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Iowa Guy

Going by the preseason poll Alabama has games against the #3, #14, #16, #19, and #23 ranked teams. Oklahoma plays #4 and #20.

Bob Stoops can complain all he wants. Oklahoma plays a much easier slate than Alabama. No objective person can argue that.

T-Bone

Maybe if Stoops stopped getting blown out in national championship games or losing to Boise State, people might start taking his teams serious again.

Optimus Primed

Yes, because pre-season rankings have never proven to be biased and are always a very solid indicator of SOS.

Chris

Going by the preseason poll Alabama has games against the #3, #14, #16, #19, and #23 ranked teams. Oklahoma plays #4 and #20.

Bob Stoops can complain all he wants. Oklahoma plays a much easier slate than Alabama. No objective person can argue that.

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I'll second that.

Brent

What is your issue with Alabama? It seems that almost every comment you have regarding the Tide is negative. I have no problem with Alabama or any other team playing a creampuff schedule as long as one non-conference game is against a tough opponent. 'Bama has played Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech the past three seasons and will play Penn State this year. Ohio State plays Miami, Fla., Marshall, Eastern Michigan and Ohio. How about the Florida Gators? They don't even leave the state to play non-conference games. Florida State, Appalachian State, Miami (OH) and South Florida. It's not like Oklahoma is playing a murderer's row of non-conference opponents. Texas plays Rice, Florida Atlantic, UCLA and Wyoming. Virginia Tech plays James Madison, Boise State, East Carolina and Central Michigan.

Jimec

Here we go again.

il cativo

The Longhorns have taken Stoops' advice and are trying to upgrade their own schedule by seeking an alternative to the Sooners this October.

Scott

Stoops didn't say anything about Alabama, and let's be fair. Oklahoma won a title game, got blown out in a title game, lost one to LSU by 7 in New Orleans, and lost another to Florida by 10 in Miami. If losing to Boise State by 1 in overtime is reason not to take a different team at the same school seriously, then speaking of Alabama...

But really, Stoops misses a bigger point in scheduling, which is why it's unfortunate the columnist singled out Alabama. The problem teams aren't Alabama who plays Penn State at home, or really the teams that play nothing but cream puffs (Kansas State, Texas Tech). Teams that play nothing but cream puffs are usually appropriately penalized for it in pollsters minds. The problem teams are the ones that play a couple of cream puffs and a couple average teams, but no real tests. It makes no Difference if Alabama plays Georgia State or Air Force at home. They stand just about the same chance of losing either game. Bringing in Penn State or Florida State should bear definite fruit because you could lose those games. You probably won't, but you could. You'll lose to Air Force at home just slightly more than you're going to lose to Georgia State at home. So, who cares which of the two is on your schedule? The other deal is that the average teams have as much if not more to do with the Top 10's scheduling as the teams in the Top 10. Average BCS Conference Teams want Home and Home's, and programs aren't going to give that up for a team that isn't going to help put them on TV or otherwise help recoup the loss of the home game. So seriously, it's not like Alabama didn't schedule Kansas in their non-conference because they were afraid of losing the game, so they got San Jose State instead. They scheduled San Jose State because the two games are basically the same except that San Jose State is a lot cheaper.

James

What do bob stoops and weed have in common?

Put em in a bowl and they get smoked.
I'm just saying if my post-season record looked as bad as his, I'd worry a lil more about that than other peoples non-conference schedules.

Roll Tide!

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