2017 College Football Schedules: All 130 Teams, Early Predictions, Breakdowns

2017 College Football Schedules: All 130 Teams, Early Predictions, Breakdowns

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2017 College Football Schedules: All 130 Teams, Early Predictions, Breakdowns

2017 College Football Schedules: All 130 Teams, Early Predictions, Breakdowns


The schedules for all 130 college football teams, including the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis.


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– CFN Prespring Rankings & Lookaheads No. 1 to 130

ACC: ATLANTIC

– ACC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Boston College Eagles

Can the Eagles win the winnable home games? It’s a manageable slate that should be good enough to send BC bowling if they don’t slip up on the road at Northern Illinois and Virginia.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 1 at Northern Illinois
Sept. 9 Wake Forest
Sept. 16 Notre Dame
Sept. 23 at Clemson
Sept. 30 Central Michigan
Oct. 7 Virginia Tech
Oct. 14 at Louisville
Oct. 21 at Virginia
Oct. 27 Florida State
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 NC State
Nov. 18 Connecticut (in Fenway Park)
Nov. 25 at Syracuse
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Clemson Tigers

Can the defending national champs handle the early road games against Louisville and Virginia Tech? If so, another ACC title will be right there for the taking. The biggest of big games against Auburn and Florida State are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Kent State
Sept. 9 Auburn
Sept. 16 at Louisville
Sept. 23 Boston College
Sept. 30 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 7 Wake Forest
Oct. 13 at Syracuse
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Georgia Tech
Nov. 4 at NC State
Nov. 11 Florida State
Nov. 18 The Citadel
Nov. 25 at South Carolina
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Florida State Seminoles

This might be the best team in America to start the season, but that’ll be tested with Alabama and Miami away from Tallahassee by mid-September. The Louisville game is at home, but going to Clemson and Florida will test just how good the loaded Noles really are.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Alabama (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9 ULM
Sept. 16 Miami
Sept. 23 NC State
Sept. 30 at Wake Forest
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Duke
Oct. 21 Louisville
Oct. 27 at Boston College
Nov. 4 Syracuse
Nov. 11 at Clemson
Nov. 18 Delaware State
Nov. 25 at Florida
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Louisville Cardinals

As long as the Cardinals win the games they’re supposed to, it’s not a bad schedule. They’ve got to go to Florida State, but they get Clemson at home, they miss Miami from the Coastal, and the non-conference slate is a relative breeze if Lamar Jackson and company are humming.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Purdue (in Indianapolis)
Sept. 9 at North Carolina
Sept. 16 Clemson
Sept. 23 Kent State
Sept. 30 Murray State
Oct. 5 at NC State
Oct. 14 Boston College
Oct. 21 at Florida State
Oct. 28 at Wake Forest
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 Virginia
Nov. 18 Syracuse
Nov. 25 at Kentucky
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

NC State Wolfpack

Watch out for the ACC’s sleeper, especially with Louisville and Clemson having to come to Raleigh. The season might come down to the run of four road games in five dates before finishing up against North Carolina.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 South Carolina (in Charlotte)
Sept. 9 Marshall
Sept. 16 Furman
Sept. 23 at Florida State
Sept. 30 Syracuse
Oct. 5 Louisville
Oct. 14 at Pitt
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at Notre Dame
Nov. 4 Clemson
Nov. 11 at Boston College
Nov. 18 at Wake Forest
Nov. 25 North Carolina
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Syracuse Orange

The non-conference schedule will be light and breezy – up until the trip to LSU. Good luck with the three game stretch against Clemson, at Miami, and at Florida State, and going to Louisville on top of it ends and Atlantic title dreams.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Central Connecticut
Sept. 9 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 16 Central Michigan
Sept. 23 at LSU
Sept. 30 at NC State
Oct. 7 Pitt
Oct. 13 Clemson
Oct. 21 at Miami
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Florida State
Nov. 11 Wake Forest
Nov. 18 at Louisville
Nov. 25 Boston College
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

There’s a rough run of three road games in four weeks in the second half, but the big Atlantic games against Florida State and Louisville are at home, and the non-conference schedule isn’t that bad.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 31 Presbyterian
Sept. 9 at Boston College
Sept. 16 Utah State
Sept. 23 at Appalachian State
Sept. 30 Florida State
Oct. 7 at Clemson
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 28 Louisville
Nov. 4 at Notre Dame
Nov. 11 at Syracuse
Nov. 18 NC State
Nov. 25 Duke
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

ACC: COASTAL

– ACC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Duke Blue Devils

If the Blue Devils don’t beat Baylor and Northwestern at home, it’s uh-oh time. The start of the ACC season is a killer, and forget about taking the Coastal with road games at Virginia Tech and North Carolina, along with dealing with Florida State from the Atlantic.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 NC Central
Sept. 9 Northwestern
Sept. 16 Baylor
Sept. 23 at North Carolina
Sept. 29 Miami
Oct. 7 at Virginia
Oct. 14 Florida State
Oct. 21 Pitt
Oct. 28 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 at Army
Nov. 18 Georgia Tech
Nov. 25 at Wake Forest
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

It’ll take a fight to come up with a big season with Tennessee to start, Georgia to finish, and road games at Miami and Clemson along the way. At least Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 4 Tennessee (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9 Jacksonville State
Sept. 16 at UCF
Sept. 23 Pitt
Sept. 30 North Carolina
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 at Miami
Oct. 21 Wake Forest
Oct. 28 at Clemson
Nov. 4 at Virginia
Nov. 11 Virginia Tech
Nov. 18 at Duke
Nov. 25 Georgia
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Miami Hurricanes

Outside of the ACC opener at Florida State, the schedule isn’t an excuse with no Clemson or Louisville from the Atlantic. In a ridiculous break, the Canes get a second half run of five home games in six dates before finishing at Pitt.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 9 at Arkansas State
Sept. 16 at Florida State
Sept. 23 Toledo
Sept. 29 at Duke
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 12 Georgia Tech
Oct. 21 Syracuse
Oct. 28 at North Carolina
Nov. 4 Virginia Tech
Nov. 11 Notre Dame
Nov. 18 Virginia
Nov. 24 at Pitt
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels don’t have to face Clemson or Florida State from the Atlantic, and they get Miami at home. Louisville and Notre Dame have to come to Chapel Hill, but the dangerous battles with Pitt, NC State and Virginia Tech are on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 California
Sept. 9 Louisville
Sept. 16 at Old Dominion
Sept. 23 Duke
Sept. 30 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 7 Notre Dame
Oct. 14 Virginia
Oct. 21 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 28 Miami
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Pitt
Nov. 18 Western Carolina
Nov. 25 at NC State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Pitt Panthers

The bad pass defense of last year will get tested right away at Penn State and against Oklahoma State, but the season comes down to the final three games against North Carolina, at Virginia Tech, and against Miami. Here’s the big plus: no Clemson, Florida State or Louisville.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Youngstown State
Sept. 9 at Penn State
Sept. 16 Oklahoma State
Sept. 23 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 30 Rice
Oct. 7 at Syracuse
Oct. 14 NC State
Oct. 21 at Duke
Oct. 28 Virginia
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 North Carolina
Nov. 18 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 Miami
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Virginia Cavaliers

It’s not bad. Beat Indiana early, and the Cavaliers should be 3-0 before going to Boise State. There’s no Clemson or Florida State from the Atlantic, and the Virginia Tech showdown is at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 William & Mary
Sept. 9 Indiana
Sept. 16 Connecticut
Sept. 23 at Boise State
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Duke
Oct. 14 at North Carolina
Oct. 21 Boston College
Oct. 28 at Pitt
Nov. 4 Georgia Tech
Nov. 11 at Louisville
Nov. 18 at Miami
Nov. 24 Virginia Tech
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Virginia Tech Hokies

It’s about as manageable as it gets with no Louisville or Florida State from the Atlantic. Beat North Carolina at home, and get by Miami on the road, and it’s back to the ACC title game.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 West Virginia (in Landover)
Sept. 9 Delaware
Sept. 16 at East Carolina
Sept. 23 Old Dominion
Sept. 30 Clemson
Oct. 7 at Boston College
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 North Carolina
Oct. 28 Duke
Nov. 4 at Miami
Nov. 11 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 18 Pitt
Nov. 24 at Virginia
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

AMERICAN ATHLETIC: EAST

American Athletic Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Houston Cougars

Can Houston be Houston again against the good Power Five teams? Arizona and Texas Tech are easier than Oklahoma and Louisville last year. Unfortunately, the trip to South Florida could be a problem, but the Memphis showdown is at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 at UTSA
Sept. 9 at Arizona
Sept. 16 Rice
Sept. 23 Texas Tech
Sept. 30 at Temple
Oct. 7 SMU
Oct. 14 at Tulsa
Oct. 19 Memphis
Oct. 28 East Carolina
Nov. 4 at USF
Nov. 18 at Tulane
Nov. 24 Navy
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Memphis Tigers

It’s going to take something special for the Tigers to have a bad season with this schedule. The UCLA spotlight game is in Memphis, and going to Houston is an issue, but the rest of the schedule isn’t that bad. The Tigers will be favored in every other game.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Aug. 31 ULM
Sept. 9 at UCF
Sept. 16 UCLA
Sept. 23 Southern Illinois
Sept. 30 at Georgia State
Oct. 6 at Connecticut
Oct. 14 Navy
Oct. 19 at Houston
Oct. 27 Tulane
Nov. 3 at Tulsa
Nov. 18 SMU
Nov. 25 East Carolina
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Navy Midshipmen

Get hot early, Navy, because the rest of the schedule is rough. Fortunately, the first three games are against teams that didn’t go bowling. The problem? Four of the last five games are away from Annapolis, and the Memphis and Houston games are on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 at Florida Atlantic
Sept. 9 Tulane
Sept. 23 Cincinnati
Sept. 30 at Tulsa
Oct. 7 Air Force
Oct. 14 at Memphis
Oct. 21 UCF
Nov. 3 at Temple
Nov. 11 SMU
Nov. 18 at Notre Dame
Nov. 24 at Houston
Dec. 9 vs. Army (in Phil)
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

SMU Mustangs

It’s not that bad to go bowling, but forget about competing for the East title with road games at Houston, Navy and Memphis. Fortunately, the rest of the schedule is just mediocre enough that a winning season is possible.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 9 North Texas
Sept. 16 at TCU
Sept. 23 Arkansas State
Sept. 30 Connecticut
Oct. 7 at Houston
Oct. 21 at Cincinnati
Oct. 27 Tulsa
Nov. 4 UCF
Nov. 11 at Navy
Nov. 18 at Memphis
Nov. 25 Tulane
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Tulane Green Wave

