The 2013 Greg Schiano Pansiness In Scheduling Award for the ACC
Nobody rode the coattails of weak scheduling any farther than Greg Schiano. As noted here previously, Rutgers rise to mediocrity was accompanied by a rather obvious shift to absolutely putrid OOC scheduling. Well, it worked…as Rutgers is now in the Big 10 and Schiano is now in the NFL. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the OOC schedules for the ACC teams. In the spirit of the Oscars, who gets the Greg Schiano award for the ACC in 2013?
First, let’s look at the OOC schedules (courtesy of http://www.theacc.com):
- Boston College: Villanova, @ USC, Army, @ New Mexico State
- Clemson: Georgia, South Carolina State, The Citadel, @ South Carolina
- Duke: North Carolina Central, @ Memphis, Troy, Navy
- Florida State: Nevada, Bethune-Cookman, Idaho, @ Florida
- Georgia Tech: Elon, @ BYU, Alabama A&M, Georgia
- Maryland: Florida Int’l, Old Dominion, @ UConn, West Virginia
- Miami: Florida Atlantic, Florida, Savannah State, @ USF
- North Carolina: @ South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina, Old Dominion
- NC State: Louisiana Tech, Richmond, Central Michigan, East Carolina
- Pittsburgh: New Mexico, Old Dominion, @ Navy, Notre Dame
- Syracuse: Penn State (Neutral site), @ Northwestern, Wagner, Tulane
- Virginia: BYU, Oregon, VMI, Ball State
- Va Tech: Alabama (Neutral site), Western Carolina, @ East Carolina, Marshall
- Wake Forest: Presbyterian, Louisiana-Monroe, @Army, @ Vanderbilt
Old Dominion might have the toughest schedule East of the Mississippi, with games against Maryland, Pitt, and North Carolina. Heck, let’s add them to the conference! Just kidding.
Notably, only a handful of teams play more than one AQ-conference team. Clemson plays Georgia and South Carolina. Maryland plays West Virginia and UConn (kinda, sorta). Miami plays Florida and USF (kinda sorta). Syracuse plays Penn State and Northwestern. So those 4 teams can be eliminated from the Schiano Award.
Virginia Tech plays Alabama, Virginia plays Oregon, Florida State plays Florida, Pitt plays Notre Dame, and Boston College plays Southern Cal. That is five teams that are taking on elite teams, kings of the sport. We can eliminate them too. That leaves but 5.
Georgia and Southern Carolina may or may not be Kings, but they are darn goods teams. We can eliminate North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Down to 3 teams.
Wake Forest plays @ Vanderbilt and @ Army. Two road OOC games against decent programs. Heck, Greg Schiano would not have scheduled a road game against Vandy in the same year as a road trip to Army, so we’ll eliminate the Demon Deacons. Down to 2.
The two finalists are Duke and North Carolina State. Duke’s toughest game is either Navy or @ Memphis. Yep… one of the worst teams in all of FBS may be Duke’s “toughest” game. For North Carolina State, home games against Louisiana Tech and East Carolina are the choices. Wait a minute… North Carolina State is not even going on the road at all! Four home games and zero games against any BCS-level programs? Methinks we have a winner here.
The 2013 Greg Schiano Pansiness in Schedule Award for the ACC goes to… the North Carolina State Wolfpack!