Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders

The Rundown with Rob on Fox Sports Radio 1400. Rob grew up in South Carolina. He now gets to talk about the teams in the palmetto state.Full Bio


Clemson plays a tougher schedule than some SEC opponents

The Clemson football team gets a lot of grief over playing in the ACC. I don't think that people really look at the schedule Clemson plays. This tweet from Chris Lowe shows that maybe I am correct. Interesting stat over the last 3 years.

Let's Compare that to Alabama.

To break it down. Clemson has played 15 of it's 45 games against top 25 opponents. That comes out to 34% of the teams Clemson has played in the past 3 seasons have been against top 25 teams.I know! I know! The SEC apologists will tell you "Those wins were in the playoffs,not the ACC"

The tweet above shows that is not true. Clemson has 7 of its top 25 games in that period that were ACC teams. Texas A&M,Auburn twice and Notre Dame were scheduled out of conference and were in the regular season. That leaves the final 4 in the playoffs over that 3 year period.

When you look at Alabama they have the same amount of wins that Clemson has. They played just 2 more games against top 25 teams in that 3 year period. The kicker here is Alabama is 14-3. A great record...but in the end 2 of those losses come to Clemson.

If you look at South Carolina's Schedule over the past 3 years the gamecocks play 4 ranked teams in 2016

Florida,South Florida,Clemson and Tennessee

In 2017 3 ranked teams

NC State,Georgia,Clemson

In 2018 5 ranked teams.

Clemson,Georgia,Florida,Kentucky,Texas A&M.

The numbers on the gamecocks show they played 12 ranked teams out of the 39 games they played. This puts them at 30% of the schedule is a top 25 team. This shows that Clemson plays a tougher schedule than their rival and schedule that is on par with Alabama.

Think about the numbers...before you just throw out the "SEC Schedule is tougher"

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