Head coach Willie Fritz might have an okay second season if the Green Wave can hold their own at home. Going to Oklahoma, Navy and Memphis hurts, but there are just enough winnable games against Army, FIU and Cincinnati to expect a decent campaign.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Grambling State
Sept. 9 at Navy
Sept. 16 at Oklahoma
Sept. 23 Army
Oct. 7 Tulsa
Oct. 14 at Florida International
Oct. 21 USF
Oct. 27 at Memphis
Nov. 4 Cincinnati
Nov. 11 at East Carolina
Nov. 18 Houston
Nov. 25 at SMU
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Part of the non-conference schedule is a problem with road games at Oklahoma State, Toledo, and South Florida, but the Golden Hurricane catch a massive break with Navy, Houston and Memphis all at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Oklahoma State
Sept. 9 Louisiana
Sept. 16 at Toledo
Sept. 23 New Mexico
Sept. 30 Navy
Oct. 7 at Tulane
Oct. 14 Houston
Oct. 21 at Connecticut
Oct. 27 at SMU
Nov. 3 Memphis
Nov. 18 at USF
Nov. 25 Temple
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

AMERICAN ATHLETIC: WEST

American Athletic Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Cincinnati Bearcats

New head man Luke Fickell gets a warmup game before having to go on the road for three straight weeks against Michigan, the rivalry game against Miami University, and the AAC opener at Navy. Throw in the run of three road games in four weeks in the second half of the season, and 2017 will be a fight.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 31 Austin Peay
Sept. 9 at Michigan
Sept. 16 at Miami Univ.
Sept. 23 at Navy
Sept. 30 Marshall
Oct. 7 UCF
Oct. 21 SMU
Oct. 28 at USF
Nov. 4 at Tulane
Nov. 10 Temple
Nov. 18 at East Carolina
Nov. 25 Connecticut
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Connecticut Huskies

The possibility is there for an utter disaster in Randy Edsall’s first year back with the program. The South Florida game is at home, but having to face Missouri, go to Virginia, and play Boston College in Fenway should be a sure-thing three losses. There’s little margin for error. against East Carolina and Tulsa at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Aug. 31 Holy Cross
Sept. 9 USF
Sept. 16 at Virginia
Sept. 30 at SMU
Oct. 6 Memphis
Oct. 14 at Temple
Oct. 21 Tulsa
Oct. 28 Missouri
Nov. 4 East Carolina
Nov. 11 at UCF
Nov. 18 vs. Boston College
Nov. 25 at Cincinnati
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

East Carolina Pirates

Playing Houston and Memphis from the East is a big issue, but the non-conference slate is the bigger problem – the Pirates aren’t beating West Virginia, Virginia Tech, or BYU. Fortunately, there are some decent home opportunities to get in the hunt for a bowl game.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 James Madison
Sept. 9 at West Virginia
Sept. 16 Virginia Tech
Sept. 30 USF
Oct. 7 Temple
Oct. 14 at UCF
Oct. 21 BYU
Oct. 28 at Houston
Nov. 4 at Connecticut
Nov. 11 Tulane
Nov. 18 Cincinnati
Nov. 25 at Memphis
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

South Florida Bulls

It’s this simple, Charlie Strong – the schedule isn’t an excuse. Illinois has to come to Tampa, and so does Houston. That’s it. Those are the two problem games, with the trip up the road to UCF the only away game against a 2016 bowl team. To put it another way, the season will be a disaster if Strong doesn’t win ten games.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Aug. 26 at San Jose State
Sept. 2 Stony Brook
Sept. 9 at Connecticut
Sept. 15 Illinois
Sept. 21 Temple
Sept. 30 at East Carolina
Oct. 14 Massachusetts
Oct. 21 at Tulane
Oct. 28 Cincinnati
Nov. 4 Houston
Nov. 18 Tulsa
Nov. 24 at UCF
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Temple Owls

It’s a rebuilding job all the way around for the defending American Athletic champs, but there’s no Penn State this year, and there’s a decent early run of home games after starting out at Notre Dame. Playing Houston from the East, and having to go to South Florida might be too much to repeat.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 at Notre Dame
Sept. 9 Villanova
Sept. 15 Massachusetts
Sept. 21 at USF
Sept. 30 Houston
Oct. 7 at East Carolina
Oct. 14 Connecticut
Oct. 21 at Army
Nov. 2 Navy
Nov. 10 at Cincinnati
Nov. 18 UCF
Nov. 25 at Tulsa
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

UCF Knights

Last year, Scott Frost’s team beat the teams it was supposed to, and lost to the ones it was supposed to. This year, the Knights have a slew of 50/50 battles. Four of the first five games are at home, but Navy and Temple are away from Orlando. The season might come down to the date with South Florida at the end.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Florida International
Sept. 9 Memphis
Sept. 16 Georgia Tech
Sept. 23 at Maryland
Sept. 30 Maine
Oct. 7 at Cincinnati
Oct. 14 East Carolina
Oct. 21 at Navy
Nov. 4 at SMU
Nov. 11 Connecticut
Nov. 18 at Temple
Nov. 24 USF
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

BIG TEN EAST

Big Ten Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Indiana Hoosiers

Oh the fun of being in the Big Ten East. It doesn’t help the Hoosiers to get Wisconsin from the West, but at least the Michigan and Ohio State games are in Bloomington. Outside of the date against the Badgers, if Michigan State is as bad as it was last year, the back half isn’t so bad.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Aug. 31 Ohio State
Sept. 9 at Virginia
Sept. 16 FIU
Sept. 23 Georgia Southern
Sept. 30 at Penn State
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 Michigan
Oct. 21 at Michigan State
Oct. 28 at Maryland
Nov. 4 Wisconsin
Nov. 11 at Illinois
Nov. 18 Rutgers
Nov. 25 at Purdue
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis
– Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Maryland Terrapins

There just aren’t that many sure-thing wins when you start out your season at Texas, have to go to Wisconsin, and have road games against Minnesota and Ohio State. With Michigan, at Michigan State and Penn State to close, it’s going to be a fight to go bowling.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Texas
Sept. 9 Towson
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 UCF
Sept. 30 at Minnesota
Oct. 7 at Ohio State
Oct. 13 Northwestern
Oct. 21 at Wisconsin
Oct. 28 Indiana
Nov. 4 at Rutgers (in Bronx)
Nov. 11 Michigan
Nov. 18 at Michigan State
Nov. 25 Penn State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Michigan Wolverines

For a team that needs a total overhaul, starting out against Florida in Jerry World isn’t the way to go. Fortunately, the next several games – especially if Michigan State stinks again – aren’t that bad before having to go to Penn State. There’s a trip to Wisconsin late in the season before dealing with Ohio State, so if the Wolverines can rebuild and succeed early, they should be jelled for the finishing kick.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Florida (in Arlington)
Sept. 9 Cincinnati
Sept. 16 Air Force
Sept. 23 at Purdue
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Michigan State
Oct. 14 at Indiana
Oct. 21 at Penn State
Oct. 28 Rutgers
Nov. 4 Minnesota
Nov. 11 at Maryland
Nov. 18 at Wisconsin
Nov. 25 Ohio State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Michigan State Spartans

Let’s just assume that last year was a strange aberration. If Michigan State is anywhere close to being Michigan State again, it’s a not-that-bad slate considering there’s only one trip outside of the state until late October. However, the Michigan and Ohio State games are on the road, and going to Northwestern could be dangerous. Penn State has to come to East Lansing.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Bowling Green
Sept. 9 Western Michigan
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 Notre Dame
Sept. 30 Iowa
Oct. 7 at Michigan
Oct. 14 at Minnesota
Oct. 21 Indiana
Oct. 27 at Northwestern
Nov. 4 Penn State
Nov. 11 at Ohio State
Nov. 18 Maryland
Nov. 25 at Rutgers
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Ohio State Buckeyes

It’s a killer schedule for just about anyone else. The Oklahoma game will define the early part of the season, but win that, and it’s a 6-0 start before going to Nebraska. Penn State comes to Columbus for revenge time, but the Iowa and Michigan games are on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3

Aug. 31 at Indiana
Sept. 9 Oklahoma
Sept. 16 Army
Sept. 23 UNLV
Sept. 30 at Rutgers
Oct. 7 Maryland
Oct. 14 at Nebraska
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Penn State
Nov. 4 at Iowa
Nov. 11 Michigan State
Nov. 18 Illinois
Nov. 25 at Michigan
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Penn State Nittany Lions

Even if Penn State is back to being Big Ten title-good, it’s still going to be tough with trips to Iowa and Northwestern from the West, and a brutally unfair three game stretch against Michigan, at Ohio State, and at Michigan State which should make or break the season. Getting Nebraska from the West isn’t a break, either.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Akron
Sept. 9 Pitt
Sept. 16 Georgia State
Sept. 23 at Iowa
Sept. 30 Indiana
Oct. 7 at Northwestern
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 Michigan
Oct. 28 at Ohio State
Nov. 4 at Michigan State
Nov. 11 Rutgers
Nov. 18 Nebraska
Nov. 25 at Maryland
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Yippee – the season kicks off against Washington. To make matters worse, the Terps catch a miserable break with no home games in an unfair four-game run late in the season before finishing up against Michigan State. Oh yeah, and that’s after dealing with a trip to Nebraska and date against Ohio State early on.
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 1 Washington
Sept. 9 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 16 Morgan State
Sept. 23 at Nebraska
Sept. 30 Ohio State
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Illinois
Oct. 21 Purdue
Oct. 28 at Michigan
Nov. 4 Maryland (in Bronx, NY)
Nov. 11 at Penn State
Nov. 18 at Indiana
Nov. 25 Michigan State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

BIG TEN WEST

Big Ten Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Illinois Fighting Illini

Even if Illinois is a whole lot better, where are the sure-thing wins? Ball State and Rutgers at home, maybe, but that’s about it. Going to South Florida is hardly a lock before opening the Big Ten season up against Nebraska. Fortunately, Wisconsin and Northwestern are home games, but going to Ohio State and Minnesota will be rough.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 Ball State
Sept. 9 Western Kentucky
Sept. 16 at South Florida
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 29 Nebraska
Oct. 7 at Iowa
Oct. 14 Rutgers
Oct. 21 at Minnesota
Oct. 28 Wisconsin
Nov. 4 at Purdue
Nov. 11 Indiana
Nov. 18 at Ohio State
Nov. 25 Northwestern
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Iowa Hawkeyes

Uh oh. Even if Iowa doesn’t cramp up against Josh Allen and Wyoming to start the season, or at Iowa State to follow, there’s still the problem of having to face Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State from the East. Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska are all on the road – thanks for playing.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Wyoming
Sept. 9 at Iowa State
Sept. 16 North Texas
Sept. 23 Penn State
Sept. 30 at Michigan State
Oct. 7 Illinois
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 at Northwestern
Oct. 28 Minnesota
Nov. 4 Ohio State
Nov. 11 at Wisconsin
Nov. 18 Purdue
Nov. 24 at Nebraska
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Easy early, rough late. The Gophers can’t brain-cramp against a not-bad non-conference slate before starting out the Big Ten slate against 2016 lightweights Maryland, at Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois. And then comes the payback. Minnesota probably just needs to win one of the final five games to go bowling.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Aug. 31 Buffalo
Sept. 9 at Oregon State
Sept. 16 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 Maryland
Oct. 7 at Purdue
Oct. 14 Michigan State
Oct. 21 Illinois
Oct. 28 at Iowa
Nov. 4 at Michigan
Nov. 11 Nebraska
Nov. 18 at Northwestern
Nov. 25 Wisconsin
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Take care of home, Huskers. Going to Oregon will be a fight early in the slate, but the Big Ten season doesn’t start out so bad against Rutgers and at Illinois. Having to face Ohio State from the West is a bad break, but it’s at home. The Penn State game, though, isn’t. The big key is the West portion of the fun with Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa having to come to Lincoln.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Arkansas State
Sept. 9 at Oregon
Sept. 16 Northern Illinois
Sept. 23 Rutgers
Sept. 29 at Illinois
Oct. 7 Wisconsin
Oct. 14 Ohio State
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at Purdue
Nov. 4 Northwestern
Nov. 11 at Minnesota
Nov. 18 at Penn State
Nov. 24 Iowa
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Northwestern Wildcats

Beat Duke, and the Cats are 3-0 before hitting the Big Ten ground running at Wisconsin and hosting Penn State. There’s no Ohio State or Michigan to deal with, but NU has to go to Nebraska. There’s no complaining for a team that leaves Illinois just once over the final six games.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Nevada
Sept. 9 at Duke
Sept. 16 Bowling Green
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 at Wisconsin
Oct. 7 Penn State
Oct. 13 at Maryland
Oct. 21 Iowa
Oct. 27 Michigan State
Nov. 4 at Nebraska
Nov. 11 Purdue
Nov. 18 Minnesota
Nov. 25 at Illinois
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Purdue Boilermakers

Just how much rebuilding will new head man Jeff Brohm have to do? It’s going to be a rough run considering Louisville and Missouri are part of the non-conference slate before starting the Big Ten world against Michigan. The Boilermakers have to go to Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa, but they get Nebraska and Indiana at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Sept. 2 Louisville (in Indianapolis)
Sept. 8 Ohio
Sept. 16 at Missouri
Sept. 23 Michigan
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Minnesota
Oct. 14 at Wisconsin
Oct. 21 at Rutgers
Oct. 28 Nebraska
Nov. 4 Illinois
Nov. 11 at Northwestern
Nov. 18 at Iowa
Nov. 25 Indiana
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Wisconsin Badgers

There’s no excuse not to get back to the Big Ten Championship. Going to BYU is never easy, but there’s no Ohio State and there’s no Penn State. Michigan has to come to Camp Randall, and so does Iowa and Northwestern. When your two big road games are Minnesota and Nebraska, and you have Big Ten title hopes, you’re doing okay.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3

Sept. 1 Utah State
Sept. 9 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 16 at BYU
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 Northwestern
Oct. 7 at Nebraska
Oct. 14 Purdue
Oct. 21 Maryland
Oct. 28 at Illinois
Nov. 4 at Indiana
Nov. 11 Iowa
Nov. 18 Michigan
Nov. 25 at Minnesota
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

BIG 12

Big 12 Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Baylor Bears

Just how good is Matt Rhule going to be right away? The non-conference slate isn’t bad – it’s Baylor – and the Oklahoma and Texas games are in Waco. There are just four true road games with the Texas Tech date in Arlington.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Liberty
Sept. 9 UTSA
Sept. 16 at Duke
Sept. 23 Oklahoma
Sept. 30 at Kansas State
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 21 West Virginia
Oct. 28 Texas
Nov. 4 at Kansas
Nov. 11 Texas Tech (in Arlington)
Nov. 18 Iowa State
Nov. 25 at TCU
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Iowa State Cyclones

There can’t be any slips whatsoever against the winnable games against UNI, Akron and Kansas, and then it’s going to take some upsets to get into the bowl mix. That’s not going to be easy with two of the last three and three of the last five games on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Northern Iowa
Sept. 9 Iowa
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 at Akron
Sept. 30 Texas
Oct. 7 at Oklahoma
Oct. 14 Kansas
Oct. 21 at Texas Tech
Oct. 28 TCU
Nov. 4 at West Virginia
Nov. 11 Oklahoma State
Nov. 18 at Baylor
Nov. 25 at Kansas State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Kansas Jayhawks

Here’s been the Kansas problem for the last few years – where are the sure-thing wins? SE Missouri, and then … ? Central Michigan isn’t a lock, and neither is the road game at Ohio. The Iowa State game is on the road, meaning the Jayhawks will be the underdog in every Big 12 game.
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11

Sept. 2 SE Missouri
Sept. 9 Central Michigan
Sept. 16 at Ohio
Sept. 23 West Virginia
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Texas Tech
Oct. 14 at Iowa State
Oct. 21 at TCU
Oct. 28 Kansas State
Nov. 4 Baylor
Nov. 11 at Texas
Nov. 18 Oklahoma
Nov. 25 at Oklahoma State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Kansas State Wildcats

What more do you want? The only challenging non-conference game is at Vanderbilt, and Oklahoma comes to Manhattan. The problem? There’s a run of three road games in four weeks, and one of them is at Oklahoma State. Going to Texas will be an issue, too.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Central Arkansas
Sept. 9 Charlotte
Sept. 16 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 Baylor
Oct. 7 at Texas
Oct. 14 TCU
Oct. 21 Oklahoma
Oct. 28 at Kansas
Nov. 4 at Texas Tech
Nov. 11 West Virginia
Nov. 18 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 25 Iowa State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Oklahoma Sooners

The Ohio State game in Columbus doesn’t matter if the Sooners run the Big 12 table again. That might be a problem with the Bedlam date with Oklahoma State in Stillwater. However, the rest of the schedule isn’t bad if OU can get by Texas and Kansas State.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3

Sept. 2 UTEP
Sept. 9 at Ohio State
Sept. 16 Tulane
Sept. 23 at Baylor
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Iowa State
Oct. 14 Texas (in Dallas)
Oct. 21 at Kansas State
Oct. 28 Texas Tech
Nov. 4 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 11 TCU
Nov. 18 at Kansas
Nov. 25 West Virginia
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Dream big, Cowboys. The Oklahoma game is at home, and the non-conference schedule isn’t bad if they can get by Pitt in what should be a shootout. There’s a run of three road games in four weeks in the second half of the year, but the TCU and Kansas State games are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Tulsa
Sept. 9 at South Alabama
Sept. 16 at Pitt
Sept. 23 TCU
Sept. 30 at Texas Tech
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 Baylor
Oct. 21 at Texas
Oct. 28 at West Virginia
Nov. 4 Oklahoma
Nov. 11 at Iowa State
Nov. 18 Kansas State
Nov. 25 Kansas
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Texas Longhorns

Considering Tom Herman is being handed a veteran team that’s been built up over the last few years, the schedule shouldn’t be that big a problem – except for a trip to USC. The Oklahoma State game is at home, and three of the last four games are on the road, but the Longhorns only have to leave Texas three times.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Maryland
Sept. 9 San Jose State
Sept. 16 at USC
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 at Iowa State
Oct. 7 Kansas State
Oct. 14 Oklahoma (in Dallas)
Oct. 21 Oklahoma State
Oct. 28 at Baylor
Nov. 4 at TCU
Nov. 11 Kansas
Nov. 18 at West Virginia
Nov. 25 Texas Tech
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

TCU Horned Frogs

It’ll be a test in what needs to be a rebuilding/rebounding year for the Horned Frogs. Going to Arkansas isn’t going to be easy early on, and starting out the Big 12 schedule at Oklahoma State is a concern. With three road games in the final four – and one of them against Oklahoma – TCU has to get before November.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Jackson State
Sept. 9 at Arkansas
Sept. 16 SMU
Sept. 23 at Oklahoma State
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 West Virginia
Oct. 14 at Kansas State
Oct. 21 Kansas
Oct. 28 at Iowa State
Nov. 4 Texas
Nov. 11 at Oklahoma
Nov. 18 at Texas Tech
Nov. 25 Baylor
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Oh, that’s just GREAT. What does the worst defense in college football last year need to start the season? The air-shows of Eastern Washington, Arizona State, Houston and Oklahoma State to kick things off. The mid-season run of  three road games in the final four ends at Oklahoma, and just three of the last eight games are in Lubbock.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 Eastern Washington
Sept. 9 OPEN DATE
Sept. 16 Arizona State
Sept. 23 at Houston
Sept. 30 Oklahoma State
Oct. 7 at Kansas
Oct. 14 at West Virginia
Oct. 21 Iowa State
Oct. 28 at Oklahoma
Nov. 4 Kansas State
Nov. 11 Baylor (in Arlington)
Nov. 18 TCU
Nov. 25 at Texas
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

West Virginia Mountaineers

There’s a chance to do something special if the Mountaineers can get by Virginia Tech in Landover to start.  Going to Oklahoma to end the regular season hurts, but Texas and Oklahoma State has veto come to Morgantown in a nice run of three home games in four weeks.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Virginia Tech (in Landover, MD)
Sept. 9 East Carolina
Sept. 16 Delaware State
Sept. 23 at Kansas
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 at TCU
Oct. 14 Texas Tech
Oct. 21 at Baylor
Oct. 28 Oklahoma State
Nov. 4 Iowa State
Nov. 11 at Kansas State
Nov. 18 Texas
Nov. 25 at Oklahoma
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

CONFERENCE USA: EAST

Conference USA Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Charlotte 49ers

Outside of the road games at Kansas State and Western Kentucky, there’s no game the 49ers can’t at least hang around in. It’s an easy enough slate to expect to push for bowl eligibility – with a break or two along the way.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 at Eastern Michigan
Sept. 9 at Kansas State
Sept. 16 North Carolina A&T
Sept. 23 Georgia State
Sept. 30 at FIU
Oct. 7 Marshall
Oct. 14 at WKU
Oct. 21 UAB
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Old Dominion
Nov. 11 Middle Tennessee
Nov. 18 at Southern Miss
Nov. 25 Florida Atlantic
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Florida Atlantic Owls

Lane Kiffin has to start out his era dealing with the run against Navy and Wisconsin, but the Conference USA schedule isn’t all that bad until late. The D had better be jelled with road games at Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech in the second half.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Navy
Sept. 9 at Wisconsin
Sept. 16 Bethune-Cookman
Sept. 23 at Buffalo
Sept. 30 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 7 at Old Dominion
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 North Texas
Oct. 28 at WKU
Nov. 4 Marshall
Nov. 11 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 18 FIU
Nov. 25 at Charlotte
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Florida International Golden Panthers

This could be dangerously bad if Butch Davis can’t pull off a few early wins, especially at home in C-USA play. If the Golden Panthers can’t beat Rice, Charlotte and Tulane, forget about going bowling.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Sept. 2 at UCF
Sept. 9 Alcorn State
Sept. 16 at Indiana
Sept. 23 at Rice
Sept. 30 Charlotte
Oct. 7 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 14 Tulane
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at Marshall
Nov. 4 UTSA
Nov. 11 Old Dominion
Nov. 18 at Florida Atlantic
Nov. 25 WKU
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Marshall Thundering Herd

The Marshall of a few years ago rips through this schedule with double-digit wins. Last year’s version isn’t certain to beat Miami University to start the season. WKU and Old Dominion have to come to Huntington, while the conference road games aren’t that bad, other than a trip to Middle Tennessee.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 Miami University
Sept. 9 at NC State
Sept. 16 Kent State
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 at Cincinnati
Oct. 7 at Charlotte
Oct. 14 Old Dominion
Oct. 21 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 28 FIU
Nov. 4 at Florida Atlantic
Nov. 11 WKU
Nov. 18 at UTSA
Nov. 25 Southern Miss
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Can the Blue Raiders pull off an upset against a Power Five program over the first three games? The rest of the schedule eases up in a big way with a stretch of seven straight games against teams that didn’t go bowling, before finishing up with make-or-break dates against Western Kentucky and Old Dominion.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Vanderbilt
Sept. 9 at Syracuse
Sept. 16 at Minnesota
Sept. 23 Bowling Green
Sept. 30 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 7 FIU
Oct. 14 at UAB
Oct. 21 Marshall
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 UTEP
Nov. 11 at Charlotte
Nov. 18 at WKU
Nov. 25 Old Dominion
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Old Dominion Monarchs

If the team is close to being as strong as it was last year, it should be in the mix for a ten-win season by rolling through the Conference USA schedule. However, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are almost guaranteed losses. On the plus side, the East showdown against Western Kentucky is at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Albany
Sept. 9 at Massachusetts
Sept. 16 North Carolina
Sept. 23 at Virginia Tech
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Florida Atlantic
Oct. 14 at Marshall
Oct. 21 WKU
Oct. 28 at North Texas
Nov. 4 Charlotte
Nov. 11 at FIU
Nov. 18 Rice
Nov. 25 at Middle Tennessee
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

All bets are off with a new coaching staff and a slew of new parts to the high-octane offensive puzzle, but that doesn’t mean the Hilltoppers can’t at least start 3-1. There are just four games against teams that went bowling, but the East game of the year is on the road at Old Dominion. Having to go to Marshall might be a problem, too.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 9 at Illinois
Sept. 16 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 23 Ball State
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 at UTEP
Oct. 14 Charlotte
Oct. 21 at Old Dominion
Oct. 28 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 4 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 11 at Marshall
Nov. 18 Middle Tennessee
Nov. 25 at FIU
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

CONFERENCE USA: WEST

Conference USA Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

There’s a ton of rebuilding to do, but the wheels would have to totally come off to finish with a losing record. Going to Western Kentucky hurts, but that’s against the East. The West big game against Southern Miss is at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Northwestern State
Sept. 9 Mississippi State
Sept. 16 at WKU
Sept. 23 at South Carolina
Sept. 30 South Alabama
Oct. 7 at UAB
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 Southern Miss
Oct. 28 at Rice
Nov. 4 North Texas
Nov. 11 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 18 at UTEP
Nov. 25 UTSA
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

North Texas Mean Green

North Texas managed to go bowling by beating the really bad teams. There aren’t as many of those this year. Lamar and UAB should start out the year with a few wins, but it’ll be a fight to get to six without a few road wins at Florida Atlantic and/or Rice.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 Lamar
Sept. 9 at SMU
Sept. 16 at Iowa
Sept. 23 UAB
Sept. 30 at Southern Miss
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 UTSA
Oct. 21 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 28 Old Dominion
Nov. 4 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 11 UTEP
Nov. 18 Army
Nov. 25 at Rice
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Rice Owls

For a team that needs a confidence boost early on after a miserable year, playing Stanford. Pitt and Houston in September won’t help. Fortunately, the Owls only leave Texas once until early November, and that’s to face UAB.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Stanford
Sept. 9 at UTEP
Sept. 16 at Houston
Sept. 23 FIU
Sept. 30 at Pittsburgh
Oct. 7 Army
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 at UTSA
Oct. 28 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 4 at UAB
Nov. 11 Southern Miss
Nov. 18 at Old Dominion
Nov. 25 North Texas
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

It’s just easy enough to expect a bowl-bound season, but having to go to Louisiana Tech will be a problem in the fight to win the West. Unfortunately, having to play Kentucky and Tennessee will be an issue, too, but there should be seven sure wins without breathing hard.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Kentucky
Sept. 9 Southern
Sept. 16 at ULM
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 North Texas
Oct. 7 at UTSA
Oct. 14 UTEP
Oct. 21 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 28 UAB
Nov. 4 at Tennessee
Nov. 11 at Rice
Nov. 18 Charlotte
Nov. 25 at Marshall
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

UAB Blazers

UAB is starting from scratch. Any win will be cause for a massive celebration, and the Blazers should get one against Alabama A&M to start things off. If they can’t beat Coastal Carolina, that might be it for the chances at having any fun.
Realistic Best1-11 Case Record: 3-9
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11at

brationSept. 2 Alabama A&M
Sept. 9 at Ball State
Sept. 16 Coastal Carolina
Sept. 23 at North Texas
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 14 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 21 at Charlotte
Oct. 28 at Southern Miss
Nov. 4 Rice
Nov. 11 at UTSA
Nov. 18 at Florida
Nov. 25 UTEP
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

UTEP Miners

This is a problem. The Miners will beat New Mexico State – maybe – and UAB, but both of the layups are on the road. There’s no sure-thing other win, except against Rice early on. Three of the final four games are on the road, and that’s coming off an early stretch of three road trips in four weeks.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 at Oklahoma
Sept. 9 Rice
Sept. 16 Arizona
Sept. 23 at New Mexico State
Sept. 30 at Army
Oct. 7 WKU
Oct. 14 at Southern Miss
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 UTSA
Nov. 4 at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 11 at North Texas
Nov. 18 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 25 at UAB
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

UTSA Roadrunners

The best part about this for UTSA? It doesn’t leave Texas until November 4th, and gets out of the state just twice all year. Unfortunately, though, the Roadrunners will start 0-2, and the finale is on the road at Louisiana Tech, but it’s a manageable slate.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Houston
Sept. 9 at Baylor
Sept. 16 Southern
Sept. 23 at Texas State
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Southern Miss
Oct. 14 at North Texas
Oct. 21 Rice
Oct. 28 at UTEP
Nov. 4 at FIU
Nov. 11 UAB
Nov. 18 Marshall
Nov. 25 at Louisiana Tech
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

INDEPENDENTS

Army Black Knights

It’ll take an upset along the way, but Army can go bowling with this. There can’t be any mistakes against the mediocre teams in September around the road game at Ohio State. The Knights can’t rely on many second half wins with the schedule getting tougher over the final five games.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 1 Fordham
Sept. 9 Buffalo
Sept. 16 at Ohio State
Sept. 23 at Tulane
Sept. 30 UTEP
Oct. 7 at Rice
Oct. 14 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 21 Temple
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Air Force
Nov. 11 Duke
Nov. 18 at North Texas
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
Dec. 2 OPEN DATE
Dec. 9 Navy (in Phil)
Full Pre-Spring Analysis 

BYU Cougars

It doesn’t look nearly as bad as last year’s schedule appeared to be – and, as it turned out, wasn’t – but it’s still a killer early with LSU, Utah and Wisconsin to deal with. However, the Utes and Badgers have to come to Provo. Four road games in five weeks is a problem in the second half, but finishing up at Hawaii is never a bad thing.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-7

Aug. 26 Portland State
Sept. 2 LSU (in Houston)
Sept. 9 Utah
Sept. 16 Wisconsin
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 29 at Utah State
Oct. 6 Boise State
Oct. 14 at Mississippi State
Oct. 21 at East Carolina
Oct. 28 San Jose State
Nov. 4 at Fresno State
Nov. 11 at UNLV
Nov. 18 Massachusetts
Nov. 25 at Hawaii
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Massachusetts Minutemen

The Minutemen have to pull off a few home wins to stay alive for an interesting season. Will they be good enough to shock Hawaii in the opener, or Old Dominion, Georgia Southern and/or Appalachian State? They’d better be with at least five guaranteed losses to deal with.
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Aug. 26 Hawaii
Sept. 2 at Coastal Carolina
Sept. 9 Old Dominion
Sept. 15 at Temple
Sept. 23 at Tennessee
Sept. 30 Ohio
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at South Florida
Oct. 21 Georgia Southern
Oct. 28 Appalachian State
Nov. 4 at Mississippi State
Nov. 11 Maine (in Boston)
Nov. 18 at BYU
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

There are landmines, but it’s manageable. Win at home, and everything will be okay. The Irish have to face Georgia, USC, NC State and Stanford, but they all have to come to South Bend. If Notre Dame really is better, it should be able to hold its own on the road and win at least two against Michigan State, North Carolina and Miami.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Temple
Sept. 9 Georgia
Sept. 16 at Boston College
Sept. 23 at Michigan State
Sept. 30 Miami University
Oct. 7 at North Carolina
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 USC
Oct. 28 NC State
Nov. 4 Wake Forest
Nov. 11 at Miami
Nov. 18 Navy
Nov. 25 at Stanford
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
2018 & 2019 Notre Dame Schedule Breakdown

