU has more opponents going to New Years 6 bowls
- MSU beat more undefeated teams and late in the season
- MSU's 3 weakest opponents had better WL records than OK's 3 weakest
- MSU's 3 strongest opponents had better WL records than OK's 3 strongest
In that piece I stated that I was not done with the comparison. Here is the rest.
"Lowly Nebraska." "Much stronger schedule." With his sharp comments, he implied that the Spartans had a soft schedule. In fact, he has insulted Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan and, also, Oregon and Air Force and the rest of the Spartan slate of opponents. After all, those teams are the soft Spartan schedule.
Is the allegation true? No. Did Oklahoma have a "much stronger schedule?" NO.
In the previous articles we published in depth and in detail how Oklahoma's opponents fared over the season and also MSU's. Here is the rest of the story.
- Those 12 opponents played 1727 games amassing an aggregate record of 941-786 (0.545).
- Those 13 opponents played 1915 games amassing an aggregate record of 1090-836 (0.567).
- MSU played 2 conference championship contenders. Oklahoma played none. So adjusting the totals to just the regular season for those 2 opponents:
- The Spartans went 11-1 vs 12 opponents with a combined record of 78-66 (0.542) and did so versus opponents that went 1001-749 (0.572).
Agreed!"It also shouldn’t be forgotten..."
The head-to-head comparison.
For the WL comparison, an edge is a 1 win difference and an advantage is for a 2+ win difference.
Iowa went 12-1 vs 13 opponents with a combined record of 79-79
- Edge: OSU for WL; Edge to OK St. for opp. WL.
- Edge: TCU for WL; Advantage: Oregon for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage UofM for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage: UT for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage: PSU for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage WMU for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage CMU for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage IU for opp. WL.
- Edge: Tulsa for WL; Advantage Nebraska for opp. WL.
- Edge: UT for WL; Advantage UT for opp. WL.
- Tied: WL; Advantage UM for opp. WL.
- Advantage: PU for WL; Advantage PU for opp. WL.
- Oklahoma opponents: 3 edges, 7 ties
- Michigan State opponents: 1 advantages, 1 edge, 7 ties
- Oklahoma opponents: 2 advantages, 1 edge
- Michigan State opponents: 9 advantages
Are you listening Drew?
What about "lowly" Nebraska?
Nice insult there, Drew. I am sure Cornhuskers all over the country are applauding your insights.
Somehow in Drew Sharp's imagination, Texas beating Baylor somehow erased the Oklahoma loss to Texas, but "lowly" Nebraska beating MSU proves a soft Spartan schedule.
- Texas went 3-7 against a schedule of opponents that went 65-55 (not counting the Oklahoma and Baylor records).
- "Lowly" Nebraska not only beat B1G Ten CCG Champion MSU but also took down Southern Mississippi, C-USA CCG runner-up. Subtracting out those 2 team records, Nebraska went 3-7 versus opponents that tallied a 69-52 record.
- CFP No. 3 Michigan State 12-1
- CFP No. 4 Oklahoma 11-1
- Baylor 9-3
- Southern Mississippi 9-4
One of the Drew chUMp's claims (chump is a synomym for idiot, by the way) is the CFP committee did not want Alabama to face an Oklahoma home field advantage.
Driving distance (by car) to the bolw sites (stadium to stadium) per Google maps:
- Oklahoma 191 miles 3 hr 3 min.
- Alabama 584 miles, 8 hr 14 min.
- Clemson 904 miles 13 hr 8 min.
- MSU 1119 miles, 16 hr 47 min.
- Clemson 710 miles, 10 hr 46 min.
- Alabama 773 miles 11 hr 47 min.
- MSU 1421 miles 20 hr 47 min.
- Oklahoma 1484 miles 21 hr 41 min.
- Oklahoma 1027 miles 14 hr 47 min.
- Alabama 1667 miles 23 hr 26 min.
- Clemson 1986 miles, 29 hr 0 min.
- MSU 1993 miles 29 hr 0 min.