The College Football Playoff Committee proved the general trend of tougher scheduling last fall.
The Big Ten may not get one team in the Playoff — it could actually end up with two in college football's version of the Final Four. A big reason why that's even possible is Michigan State's non-conference showdown with Oregon.
In fact, with five of the best teams in the league facing quality opponents in Week 1, the Big Ten could be a big story just one weekend into the season.
There are more than a dozen great non-conference games in the Big Ten in 2015.
* - neutral site
Best of the Rest:
Iowa at Iowa State, Sept. 12
Stanford at Northwestern, Sept. 5
Northwestern at Duke, Sept. 19
Oregon State at Michigan, Sept. 12
Illinois at North Carolina, Sept. 19
Minnesota at Colorado State, Sept. 12
Washington State at Rutgers, Sept. 12
USF at Maryland, Sept. 19
Purdue at Virginia Tech, Sept. 19
Western Kentucky at Indiana, Sept. 5
Kansas at Rutgers, Sept. 26