The 2018 college football season is less than six months away. We can't believe it either.
There are some teams with daunting slates to look forward to in the fall. They will be well-tested by a rigorous schedule/
At the same time, other teams look like they will be getting fat off some cupcake games.
Phil Steele has ranked the toughest schedules in college football using the NCAA's method. Here's what that means:
There are many ways to calculate schedule strength. The most commonly used method is to combine opponents’ records from the previous season. Using this metric the toughest 2018 schedule belongs to Florida St, whose opponents won 63.4% of their games in 2017. Followed by Nebraska (62.8%) and Michigan (62.7%). You can see by using this measurement New Mexico St (37.2%), UAB (38.5%) and Ohio (40.1%) have the easiest schedules for 2018.
I want to remind you that this is the NCAA’s method, not mine.
According to the NCAA's formula, these are the hardest schedules in college football next year.
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Oregon State
- Georgia Tech
You can see Steele's full rankings here.