The Spartans dove head first into scheduling non-conference opponents, and their first couple of contests might be the hardest of any in 2010.
What better way to start off then to target the biggest and the best?
The Spartans do just that on Sept. 4 when they travel to the heart of the SEC and square off against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Insane? Probably, but what better way to prepare for conference play than by being destroyed by the reigning BCS national champions?
Apparently that's not enough for San Jose State.
The following week, they'll head north to Big Ten country to take on an elite Wisconsin team on Sept. 11. This definitely won't be the easiest thing to do, especially a week after a probable bloodbath from the Crimson Tide.
After hosting Southern Utah, the Spartans hit the road on Sept. 25 for an extremely difficult matchup against future Pac-10 member Utah. Utah is good. Really good. Not an easy game away from home.
They'll play UC Davis back home and will then travel east on Oct. 9 to face an underrated Nevada Wolf Pack, who will likely rule the WAC once Boise State departs.
The Spartans finally get back-to-back home games when they host Boise State and Fresno State in mid-October, and they then travel to New Mexico on Oct. 30 for a manageable game against New Mexico State.
After a home game against Utah State, they fly way out to the South Pacific on Nov. 20 to play Hawaii. Regardless of Hawaii's talent, playing outside of the continental United States is never an easy thing to ask of a team.
The Spartans then host Louisiana Tech and then make their way up north on Dec. 4 to face Idaho.
The Spartans have only themselves to blame for this brutal list. Playing two top-15 teams on the road, including the likely preseason No. 1, was their choice. At least they won't be called cowards this year.
Who knows—with the non-conference schedule above, they might actually have a shot at playing for a national championship.
Toughest Road Matchups: @ Alabama, @ Wisconsin, @ Utah