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Football: Sporting News ranks Bears’ non-conference schedule sixth-best in the country

We all know Cal’s non-conference football schedule is good — maybe too good — and The Sporting News ranks it as the sixth-best in the country.

Here’s how TSN rates the best and worst schedules in the land: 

Top 10

1. SMU: Texas Tech, Montana State, at Texas A&M, at TCU

2. Arizona State: Sacramento State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame (Arlington, Texas)

3. Florida: Toledo, at Miami, Georgia Southern, Florida State

4. Oklahoma: Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa, at Notre Dame

5. Clemson: Georgia, South Carolina State, Citadel, at South Carolina.

6. California: Northwestern, Portland State, Ohio State

7. Georgia: at Clemson, North Texas, Appalachian State, at Georgia Tech.

8. South Carolina: North Carolina, at UCF, Coastal Carolina, Clemson

9. Purdue: at Cincinnati, Indiana State, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois

10. Virginia: BYU, Oregon, VMI, Ball State

By conference: SEC (3), Pac-12 (2), ACC (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), AAC (1).

Bottom 10

1. Kansas State: North Dakota State, Louisiana-Lafayette, UMass

2. Baylor: Wofford, Buffalo, Louisiana-Monroe

3. Texas Tech: at SMU, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State

4. Kansas: South Dakota, at Rice, Louisiana Tech

5. Duke: NC-Central, at Memphis, Troy, Navy

6. Vanderbilt: Austin Peay, at UMass, UAB, Wake Forest

7. Louisville: Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, at Kentucky, FIU

8. Arizona: Northern Arizona, at UNLV, at Texas-San Antonio

9. Texas A&M: Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, UTEP

10. NC State: Louisiana Tech, Richmond, Central Michigan, ECU

By conference: Big 12 (4), SEC (2), ACC (2), Pac-12 (1), AAC (1).

Jeff Faraudo

  • gobears91

    Big 12 with the Top 4 easiest Non-Conference Schedules. Well done! That’s not easy to accomplish with the ACC trying to line up as many easy games as possible. C’mon now, Arizona…

  • ScottyBear

    Love the fact we open with all three games at home. No reason we can’t come out of it 2-1. Go Bears!

  • 1brsfan

    is it just me? what is so great about playing Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa and ND?