Mark Schlabach, a writer for ESPN.com, has ranked the ten most difficult and the ten easiest non-conference football schedules for 2009. He ranks the Georgia Bulldogs as the 2nd most difficult schedule. The Dawgs open the season at Oklahoma State, host Arizona State and Tennessee Tech in Athens, and then travel to face Georgia Tech in their last regular season game.
Schlabach ranks Virginia Tech as the hardest non-conference football schedule for 2009. The Hokies open the 2009 season at the Georgia Dome against Alabama. Tech later hosts Marshall and Nebraska in Blacksburg, and then travels to face East Carolina.
Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 most difficult schedules are Oregon (3), Oklahoma (4), Fresno State (5), Sun Belt Conference Teams (6), Florida State (7), East Carolina (8), Illinois (9) and Rice (10).
The ten most easiest non-conference schedules include Big Ten teams (1), SEC Contenders (2), Big 12 Schools in Kansas (3), North Carolina Triangle (4), Rutgers (5), Texas (6), Nebraska (7), Arkansas (8), Kentucky (9) and Ball State (10).