In the middle of March Madness, college football still exists. So while you're monitoring your bracket (yes, you'll beat me), I'm studying college football.
Let's face it, when it comes to football, some teams have it easier than others simply because of their schedules. They can have just above average talent, but an absurdly easy schedule will make them look much better than they are.
Certain other teams vying for national championship spots aren't going to make it simply because their schedules are brutal. I give you the 10 easiest.
Here is a bit of the breakdown of my criteria.
- Number of home games.
- Number of November home games.
- Number of FCS opponents.
- Number of teams that finished below .500.
- Number of teams that finished in the Top 25.
I used other data as well, but those were the highest deciding factors. One cannot underestimate the values of returning talent, incoming recruits, enormous talent gaps caused by players that have left the program or other factors. This is simply based on the schedule. I also didn't include teams that finished with records below .500 (with one exception).
And let me get one more thing out of the way.
Kansas, Colorado and Kentucky, I don't care how easy you think your schedules are. You are the easy schedules. You don't qualify.