The easiest schedules in college football.
Scheduling has become a major concern of college football programs during the College Football Playoff era. Schedule tough opponents and you might lose out on the opportunity to compete for a title.
Do the opposite and you might not make it to the title game anyway due to an easy route. That was the argument this past college football season when a few teams lost out on a major opportunity because of their schedules.
Ohio State has been on both ends of the spectrum during the short lifespan of the College Football Playoff thus far. The Buckeyes lost to Oklahoma in 2017, which probably cost the team a spot in the playoff (yes, we're aware of the huge loss to Iowa).
The loss to Oklahoma left the Buckeyes on the outside looking in as they ended up in the No. 5 spot. Alabama swooped in to grab the final playoff spot.
Just a year ago, though, Ohio state benefited from the home-and-home series with Oklahoma. In 2016, The Buckeyes won decisively in Norman -- a win that likely sealed Ohio State's place in the playoff.
Speaking of Alabama, the Tide used a relatively easy schedule to make the playoff. Nick Saban's team ended up winning another title as a result.
With 2017 in the rearview, let's take a look at the 10 easiest schedules for the 2018 season. The rankings come from analyst Matt Smith. Remember: We're only talking about Power 5 teams here.