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Strength of Wins/ Pain of Losses thru Week #6

Strength of Wins

I find this chart to be very interesting every year. How it’s devised is if you beat an FBS opponent you get credit for all their wins over their FBS opponents.


In this first chart below you can see Strength of Wins. Here you can see Clemson still in the #1 spot on this list. Clemson has faced Kent St, Auburn, Louisville, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and those teams have a total of 21 wins. At the bottom you will see your winless teams UMass, UTEP, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, and Baylor. While there are only 5 winless teams, my chart grades 15 teams as having credit with a win but their foes have not won a single game vs a FBS foe.

Here is the Complete list of Strength of Wins with rank:Games Played Thru 10/7/17

Pain of Losses


This next chart we will go over is the Pain of Losses. Here if you lose to an opponent you get credit for all their losses. While there are 13 teams unbeaten, there are an additional 8 teams who have only lost to an unbeaten foe. UMass is at the top of this list with a combined 16 foe losses. Their foe losses include Hawaii, Coastal Carolina, Old Dominion, Temple, Tennessee, and Ohio. Unlike the Strength of Wins chart, the Pain of Losses chart does include a loss to an FCS foe. I count that loss a 4 towards the combined foe loss record due to the weakness of the opponent.

Here is your complete Pain of Losses Chart with rank: Games Played Thru 10/7/17

Overall Wins and Losses

In this last chart below you can see the overall wins and losses. As you can see the top teams are Clemson, Georgia, Penn St, Alabama and USC. The bottom teams are all the winless teams.

Here is your complete Overall Wins and Losses Chart with %:Games Played Thru 10/7/17