- Oct 5, 2014
D1 Baseball has the Cats' with the toughest non-conference schedule based on average RPI from last season. So much for playing a weak non-con. There's a difference between playing a name brand and playing really good mid-majors, especially the way the RPI is constructed.
This is only part of what D1Baseball said. They have the toughest RPI in the SEC based on out of conference schedules. But its still 112th. The following is taken directly from that particular article.
<Among the non-conference schedules, who has the best opposing average RPI from last season? That would be Kentucky at 112, followed by Vanderbilt at 117. The worst is Missouri at 171, followed by LSU at 158.
When you look at opponents’ won/loss marks from a year ago, Arkansas’s opponents average a 31-24 mark. The worst is Missouri at 23-27 and Mississippi State at 26-30. If you adjust the RPI for road win bonuses and home loss penalties, 13 of the 14 SEC schools face non-conference schedules with an average losing record. Kentucky is the outlier, thanks to their road games, at 26-26.>