What's in a schedule? Well, in college football your schedule can mean everything.
It can hold you back from a spot in the College Football Playoff. Not having enough strength in your schedule can validate not inviting a team like Cincinnati into the championship tournament. That's not unique to Group of 5 schools as schools like Texas A&M, Ohio State, and, yes, Alabama felt they were robbed of a spot over the years. Entire conferences, like the Pac-12, can be shut out if the schedule lacks heft.
Let me start by saying that Cincinnati, while not making this list, will bring some added bulk to their American Athletic Conference schedule. The Bearcats will travel to Indiana and Notre Dame in an attempt to prove that if they go undefeated again, they deserve to sit at the championship table. BYU has also cultivated a very nice schedule.
Of course, a list like this is heavy on the big boys in the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, and the ACC. The sheer amount of good games places these teams as the twenty toughest schedules in 2021. So who has it the ... well ... worst?