Home-field advantage is a tremendous factor in college football. It is something we always talk about—and with good reason. Stadiums are loud and refs are stupid and players are too young to cope with that. They get rattled and choke away games that they ought to win. It happens all the time.
This is why we spend so much time parsing through schedules during the offseason. A great team with an adverse road slate might fare worse than a good team with an auspicious one. Not because the latter is better, necessarily, but because it is better-equipped.
This list includes the seven hardest and seven easiest road schedules in college football. For reasons that I hope are obvious, only power-conference teams (and Notre Dame) were included. You don't need me to tell you that the Sun Belt plays easier opponents than the SEC.
The method used for this ranking was relative to each conference. Obviously, if you believe the SEC is light-years ahead of the other power conferences, you would want to place all its teams in the "hardest" section. This list abstained from doing that.
Also of note: Discretion was used for games that will be played at neutral sites. One team on this list, for example, will travel across the country to play Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. That has been counted as a road game, as one team is a) close to home and b) has a distinct advantage over the other.
Most neutral-field games, however, have been ignored.
Make sense? Cool.
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