The Football Outsiders guys have their own way of measuring strength of schedule.
Strength of Schedule (SOS) ratings are based on the final FEI ratings for each season, though they do not represent the average strength of a team’s schedule of opponents. Instead, they are uniquely designed to measure the difficulty of a schedule from the top down, with more significance given to the toughest opponents faced. The SOS ratings below represent the percent likelihood that an elite team (two standard deviations better than average) would go undefeated against the given team’s entire schedule. Win likelihoods are influenced by home/away/neutral game location and postseason games are included.
So what do you get when you go back and apply that metric to the last nine seasons of college football? You get eight of the top ten toughest schedules on average over that period being played by SEC teams. So just smile the next time somebody mentions that home game against Coastal Carolina.
Oh yeah, Boise State pops up at #97 on Bill’s list. That’s only 65 slots south of Vanderbilt.