Which service academy played toughest schedule this season

Army coach Rich Ellerson knew his team’s 2011 schedule was going to be difficult.

Putting together back-to-back winning season was going to be a challenge.

Ellerson was right. Eight of the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision teams on Army’s schedule are bowl-eligible.

Tulane, Miami (Ohio) and Navy are the only teams, which are guaranteed to be sitting home in the postseason.

Army’s BCS opponents are a combined 63-56 this season. Northern Illinois (9-3) is the only team playing in a conference (MAC) championship.

Seven of Navy’s 11 FBS opponents are bowl-eligible. Only five of Air Force’s 10 FBS opponents could be bowl bound.

On paper, Navy played the toughest service-academy schedule. Navy’s 11 FBS opponents are 70-49 including No. 14 South Carolina (10-2) and No. 24 Southern Mississippi (10-2). Air Force’s 10 were 54-57. The Falcons played No. 9 Boise State (10-1) and No. 18 TCU (9-2).

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