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ESPN's FPI Ranks Every 'Power 5' Team's Schedule Difficulty

How hard is your favorite team's schedule heading into the 2017 season?

In order to qualify for the College Football Playoff, you need to need to both have an incredible squad and find a way to navigate your schedule. Some top teams, obviously, have tougher slates than others - and therefore tougher paths to competing for a national title.

For example - ESPN's FPI thinks that the SEC and the Pac-12 schools, on the whole, have the toughest schedules. It does not think that the majority of the Big Ten's schools do.

Here's where ESPN's FPI ranks every 'Power 5' team's schedule heading into the 2017 season. Of course, these are estimations based on what the publication thinks is going to happen this upcoming season.

  1. California (Pac-12)
  2. Georgia (SEC)
  3. LSU (SEC)
  4. Florida (SEC)
  5. South Carolina (SEC)
  6. USC (Pac-12)
  7. Stanford (Pac-12)
  8. UCLA (Pac-12)
  9. Arizona State (Pac-12)
  10. Georgia Tech (ACC)
  11. Alabama (SEC)
  12. Utah (Pac-12)
  13. Florida State (ACC)
  14. Mississippi State (SEC)
  15. Vanderbilt (SEC)
  16. Texas A&M (SEC)
  17. NC State (ACC)
  18. Oregon State (Pac-12)
  19. Auburn (SEC)
  20. Clemson (ACC)
  21. Wake Forest (ACC)
  22. Notre Dame (Independent)
  23. Duke (ACC)
  24. Texas Tech (Big 12)
  25. Maryland (Big Ten)
  26. Pittsburgh (ACC)
  27. Iowa State (Big 12)
  28. Oklahoma State (Big 12)
  29. Arkansas (SEC)
  30. Tennessee (SEC)
  31. Texas (Big 12)
  32. Kentucky (SEC)
  33. Boston College (ACC)
  34. Syracuse (ACC)
  35. Oklahoma (Big 12)
  36. Ole Miss (SEC)
  37. UNC (ACC)
  38. Michigan State (Big Ten)
  39. Washington State (Pac-12)
  40. TCU (Big 12)
  41. West Virginia (Big 12)
  42. Miami (ACC)
  43. Washington (Pac-12)
  44. Kansas (Big 12)
  45. Purdue (Big Ten)
  46. Oregon (Pac-12)
  47. Baylor (Big 12)
  48. Arizona (Pac-12)
  49. Missouri (SEC)
  50. Colorado (Pac-12)
  51. Kansas State (Big 12)
  52. Ohio State (Big Ten)
  53. Nebraska (Big Ten)
  54. Virginia (ACC)
  55. Michigan (Big Ten)
  56. Virginia Tech (ACC)
  57. Louisville (ACC)
  58. Iowa (Big Ten)
  59. Rutgers (Big Ten)
  60. Penn State (Big Ten)
  61. Illinois (Big Ten)
  62. Indiana (Big Ten)
  63. Wisconsin (Big Ten)
  64. Minnesota (Big Ten)
  65. Northwestern (Big Ten)

College football fans - do they have it right?