CBS Sports names SEC teams with easiest, toughest 2019 schedules
The 2019 season is still a couple of months away, but it’s time for preseason previews to start coming out, and that means some healthy strength of schedule debate.
This week, CBS Sports analyst Tom Fornelli ranked the SEC schedules from hardest to easiest, and it has sparked plenty of debate.
At the bottom of the rankings, Fornelli has Alabama. He’s not impressed with the Crimson Tide’s nonconference schedule, though he does at least acknowledge that the Tide are hurt by not having themselves to boost their SOS:
The toughest games will be on the road against Texas A&M and Auburn as well as at home against LSU. Oh, and Alabama doesn’t get the SOS booster shot of playing Alabama. Still, while the schedule isn’t easy by any stretch, compared to the rest of the SEC, it projects to be the lightest of the bunch.
At the other end of the spectrum, Fornelli doesn’t envy South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who has Alabama, Clemson and Georgia on his slate of games this fall:
There have been three programs to reach the College Football Playoff National Championship in the last two seasons, and South Carolina is playing all three of them this year.
See Fornelli’s full SEC strength of schedule rankings here, where he goes more in-depth on South Carolina’s tough road and Alabama’s easy path.