MAC: EAST

MAC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Akron Zips

Potentially brutal, the Zips have to go on the road for a stretch of four games in five weeks, and that doesn’t count road games at Miami University and Penn State. It’ll take a few crazy upsets to go bowling, but it’s possible with a few early big performances.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Penn State
Sept. 9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sept. 16 Iowa State
Sept. 23 at Troy
Sept. 30 at Bowling Green
Oct. 7 Ball State
Oct. 14 at Western Michigan
Oct. 21 at Toledo
Oct. 28 Buffalo
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 7 at Miami Univ.
Nov. 14 Ohio
Nov. 21 Kent State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Bowling Green Falcons

It all depends on when Bowling Green team shows up. It won’t be the one of two years ago when it won the MAC title, but it’ll be better than last year. There’s an early run of three road games in four weeks, but the Falcons get Ohio, Northern Illinois and Toledo at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Michigan State
Sept. 9 South Dakota
Sept. 16 at Northwestern
Sept. 23 at Middle Tennessee
Sept. 30 Akron
Oct. 7 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 14 Ohio
Oct. 21 Northern Illinois
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Oct. 31 at Kent State
Nov. 7 at Buffalo
Nov. 15 Toledo
Nov. 21 at Eastern Michigan
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Buffalo Bulls

The Bulls need to get their wins early against the Colgates and Kent States of the world. There’s an honest shot at starting out 4-1 if everything breaks right, and while playing Western Michigan and NIU isn’t easy, at least the games are in Amherst. There’s a stretch of three road games in four dates, but they’re broken up by a week off.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Aug. 31 at Minnesota
Sept. 9 at Army
Sept. 16 Colgate
Sept. 23 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 30 at Kent State
Oct. 7 Western Michigan
Oct. 14 Northern Illinois
Oct. 21 at Miami Univ.
Oct. 28 at Akron
Nov. 7 Bowling Green
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 at Ball State
Nov. 24 Ohio
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Kent State Golden Flashes

Oh yay – starting out against Clemson on the road is fun, and with three of the first four and four of the first six games on the road, this won’t be easy. Beating Buffalo, Miami University, Bowling Green and Central Michigan at home is a must.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Sept. 2 at Clemson
Sept. 9 Howard
Sept. 16 at Marshall
Sept. 23 at Louisville
Sept. 30 Buffalo
Oct. 7 at Northern Illinois
Oct. 14 Miami Univ.
Oct. 21 at Ohio
Oct. 31 Bowling Green
Nov. 8 at Western Michigan
Nov. 14 Central Michigan
Nov. 21 at Akron
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Miami University RedHawks

If the RedHawks play the way they did at the end of last season, a nine-win campaign is possible with this schedule. The key is surviving the run of four road games in six weeks, and then getting used to all the funky November weeknight games. Unfortunately, though, the Ohio game for – maybe – the East title is on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 at Marshall
Sept. 9 Austin Peay
Sept. 16 Cincinnati
Sept. 23 at Central Michigan
Sept. 30 at Notre Dame
Oct. 7 Bowling Green
Oct. 14 at Kent State
Oct. 21 Buffalo
Oct. 31 at Ohio
Nov. 7 Akron
Nov. 15 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 21  at Ball State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Ohio Bobcats

Not only is the MAC schedule not all that bad – outside of facing Toledo from the West – but the non-conference slate is breezy. There isn’t a game the Bobcats can’t win, helped out by a stretch of four home games in five weeks.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Hampton
Sept. 8 at Purdue
Sept. 16 Kansas
Sept. 23 at Eastern Michigan
Sept. 30 at Massachusetts
Oct. 7 Central Michigan
Oct. 14 at Bowling Green
Oct. 21 Kent State
Oct. 31 Miami Univ.
Nov. 8 Toledo
Nov. 14 at Akron
Nov. 24 at Buffalo
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

MAC: WEST

MAC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Ball State Cardinals

A 2-2 start is a must in non-conference play with a rough start to the MAC season to follow. The Cardinals might start out the year with four road games in the first six, but four of the final six are in Muncie. There’s a chance to go on a nice run late with winnable home games against Buffalo and Miami.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Illinois
Sept. 9 UAB
Sept. 16 Tennessee Tech
Sept. 23 at WKU
Sept. 30 at Western Michigan
Oct. 7 at Akron
Oct. 21 Central Michigan
Oct. 26 Toledo
Nov. 2 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 9 at Northern Illinois
Nov. 16 Buffalo
Nov. 21 Miami Univ.
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Central Michigan Chippewas

It’s not that bad a schedule in terms of the teams the Chippewas play, but it’ll be tough to get through a start with four road gams in the first six weeks. So the home games come rolling late, right? Not really, with a run of three road games in four weeks through a slew of weeknight November dates.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 31 Rhode Island
Sept. 9 at Kansas
Sept. 16 at Syracuse
Sept. 23 Miami Univ.
Sept. 30 at Boston College
Oct. 7 at Ohio
Oct. 14 Toledo
Oct. 21 at Ball State
Nov. 1 at Western Michigan
Nov. 8 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 14 at Kent State
Nov. 24 Northern Illinois
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Eastern Michigan Eagles

EMU might have turned a corner of some sort last year, but there still aren’t any rock-solid, sure-thing wins going into the season. After the Charlotte game, four of the next five games are on the road, and then the payoff is facing Western Michigan. What comes next? Three road games in the next four weeks.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 1 Charlotte
Sept. 9 at Rutgers
Sept. 23 Ohio
Sept. 30 at Kentucky
Oct. 7 at Toledo
Oct. 14  at Army
Oct. 21 Western Michigan
Oct. 26 at Northern Illinois
Nov. 2 Ball State
Nov. 8 at Central Michigan
Nov. 15 at Miami Univ.
Nov. 21 Bowling Green
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Northern Illinois Huskies

The Huskies have to hit their stride in the middle of the season. It’s a rough start with BC, Nebraska, and San Diego State to face, but the MAC schedule isn’t bad until November. The Toledo game is on the road, but the Western Michigan showdown is in DeKalb.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 1 Boston College
Sept. 9 Eastern Illinois
Sept. 16 at Nebraska
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 at San Diego State
Oct. 7 Kent State
Oct. 14 at Buffalo
Oct. 21 at Bowling Green
Oct. 26 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 2  at Toledo
Nov. 9 Ball State
Nov. 15 Western Michigan
Nov. 24 at Central Michigan
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Toledo Rockets

This might be the MAC’s best team, and it has the schedule to help. There can’t be any non-conference slips before the Miami game, and then comes the conference slate and the wins should start rolling in. Northern Illinois has to come to Toledo, and so does Western Michigan. Boom.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Aug. 31 Elon
Sept. 9 at Nevada
Sept. 16 Tulsa
Sept. 23 at Miami (FL)
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 14 at Central Michigan
Oct. 21 Akron
Oct. 26 at Ball State
Nov. 2 Northern Illinois
Nov. 8  at Ohio
Nov. 15 at Bowling Green
Nov. 24 Western Michigan
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Western Michigan Broncos

After losing just one game all year, the Broncos will likely start 0-2 before going on a roll. The payoff for starting against USC and Michigan State? Five home games in the next seven. The problem? Finishing up on the road at Northern Illinois and Toledo.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 at USC
Sept. 9 at Michigan State
Sept. 16 Idaho
Sept. 23 Wagner
Sept. 30 Ball State
Oct. 7 at Buffalo
Oct. 14 Akron
Oct. 21 at Eastern Michigan
Nov. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 1 Central Michigan
Nov. 8 Kent State
Nov. 15 at Northern Illinois
Nov. 24 at Toledo
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MOUNTAIN WEST: MOUNTAIN

Mountain West Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Air Force Falcons

The Falcons need the early week off to get ready for the key run of three road games in four weeks and five in seven, working around a Mountain West showdown against San Diego State. The Boise State and Colorado State games are on the road – it’ll take something amazing to win the Mountain title.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 VMI
Sept. 9 OPEN DATE
Sept. 16 at Michigan
Sept. 23 San Diego State
Sept. 30 at New Mexico
Oct. 7 at Navy
Oct. 14 UNLV
Oct. 21 at Nevada
Oct. 28 at Colorado State
Nov. 4 Army
Nov. 11 Wyoming
Nov. 18 at Boise State
Nov. 25 Utah State
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Boise State Broncos

It’s not easy. The non-conference slate would be a bear for just about every other Mountain West team, and the payoff is a trip to San Diego State to start the conference season. That’s followed up by what might be the make-or-break moment against Wyoming. The showdown at Colorado State should be for the division title, but Air Force and Nevada are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Troy
Sept. 9 at Washington State
Sept. 16 New Mexico
Sept. 22 Virginia
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 at BYU
Oct. 14 at San Diego State
Oct. 21 Wyoming
Oct. 28 at Utah State
Nov. 4 Nevada
Nov. 11 at Colorado State
Nov. 18 Air Force
Nov. 25 at Fresno State
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Colorado State Rams

What kind of sadist put this together? Not only do the Rams have to deal with the rivalry game against Colorado and a trip to Alabama in the first few weeks, but Oregon State isn’t a layup, either. What comes next? Three road games in the first four of the Mountain West season, starting out with the long trip to Hawaii. The Wyoming game is on the road, too, but three of the last four games are at home, including the showdowns against Boise State and Air Force.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 1 vs. Colorado
Sept. 9 Abilene Christian
Sept. 16 at Alabama
Sept. 23 Oregon State
Sept. 30 at Hawai‘i
Oct. 7 at Utah State
Oct. 14 Nevada
Oct. 21 at New Mexico
Oct. 28 Air Force
Nov. 4 at Wyoming
Nov. 11 Boise State
Nov. 18 San José State
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
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New Mexico Lobos

Ugh. The Lobos not only have to play Boise State and Wyoming on the road, but throw in in the road game at San Diego State. Having to play Texas A&M in November doesn’t help, but the rest of the non-conference schedule won’t be too much of a problem.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Abilene Christian
Sept. 9 New Mexico State
Sept. 16 at Boise State
Sept. 23 at Tulsa
Sept. 30 Air Force
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Fresno State
Oct. 21 Colorado State
Oct. 28 at Wyoming
Nov. 4 Utah State
Nov. 11 at Texas A&M
Nov. 18 UNLV
Nov. 25 at San Diego State
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Utah State Aggies

It’s not going to be easy. The Aggies have to start out the year with three road games in the first four, and then comes the trip down the road to BYU. On the plus side, there’s a run of four road games in five weeks, getting Colorado State, Wyoming and Boise State at home. There’s a nicely-timed week off in November for the finishing kick.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 1 at Wisconsin
Sept. 7 Idaho State
Sept. 16 at Wake Forest
Sept. 23 at San José State
Sept. 29 BYU
Oct. 7 Colorado State
Oct. 14 Wyoming
Oct. 21 at UNLV
Oct. 28 Boise State
Nov. 4 at New Mexico
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 Hawai‘i
Nov. 25 at Air Force
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Wyoming Cowboys

