Who has the top upcoming football schedules? Here is the list
College football is not far off. Here is a look at the five toughest schedules for the upcoming season. It should come as no surprise that two teams represent the SEC. However, the toughest schedule comes from the Big Ten, which wants to unseat the SEC as the nation’s power.
1. Wisconsin Badgers: Wisconsin begins the Big Ten season with road games at Michigan State (12-2) and Michigan (10-3) who many believe will win the conference. Later the Badgers face Ohio State (12-1), Iowa (12-2), Nebraska (6-7) and are at Northwestern (10-3). Five of the first six games are against teams that won at least 10 games and were a combined 62-18. And how about the season opener against LSU?
2. USC Trojans: Playing defending national champion Alabama (14-1) is no treat even if the game is in Jerry’s World outside of Dallas. The Pac-10 season begins with road games against Stanford (12-2) and Utah (10-3), who combined for 22-5 records. In November, the Trojans face Oregon (9-4) at home and go on the road to play Washington (7-6) and UCLA (8-5) and end the regular season at home against Notre Dame (10-3).
3. Alabama Crimson Tide: The non-conference schedule is weak outside of playing USC in the Jerry Dome. What makes it tough is games against Mississippi (10-3), Arkansas (8-5), and Tennessee (9-4) on the road.
4. BYU Cougars: If the Cougars finish 12-0, which isn’t likely to happen, they should make the national semifinal game with games against Arizona, Utah, UCLA (8-5), West Virginia (8-5), Michigan State (12-2). Mississippi State (9-4) and Cincinnati (7-6). Even MAC power Toledo (10-2), which beat Arkansas, is no slouch.
5. Auburn Tigers: Coach Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat. The Tigers play early home games against Texas A&M (8-5) and LSU (9-3). There is no road game until Oct.8 but play at Mississippi State (9-4), Ole Miss (10-3), Georgia (10-3) and Alabama (14-1).