2016 Schedule Analysis Schedules ranked in order of difficulty 1. Florida Non-conference- Notre Dame, Boise State, Texas, Florida State. Only Hitler near the end of World War II may have faced a tougher slate of opponents than the Gators in 2016. Eight teams in the top 25, including six of the first seven, will face the defending champs. They finish the year on the road, in Austin and Tallahassee. Coach Dean has won national titles every other year- will this schedule keep that trend in tact? 2. Florida State Non-conference- Texas A&M, LSU, West Virginia, Nebraska, Florida. After missing out on a second title in 2015 with a loss in the ACC championship against Georgia Tech, the top-ranked Noles will have another challenging road to the championship. The biggest non-conference game of September takes place in Baton Rouge when the FSU defense gets a look at Mike Pennington. 3. LSU Non-conference- Fresno State, Florida State, Oregon State, Temple. The Tiger schedule is top heavy, with powerhouses FSU and Florida on in the first half of the schedule. Heisman candidates Albert Gray and Mike Pennington can make their statements for the award by October 1st. 4. Ohio State Non-conference- Utah, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, South Florida. The Buckeyes face several traditional powers outside the Big Ten who are on lean times, namely Oklahoma and USC. They get their three biggest conference games on the road- at Madison, at Happy Valley and at Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes are the clear Big Ten favorite and, if they get it done in league, could make another trip to the title game. 5. Penn State Non-conference- Miami, Ohio, Cal, Army. The Big Ten has five teams in the top 25 and the Nittany Lions get four of them, missing Wisconsin. Facing Miami is a difficult start to the season, as is #9 Cal, who follows a few weeks later. Hopefully, Heisman front runner and quarterback Jeff Watkins can stay healthy. 6. Georgia Tech Non-conference-Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Louisville. The 2015 runner-up will start the season with four straight road games and while the Jackets face six ranked teams, just one is in the top ten- Miami. They have a trip to Alabama in the opener where the Tide has won 13 straight at home. While the schedule is tough, Tech should be favored in all 12 games. 7. Georgia Non-conference-Texas Tech, Wisconsin, Purdue, Georgia Tech. The Dogs open the year with three ranked teams and face five throughout the season. The good news is that all of them with the exception of Wisconsin come to Athens. 8. Michigan Non-conference- Boston College, Pitt, Miami of Ohio, Hawaii. The Wolverines face a tough two week stretch in November when they face rivals Penn State and Ohio State in back to back weeks. The non-conference list is weak with only Boston College being ranked and they come to Ann Arbor. 9. Tennessee Non-conference- NC State, Kansas, Colorado, Idaho. Coach Duggan inherits a team with offensive firepower, namely All-American Josh Davis, and theyâ€™ll need it early in one of the top games on opening weekend when NC State comes to town. Florida and LSU present major challenges later in the year. 10. Miami Non-conference-Penn State, Kansas State, West Virginia, Iowa State, Notre Dame. On paper, the Hurricanes are the most talented team in country. If the U can find a way to get done in marquee games against FSU, Georgia Tech and Penn State, they should be in line for a BCS berth and possible title game appearance. Last year, the Canes had the most demanding schedule, this yearâ€™s is considerably less challenging. 11. NC State Non-conference-Tennessee, Iowa, West Virginia, Navy, UCLA. The Pack opens with four straight road games but gets heavyweights Georgia Tech and Florida State in Raleigh. Trips to Knoxville and Iowa City will determine early if NC State can push into the top ten and improve on last seasonâ€™s nine win campaign. 12. Wisconsin Non conference- Kentucky, Mississippi State, Georgia, San Diego State. Outside of the trip to Madison from the Bulldogs, the non-conference ledger is gross. Three straight weeks in September will likely establish if the Badgers can head back to a BCS game- Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State, but all three come to Madison. Top five Games of the Year 1. Florida at Florida State The winner of this game has won the last three titles. 2. Florida State at LSU Death Valley should be rocking for this monstrous September matchup. 3. LSU at Florida The Tigers get a chance to avenge two losses last year to the Gators. 4. Miami at Georgia Tech The Canes are loaded this year, weâ€™ll get to see if it translates to the field in Atlanta. 5. Ohio State at Michigan After a disappointing 2015, OSU can solidify major opportunities with a victory against their longtime nemesis.