On the plus side, the Cowboys get four straight home games after starting out at Iowa. However, the key dates against Boise State and Air Force are on the road, and four of the last six games are away from Laramie. Split against the Broncos and Falcons, and there’s a shot to take the Mountain.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Iowa
Sept. 9 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 16 Oregon
Sept. 23 Hawai‘i
Sept. 30 Texas State
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Utah State
Oct. 21 at Boise State
Oct. 28 New Mexico
Nov. 4 Colorado State
Nov. 11 at Air Force
Nov. 18 Fresno State
Nov. 25 at San José State
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MOUNTAIN WEST: WEST

Mountain West Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Fresno State Bulldogs

Welcome to Fresno State, Jeff Tedford. Now enjoy those road games at Alabama and Washington early on. There’s an ill-timed road trip to Hawaii in November, followed up by a trip to Wyoming – that’s a lot of flight miles. Having to play Boise State from the Mountain, and going to San Diego State, is going to be an issue.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Sept. 2 Incarnate Word
Sept. 9 at Alabama
Sept. 16 at Washington
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 Nevada
Oct. 7 at San José State
Oct. 14 New Mexico
Oct. 21 at San Diego State
Oct. 28 UNLV
Nov. 4 BYU
Nov. 11 at Hawai‘i
Nov. 18 at Wyoming
Nov. 25 Boise State
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Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors

The Rainbow Warriors have to take care of the home games. Forget about the road trip to UCLA, but the rest of the away days are manageable. With San Diego State and Colorado State having to make the trip, some of the biggest league games are at home. There aren’t two road games in a row after UCLA/Wyoming, but there’s a week off in between.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 26 Massachusetts
Sept. 2 Western Carolina
Sept. 9 at UCLA
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 at Wyoming
Sept. 30 Colorado State
Oct. 7 at Nevada
Oct. 14 San José State
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 San Diego State
Nov. 4 at UNLV
Nov. 11 Fresno State
Nov. 18 at Utah State
Nov. 25 BYU
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Nevada Wolf Pack

Can the Wolf Pack be better than 1-3 to start the season? They need to with the bad, bad break of having to play both Colorado State and Boise State from the Mountain on the road, and they have to travel to San Diego State. Throw in the other interdivisional game against Air Force, and winning the West could be out of the question.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Northwestern
Sept. 9 Toledo
Sept. 16 Idaho State
Sept. 23 at Washington State
Sept. 30 at Fresno State
Oct. 7 Hawai‘i
Oct. 14 at Colorado State
Oct. 21 Air Force
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Boise State
Nov. 11 San José State
Nov. 18 at San Diego State
Nov. 25 UNLV
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San Diego State Aztecs

There’s a whole lot to like. If the Aztecs can split the Pac-12 games against Arizona State and Stanford, the record should be sensational if all things go well. There’s a date against Boise State from the Mountain, but it’s at home, while getting home games against Nevada and New Mexico after a week off is a nice break. Outside of going to Air Force, the road games aren’t that bad.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 UC Davis
Sept. 9 at Arizona State
Sept. 16 Stanford
Sept. 23 at Air Force
Sept. 30 Northern Illinois
Oct. 7 at UNLV
Oct. 14 Boise State
Oct. 21 Fresno State
Oct. 28 at Hawai‘i
Nov. 4 at San José State
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 Nevada
Nov. 25 New Mexico
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San Jose State Spartans

It’s going to be an interesting first year, but the non-conference part of the schedule is a disaster – USF, at Texas, at Utah, with Cal Poly thrown in. There’s a run of three road games in four dates, and five in seven to deal with. On the plus side, San Diego State and Wyoming are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 2-10

Aug. 26 South Florida
Sept. 2 Cal Poly
Sept. 9 at Texas
Sept. 16 at Utah
Sept. 23 Utah State
Sept. 30 at UNLV
Oct. 7 Fresno State
Oct. 14 at Hawai’i
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at BYU
Nov. 4 San Diego State
Nov. 11 at Nevada
Nov. 18 at Colorado State
Nov. 25 Wyoming
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UNLV Rebels

If the Rebels can beat Howard and Idaho, 3-1 is a possible start before having to host San Diego State and go to Air Force. Fortunately, the MWC season starts out with three home games in four weeks, but the season closes out at New Mexico and up the road at Nevada. Overall, though, it’s a good enough slate to go bowling.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Howard
Sept. 9 at Idaho
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 at Ohio State
Sept. 30 San José State
Oct. 7 San Diego State
Oct. 14 at Air Force
Oct. 21 Utah State
Oct. 28 at Fresno State
Nov. 4 Hawai‘i
Nov. 11 BYU
Nov. 18 at New Mexico
Nov. 25 at Nevada
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PAC-12: NORTH

Pac-12 Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

California Golden Bears

It’s not going to be a breeze with North Carolina, Ole Miss and USC in the first four games, and then it gets even worse with road trips to Oregon and Washington to follow. Having to face UCLA and Colorado on the road, along with the date against the Trojans, is rough in interdivisional play, while having to go down the road to Stanford ends any dreams of shocking the world and winning the North.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept.  2 at North Carolina
Sept.  9 Weber State
Sept.  16 Ole Miss
Sept.  23 USC
Sept.  30 at Oregon
Oct. 7 at Washington
Oct. 13 Washington State
Oct. 21 Arizona
Oct. 28 at Colorado
Nov. 4 Oregon State
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 at Stanford
Nov. 24 at UCLA
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Oregon Ducks

There’s absolutely no excuse for Willie Taggart to not go bowling – at least – in his first season. The Nebraska game is in Eugene this time around, and missing USC from the South is a massive bonus. However, the two North battles with Stanford and Washington are on the road. Fortunately, three of the last four games are at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept.  2 Southern Utah
Sept.  9 Nebraska
Sept.  16 at Wyoming
Sept.  23 at Arizona State
Sept.  30 California
Oct. 7 Washington State
Oct. 14 at Stanford
Oct. 21 at UCLA
Oct. 28 Utah
Nov. 4 at Washington
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 Arizona
Nov. 24 Oregon State
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Oregon State Beavers

The problem is an improved North – where are the sure wins? The Beavers have to beat Minnesota early on to go bowling, or else they have to come up with a few shockers. The Pac-12 season starts out with three road games in four weeks, and one of them is against USC, and the home date is against Washington – uh oh. Three of the last four games – all in November – are on the road, too.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept.  2 Portland State
Sept.  9 Minnesota
Sept.  16 at Washington State
Sept.  23 at Colorado State
Sept.  30 Washington
Oct. 7 at USC
Oct. 14 Colorado
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 Stanford
Nov. 4 at California
Nov. 11 at Arizona
Nov. 18 Arizona State
Nov. 24 at Oregon
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Stanford Cardinal

There’s nothing like getting the road trips out of the way early, but Stanford starts out away from The Farm for the first three weeks, including dates at USC and San Diego State. Throw in a run of three road games in four dates in the middle of the season, and it doesn’t seem fair, except that the last three games are at home. Washington and Oregon are coming to Palo Alto – that’s the payoff.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept.  2 at Rice
Sept.  9 at USC
Sept.  16 at San Diego State
Sept.  23 UCLA
Sept.  30 Arizona State
Oct. 7 at Utah
Oct. 14 Oregon
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 26 at Oregon State
Nov. 4 at Washington State
Nov. 10 Washington
Nov. 18 California
Nov. 25 Notre Dame
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Washington Huskies

Even if the wheels come off, the Huskies will start out 3-0 before having to go on the road for four road games in five dates. There’s no USC or UCLA from the South, and the Oregon game is at home as part of a nice run of three home games in four November weeks. However, the Stanford showdown is on the road.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept.  1 at Rutgers
Sept.  9 Montana
Sept.  16 Fresno State
Sept.  23 at Colorado
Sept.  30 at Oregon State
Oct. 7 California
Oct. 14 at Arizona State
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at Arizona
Nov. 4 Oregon
Nov. 10 at Stanford
Nov. 18 Utah
Nov. 25 Washington State
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Washington State Cougars

The Cougars have better take advantage of the start of the season – they get the first five games at home – because they get out of Pullman for most of the remaining season. However, they have to deal with USC and Boise State early on, and then go away for three road games in four weeks, starting at Oregon. The Washington and Utah games are on the road, too, but there’s a week off to prepare for the Apple Cup against the Huskies.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept.  2 Montana State
Sept.  9 Boise State
Sept.  16 Oregon State
Sept.  23 Nevada
Sept.  29 USC
Oct. 7 at Oregon
Oct. 13 at California
Oct. 21 Colorado
Oct. 28 at Arizona
Nov. 4 Stanford
Nov. 11 at Utah
Nov. 18 OPEN DATE
Nov. 25 at Washington
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PAC-12: SOUTH

Pac-12 Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Arizona Wildcats

It all depends on whether or not everyone or anyone can stay healthy, and if the O starts to work again. Staring out with three home games in the first four weeks helps, but the biggest plus is missing Washington and Stanford from the North. There’s a problem, though, wth a November of three road games in the final four weeks going to USC, Oregon and Arizona State.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept.  2 Northern Arizona
Sept.  9 Houston
Sept.  16 at UTEP
Sept.  22 Utah
Sept.  30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 at Colorado
Oct. 14 UCLA
Oct. 21 at California
Oct. 28 Washington State
Nov. 4 at USC
Nov. 11 Oregon State
Nov. 18 at Oregon
Nov. 25 at Arizona State
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Arizona State Sun Devils

The Aztecs have to take care of San Diego State at home and beat Texas Tech on the road, because there’s a large problem looming – the Sun Devils have to play Oregon, Stanford and Washington from the North to start the Pac-12 season. Fortunately, the USC, Colorado and Arizona games are at home, and there’s a nice stretch of three home games in four weeks in the midseason.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Aug. 31 New Mexico State
Sept.  9 San Diego State
Sept.  16 at Texas Tech
Sept.  23 Oregon
Sept.  30 at Stanford
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 Washington
Oct. 21 at Utah
Oct. 28 USC
Nov. 4 Colorado
Nov. 11 at UCLA
Nov. 18 at Oregon State
Nov. 25 Arizona
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Colorado Buffaloes

