The College Football Playoff and its selection committee have replaced the computer- and poll-driven BCS this season, and consequently a premium has been placed on having a schedule that's deemed tough enough to warrant getting selected for a playoff spot.
Not every championship contender has taken this to heart in 2014, though. Through the combination of conference games and non-league competition, some of the best teams in the country have pretty pedestrian schedules this fall.
It's not all their fault, however. Other than Notre Dame, the power schools are at the mercy of their conferences for giving them a quality set of league opponents. Only the nonconference portion of the schedule is flexible, and future home-and-home series—just take a look at some of the games set for Sept. 3, 2016—show us that many top programs are pushing for tougher competitions.
Here's a look at the championship contenders with the easiest 2014 schedules, based on opponents' records from a year ago and their current rankings.