7-5 M is currently #43 in the CFRC, while 7-5 Notre Dame is ##25. And M beat ND!!
So, I asked myself, is ND's schedule that much more difficult than M's?
ND has played only 1 team with a losing record (4-8 Purdue in week 1). That is impressive. M will surely played a lot more, right? Not so much. M played 3 teams with losing records.
So I'm thinking, "that't normal for the big time schools who pad their non-conference with bad teams and prevent everyone from having losing records, right?"
#1 Oregon has played 7 so far and plays 5-6 Oregon State this week
#2 TCU (not a major conference, but highly ranked) has played 6
#3 Auburn has played 3, plus 3 .500 teams
#4 Stanford (with next year's M coach Jim Harbaugh) has played 7 (3 of those teams could jump up to .500 this weekend)
#5 Ohio State has played 5
#6 Boise St. has played 6 and plays their 7th this week
#7 Oklahoma has played 4
#8 Arkansas has played 4
#9 Wisconsin has played 7
#10 Alabama has played 4
I don't know what it all means, but just by taking WL records, there really is a difference in SOS. M has played fewer teams with losing records than any of the (CFRC) top 10 teams. Impressive.
(I hate being impressed by ND, but 1 really is impressive)