Four Big 12 teams among top 40 teams nationally in 2018 strength of schedule

Despite producing eight bowl teams last season, no Big 12 team ranks among the programs facing the most difficult approaching schedules for the 2018 season.

According to the study done by Philsteele.com, Kansas plays the toughest schedule in the conference accounting for the winning percentage from last year of its 2018 opponents.

The Jayhawks rank 20th with a .581 winning percentage. They will play three ranked opponents, nine with a winning 2017 record and 10 opponents who played in bowl games.

Other teams in order of their opponents’ 2017 winning percentage after Kansas are Iowa State, Kansas State and TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, West  Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys play the weakest 2018 schedule with a .513 combined opponents’ winning percentage.

Kansas State, West Virginia and Texas lead all Big 12 teams by playing four teams next year who were finished the 2017 season ranked. Oklahoma finishes at the bottom with two.

Kansas, Kansas  State, TCU and Baylor top all Big 12 teams with nine 2018 opponents who finished 2017 with winning records. Texas and Oklahoma State are at the bottom with seven.

And Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma lead Big 12 teams with 10 opponents who made 2017 bowl trips. West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State are at the bottom with eight.

Florida State leads the 130 FBS teams with a .634 winning percentage for its 2018 opponents. Michigan leads with six ranked opponents. The Seminoles and Rice top all teams with 10 opponents with 2017 winning records.

Utah, Florida State, North Carolina State, Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma top FBS programs with 10 teams with 2017 bowl trips.

Here’s how Big 12 teams rank:

Rank Team Opp W Opp L Pct. Ranked Winning record Bowls
20 Kansas 90 65 .581 3 9 10
32 Iowa State 89 69 .563 3 8 10
36 Kansas State 86 68 .558 4 9 9
36 TCU 86 68 .558 3 9 9
41 Baylor 85 68 .556 3 9 9
47 Oklahoma 86 70 .551 2 8 10
53 West Virginia 83 70 .542 4 8 8
70 Texas Tech 80 72 .526 3 8 8
75 Texas 81 74 .523 4 7 8
82 Oklahoma State 79 75 .513 3 7 8

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