While trying to forecast a team’s performance for the upcoming season, one must look well beyond the talent they’re bringing back and the young players expected to be much better this time around.
More times than not, it’s whom a team plays that can dictate how a season shapes up. And for the brave and unfortunate bunch that are willing to schedule tough out-of-conference games, this can be a daunting task.
As for the teams with the toughest schedules of them all, while there were plenty of worthy submissions, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Ole Miss separated themselves with their challenging paths ahead.
Notre Dame has loaded up its schedule (as it usually does) and will also add in a trip to Norman against the Oklahoma Sooners to the mix. Texas A&M’s inaugural SEC gauntlet is quite the welcoming, and it'll likely struggle against upgraded competition in the brutal SEC West. And speaking of the SEC West, I’m not sure what Ole Miss did to deserve its 2012 schedule, but it has about as difficult of a road slate as you could ever imagine.
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