Thanks for pointing that out. I got the screenshot off of my FaceBook feed and have no idea what the original source was, but I didn't notice that it was based on last year's records.
Originally Posted by jap1
But I think that just reinforces my point. Even though the Donkeys were playing a first place schedule and we were playing a last place schedule going into the season they had an easier strength of schedule than we did, which makes sense because they face us twice (4 wins) while we face them twice (26 wins). Add to that the fact that teams get better or worse every year (Just look at the Chiefs!) and last year's schedule becomes pretty meaningless. Even though we went into the season facing a stronger schedule than the Donks, we have ended up laying a weaker schedule than them. That gap will narrow somewhat, however, in the next two weeks with us playing the Colts (9-5) and the Bolts (7-7) and them playing the Faiders (4-10) and the Wrecksans (2-12).
That's not to say that the two "equalizer" games don't make a difference. Those two games can be the difference between 10-6 and 8-8 or between 6-10 and 8-8 depending on who you are playing. But the much bigger factor regarding strength of schedule is what division your division happens to play in the 3 year conference and 4 year non-conference cycles.
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