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Ranking the SEC West's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Who has the toughest road in the West this fall?
Ranking the SEC West's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Let’s get one thing clear right away. There is no such thing as an “easy” schedule in the SEC.

 

When putting together Athlon Sports' college football preview magazines each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish.

 

UCLA Bruins 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Bruins this spring?
UCLA Bruins 2015 Spring Football Preview

UCLA is coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1997-98 and 18 starters are back from a team that nearly won the Pac-12 South last year. Coach Jim Mora has reeled in four consecutive top 20 classes on the recruiting trail, so talent certainly isn’t an issue for 2015. However, there’s a big question mark surrounding the Bruins, as standout quarterback Brett Hundley must be replaced.

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015

Which players are poised for a breakout year?
College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015

With the volume of high-powered offenses and talent at the skill positions every year, it’s not easy being a defensive coordinator or a player on that side of the ball. However, there’s no shortage of standouts that emerge each season out of spring practice and the regular season.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Buckeyes '15 football schedule.
Ohio State Buckeyes 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Ohio State is the defending national champions and has a schedule that should allow the Buckeyes to defend their title with relative ease.

 

Urban Meyer has one tough road game in conference, will play two of the worst teams from the Big Ten West Division and has one revenge game on the road in the non-conference. And Ohio State boasts what is by far the best roster in the Big Ten.

 

Ranking the SEC East's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Do the Dawgs have the toughest slate in the SEC East this fall?
Ranking the SEC East's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2015

Let’s get one thing clear right away. There is no such thing as an “easy” schedule in the SEC.

 

When putting together Athlon Sports' college football preview magazines each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling. Non-conference games, crossovers, home-road splits and timing all play a role in determining order of finish.

 

The Top 20 Players in the 2015 Final Four

Plenty of star power to go around in Indianapolis
The Top 20 Players in the 2015 Final Four

During the next few days, many of the headlines for this Final Four will surround the powerhouse programs and Mount Rushmore of coaches who will vie for the national title.

 

All of that is true. Rarely has the Final Four had this many accomplished names on the jerseys and the bench.

 

The players, though, are just as big in terms of star power.

 

Washington Huskies 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Huskies this spring?
Washington Huskies 2015 Spring Football Preview

Washington opens its second spring under coach Chris Petersen with just 10 returning starters and major concerns on both sides of the ball. The quarterback position is up for grabs, and the battle includes true freshman Jake Browning after he enrolled in time to compete this spring.

LSU Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Tigers '15 football schedule.
LSU Tigers 2015 Schedule and Analysis

LSU has trended backwards in the SEC West standings for four consecutive seasons, going from first (2011) to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014).

 

One major reason for that type of trend is the SEC West schedule. It’s the toughest division in all of college football and is loaded with the best coaches and rosters in the country.

 

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