In no sport are schedules more important than in college football. Why? For two reasons. First, schedules are unbalanced both between leagues and within them. Second, with only two (soon to be four) teams still competing for the national title after the conclusion of the regular season, college football doesn't usually allow for a team to get hot late in the season (Texas A&M, Stanford) and make a run at the national title.
With the 2012 season now behind us, it's time to look forward to 2013 to see what impact schedules will have on next year's national title race. The likely preseason top four (Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M) all appear to have far less bumpy roads to Pasadena than teams such as California, Florida, LSU and Notre Dame.
We've ranked the 50 toughest schedules for 2013. If you're growing weary of a certain program dominating college football, you may not like that the schedule of Alabama is not on this list. Let's dive in.