Hat tip Football Outsiders on this Kermit the Blog two week long countdown of the 10 easiest schedules in College Football, with Tech rating in at #5. And he's especially pissed off about it, by the sound of it:
So why is this year so much like 2005?
Northwestern State, Rice, SMU, and Texas El-Paso.
Again, this year the Big 12 North schools would struggle in the MAC. And Tech has a particularly easy draw of North teams with Missouri, Colorado, and Iowa State. In fact the way South foe Texas A&M has struggled in Lubbock lately, 2007 could look just like 2005 only better... or worse, depending on your the color of your diploma.
Texas Tech could very well be 10-0 and highly ranked when they roll into Austin this time, as the Horns are now the penultimate game on the schedule (Oklahoma is the last game and the Sooners are probably still upset about that bogus homer call in Lubbock two years ago that robbed them of a win).
Here's why he thinks 2005 was such a disater (note: I think we were 4 points away from having an outstanding season):
So Tech rolls into its contest against the #2-ranked University of Texas that year thinking it's legit. The Red Raiders were undefeated, ranked #8 and #10 in the two major polls, and talking BCS bowl even though it was the middle of October.
Even Game Day fell for it and showed up in Austin. Tech was undefeated. Texas was undefeated. Both were ranked in the Top 10. We got ourselves a football game.
Uh... Nobody bothered to look at Tech's schedule. The only people who didn't buy into the hype were the people that do this for a living: Vegas, baby. Vegas had the Horns as 17 point favorites. Even they missed the mark. You could have spotted the Raiders twice that and still broke the bank.
Vince Young shook off a couple of early interceptions and a game that was still a game at the end of the first quarter was over by halftime. The Longhorn crowd serenaded the Raider players and fans with chants of "over-rated" early and often in the second half.
Final score: 52-17
As a reward for scheduling some high school JV squads to complement the conference tilts, Tech made the Cotton Bowl that year. They lost that game to Alabama.
Am I shamed by our OOC? Yea, I wish we had a better schedule. I think Kermit's right on in some of his criticism here, though I'm inviting arguments to the contrary. Is Texas Tech served just fine by our soft scheduling? Specifically would we be better off: