2010 Schedule Analysis Schedules Ranked in order of Difficulty 1. Miami Non-conference- South Florida, Ohio State, Colorado, Pittsburgh. Miami is used to this, difficult schedules are part of what the U is. The Canes are faced with the nationâ€™s most difficult schedules, due in most part to an underrated ACC and a tough out of conference ledger that includes ranked foes Ohio State and Pitt. The close to the season is as harsh as any, featuring #7 Virginia Tech and #12 Georgia Tech. 2. North Carolina Non-conference- LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rutgers. The Heels bring one of the nationâ€™s best defenses into 2010 and theyâ€™ll need it with this schedule. The Bayou Bengals come to Chapel Hill to town and a few weeks later the Sooners pay a visit. Getting eight home games, and not hitting the road until week seven helps. 3. Clemson Non-conference- Alabama, Troy, BYU, South Carolina. An opener does not get any tougher than Bamaâ€™s visit to Death Valley in week one. While the schedule is tough, most of the big games are at home. 4. Auburn Non-conference- Florida Atlantic, Boise State, Syracuse, Notre Dame. The Tigers host fourth ranked Boise State in one of the biggest non-conference games of the season and the game gives Auburn an early shot at jumping deep into the polls. The meat of the schedule arrives in week seven when the Tigers get Arkansas followed by LSU. 5. Alabama Non-conference- Clemson, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Arkansas State. The non-league schedule is as tough as any, with several matchups with old coaching rivals and a visit from Penn State. Florida cycles in from the East along with an improved South Carolina team. Itâ€™s good thing the defending champs are stacked, theyâ€™ll need to be. 6. Oklahoma State Non-conference- Georgia, Tulsa, Alabama, Maryland. The Cowboys hit the road in three of their first four games, highlighted by a trip to top ranked Alabama. The league ledger gets tougher at the end of the year when the Pokes get Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. 7. Oklahoma Non-conference- Utah State, Florida State, Air Force, North Carolina. North Carolina and FSU pack a nasty ACC punch for the Sooners who follow the Heels with rival Texas, highlighting a very top heavy slate. The Sooners hope to survive the first five with one loss because they should be favored in every game thereafter. 8. Georgia Non-conference- Oklahoma State, Colorado, Troy, Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs will be tested out of the gate with OSU, USC and Arkansas to start but because the SEC East as whole will be down, outside of Florida and South Carolina, the Dogs should be in for a 9-10 win season. 9. South Carolina Non-conference- Southern Miss, North Texas, Army, Clemson. With the exception of the Palmetto Bowl with Clemson, the non-league slate is weak. But the SEC side is not, drawing Bama Auburn from the West 10. Colorado Non-conference- Louisiana Tech, Cal, Miami, Georgia. Coach TRudeâ€™s return to the Crop starts with two road games and a trip to Boulder from old coaching rival JCA and his Canes. They draw Baylor and Oklahoma from the Big XII South. The Buffs are in rebuilding mode but this slate helps overall. 11. Missouri Non-conference- Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois, Louisiana Tech. Blaine Gabbert and company are tested early with trips to ACC opponents in Maryland and North Carolina. After those matchups, Mizzu wonâ€™t see a ranked foe until week eight. 12. Maryland Non-conference- Missouri, Mid Tennessee State, West Virginia. The Terps get seven home, also four of their first five games, and until the Canes come to town in week ten, they will not face a ranked team. Top five games of the year 1. North Carolina at Miami The Heels and Canes have been posturing at each other all off-season. In October, they get to stop talking. 2. Auburn at Alabama. Youâ€™re not going to find many coaches better than Coach Dean and it is only a matter of time before he has Auburn near the top of the polls. Bama is loaded this year and will be tested in the season finale. 3. Oklahoma at North Carolina Coach Tuco gets another chance at Coach Run the Pound, this time with equal and maybe even superior personel. Will it make a difference? 4. Colorado at Missouri Although Nebraska may disagree, this game will likely determine the winner of the Big XII North. Coach Trude and Coach Hood open conference play in this matchup. 5. South Carolina at Clemson These rivals will set the tone for who will own the state of South Carolina recruiting.