Aberzombie1892 wrote:OUG wrote:DfromCT wrote:The reason this is not an automatic win: Grambling's only loss last season was a game they lead at halftime 21-3 against a team a LOT better than Tulane.
I think saying Arizona was a LOT better than Tulane last year is an overstatement, to say the least. Other than Grambling, they only beat Hawaii and Arizona State (in an end of season rivalry game). They were 79th in ESPN FPI, Tulane was 95th.
Of course it's not an automatic win -- nothing is -- but we should win this game.
Have you taken a look at Arizona's 2016 schedule? Aside from the wins, Oregon State, and UCLA, Arizona faced murderers row - Washington, Washington State, Stanford, USC, Colorado, Utah, and BYU (none of which won less than 8 games). Could Arizona have performed better @Oregon State and @UCLA? Sure, but it also performed admirably by losing to BYU by 2 and going to OT with CFP participant Washington.
Losing to good teams does not make you a good team. They also lost to bad teams. The ratings indexes take the schedule into account. Objectively they weren't a much better team than Tulane was. Wake also played a "tough schedule" last year (FSU! Clemson! Louisville!) and went 7-6 against it. Were they A LOT better than Tulane?
The Pee-Five bias is strong with some of you guys.