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Per Jeff Sagarin’s Strength of Schedule Rankings, the toughest schedule in CUSA belongs to North Texas:
Really makes the turnaround we have this year standout even more.
I think we are the only team that had to play WKU, LaTech and MTSU… and for the second straight year.
I predicted NT to get 7 wins because I thought the schedule was relatively weak. UTEP and Southern Miss disappointed this season, but Charlotte and ODU were better. Still, the conference is the same top-heavy group we thought they would be. NT got a bit unlucky by playing WKU, Southern Miss, and MTSU again and this is really the reason we have the toughest schedule.
I think this tells you that CUSA is a winnable league, and turnarounds like ours (and UTSA’s, Charlotte’s, and ODU’s) are very possible. If next year’s NT team is a mere 20% better offensively, maybe they easily get to five wins?