Believe it or not, the first two months of the college football season are over. We’re almost in November.
Every program, whether they are a conference and national title contender or a bottom of the barrel team, wants to finish the regular season strong. For some schools, this will be a tougher task than others.
ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) measures “Remaining Strength of Schedule,” predicting which teams have the hardest road ahead of them. It is looking like rough sledding for several Big Ten teams.
According to the FPI, the 10 teams with the hardest November schedules are as follows:
Minnesota is a surprising 8-0, but the competition gets much stiffer for the Golden Gophers over the final few weeks. Minnesota hosts Penn State and Wisconsin and has to play at Iowa, with a road trip to Northwestern mixed in. The game against the Wildcats is the only one in which Minnesota is favored by the FPI.
As for some of the other teams on this list, poor Rutgers has to play Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State in the season’s final three weeks. It might help Oklahoma being on this list, because if the Sooners win out, they will do so with wins against Iowa State, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State, which would help their playoff resume.
Michigan still has to Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State, while 4-4 Arizona and Nebraska will have to split their last four games in order to reach bowl eligibility.