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Cupcake heaven: ESPN ranked the easiest non-conference schedules in 2016
WACO, TX - OCTOBER 24: Seth Russell #17 of the Baylor Bears reacts after Baylor scored a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones in the second at McLane Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

In the later years of the BCS and in the current climate of the College Football Playoff, a team’s strength of schedule has become an important topic of discussion. For SEC teams, it has been a banner for why their one and two-loss teams are better than everyone else. For other schools, it represents a black mark on an otherwise perfect resume.

ESPN ranked the schools that could be looking at the black mark in 2016. And at least for Baylor fans, it looks like you will be looking at what has to be a perfect season in 2016 in order to reach the Playoff.

ESPN has the Bears ranked as the team with the No. 1 worst out-of-conference schedule. Baylor plays Northwestern State, SMU, and Rice in 2016, a schedule that is… not inspiring at all. While other potential contenders are playing at least one good team out-of-conference, Baylor has nobody to help boost their schedule.

The full Top 10, with out-of-conference opponents in parentheses.

1. Baylor (Northwestern State, SMU, Rice)
2. Boston College (UMass, Wagner, Buffalo, UConn)
3. Maryland (Howard, FIU, UCF)
4. Washington (Rutgers, Idaho, Portland State)
5. Indiana (FIU, Ball State, Wake Forest)
6. Kansas (Rhode Island, Ohio, Memphis)
7. Wake Forest (Tulane, Delaware, Indiana, Army)
8. Purdue (Eastern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Nevada)
9. Arizona (BYU, Grambling State, Hawaii)
10. Iowa (Miami (OH), Iowa State, North Dakota State)

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Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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