While some college football teams are bolstering their case for inclusion in the playoff by adding some toughness to their non conference schedules, others are trying to run the table by adding some cupcakes to their slate. Here are some of the easiest schedules that college football betting teams will face in 2015.
Analyzing the Easiest NCAA Football Odds Schedules In 2015
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU went 12-1 in 2014, with just a bad quarter against Baylor keeping them out of the college football playoff. In 2015, their nonconference schedule does feature a trip north to play Minnesota, but then they play SMU and Stephen F. Austin at home – both likely to be very easy wins. In the Big 12 (which still only has 10 teams), their only tough road games should be Oklahoma State and Kansas State. The toughest Big 12 competition (Baylor and West Virginia) has to come to Fort Worth to play the Horned Frogs.
Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils have finally emerged as a Top 25 contender in football. In 2013, they won 10 games and almost beat the same Texas A&M squad that won at Alabama. In 2014, they won nine games, and their 2015 schedule continues to focus on building success. This means that their 2015 slate is friendly. Nonconference games send them to Tulane and Army and bring Northwestern and North Carolina Central to town. Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Pittsburgh are the toughest conference games – and they are all home contests for Duke this year.
The Iowa Hawkeyes also have an easy schedule facing them in 2015. They are playing two nonconference foes from power conferences, but one is Iowa State, which had an awful finish to 2014. Pittsburgh is technically a power conference opponent but shouldn’t represent much of a challenge. The rest of the nonconference slate includes Illinois State and North Texas. Iowa does have to go to Wisconsin and Nebraska, but the other conference road games (Indiana and Northwestern) should not present much of a challenge.
It’s true that the Wisconsin Badgers begin the year playing Alabama at a neutral site. However, a team with the hope of contending in the Big Ten (as the Badgers did in 2014) should play at least one tough non-conference games. After playing the Crimson Tide, Wisconsin heads home to take on Miami (Ohio), Troy and Hawaii in three cupcake nonconference tilts. Wisconsin does not play Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State or Ohio State in Big Ten play, and the only tough road game will likely be Nebraska.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
The North Carolina State Wolfpack has been using easy nonconference slates the past few years. This schedule would be even easier if N.C. State were in the easier ACC division. Nonconference foes in 2015 include Troy, Eastern Kentucky, Old Dominion and South Alabama. Even though the last two of these are road games, but there’s no reason why the Wolfpack shouldn’t be heading into Week 5 at home against Louisville with a 4-0 record. The ACC Atlantic brings Clemson and Louisville in for home games. Florida State will be tough on the road, as will Virginia Tech, but overall this is a very friendly schedule.