Ohio State’s 11-1 record is more than five times more impressive than Penn State’s 10-2 record, according to one ESPN statistic.
“Strength of record” measures how likely an average FBS team would be to achieve a team’s record if it played the same schedule. For example, an average team that played Alabama’s schedule would have a less-than-1-percent chance of matching the Crimson Tide’s 13-0 record, according to the stat, but an average team that played Western Michigan’s schedule would have a 34-percent chance of matching the Broncos’ 13-0 record.
Based on this metric, it would be be much harder for an average team to match Ohio State’s record than Penn State’s, Michigan’s or Wisconsin’s.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 4, 2016
Penn State and Ohio State are both hoping for berths in the College Football Playoff. Though the Buckeyes finished with a better record, the Nittany Lions beat them head-to-head and eventually won the Big Ten Championship.