Ranking the nonconference schedules

March, 7, 2011
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Now that the schedule analysis has finally been wrapped up for each team, here's a look at who has the most difficult nonconference schedules:

1. Clemson (Troy, Wofford, Auburn, at South Carolina)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 41-13 (75.9)
Toughest opponent: Auburn
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 3

2. Florida State (Louisiana-Monroe, Charleston Southern, Oklahoma, at Florida)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 28-22 (56 percent)
Toughest opponent: Oklahoma
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

3. Miami (Ohio State, Kansas State, Bethune-Cookman, at South Florida)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 37-14 (72.5)
Toughest opponent: Ohio State
BCS opponents: 3
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 3

4. Wake Forest (at Syracuse, Gardner-Webb, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 22-27 (44.9)
Toughest opponent: Notre Dame
BCS opponents: 3
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

5. Boston College (Northwestern, at Central Florida, Massachusetts, at Notre Dame)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 32-19 (62.7)
Toughest opponent: Notre Dame
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 3

6. North Carolina (James Madison, Rutgers, at East Carolina, Louisville)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 23-26 (46.9)
Toughest opponent: Louisville
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

7. Maryland (West Virginia, Temple, Towson, Notre Dame)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 26-23 (53 percent)
Toughest opponent: Notre Dame
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 3

8. Duke (Richmond, Stanford, Tulane, at Florida International)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 29-20 (59.1)
Toughest opponent: Stanford
BCS opponents: 1
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

9. Georgia Tech (Western Carolina, at Middle Tennessee, Kansas, Georgia)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 17-32 (34.7)
Toughest opponent: Georgia
BCS opponents: 2
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

10. Virginia (William & Mary, at Indiana, Southern Miss, Idaho)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 27-23 (54 percent)
Toughest opponent: Indiana
BCS opponents: 1
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 2

11. NC State (Liberty, South Alabama, at Cincinnati, Central Michigan)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 25-20
Toughest opponent: Cincinnati
BCS opponents: 1
FCS opponents: 2
2010 bowl teams: 0

12. Virginia Tech (Appalachian State, at East Carolina, Arkansas State, at Marshall)

Opponents' combined record/winning percentage: 25-25 (50 percent)
Toughest opponent: East Carolina
BCS opponents: 0
FCS opponents: 1
2010 bowl teams: 1

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