Beat Colorado State, and it’s a 3-0 start before a Pac-12 Championship rematch against Washington. That’s followed up by three road games in four weeks, but the USC game is at home, and there’s no Oregon or Stanford to deal with from the North. Closing at Utah is tough, but there’s a week off to get ready for it.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept.  1 Colorado State (in Denver)
Sept.  9 Texas State
Sept.  16 Northern Colorado
Sept.  23 Washington
Sept.  30 at UCLA
Oct. 7 Arizona
Oct. 14 at Oregon State
Oct. 21 at Washington State
Oct. 28 California
Nov. 4 at Arizona State
Nov. 11 USC
Nov. 18 OPEN DATE
Nov. 25 at Utah
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UCLA Bruins

At Stanford, at Washington, at USC. Throw in the game against Oregon from the North, and UCLA has a massive mountain to climb just to get into Pac-12 title contention. Beating Texas A&M in the opener going be a must, especially with a run of five road games in seven dates looming. Having just six home games is bizarre for such a major program.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept.  2 Texas A&M
Sept.  9 Hawaii
Sept.  16 at Memphis
Sept.  23 at Stanford
Sept.  30 Colorado
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 at Arizona
Oct. 21 Oregon
Oct. 28 at Washington
Nov. 3 at Utah
Nov. 11 Arizona State
Nov. 18 at USC
Nov. 24 California
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USC Trojans

The schedule isn’t an excuse if the Trojans don’t come up with a massive season. Western Michigan, Stanford and Texas is a nasty way to start the season, but all three games are at home. Going to Notre Dame won’t be easy, but there’s no Washington from the North, no Oregon, and the UCLA and Utah games are at home. The one big down side, though, is the lack of a week off, going 12 straight weeks before finishing up with the Bruins.
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept.  2 Western Michigan
Sept.  9 Stanford
Sept.  16 Texas
Sept.  23 at California
Sept.  29 at Washington State
Oct. 7 Oregon State
Oct. 14 Utah
Oct. 21 at Notre Dame
Oct. 28 at Arizona State
Nov. 4 Arizona
Nov. 11 at Colorado
Nov. 18 UCLA
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
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Utah Utes

Beat BYU, and there’s a good chance for a big start before going into the Pac-12 opener at Arizona. Going to USC is rough, and having to go to Oregon and Washington – along with another North game against Stanford – all but ends any Pac-12 title hopes unless there’s a minor miracle. Fortunately, three of the final four games finish things out in November.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Aug. 31 North Dakota
Sept.  9 at BYU
Sept.  16 San Jose State
Sept.  22 at Arizona
Sept.  30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Stanford
Oct. 14 at USC
Oct. 21 Arizona State
Oct. 28 at Oregon
Nov. 3 UCLA
Nov. 11 Washington State
Nov. 18 at Washington
Nov. 25 Colorado
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SEC: EAST

SEC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Florida Gators

Can the Gators get by Michigan to kick things off? The schedule isn’t too bad after that, with Tennessee at home, getting LSU in Gainesville – remember, this was supposed to be a road game this season after getting changed because of hurricane issues – and there’s no Alabama to deal with from the West. The road games aren’t bad, and while Florida State is nasty, at least that’s at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4

Sept. 2 Michigan (in Arlington)
Sept. 9 Northern Colorado
Sept. 16 Tennessee
Sept. 23 at Kentucky
Sept. 30 Vanderbilt
Oct. 7 LSU
Oct. 14 Texas A&M
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 4 at Missouri
Nov. 11 at South Carolina
Nov. 18 UAB
Nov. 25 Florida State
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Georgia Bulldogs

Outside of the trip to Notre Dame, the non-conference schedule isn’t all that bad, Missing Alabama and LSU from the West is a major plus, but the Dawgs have to go to Tennessee and Auburn. There’s only one home game from September 23rd to November 4th, but there’s a week off to prepare for Florida – the Gators get a week off, too, though. On the plus side, there’s only one true SEC road game over the final five.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Appalachian State
Sept. 9 at Notre Dame
Sept. 16 Samford
Sept. 23 Mississippi State
Sept. 30 at Tennessee
Oct. 7 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 14 Missouri
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Florida (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 4 South Carolina
Nov. 11 at Auburn
Nov. 18 Kentucky
Nov. 25 at Georgia Tech
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Missouri Tigers

It’s not that bad. The Tigers have to go to South Carolina early, and they have to host Auburn, but they miss Alabama and LSU, and the Florida and Tennessee games are at home in a nice run of three home games in the final four in November. There are back-to-back trips to Kentucky and Georgia as a run of three road games in four weeks, but overall, the schedule is more than manageable.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Missouri State
Sept. 9 at South Carolina
Sept. 16 Purdue
Sept. 23 Auburn
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 at Kentucky
Oct. 14 at Georgia
Oct. 21 Idaho
Oct. 28 at Connecticut
Nov. 4 Florida
Nov. 11 Tennessee
Nov. 18 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 25 at Arkansas
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Kentucky Wildcats

Can the Cats take care of home? They get Florida in Lexington with a chance to break the long losing streak, and they get Tennessee  and Ole Miss at home, too.  They don’t have to deal with Alabama or LSU, getting Mississippi State along with the Rebels from the West. However, two of the last three games are on the road – including the Georgia game – before facing Louisville to close out.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 at Southern Miss
Sept. 9 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 16 at South Carolina
Sept. 23 Florida
Sept. 30 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 7 Missouri
Oct. 14 OPEN DATE
Oct. 21 at Mississippi State
Oct. 28 Tennessee
Nov. 4 Ole Miss
Nov. 11 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 18 at Georgia
Nov. 25 Louisville
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South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks have to come out hot. NC State is a tough way to start the season, and then come the winnable East games to kick off the SEC season going to Missouri and hosting Kentucky. Going to Texas A&M, Tennessee and Georgia is a problem, but the Florida game is at home. Four of the last five games are in Columbia, but facing the Gators and Clemson won’t be easy.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 NC State (in Charlotte)
Sept. 9 at Missouri
Sept. 16 Kentucky
Sept. 23 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 30 at Texas A&M
Oct. 7 Arkansas
Oct. 14 at Tennessee
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Vanderbilt
Nov. 4 at Georgia
Nov. 11 Florida
Nov. 18 Wofford
Nov. 25 Clemson
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Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols will know where they stand right away with the SEC season kicking off at Florida in mid-September, and with Georgia coming up next two weeks later. With a road trip to Alabama, along with a November date against LSU, there can’t be any misses in division play. The non-conference schedule isn’t that big a deal – at least after opening up against Georgia Tech – and three of the last four games are in Knoxville.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 Georgia Tech (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9 Indiana State
Sept. 16 at Florida
Sept. 23 Massachusetts
Sept. 30 Georgia
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 South Carolina
Oct. 21 at Alabama
Oct. 28 at Kentucky
Nov. 4 Southern Miss
Nov. 11 at Missouri
Nov. 18 LSU
Nov. 25 Vanderbilt
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Vanderbilt Commodores

Can Vanderbilt get through an improved SEC East? September is a bear, but the non-conference showdown against Kansas State is in Nashville, as is the SEC opener against Alabama. Follow that up with a trip to Florida, and with Georgia to follow, and this could get ugly. However, after a week off and a date at South Carolina, there are three straight winnable home games before finishing at Tennessee.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Middle Tennessee
Sept. 9 Alabama A&M
Sept. 16 Kansas State
Sept. 23 Alabama
Sept. 30 at Florida
Oct. 7 Georgia
Oct. 14 at Ole Miss
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at South Carolina
Nov. 4 Western Kentucky
Nov. 11 Kentucky
Nov. 18 Missouri
Nov. 25 at Tennessee
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SEC: WEST

SEC Weekly Schedule Analysis, Top Ten Games

Alabama Crimson Tide

Florida State is a national championship-level game to start the season, but then things ease up for a while before going to Texas A&M at the beginning of October. The Tennessee and LSU games are at home in a wonderful midseason run without a road trip between October 7th and November 11th, but the SEC season closes out at Mississippi State and Auburn.
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 9-3

Sept. 2 Florida State (in Atlanta)
Sept. 9 Fresno State
Sept. 16 Colorado State
Sept. 23 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 30 Ole Miss
Oct. 7 at Texas A&M
Oct. 14 Arkansas
Oct. 21 Tennessee
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 LSU
Nov. 11 at Mississippi State
Nov. 18 Mercer
Nov. 25 at Auburn
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Arkansas Razorbacks

It’s a season of runs. The Hogs don’t have a true road game until October, but then they have to go away for three games in four October weeks, including dates at Alabama and Ole Miss. Throw in the road game at LSU, and it’ll be a tough fight to get in the West race without a few road upsets. Fortunately, November catches a break of three home games in the final four weeks.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 Florida A&M
Sept. 9 TCU
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 Texas A&M (in Arlington)
Sept. 30 New Mexico State
Oct. 7 at South Carolina
Oct. 14 at Alabama
Oct. 21 Auburn
Oct. 28 at Ole Miss
Nov. 4 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 11 at LSU
Nov. 18 Mississippi State
Nov. 25 Missouri
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Auburn Tigers

The Tigers have to start out the season at Clemson and two weeks later start out the SEC slate at Missouri. Fortunately, the conference schedule isn’t too bad early, but then comes the whammy – three straight road games – going to LSU, Arkansas, and with a week to prepare, Texas A&M. In a massive quirk, the pendulum swings back, closing out the the season with three straight home dates, including Georgia and Alabama.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 9 at Clemson
Sept. 16 Mercer
Sept. 23 at Missouri
Sept. 30 Mississippi State
Oct. 7 Ole Miss
Oct. 14 at LSU
Oct. 21 at Arkansas
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Texas A&M
Nov. 11 Georgia
Nov. 18 ULM
Nov. 25 Alabama
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

LSU Tigers

The Tigers have a quirky-weird schedule, starting out with a dangerous date against BYU in Houston, but that can’t be a problem for a team good enough to be in the SEC title hunt. They should be 5-0 going into the date at Florida – which was a home game before last year’s schedule change – and then comes the run. Auburn, at Ole Miss, at Alabama. Survive that, and there’s still Arkansas, at Tennessee, and Texas A&M to close things out.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 BYU (in Houston)
Sept. 9 Chattanooga
Sept. 16 at Mississippi State
Sept. 23 Syracuse
Sept. 30 Troy
Oct. 7 at Florida
Oct. 14 Auburn
Oct. 21 at Ole Miss
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Alabama
Nov. 11 Arkansas
Nov. 18 at Tennessee
Nov. 25 Texas A&M
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Ole Miss Rebels

