While college football teams across the nation are getting ready to begin spring practices, fans all over the country are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season since schedules have recently been released.
Schedule strength is always a hot-button issue for the soon-to-be extinct BCS system, and that factor could prove instrumental for a few national title hopefuls this fall.
The SEC—long lauded as the toughest conference throughout the land—will once again prove to serve as a gauntlet for a number of its members.
That is because the league that has claimed the last seven crystal footballs could have as many as five teams projected to be ranked in or near the Top 10 in preseason polls (h/t, Mark Schlabach, ESPN).
But other leagues such as the Pac-12 and the Big 12 have seen title contenders bite the dust when conference and national races reach their boiling point late in the season.
Several teams have more than half of their schedules against teams that reached a bowl in 2012, while others have stretches of consecutive games that appear to be impossible to survive without suffering at least one loss.
Which schools enter the fall with the most daunting slates?
Here are the 10 teams with the most brutal schedules in 2013.