Through well placed and shadowy sources I've obtained a copy of the unofficial but complete 2008 Mizzou Baseball schedule. The schedule in its entirety can be seen at SimmonsField.com.
The schedule looks like an exciting one, and a step up from the past few years in terms of schedule strength. Read on for analysis of this year's "intended strength of schedule".
The schedule looks like an exciting one, and a step up from the past few years in terms of schedule strength.
The chart that follows lists the teams on MU's 2008 schedule in order of their final RPI ranking (according to Boyd'sWorld.com). Also on the chart is the number of games schedule against each opponent. By multiplying each team's RPI by the number games, then totalling and averaging the results, we get the average End-of-2007 RPI for the 2008 Mizzou schedule.
Obviously most of those teams will not repeat their exact RPIs in 2008 - some will vary greatly. But the goal of this exercise to to see the "intended schedule strength" - in other words, when the MU coaching staff compiled this schedule, what level of competition did they anticipate they were getting, based on 2007 results.
The strength of schedule shows a steady increase in schedule strength over the past few years.
With an average RPI of .537 for 2008, this is an increase from .534 in 2007, .532 in 2006, and .528 in 2005 and 2004. A .537 RPI would be equivalent to that of Washington State or South Alabama in 2007.
Opponents by conference
Kansas State (3)
Oklahoma State (3)
Texas A&M (3)
Texas Tech (3)
Indiana State (4)
Missouri State (2)
Big 102 teams
Southeastern Missouri St
South Dakota State (2)
Western Illinois (2)