CFB Predictions: The 10 Easiest Home Schedules in 2010
There's a lot of variation in home schedules when it comes to the BCS conferences.
Observe the national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Red Elephants must endure visits from Penn State, Florida, Ole Miss, and Auburn, if they even think about repeating.
For others, the tests at home are far less demanding. Here's a look at those teams who have it much easier in the friendly confines of their home stadiums.
One must give the Hokies credit for scheduling Boise State in a "neutral-site" opener. That just might atone for the fact that James Madison and Central Michigan are both on their non-conference home schedule.
East Carolina has become an annual game. They visit Blacksburg as well, with a new coach. That one will be a win for the home team, too.
When ACC play begins, Wake Forest, Duke, and Virginia come to town. Only Georgia Tech is a legitimate threat to keep the Hokies from a clean sheet at Lane Stadium.
How about a home schedule where your first three games are Stony Brook, Western Kentucky, and Florida Atlantic?
Welcome to the Big East, Skip Holtz.
Syracuse, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut round out the schedule for the Bulls, who could easily find themselves the recipients of the Big East's automatic BCS bid.
Talk about easing into it.
Let's be honest. No one in the Big 12 has an easy schedule. That being said, Texas Tech has the most winnable home slate in the league.
For the Red Raiders, the home schedule starts out with a bang and gets easier. The resurgent SMU Mustangs visit first, followed by the national runner-up Texas Longhorns.
After that, it's a depleted Oklahoma State, Missouri, Weber State, and Houston.
Tommy Tuberville probably won't get his team to the final Big 12 Championship game (as we know it now) but stands an excellent chance of having a winning home mark in his first year.
Western Michigan visits East Lansing first.
Notre Dame isn't scaring anyone, and they come to Spartan Stadium next.
Northern Colorado has a date, which directly precedes the biggest test for the Spartans in the Wisconsin Badgers, who show up on October 2.
Illinois, Minnesota, and Purdue close out 2010 for Michigan State. It should be a success, at least at home.
Three out-of conference games for the Mountaineers begin this schedule. FCS Coastal Carolina, ACC pancake Maryland, and UNLV all visit Morgantown.
South Florida and Cincinnati will be the two toughest tests. Other than that, it's Syracuse and Rutgers.
The Big East could be a three-team race to the BCS. Count on the Mountaineers to factor into that.
Sacramento State and Wake Forest will be early wins for the Cardinal.
USC pays a visit, but who knows what to expect from Lane Kiffin's depleted squad? Washington State, Arizona, and Oregon State all pay visits to Stanford Stadium.
While there's a lot up in the air with the Pac-10 this year, Stanford most likely has the easiest road on their home turf.
Youngstown State, Kent State, and Temple all visit Happy Valley in 2010? Really? At least Penn State travels to Alabama in Week Two. That should be exciting.
As far as the home schedule goes, it really doesn't get much tougher for the Nittany Lions, who go on to host Illinois, Michigan, and Northwestern. Michigan State comes to town for the finale, but that's about as good as it gets.
Maybe Nebraska joining the league in 2011 will help out, but it is still possible to draw a weak home schedule in the Big Ten. Penn State is as good a proof of that as any this year.
Don't take this the wrong way. The reigning ACC champs will certainly be tested this season. It just won't be at Bobby Dodd Stadium, where only a visit by Miami on November 13 will inspire any fear.
The rest of the Jackets home schedule is almost laughable. South Carolina State and Middle Tennessee make up the non-conference schedule. ACC doormats NC State, Virginia, and Duke also make their way to Atlanta.
If only the road schedule were so favorable. Tech travels to Lawrence, Chapel Hill, Blacksburg, Clemson, and Athens. Ouch.
Other than a visit from Miami (early) and Penn State (late), the 2010 home schedule should be an absolute cake walk for Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Marshall, Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, and Purdue should all be wins in Ohio Stadium.
Of course, there's always Michigan at the end of the season. Rivalry games are always closer than they should be, but does anyone really expect Rich Rodriguez to win in Columbus.
Ohio State should go (at least) 7-1 at home in 2010.
Believe it or not, it can happen in the SEC. The Bulldog's road schedule is fairly decent, but they get a breather at home.
Louisiana opens in Athens. Tough test number one is in Week Three, when Ryan Mallette and the Arkansas Razorbacks show up.
Tennessee is down this year, and they're the next victim on October 9. Vanderbilt and Idaho State are next at Sanford Stadium.
Tough test number two comes when Georgia Tech shows up for the rivalry game.
Folks, Georgia could run the table at home.