The 2021 college football season will commence later this month. Finally, we’ll get to see on the field which teams have the goods and which ones are in for a disappointing year.
In the meantime, offseason projections are all we have to get by. These types of forecasts include “easiest” and “hardest” scheduling lists, which always stir up heated debate.
Using its predictive ELO ratings simulation, PFF has crafted a list of what it says are the 10 least challenging schedules among Power Five teams. At the top of the list is Washington out of the Pac-12.
The Huskies are one of four Pac-12 teams on the list, along with Arizona State (fifth), Oregon (ninth) and California (10th). The Big Ten has three teams cited, with Ohio State ranking third, Northwestern coming in fourth and Illinois slotting in at No. 8.
Boston College (No. 2, ACC), Clemson (No. 6, ACC) and Kentucky (No. 7, SEC) are the other three teams making the cut.
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— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 18, 2021
Interestingly, Washington comes in at No. 1 even with a marquee non-conference game on its schedule. The Huskies will travel to Michigan in Week 2.
Apparently, PFF doesn’t think much of UDub’s league slate, and given the fact that the Pac-12 comprises 40% of the “easiest” schedule rankings list, the PFF computers might not think much of the conference in general.
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