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Alabama's 2018 Schedule Is Underratedly Easy

alabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship game

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama, of course, is the best team in college football for the 2018 season. The Crimson Tide brought a lot back from their national title squad. They'll start the year ranked No. 1 in the preseason top 25s.

The path to another College Football Playoff doesn't appear to be too difficult, either. The Crimson Tide's schedule is one of the easiest among all Power 5 squads.

Noted college football expert Phil Steele has published his 2018 strength of schedule rankings. The Crimson Tide come in pretty, pretty low.

Where Alabama's schedule ranks nationally

Florida State has the toughest scheduled in the country, according to the CFB guru. The Seminoles have games against Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson and Notre Dame, among others.

Nebraska, Michigan, Auburn and Texas A&M round out Steele's top five. A program that isn't anywhere close to the top of the rankings: Alabama.

The reigning national champions' 2018 schedule is easy, to say the least. Alabama opens the season on a neutral site against Louisville, which is a major program, but the Cardinals aren't expected to be too good in the absence of Lamar Jackson.

The Crimson Tide's other non-conference games come against Arkansas State, Louisiana and The Citadel. None of those teams are expected to do much of anything. Those games, surely, will be blowouts.

Here's the full schedule:

Alabama's schedule ranks No. 54 in the country according to Steele. It ranks low on ESPN's strength of schedule rankings, too.

You can view the full rankings here.