Tough Schedules in 2016: Part 6

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

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**  Southern California faces 11 teams that played in bowls after the most recent season.  This is more than any other team in the country.  The saving grace is that seven of them lost five games or more.

Date    Opponent   Opponent’s 2015 Record    2015 Result
S  3     Alabama (neutral)         14-1    *                   DNP
S 10    Utah State                        6-7    *                   DNP
S 17    at Stanford                     12-2    *                L   31-41
S 23    at Utah                            10-3    *               W  42-24
O  1    Arizona State                    6-7    *               W  42-14
O  8    Colorado                           4-9                     W  27-24
O 15   at Arizona                         7-6    *               W  38-30
O 27   California                          8-5    *               W  27-21
N  5    Oregon                              9-4    *                L   28-38
N 12   at Washington                  7-6    *                L   12-17
N 19   at U.C.L.A.                         8-5    *                W  40-21
N 26   Notre Dame                    10-3   *                 L   31-41

2016 opponents faced in 2015:     10
Record against those teams:     6-4
Opponents who played in bowls:      11
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:    101-58  ,   .635

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**  Two FBS teams won 14 games in 2015.  Auburn opens the season with one of them and closes it with the other!
**  Three of Auburn’s four road opponents recorded at least 10 wins, and the fourth won nine times.

Date   Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record    2015 Result
S  3     Clemson                    14-1     *                        DNP
S 10    Arkansas State            9-4     *                        DNP
S 17    Texas A&M                  8-5     *                    W   26-10
S 24    Louisiana State           9-3     *                     L    21-45
O  1    Louisiana-Monroe      2-11                             DNP
O  8    at Mississippi State     9-4     *                     L     9-17
O 22   Arkansas                      8-5     *                     L    46-54    (4 OT)
O 29   at Mississippi             10-3     *                    L     19-27
N  5    Vanderbilt                    4-8                                DNP
N 12   at Georgia                   10-3    *                    L     13-20
N 19   Alabama A&M              3-8                                DNP
N 26   at Alabama                 14-1     *                   L     13-29

2016 opponents faced in 2015:      7
Record against those teams:         1-6
Opponents who played in bowls:     9
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:    100-56  ,   .641

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**  Brigham Young‘s first nine opponents played in bowls a year ago.
**  Both of the Cougars’ “neutral site” games are in the backyards of their foes.
**  Only three of Brigham Young’s first nine games are at home.
**  Six of B.Y.U.’s first seven games are against teams from Power Five conferences.  Last year B.Y.U. played only four Power Five teams all season.  Power Five conferences are increasingly requiring their members to play at least one Power Five team in a non-conference game but are counting independent B.Y.U. as a Power Five !  An honor for B.Y.U., but the result is a more challenging football schedule.

Date   Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record    2015 Result
S  3    Arizona (neutral)              7-6      *                       DNP
S 10   at Utah                            10-3      *                   L   28-35 ,  in Las Vegas Bowl
S 17   U.C.L.A.                             8-5       *                  L    23-24
S 24   West Virginia (neutral)    8-5       *                       DNP
S 30    Toledo                            10-2      *                        DNP
O  8    at Michigan State          12-2      *                        DNP
O 14   Mississippi State             9-4       *                       DNP
O 20   at Boise State                  9-4       *                  W   35-24
N  5    at Cincinnati                    7-6       *                  W   38-24
N 12   Southern Utah                8-4                                 DNP
N 19   Massachusetts                3-9                                 DNP
N 26   Utah State                       6-7        *                 W    51-28

2016 opponents faced in 2015:    5
Record against those teams:       3-2
Opponents who played in bowls:     10
2016 opponents’  record in 2015:    97-57  ,    .630

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**  Four of Wisconsin‘s five road opponents won at least 10 games in 2015.
**  The Badgers’ first nine opponents played in bowls a year ago.
**  Wisconsin plays all three of the best teams in the Big Ten East, two of them on the road.
**  The Badgers’ schedule includes a run of six games in which five of the opponents won at least 10 games last year!

Date   Opponent    Opponent’s 2015 Record     2015 Result
S  3     Louisiana State (neutral)     9-3    *                DNP
S 10    Akron                                     8-5    *                DNP
S 17    Georgia State                        6-7    *                DNP
S 24    at Michigan State                12-2    *                DNP
O  1    at Michigan                          10-3    *                DNP
O 15   Ohio State                            12-1    *                DNP
O 22   at Iowa                                 12-2     *             L    6-10
O 29   Nebraska                               6-7     *             W  23-21
N  5    at Northwestern                 10-3     *             L     7-13
N 12   Illinois                                    5-7                    W  24-13
N 19   at Purdue                              2-10                   W   24- 7
N 26   Minnesota                             6-7     *              W   31-21

2016 opponents faced in 2015:    6
Record against those teams:        4-2
Opponents who played in bowls:    10
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:   98-57  ,    .632

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**  Seven of Mississippi‘s opponents won nine games or more last season.
**  The Rebels play ten bowl teams from last year, and seven of them won their bowl.

Date    Opponent   Opponent’s 2015 Record    2015 Record
S  5     Florida State (neutral)      10-3     *                 DNP
S 10    Wofford                               5-6                        DNP
S 17     Alabama                            14-1    *             W   43-37
S 24     Georgia                              10-3    *                 DNP
O  1     Memphis                              9-4    *             L    24-37
O 15    at Arkansas                          8-5    *             L    52-53     (OT)
O 22    at Louisiana State               9-3     *            W   38-17
O 29    Auburn                                7-6      *            W   27-19
N  5     Georgia Southern               9-4     *                  DNP
N 12    at Texas A&M                      8-5     *            W    23- 3
N 19    at Vanderbilt                       4-8                   W    27-16
N 26    Mississippi State                 9-4     *            W    38-27

2016 opponents faced in 2015:     8
Record against those teams:        6-2
Opponents who played in bowls:    10
2016 opponents’ record in 2015:   102 – 52  ,    .662

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