Brian Fremeau’s posted his 2017 strength of schedule rankings, based on his FEI metric.
Strength of Schedule Ratings are a function of the projected FEI ratings of a given team’s schedule of opponents and the location (home/away/neutral) of each game. EL ratings represent the average number of losses an elite team (two standard deviations better than average) would have against the schedule. GL ratings represent the average number of losses a good team (one standard deviation better than average) would have against the schedule. AL ratings represent the average number of losses an average team would have against the schedule. The total number of games in the given team’s schedule against FEI top 10 opponents (v10), top 20 opponents (v20), top 30 opponents (v30), top 40 opponents (v40), and top 50 opponents (v50) is also provided.
Georgia’s EL ranking, 27th, may not seem that daunting, but dig down to AL, and you’ll find it ranks first. The reason for that appears to be pretty simple: the Dawgs are the only team Fremeau has playing ten top 50 opponents this season.
Remember how we tend to dismiss other programs for not going through the grind of an SEC season to prove themselves? Georgia is facing that grind, in spades.