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:
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).
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).