With no post-season to play for, just how fired up with the Rebels be? The schedule is a bear after the first few weeks, with road trips to Cal, Alabama and Auburn all in a row, and with LSU coming up a few weeks later. Fortunately, there’s no Florida or Tennessee to face from the East, and the Tennessee and Arkansas games are at home. There’s a fantastic run of five home games in six weeks before closing out at Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 South Alabama
Sept. 9 UT Martin
Sept. 16 at California
Sept. 23 OPEN DATE
Sept. 30 at Alabama
Oct. 7 at Auburn
Oct. 14 Vanderbilt
Oct. 21 LSU
Oct. 28 Arkansas
Nov. 4 at Kentucky
Nov. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette
Nov. 18 Texas A&M
Nov. 23 at Mississippi State
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have a problem early on. The road game at Louisiana Tech is dangerous, and then comes the SEC slate starting with LSU before going to Georgia and Auburn. There’s no Florida or Tennessee to deal with from the East, and there’s a nice break to start out November against Massachusetts as a run of three home games in the final four. Alabama and Ole Miss are home games.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Charleston Southern
Sept. 9 at Louisiana Tech
Sept. 16 LSU
Sept. 23 at Georgia
Sept. 30 at Auburn
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 14 BYU
Oct. 21 Kentucky
Oct. 28 at Texas A&M
Nov. 4 Massachusetts
Nov. 11 Alabama
Nov. 18 at Arkansas
Nov. 23 Ole Miss
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Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

Texas A&M Aggies

It’s tricky. The Aggies have a slew of nasty road games, going to UCLA to start the season and kicking off the SEC slate at Arkansas. But there’s a fantastic run of five home games in six dates, only leaving to go to Florida between September 23rd and November 18th. However, closing out at Ole Miss and LSU is tough if the Aggies have any SEC title dreams.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 at UCLA
Sept. 9 Nicholls State
Sept. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 23 at Arkansas
Sept. 30 South Carolina
Oct. 7 Alabama
Oct. 14 at Florida
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Mississippi State
Nov. 4 Auburn
Nov. 11 New Mexico
Nov. 18 at Ole Miss
Nov. 25 at LSU
Full Pre-Spring Analysis
Best and Worst Case Season Breakdown

SUN BELT

Appalachian State Mountaineers

The Mountaineers might have a tough time against Georgia to start the season, but there isn’t a game the rest of the way they can’t win. There’s no Arkansas State or Troy on the schedule, and the toughest Sun Belt road game is at Idaho. A double-digit win campaign is a must.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 7-5

Sept. 2 at Georgia
Sept. 9 Savannah State
Sept. 16 at Texas State
Sept. 23 Wake Forest
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 New Mexico State
Oct. 14 at Idaho
Oct. 21 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 28 at Massachusetts
Nov. 4 at ULM
Nov. 9 Georgia Southern
Nov. 18 OPEN DATE
Nov. 25 at Georgia State
Dec. 2 Louisiana
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Arkansas State Red Wolves

With no Appalachian State on the schedule, it’s a manageable slate with the showdown against Troy at home, along with the date with Louisiana. There’s a run to three road games in four dates late in the season, and starting out against Nebraska and Miami is a problem, but the Red Wolves should be in the mix for the Sun Belt title.
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 at Nebraska
Sept. 9 Miami
Sept. 16 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sept. 23 at SMU
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 14 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 19 Louisiana
Oct. 28 at New Mexico State
Nov. 4 OPEN DATE
Nov. 11 at South Alabama
Nov. 18 Texas State
Nov. 25 at ULM
Dec. 2 Troy
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

It’s the first year moving up in status from the FCS ranks, but the schedule is relatively easy. The first five games are against teams that didn’t go bowling – or weren’t in the mix for one – last year, but there’s a brutal middle part of the season with three road games in four weeks – CCU won’t win any of them. The week off comes way too late, just before the finale against Georgia Southern.
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Realistic Worst Case Record: 0-12

Sept. 2 Massachusetts
Sept. 9 OPEN DATE
Sept. 16 at UAB
Sept. 23 Western Illinois
Sept. 30 at ULM
Oct. 7 Georgia State
Oct. 14 at Arkansas State
Oct. 21 at Appalachian State
Oct. 28 Texas State
Nov. 4 at Arkansas
Nov. 11 Troy
Nov. 18 at Idaho
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
Dec. 2 Georgia Southern
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Georgia Southern Eagles

Starting out at Auburn isn’t easy, and going to Indiana won’t be a breeze, but the Sun Belt season starts at home against Arkansas State and NMSU before going on the road for three road games in four weeks. The Eagles have to close out with three more road games in four weeks, too.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Auburn
Sept. 9 New Hampshire
Sept. 16 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 at Indiana
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Arkansas State
Oct. 14 New Mexico State
Oct. 21 at Massachusetts
Oct. 28 at Troy
Nov. 4 Georgia State
Nov. 9 at Appalachian State
Nov. 18 South Alabama
Nov. 25 at Louisiana
Dec. 2 at Coastal Carolina
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Georgia State Panthers

The Panthers have a new home to play in, but they’re not going to be in it all that often early on. After the opener, they’re on the road four times in five weeks and six times in eight weeks before closing out against Appalachian State and Idaho at home. Getting Troy and South Alabama in the new digs – and not playing Arkansas State – is a plus if there’s any dream of winning gate Sun Belt.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 31 Tennessee State
Sept. 9 OPEN DATE
Sept. 16 at Penn State
Sept. 23 at Charlotte
Sept. 30 Memphis
Oct. 7 at Coastal Carolina
Oct. 14 at ULM
Oct. 21 Troy
Oct. 26 South Alabama
Nov. 4 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 11 at Texas State
Nov. 18 OPEN DATE
Nov. 25 Appalachian State
Dec. 2 Idaho
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Idaho Vandals

Coming off a great season, the Vandals had a rough slate to start with after kicking things off with Sacramento State at home. With three home games in four weeks after a late September week off, Idaho should be ready to go on a roll. There’s no Arkansas State to face, and the Appalachian State game is at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Aug. 31 Sacramento State
Sept. 9 UNLV
Sept. 16 at Western Michigan
Sept. 23 at South Alabama
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 Louisiana
Oct. 14 Appalachian State
Oct. 21 at Missouri
Oct. 28 ULM
Nov. 2 at Troy
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 25 at New Mexico State
Dec. 2 at Georgia State
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

The Ragin’ Cajuns will have to fight to get through an interesting first half of the season. There are just enough rough road games wrapped around winnable home dates to be okay, and then comes the problem with four road games in five dates. Closing out at Appalachian State – and playing Arkansas State and South Alabama – on the road all but ruins Sun Belt title hopes, but there’s no Troy on the slate.
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7

Sept. 2 Southeastern
Sept. 9 at Tulsa
Sept. 16 at Texas A&M
Sept. 23 ULM
Sept. 30 OPEN DATE
Oct. 7 at Idaho
Oct. 12 Texas State
Oct. 19 at Arkansas State
Oct. 28 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at South Alabama
Nov. 11 at Ole Miss
Nov. 18 New Mexico State
Nov. 25 Georgia Southern
Dec. 2 at Appalachian State
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

New Mexico State Aggies

Where are the wins? The Aggies might be the underdog in all 12 games, with the winnable date at Texas State on the road and with no sure things to rely on. Making matters worse, five of the first seven games and seven of the first ten are on the road. On the plus side, there are two well-timed weeks off in the middle of the year.
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Realistic Worst Case Record: 0-12

Aug. 31 at Arizona State
Sept. 9 at New Mexico
Sept. 16 Troy
Sept. 23 UTEP
Sept. 30 at Arkansas
Oct. 7 at Appalachian State
Oct. 14 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Arkansas State
Nov. 4 at Texas State
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 at Louisiana
Nov. 25 Idaho
Dec. 2 South Alabama
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

South Alabama Jaguars

Can the Jaguars come up with a massive upset like they did against Mississippi State to start last season? If they can’t, they’ll be 0-2 to kick things off. With trips to Louisiana Tech and Troy, there’s a rough early season run, and closing out at Georgia Southern and on the road at New Mexico State doesn’t help. However, there’s no Appalachian State to face in Sun Belt play.
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8

Sept. 2 at Ole Miss
Sept. 9 Oklahoma State
Sept. 16 Alabama A&M
Sept. 23 Idaho
Sept. 30 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 at Troy
Oct. 21 ULM
Oct. 26 at Georgia State
Nov. 4 Louisiana
Nov. 11 Arkansas State
Nov. 18 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 25 OPEN DATE
Dec. 2 at New Mexico State
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Texas State Bobcats

After a rough tun last season, it’s going to be a tough start after the win over Houston Baptist to kick things off. The run of three road games in four dates in the middle of the season doesn’t make anything easier early on, but November is solid with three of the final four games at home.
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case Record: 3-9

Sept. 2 Houston Baptist
Sept. 9 at Colorado
Sept. 16 Appalachian State
Sept. 23 UTSA
Sept. 30 at Wyoming
Oct. 7 ULM
Oct. 12 at Louisiana
Oct. 21 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 4  New Mexico State
Nov. 11 Georgia State
Nov. 18 at Arkansas State
Nov. 25 at Troy
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

Troy Trojans

If the Trojans can build on the success of last season, the schedule isn’t all that bad. The non-conference road dates at Boise State and LSU are rough, but they should be favored in every other game up until the regular season finale at Arkansas State – a make-or-break moment for the Sun Belt season.
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6

Sept. 2 at Boise State
Sept. 9 Alabama State
Sept. 16 at New Mexico State
Sept. 23 Akron
Sept. 30 at LSU
Oct. 7 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 South Alabama
Oct. 21 at Georgia State
Oct. 28 Georgia Southern
Nov. 2 Idaho
Nov. 11 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 25 Texas State
Dec. 2 at Arkansas State
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

ULM Warhawks

ULM should be able to beat Coastal Carolina at home. Outside of that, it might be the underdog against everyone else. Including the rivalry game against Louisiana, the Warhawks have to start out the year with three road games in the first four, and they’re away from home in fix of the first nine games. If that wasn’t tough enough, they close out with three likely losses against Appalachian State, at Auburn, and Arkansas State.
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11

Aug. 31 at Memphis
Sept. 9 at Florida State
Sept. 16 Southern Miss
Sept. 23 at Louisiana
Sept. 30 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 7 at Texas State
Oct. 14 Georgia State
Oct. 21 at South Alabama
Oct. 28 at Idaho
Nov. 4 Appalachian State
Nov. 11 OPEN DATE
Nov. 18 at Auburn
Nov. 25 Arkansas State
Dec. 2 OPEN DATE
– Full Pre-Spring Analysis

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