Strength of schedule plays a large part in which college football programs can find themselves playing in prominent bowl games each and every season. While having a tough schedule can prove to be rough during the early weeks of the season, it can often pay off when the action heats up down the home stretch of the season.
If your team is battle-tested early, they will know what it takes and how to dig deep when the competition heats up a the race for the conference championship heats up.
It also allows your team to play at a high level in the postseason when they’re looking to make a statement in one of the marquee matchups of the bowl season.
In anticipation of the upcoming season, we’ve taken a look at the toughest schedules in the nation.
We’ve broken down the 10 hardest schedules into the five toughest paths in the Power 5 and five toughest strengths of schedule in the Power 5. If you’re a fan of the Florida State Seminoles or East Carolina Pirates, things could be rough early on.
Which teams have the toughest schedules in 2018? Let’s take a look.
Toughest 2018 Schedules In The Power 5
1. Florida State — 97-56 (.643)
2. Nebraska — 98-58 (.628)
3. Michigan — 96-57 (.627)
4. Auburn — 94-58 (.618)
5. Texas A&M — 95-59 (.617)
Toughest 2018 Schedules In The Group of 5
1. East Carolina — 88-60 (.595)
2. BYU — 90-63 (.588)
3. Air Force — 91-64 (.587)
4. New Mexico — 89-64 (.582)
5. Louisiana-Lafayette — 87-64 (.576)
— Data via FootballScoop.com.