The 2019 college football season is set to begin in a little more than a month and the preseason projections are rolling in.
What team has the toughest schedule in the country? What team has the easiest schedule in the country?
ESPN’s Football Power Index has the answers to those questions covered.
What schedule is the most “unfair,” though?
247Sports’ Brad Crawford attempted to answer that one.
The college football analyst believes Notre Dame’s 2019 schedule might be the most “unfair” in the country.
You’re not going to find Notre Dame’s 12-game arrangement ranked among the nation’s toughest, but there’s not a single Power 5 team nationally that will be forced to battle nearly 60 percent of the schedule against teams with extra time to prepare.
And for the opponents who aren’t playing the Irish with additional days to iron out possible kinks, soft games coming in will be beneficial to their cause.
Notre Dame will face a ton of teams this season coming off bye weeks:
- Louisville (opener)
- New Mexico (coming off bye)
- Georgia (Arkansas State)
- Virginia (Old Dominion)
- Bowling Green (coming off bye)
- USC (coming off bye)
- Michigan (at Penn State)
- Virginia Tech (coming off bye)
- Duke (coming off bye)
- Navy (coming off bye)
- Boston College (coming off bye)
- Stanford (California)
That is certainly unlucky, if not unfair.
That’s life as an independent, though. If Notre Dame was in a conference, the makeup of that schedule would certainly be different.