Not really sure on the best flair for this?
So I’m actually wondering about this in a non-physical sport context (namely, debate), and the way I understand it in this—and other—contexts is that in playoffs, you’re essentially matched against competitors who are performing at similar levels (a team with 2 wins and 1 loss will be matched against a team with 2 wins and 1 loss, moving the resulting winner up to the 3 win bracket and the loser stays in the 2 win bracket).
I’ve heard of strength of schedule—which I have been told means something like “we factor in not only how many games you’ve won, but we also factor in WHO you played against, such that team who beat teams who ended up placing 5-1 at the end of the tournament will be ranked higher than a team who only beat low-scoring/non-ranking teams.”
But I don’t understand enough about (a) if this is accurate, (b) what role it plays (I assume it matters for elimination rounds and not really as much for playoffs), and (c) HOW this works. How is this calculated?