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Alabama's 2018 Schedule Is Not Hard

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the All-State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Noted college football expert Phil Steele published his 2018 strength of schedule rankings today.

Florida State has the toughest scheduled in the country, according to the CFB guru. The Seminoles have games against Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson and Notre Dame, among others.

Nebraska, Michigan, Auburn and Texas A&M round out Steele's top five.

A program that isn't anywhere close to the top of the rankings: Alabama.

The reigning national champions' 2018 schedule is easy, to say the least.

Alabama opens the season on a neutral site against Louisville, which is a major program, but the Cardinals aren't expected to be too good in the absence of Lamar Jackson.

The Crimson Tide's other non-conference games come against Arkansas State, Louisiana and The Citadel. None of those teams are expected to do much of anything. Those games, surely, will be blowouts.

Here's the full schedule:

Alabama football's 2018 schedule.

Alabama's schedule ranks No. 54 in the country according to Steele.

You can view the full rankings here.