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Schedules - Tale of the Tape

Texas Tech Football

Here are the Division I-A Power Ratings for the 2006 season for both Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas (I-AA team ranks):

Texas Tech

Team Rank
SMU 73
UTEP 89
Rice 66
Northwestern State 120 [68 (I-AA)]
Average 87.0

Texas A&M

Team Rank
Montana State 120 [20 (I-AA)]
Fresno State 83
Louisiana Monroe 88
Miami 54
Average 86.25

Texas

Team Rank
Rice 66
Arkansas State 91
Central Florida 99
TCU 23
Average 69.75

The only caveat here is that I assigned the 2 Division I-AA teams a rank of 120, which means that they are probably worse than the worst I-A team. I realize that's a little presumptious, however, my time restricts me on my ability to research the rank and file of Division I-AA schools.

It's clear, Texas is the winner with an average ranking of 69.75. The TCU game obviously helped them quite a bit and Rich not being absolutely horrible is good.

A&M has a more difficult schedule than Tech by .75, which isn't much. I would think that when the Aggies scheduled Miami they were expecting a better program, but Miami is not the team they once were. I had also presumed that Fresno State was a better team last year, and they will probably improve on their ranking.

Tech is playing 3 decent teams and one Division I-AA team. Although it's somewhat difficult to admit, I think that SMU is getting better, slowly but surely. UTEP will probably struggle a little on offense as the incredibly awesome duo of Jordan Palmer and Johnny Lee Huggins have moved on to bigger and better things.

The point - all three teams are pretty much on the same level, but Texas has a game against a pretty good team that they probably didn't think was going to be as good as they are and A&M has a game against a team they thought was going to be good, but isn't as good as they used to be.