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The 5 Toughest, 5 Easiest Schedules In College Football In 2018

The UCLA Bruins pregame huddle before a game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium.

The UCLA Bruins pregame huddle before a game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California on September 3, 2005. The Bruins won 21 to 44. (Photo by Reuben Canales/Getty Images)

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.

The 5 easiest schedules in college football:

1. Oregon

Oregon's 2018 football schedule

2. Arizona

Arizona's 2018 football schedule

3. BYU (tentative, not all games have been officially scheduled)

BYU's 2018 football schedule

4. Clemson

Clemson's 2018 football schedule

5. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's 2018 football schedule

The 5 toughest schedules in college football:

1. Michigan

Michigan 2018 football schedule

2. Nebraska

Nebraska 2018 football schedule

3. Rutgers

Rutgers 2018 football schedule

4. Notre Dame

Notre Dame 2018 football schedule

5. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 2018 football schedule