Coaching prestige, depth and schedule favorability, above all else, are the factors that determine national title contenders every year across college football.
Slates filled with week-to-week landmines can be fatal to one’s Playoff chances, but could also provide a mulligan at the end of the season when bodies of work are graded by the selection committee.
Which teams are already behind the eight-ball in terms of schedule toughness in 2019, you ask?
Bleacher Report has already dived into next season’s Power 5 schedules and picked out 10 they’ve deemed the most challenging nationally with an emphasis on potential games against elite competition, location and where matchups land on the schedule.
Here’s a look at the nation’s 10 toughest schedules in 2019 around college football: