According to Sagarin (which is really quite reliable) here is the SoS:
Notre Dame 21
The whole only "decent" team they played stuff is just ridiculous. Michigan wasn't decent? You really can't go too far down that road, or else you'll end up saying Alabama didn't play any decent teams.
Notre Dame played two conference champs, and eight bowl teams. The only non BCS conference team they played was BYU, who won their bowl game by the way. In addition, they played one would have been division champ and bowl eligible team in Miami. I'm sorry, but there is no way to say a team that played nine bowl eligible teams didn't play a tough schedule. That's just ridiculous. Seriously, I'm not even sure how to deal with this sort of thing because it's like opposite day or something when you assert playing eight bowl teams is meaningless.
There are schedules you can question, for instance Oregon, Florida St., Ohio St., or Clemson. But Notre Dame's? It was tougher than Georgia or South Carolina's. I'm not sure what other teams could have gone undefeated against that schedule. Oregon sure wouldn't have, since they lost to Stanford.
Emerald Isle Classic
09/01/12 vs. Navy Dublin, Ireland W, 50-10
09/08/12 vs. Purdue Notre Dame, Ind. W, 20-17
09/15/12 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. W, 20-3
09/22/12 vs. Michigan Notre Dame, Ind. W, 13-6
10/06/12 vs. Miami Chicago, Ill. W, 41-3
10/13/12 vs. Stanford Notre Dame, Ind. W, 20-13 (OT)
10/20/12 vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind. W, 17-14
10/27/12 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. W, 30-13
11/03/12 vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind. W, 29-26 (3OT)
11/10/12 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, Mass. W, 21-6
11/17/12 vs. Wake Forest Notre Dame, Ind. W, 38-0
11/24/12 at USC Los Angeles, Calif. W, 22-13
Yep you're right Miami was awesome this year...???Oh yeah there is OK, traditional power and everything, wait didn't they get their butts handed to them by A&M in their BOWL game...final record 10-3??? Maybe not so good. Ok lets see Usc, traditional power..lost their starting QB and wind up with a 7-6 record and lost in their BOWL game. Well lets try Pitt...took ND to what 3 OTs in a game that the refs game them(or missed) two calls and lost convincingly to Ole Miss in their BOWL game. Lets look at their one "decent" team they played, Stanford. Went 12-2 and won their BOWL game over Wisconsin. Their two losses, ND and Washington. How do you lose to Washington? That's like Bama losing to au this year.
I understand that SOS is based on numbers but their SOS doesn't pass the eye SOS test or even reality SOS test.
Interesting perspective of the strength of the schedule that could be a factor in playoff bids. PAC-12 teams is little rated too high. Look at the team ranked from 1-4. They all are in Pac-12. Look at SEC teams. We have AuSlaw, Alabama, LSU, TAMU or Florida... is this fair? Not sure.
Strength of the schedule for 2014:
Alabama (39) (Ranked #39)
Auburn (13) ( Ranked #13)
LSU (25) (Ranked #25)
Florida (19) (Ranked #`19)
Tennessee (10) (Ranked #`10)
Arkansas (12) (Ranked #12)
Georgia (8) ( Ranked #8)
TAMU (26) (Ranked #26)
Missouri ( 24) (Ranked #24)
If you compare the team schedule against other teams, you'll see huge difference.
Florida State ( 62) ( Ranked #62)
Stanford ( 1) Ranked #1)
Ohio State (58) (Ranked #58)
Oregon (29) (Ranked #29)
Arizona State (2) (Ranked #2)
Utah (3) (Ranked #3)
Calfornia (4) (Ranked #4)
We are champions. We can prove it! *counting 15 championships*
Stanford versus the SEC:
12/31/1978 vs. Georgia @ Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston, TX
12/31/1977 vs. LSU @ Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
1/1/1935 vs. Alabama @ Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
1/1/1927 vs. Alabama @ Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Stanford's OOC opponents are UC Davis, Army, and Notre Dame. Aside from ND, the parity of the PAC-12 would have to be why their SoS is #1. Clearly, Sagarin thinks it's the best league from top to bottom.