We're in the doldrums of the college football offseason. So, let's take a big look ahead to the 2018 season.
Which teams are going to have the toughest schedules? Which teams are going to have the easiest?
Ohio State, for example, probably missed the College Football Playoff due to its game against Oklahoma. The Buckeyes were blown out by the Sooners and ended up missing out on the playoff. If OSU had scheduled an easy opponent in OU's place, Urban Meyer's team probably would've been a 12-1, Big Ten champion - a lock for the playoff.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, benefited from its easy schedule. The Badgers went undefeated in the regular season and were a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game away from a playoff spot.
Easy schedules aren't always the way to go, though. Two seasons ago, Ohio State played at Oklahoma. The Buckeyes won decisively. It was probably that win that put OSU in the playoff over a couple of other teams.
This leads us to looking ahead to the 2018 season. One analyst has already started ranking the toughest schedules for the upcoming season.
Here are the 5 easiest and 5 toughest schedules. The rankings come from analyst Matt Smith.