From Mandel’s latest Mailbag ($$) comes this bit of wisdom from Brian Fremeau:
Imagine two schedules. Schedule A consists of the six best teams in the country and the six worst. Schedule B consists of the 12 most average teams in the country. Which is tougher? Ask Alabama, and they’ll obviously say Schedule A. Alabama would have a much easier time running the table against Schedule B. But ask the worst team in the country which one is easier, and they’ll say the opposite. The worst team in the country would have a hell of a time winning a single game against Schedule B.
That’s a really sharp observation, if for no other reason than it’s a good reminder of one of college football’s defining features, its lack of parity.