College Football 2014: Ranking the 50 Toughest Schedules

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College Football 2014: Ranking the 50 Toughest Schedules
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In no sport are schedules more important than in college football. Why? For two reasons. First, due to the limited number of games, schedules are unbalanced both between leagues and within them. Second, with only 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 (Michigan State, South Carolina) and make a run at the national title.

 

With the 2013 season now behind us, it's time to look forward to 2014 to see what impact schedules will have on next year's national title race. The SEC and Pac-12 again appear to be the strongest conferences.

 

The Big Ten purposely avoided many major inter-division games in 2014 and 2015, choosing to hold matchups such as Nebraska-Ohio State and Michigan-Wisconsin for 2016 and beyond, after the league's new television deal (currently in negotiations) takes effect. As a result, you won't find many of the Big Ten teams on this list.

 

We've ranked the 50 toughest schedules for 2014. Let's jump right in.

 

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