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The Hardest (And Easiest) Non-Conference Schedules In College Football

Which teams have decided to challenge themselves in 2012?

Matt Hayes of SportingNews has published his Best and Worst Non-Conference Schedules for 2012. It should be no surprise to college football fans that, yet again, the Big 12 and the SEC boast the easiest non-conference slates of the five majors.

The SEC in particular is known for scheduling exceptionally easy non-conference opponents, but nobody can argue with the results when looking at the recent string of national champions.

However, several title favorites -- USC, Virginia Tech, Michigan -- will be attempting to bring home the crystal trophy while still playing quality opponents.

You can view CBSSports' Bruce Feldman's Toughest Overall Schedules here.