Phil Steele projects 25 toughest schedules


Schedule favorability is an important element of making a run to the College Football Playoff and for some teams, tackling one of the nation’s 25 toughest schedules will be too much to overcome this season. The latest schedules rankings are here from Phil Steeleone of the industry’s veterans and leaders in accuracy for early prognostications.

As Steele notes in his robust college football preview, his schedule rankings are projections based and are heavily-influenced by his preseason top 40 poll. Over the past nine seasons, Steele writes, 86.2% of programs listed in his preseason rankings have reached bowl eligibility. you can see how Steele’s schedule ratings line up with our own from earlier this spring, here.

The SEC has won three consecutive national championships and each of those winners have beaten at least four top 10 teams (at the time of game) on their journey to win it all.

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Here’s a look at Steele’s 25 toughest schedules heading into the 2022 campaign and our thoughts on his selections:

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