I know, not original, but at least it’s heart felt.
“Strength of schedule” is used to diss the BSU Broncos, and to justify a lower rating than their on-field performance would seem to justify. You know, two unbeaten regular seasons in a row, and they still can’t get a full BCS slot (they’ve got an “at large” spot that reduces the amount of money they’ll get, as compared to the other schools). Here’s why strength of schedule should not be used to assess the Broncos (or any other team, for that matter).
First, it’s not a legitimate means of assessment because the Broncos can’t do anything about it. They’re in the conference they’re in, and have to play those opponents. Assessing the Broncos by looking at the other teams is a bit like judging my job performance, or setting my pay, by saying my co-workers are slugs. I can’t affect their performance. It’s also a bit of an ism (racism, ageism, sexism, etc). It’s discrimination based on something the Broncos did not choose and cannot do anything about. (Well, at one point they may have chosen to join the WAC, but it was a constrained choice. It’s not like they can just join the PAC 10 any time they want.)
Also, strength of schedule is misleading. Just because the Broncos play some weak team does not necessarily mean they are not the best team in football. Evidence of a defendant’s prior robbery is inadmissible to prove he did this robbery. Just because he did a prior robbery doesn’t mean he did this one. Likewise, just because the Broncos play some weak teams doesn’t necessarily mean they are a weaker team.