We rank and break down the nonconference schedules of the six BCS leagues.
1. Miami: Charleston Southern, at Florida, at Texas A&M, UCF
2. Virginia: USC, Richmond, at Connecticut, East Carolina
3. North Carolina: McNeese State, at Rutgers, Connecticut, Notre Dame
4. North Carolina State: at South Carolina, William & Mary, East Carolina, South Florida
5. Boston College: at Kent State, UCF, Rhode Island, Notre Dame
6. Wake Forest: at Baylor, Mississippi, Navy, Vanderbilt
7. Virginia Tech: at East Carolina, Furman, at Nebraska, Western Kentucky
8. Duke: James Madison, Northwestern, Navy, at Vanderbilt
9. Maryland: Delaware, at Middle Tennessee, California, Eastern Michigan
10. Clemson: Alabama, Citadel, South Carolina State, South Carolina
11. Georgia Tech: Jacksonville State, Mississippi State, Gardner-Webb, at Georgia
12. Florida State: Western Carolina, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Colorado, Florida
Why Clemson, Georgia Tech and FSU at the bottom? Any school that has the chutzpah to schedule not one but two Championship Subdivision games doesn't deserve better. Besides, FSU has to play Florida, Tech has to play Georgia, and Clemson has to play South Carolina. Now look at the schedules again.
Former Miami AD Paul Dee didn't do coach Randy Shannon any favors with this group of games. Chuck Southern is a nice breather, but road games at Texas A&M and Florida are brutal. And a home game against defending C-USA champ UCF will be a struggle.
Anyone who seeks out a game with USC skyrockets to the top. The rest of the schedule isn't much easier for Virginia: Connecticut and ECU are bowl teams, and Richmond is one of the top three Championship Subdivision teams.