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Sports :: College Football – If You Thought SEC Was the Toughest NCAA Conference, Think Again

3, California No. Turns out that I am right.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. The facts and statistics say otherwise.

The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.

For the record, Nebraska is No. Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. 2, Stanford No. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.. 4 and Colorado No. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19

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6 Houston insist they won’t be looking past Lamar despite the quick turnaround they’ll face with their American Athletic Conference opener against Cincinnati looming next Thursday.

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Jackson Leads No. 13 Louisville Past Syracuse, 62-28

No. 13 Louisville rout Syracuse 62-28 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

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Coach Tom Herman and No. 6 Houston Has Quick Turnaround After Facing Lamar

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Lamar Jackson continued his early season onslaught, throwing a long touchdown pass and running for four more scores to help No

Starting Salary for Division III Football Coaches

The team’s sponsoring school must also have at least seven men’s and seven women’s teams, or six men’s and eight women’s teams. The lowest earning 10 percent got a mean $16,380 annually, and the highest 10 percent made a mean $63,720 per year. The job lasted nine months and required a B.A. and some collegiate coaching experience. There are no scheduling or financial aid requirements. In Division III schools, coaches typically need only a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Though college faculty typically need a doctorate degree for tenured positions, those in junior colleges or working part-time can often secure jobs with a master’s. The position also includes a meal plan and off-campus housing, but does not include classes or benefits. There are also requirements for financial aid and scheduling. Illinois College offered $5,000 for ten-months to a starting running back or wide receiver coach with a bachelor’s degree and some collegiate coaching or playing experience.

Salaries

The Division III coaching jobs posted on the Football Scoop as of 2011 illustrate some of the starting salaries. Demonstrated football ability is key, either as a collegiate player, or working as a team intern or assistant. The best salaries for all coaches were in spectators sports, where wages reached a mean $60,610 per year. Average salaries for all coaches in colleges, universities and professional schools ran a mean $49,140 per year, which was higher than the mean for all coaches at $35,950 per year.

Definitions

The National Collegiate Athletic Association specifies the standards for college sports, including football. A coaching program is the most desirable, though degrees in exercise and sports science, physiology, kinesiology, physical education and sports medicine are also acceptable. For example, teams in Division I must play 50 percent of their regular-season football games against other Division I teams. Western New England University granted $7,000, a meal plan and low rent housing, but no classes, to a defensive back coach.

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Comparisons

Salaries for Division III football coaches are far lower than the wages offered to all coaches, as shown by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2010. At Claremont McKenna College, a defensive line coach with an undergraduate degree and one year of college coaching experience received $15,000 for an 11-month, part-time position that included benefits. In contrast, Division III football teams must play over 50 percent of their games against other Division III teams, or against teams whose institutions grant financial aid based on need only and not ability