Ranking the nonconference schedules

In case you were wondering which of the 68 teams from the major conferences have the toughest nonconference schedule, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman has you covered.

He went through and ranked every team and offered up his thoughts. Here's how the Pac-12 ranks in his list followed by a few words on each program. (Warning: a few shots are taken along the way).


  • 7. Oregon State: Nicholls State, Wisconsin, at Brigham Young: The Badgers and BYU. Excellent work, Beavers.

  • 11. Southern Cal: Hawaii; Syracuse at East Rutherford, N.J.; Notre Dame. You can always count on the Trojans for quality entertainment.

  • 12. UCLA: at Rice, Nebraska, Houston. Not many teams from Texas play both LA teams. Not many teams from LA play both Houston teams.

  • 15. Washington: San Diego State, at LSU, Portland State. Too bad UW isn't any better. That game in the Bayou would be good.

  • 17. Arizona State: Northern Arizona, Illinois, at Missouri. I suppose I should rank higher anyone that's playing a Big Ten school and an SEC school, but I just have little regard for Illinois.

  • 18. California: Nevada, Southern Utah, at Ohio State. I have to confess. I didn't know Southern Utah had a football team.

  • 22. Stanford: San Jose State, Duke, at Notre Dame. The quality is starting to thin.

  • 36. Arizona: Toledo, Oklahoma State, South Carolina State. The Cowboys save the UofA schedule.

  • 40. Washington State: at Brigham Young, Eastern Washington, at Nevada-Las Vegas. Sudden thought. Why hasn't UNLV ever gotten better in football?

  • 44. Utah: Northern Colorado, at Utah State, Brigham Young. Hey, Utes. Why not play Southern Utah or Weber State instead of Northern Colorado? Keep it all in-state.

  • 61. Colorado: Colorado State at Denver, Sacramento State, at Fresno State. Remember when the Buffs played a big-time schedule? Remember when the Buffs were good?

  • 62. Oregon: Arkansas State, Fresno State, Tennessee Tech. The Ducks have gone splat. Embarrassing schedule.