Tough Schedules in 2016: Part 1

The * indicates the opponent played in a bowl game last season.
___    ___   ___   ___   ___

**  In 2016 Illinois faces the toughest schedule of any team that didn’t go to a bowl last season.  Illinois’s last four opponents and five of it last six won at least 10 games last year!  Overall six of 12 opponents won 10 games or more.

Date    Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record      2015 Result
S 3     Murray State                     3-8                            DNP
S 10   North Carolina                11-3   *                    L   14-48
S17    Western Michigan            8-5    *                      DNP
O 1    at Nebraska                       6-7   *                    W  14-13
O 8    Purdue                             2-10                         W   48-14
O 15  at Rutgers                         4-8                             DNP
O 22  at Michigan                     10-3   *                       DNP
O 29  Minnesota                         6-7   *                    L  23-32
N 5    Michigan State                12-2   *                       DNP
N 12  at Wisconsin                   10-3   *                    L  13-24
N 19  Iowa                                 12-2   *                   L  20-29
N 26  at Northwestern             10-3   *                   L  14-24

2016 opponents faced in 2015:  7
Record against those teams:  2-5
Opponents who played in bowls:  9
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:    94-61 ,  .606

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**  Three of Oklahoma‘s first four games are against teams who won at least 11 games in 2015, and only one of them is at home.

Date   Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record     2015 Result
S 3     Houston (neutral)       13-1   *                         DNP
S 10   Louisiana-Monroe       2-11                             DNP
S 17   Ohio State                   12-1   *                         DNP
O 1    at Texas Christian       11-2  *                        W  30-29
O 8    Texas  (neutral)             5-7                            L   17-24
O 15  Kansas State                 6-7   *                        W  55-0
O 22  at Texas Tech                7-6   *                       W  63-27
O 29  Kansas                         0-12                            W   62-7
N 3    at Iowa State                3-9                           W   52-16
N 12  Baylor                          10-3   *                     W   44-34
N 19  at West Virginia            8-5   *                      W   44-24
D 3    Oklahoma State          10-3   *                      W   58-23

2016 opponents faced in 2015:   9
Record against those teams:   8-1
Opponents who played in bowls:   8
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:    87-67,   .565

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**  Southern Methodist faces the most difficult schedule of any Group of Five conference team!

Date  Opponent   Opponent’s 2015 Record        2015 Result
S 3     at North Texas           1-11                            W   31-13
S10    at Baylor                    10-3   *                        L    21-56
S 17   Liberty                         6-5                                  DNP
S 23   Texas Christian         11-2   *                        L    37-56
O 1    at Temple                  10-4   *                        L    40-60
O 7    at Tulsa                        6-7   *                        L    31-40
O 22  Houston                     13-1   *                       L    28-49
O 29  at Tulane                     3-9                             W   49-21
N 5    Memphis                     9-4    *                       L      0-63
N 12  at East Carolina          5-7                             L     23-49
N 19  South Florida              8-5    *                       L     14-38
N 26  Navy                          11-2    *                       L     14-55

2016 opponents faced in 2015:   11
Record against those teams:   2-9
Opponents who played in bowls:   8
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:    93-60,  .608

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**  Pittsburgh must play at Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Miami of Florida, and Clemson.

Date   Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record     2015 Result
S 3     Villanova                     6-5                                  DNP
S 10   Penn State                  7-6   *                             DNP
S 17   at Oklahoma State   10-3   *                            DNP
S 24   at North Carolina     11-3   *                         L  19-26
O 1    Marshall                    10-3   *                             DNP
O 8    Georgia Tech              3-9                              W  31-28
O 15  at Virginia                   4-8                              W  26-19
O 27  Virginia Tech              7-6    *                        W  17-13
N 5    at Miami (Fla.)            8-5    *                        L    24-29
N 12  at Clemson               14-1    *                             DNP
N 19  Duke                            8-5    *                        W  31-13
N 26  Syracuse                     4-8                               W  23-20

2016 opponents faced in 2015:   7
Record against those teams:    5-2
Opponents who played in bowls:   8
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:     92-62,   .597

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