ESPN FPI ranks college football’s 25 toughest schedules

The ESPN FPI rankings for college football provide inside into the toughest schedules heading into the 2021 season. Evidenced by the lack of parity since the inception of the College Football Playoff, getting to the final four is an extreme challenge annually for teams outside of the elites. And the 2021 season will not be any different, especially when schedules are not created equally and several programs have an arduous slate ahead of them.

Which teams are facing the toughest schedule in college football this season?

ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.

Glancing at the FPI strength of schedule rankings by conference, the SEC and Big 12 feature the most daunting slates for league teams this season, per ESPN.

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Here’s a look at ESPN’s Top 25 strength of schedule rankings based on its FPI: